Okanogan wildfire burns power transmission line

OKANOGAN — Authorities in north-central Washington say a wildfire that has burned across more than 3 square miles also burned a main power transmission line for western Okanogan County, temporarily cutting power to the towns of Twisp and Winthrop.

County Emergency Manager Scott Miller said Monday evening that utility crews hope to restore power within 24 hours. He says the fire that started earlier Monday is 80 percent contained after burning about 2,000 acres. One outbuilding has burned.

The cause of the B &O fire is not yet known.

Miller said about 150 firefighters have responded, from local agencies, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Forest Service. Two helicopters and a plane dropped water on the fire earlier.

Elsewhere, a wildfire in south-central Washington was blamed for burning a home Monday near the town of Lyle. Pacific Northwest Management Team spokesman Stan Hinatsu told KATU-TV on Monday night that fire has burned about 100 acres and was 60 percent contained.

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