Firefighters responded at about 1:30 p.m. Friday to a brush fire that soon grew to threaten area homes off West Chewuch Road at the Cub Creek drainage. A level 3 evacuation was ordered for the area.
At about 2:30 p.m., the fire had grown to at least 10 acres and was heading up the Cub Creek drainage, pushed by winds. Crews from Okanogan County Fire District 6, the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service responded. Helicopters were diverted from the Cedar Creek fire near Mazama.
The U.S. Forest Service reported the cause of the fire was not yet known and that it was unknown if any structures had been damaged as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Early reports to Okanogan County dispatch indicated the fire might have originated with an irrigation pump.
The Methow Valley News will update this story when more information is available.