A fast-moving wildfire that started east of Okanogan has burned to the east of Bridgeport into Douglas County, leading to Level 3 evacuation notices for the entire town of Mansfield this morning.
Early Monday afternoon Level 3 evacuation notices (get out now) also we’re ordered for Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar area.
The Cold Springs Canyon/Pearl Hill Fire broke out on the Colville Indian Reservation Sunday night and has spread quickly thanks to strong winds.
The fire jumped Highway 17 Monday morning after jumping the Columbia River into Douglas County Sunday evening.
The sheriff’s office said all routes in and out of Mansfield “are currently unsafe for use due to extreme visibility conditions. Residents are asked to securely shelter in place if possible or to use the emergency shelter at the Mansfield School gym if they are unable to securely shelter in place.”
Level 2 evacuation notices have been issued for much of the rest of the area.
The fire was estimated at 8,000 acres Monday morning but has grown substantially since.
Numerous roads and highways have been closed.
The fire has burned to the Jameson Lake drainage and is burning toward U.S. 2/Moses Coulee, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office reporter that power is out in both Mansfield and Bridgeport.
Level 3 evacuation notices were issued earlier for west of Timm Road along the Columbia River to Highway 17 and north on Highway 97 to Malott.
Monday morning, a combination of Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations were issued in Douglas County to residents in the area of Hayes Road and all residences east of Road H Northeast towards Highway 17.
An incident management team has been assigned to the fire and five strike teams and air resources have been ordered to the fire, the Washington State Patrol said.
The fire has led to numerous road closures, including Highway 17 from Bridgeport Hill Road east to Leahy Junction. Highway 172 from Mansfield to McNeil Canyon Road also has been closed.
In addition, Highway 97 from Okanogan to Malott is closed.
The case of the fire, which started about 9:50 p.m. Sunday, is under investigation, according to the State Patrol.