Fire destroys homes, closes highway near Elmer City as winds wreck havoc throughout Okanogan County


Winds of more than 35 mph Tuesday caused numerous problems and power outages in Okanogan County, including fanning the flames of a fire in a mobile home park outside Elmer City.

That fire, first reported at 5:53 p.m., destroyed four mobile homes and damaged three others before jumping State Route 155 and burning about 15 acres of grassland, said Maurice Goodall of Okanogan County Emergency Management.

Three of the four homes were occupied but there were no injuries.

The highway was closed until 9 p.m. More than 40 personnel from several agencies battled that blaze on Colville reservation land about four miles north of Grand Coulee Dam.

Meanwhile, a brush fire between Pateros and Brewster burned about 70 acres. The fire was first reported at 2:50 p.m. by someone who said they saw a power transformer pole catch on fire. Crews worked through the night extinguishing the blaze.

Goodall said no cause has been determined on either fire but the strong winds kept crews busy all night. Reports included a trampoline lodged in a power line in Oroville.