- The Carlton Complex fire grew to 238,000 acres Saturday overnight into Sunday
- The Carlton Complex consists of four fires: Stokes Fire, Gold Hikes Fire, French Creek Fire and the Cougar Flat
- Twisp under level 2 evacuation; Antoine Creek and Washington Creek level 3
- Phone and internet services are still down in Winthrop, Twisp, Pateros and Mazama
- Crews successfully complete a fire line east of Hwy 20 between Winthrop and Twisp
- Air quality at 5pm - Okanogan unhealthy; Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Chelan
OKANOGAN, COUNTY, Wash. - Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers estimated the number of homes lost to the Carlton Complex fire at 80 to 150. Rogers said these homes were lost in the areas of Pateros, Malott, Alta Lake, Chiliwist and Star Road.
Wind gusts of 25-35 mph Saturday made firefighting very difficult, but winds are expected to calm down on Sunday for the first time in several days.
Fire officials estimated the Carlton Complex fire grew to 238,000 acres Sunday morning. The fire is 0% contained. No serious injuries have been reported.
The Carlton Complex fire forced Level 3 mandatory evacuations at Alta Lake and Antoine Creek near Pateros Saturday night. Fire crews said that's the next place their efforts would be heavily focused. Rogers said if the winds shift, Alta Lake was in the most jeopardy. That town already lost an estimated 52 homes to the fire.
The Carlton Complex fire destroyed one home in Malott Friday night and early Saturday morning. The evacuation level for Malott is still a Level 3 but residents were allowed back in to check for damage. Malott has about 500 residents.
Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, fire crews had built a line east of the highway between Winthrop and Twisp. They said it is holding very well. Crews also said they had held the fire south of Libby Creek. However, they are expecting the flames to grow significantly and ordered Level 2 evacuations for Twisp which means residents have to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
All phone and internet services are still down in Winthrop, Twisp, Pateros and Mazama due to the expanding fires in the region. Services are intact in Mallot, Omak, Okanogan and Oroville still have phone and internet services but bandwidth is limited. Use ten digit phone #s [ (509) plus the # ] to contact local fire stations and police in case of an emergency when calling from those areas. Authorities don't have an estimate for when this service will be fixed.
Evacuation information as of 5pm Saturday
CARLTON COMPLEX in OKANOGAN COUNTY
Antoine Creek and Washington Creek LEVEL 3
CHIWAUKUM CREEK FIRE
Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek Roads are closed
Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek and all the spur roads off of them are LEVEL 3 -- this includes Chiwaukum Estates
US 2 from Hatchery Creek to Coles corner on both sides of the road, LEVEL 3. This includes all of the spur roads.
Tumwater Campground LEVEL 3
All of Plain River Road LEVEL 2
Ponderosa Estates including the north end of Camp 12 Road LEVEL 2
Shell Station and Residences near the station at Coles Corner LEVEL 2
Beaver Valley Road and Plain were slated to be LEVEL 1 .
Nason Creek Campground LEVEL 1
Plain Level 1
Chumstick Hwy LEVEL 1
Nason Creek Rest Area --- the car section is open, the truck section is closed
MILLS CANYON FIRE
Entiat River Road Level 1 up to Mad River Rd.
Residences are LEVEL 2
Nahahum Canyon, Hay Canyon, and Olalla Canyon CLOSED at the end of the pavement
Burch Mountain Road at the end of the pavement CLOSED
Mills Canyon Road and Roaring Creek Road, the county section LEVEL 1 -- at the end of the pavement where it is USFS CLOSED
Forest Service Roads that are gated are probably CLOSED --- if the gate is closed, do not enter those areas.
TOMMY CREEK FIRE
Entiat River Road at FOX CREEK is closed. In addition, Fox Creek Campground, Lake Creek Campground, Silver Falls Campground, North Fork Campground, Spruce Grove Campground and Cottonwood Campground are all CLOSED
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Fire officials say the Chiwaukum Creek Fire west of Leavenworth has grown to 6,638 acres and is not contained.
There are no reports of structures being burned, but residents in the area near Leavenworth are under an evacuation order, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
The Chiwaukum Creek Fire has closed U.S. Highway 2 from Coles Corner to Leavenworth.
Gov. Jay Inslee said about 50 fires were burning in Washington, which has been wracked by hot, dry weather, gusting winds and lightning. Some 2,000 firefighters were working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane.
Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the state's Military Department, said 100 National Guard troops were on standby, and up to 1,000 more in Yakima could receive additional fire training. Active duty military could be called in as well, Inslee said.
Also on Saturday, authorities announced that they are bringing in two military air tankers from Wyoming to help fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, say the tankers were activated to ensure that firefighters had adequate air tanker capability in the region.