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Chelan County Emergency Manangement says a plan to open U.S. Highway 2 between Coles Corner and Leavenworth using pilot cars Sunday night has been canceled so that firefighters can do a planned burnout.

The road has been closed due to the wildfires burning in the area.

Road closures along all county roads located between, or originating from, Highway 2 between Nason and Coles Corner were lifted on Saturday, and the level 3 evacuation notice in effect for the same area was downgraded to level 1.

Officials also reported Saturday that the Carlton Complex fire is now 59 percent contained, with an acreage total of 250,514.

Fire crews have reported good progress in the last few days, establishing a solid line between Winthrop and Carlton.

Along the Libby, Gold, and Mcfarland Creek area, control lines are close to being completed.

Cooler weather and rain helped, but officials are concerned that hotter, drier weather and wind gusts in the forecast could increase fire activity.

Power was finally restored to parts of the valley, including Twisp and Winthrop, on Friday, eight days after the fire burned two key utility lines. But many people in outlying areas remained without electricity, Rogers said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday extended a burn ban for the dry eastern part of the state for another week. The ban had been set to end Friday.

While fire crews have made significant progress over the past week in bringing the fires under control, weather conditions are still a concern and we need to continue erring on the side of safety, Inslee said. Resources are still stretched thin and we want everything we have focused on containing the remaining fires and helping impacted families.

He also said that the state would waive permit requirements for anyone in the affected areas who wants to use extra-large generators because they remain without power.

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