FYI...Just spoke [on the afternoon of July 22] with Fire information out of Winthrop/Twisp and was told the following:
1) fire had burned thru route 20 several days ago, not much left to burn
2) route 20 is currently open. It has been closed off and on over the last couple days so that utility crews could restore power lines, not because of smoke or fire.
3) he said that as an alternate if 20 gets closed again, we could take 97 to 153 and that those roads have been more open than 20 because of the larger number of people living in those areas.
In summary, as of now, we are planning on taking route 20 at Okanagan on Thursday [July 24] heading towards Twisp. Here is the Fire Info contact number tel:509-996-9971 if you want to call to get the latest updates. The number is open from 7am-7pm.