Spring Coulee Fire
September 1, 2019
The Spring Coulee Fire started approximately at 4:00 pm, Sunday, September 1, 2019 just off B & O Road North between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road, south of Okanogan. The fire quickly spread to the north, staying between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road. Fire District #3 Omak, Okanogan and Malott, along with Fire District #7 Riverside, and Fire District #9 Conconully Rural were dispatched to the fire.
DNR dispatched four Fire Boss aircraft, two from Omak and two from Deer Park, along with a helicopter from Omak. DNR also had six fire engines and a 20-person crew fighting the fire.
At approximately 5:30 pm, after burning nearly 142 acres, the Spring Coulee Fire was contained and in mop-up stage.
Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District #3 Okanogan, was badly burned while engaging the fire, he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was placed in a medically-induced coma with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50-60% of his body and damage to his airway.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources.