OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — Fire crews are working to contain a wildfire that is being pushed by gusty winds in north-central Washington.
The B & O Fire has burned across more than 3 square miles, or about 2,000 acres, between Okanogan and Malott, south of Omak.
The fire has closed some roads, including a 2-mile stretch of Highway 20 and B&O Road to the Methow Valley. The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle reports that residents in those areas have been warned to be ready to evacuate if the fire grows.
The Washington state Department of Natural Resources says two helicopters are dropping water on the fire, along with a single-engine air tanker. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Firefighters with Okanogan County and Washington DNR are fighting a wildfire that has grown to about 2000 acres near Okanogan, according to fire officials.
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says the fire started south of Okanogan and burned quickly due to wind gusts.
Right now two helicopters and two planes are helping the fight. The flames are burning mostly on Okanogan County land.
So far, the Sheriff says two outbuildings have burned down, but they have been able to save all homes. The Sheriff also says it appears despite the winds, they now have a good handle on the fire.
KHQ will be monitoring and updating this story as needed.