- The Carlton Complex fire has grown to more than 238,000 acres.
- An estimated 150 structures lost
- Fire danger level for Malott has been downgraded to Level 2
- Stokes Road, French Creek, and Golden Hike fires have merged. Includes Cougar Flats fire
- The only highway that remains closed is state Highway 20, between Okanogan and Twisp, but conditions can change quickly. Contact the 511 automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for updated information, or call (509) 667-2802.
- Community Meeting at Brewster High School Sunday at 7 p.m.
- Twisp under level 2 evacuation; Antoine Creek and Washington Creek level 3
- Extensive damage to major powerlines
- Chiwaukum complex at 11,000 acres, 0 percent containment
OKANOGAN, COUNTY, Wash. - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have covered hundreds of square miles.
The forecast for Monday and Tuesday calls for lighter winds and temperatures. On Wednesday a vigorous front is expected to cover Washington, bringing rain to much of the state. But it will also bring lightning.
Sheriff Frank Rogers said the fire is moving away from populated areas and into timber.
Today was the first day I was able to see the sun, said Rogers.
Rogers said there has been one fire-related death.
Rob Koczewski, 67, died of a heart attack as he and his wife tried to save their Carlton home.
According to the sheriff, Koczewski was a retired U.S. Marine and WSP trooper who was very close with local law enforcement.
Fire more than 238,000 acres
The Carlton Complex has grown to more than 238,000 acres with zero percent containment, fire officials said Sunday.
Late Saturday night fire officials revised the number of homes destroyed in Alta Lake to 52. They originally projected that 40 homes were lost.
Crews from across the country have arrived in Central Washington to fight this fire. It s estimated that 5,000 men and women are fighting this blaze.
The fire is slowing moving closer to Winthrop and Twisp, but the towns aren't in immediate danger. Twisp is under a Level 2 evacuation order which means people there have to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Saturday afternoon 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 and Benson Creek. The area of these two creeks is where fire crews are hoping to keep the fire so it doesn't move into Twisp.
No homes were lost on Saturday and firefighters were pleased that it hadn't grown significantly. No serious injuries have been reported.
On Saturday night 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.
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 Sunday, Alta Lake was in the most jeopardy. That town already lost an estimated 52 homes to the fire.
How you can help:Northwest Response
Red Cross shelters:
First Baptist Church 429 Evans St., Leavenworth
Chelan High School 215 W. Webster, Chelan
Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church - 328 N. Riverside, Omak
Winthrop Barn Auditorium - 51 N. Hwy 20, Winthrop
Supporting the Omak Community Shelter operated by the Colville Tribe
Fire officials said the Chiwaukum Creek Fire west of Leavenworth had grown to more than 10,000 acres by Sunday morning.
The blaze closed U.S. Highway 2 from Coles Corner to Leavenworth. The fire was burning north of the highway but a spot fire flared up to the south on Saturday that was quickly put out, officials said.
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.
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 are 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.
The Washington state Department of Natural Resources announced Saturday evening that firefighters from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are coming to the state to help battle the blazes.
Early 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.