August 24, 2009 in City

Crews make progress against Okanogan wildfire

Associated Press

OKANOGAN, Wash. — Fire crews are making progress against an 8,592-acre wildfire near Okanogan.

The fire grew only about 100 acres overnight, and is about 30 percent contained.

Fire spokesman Dwight Robanske said 570 people are fighting the lightning-caused fire, which has destroyed two homes, one vacation home, and led to the closure of Highway 20 between Okanogan and Twisp. Residents of about 100 homes have been told to be ready to evacuate.

The fire started Friday and is about eight miles northwest of Okanogan.

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