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Up to 100 Homes Lost in Growing Wildfire Near Pateros

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A sheriff estimates up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington. A sheriff estimates up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington.
Carlton Complex Fire threatens homes and businesses as 40-50 structures have burned to the ground forcing evacuations in Pateros. Carlton Complex Fire threatens homes and businesses as 40-50 structures have burned to the ground forcing evacuations in Pateros.
Carlton Complex Fire threatens homes and businesses as 40-50 structures have burned to the ground forcing evacuations in Pateros. Carlton Complex Fire threatens homes and businesses as 40-50 structures have burned to the ground forcing evacuations in Pateros.
Fire approaches Brewster. Courtesy: Lulu Arroyo Fire approaches Brewster. Courtesy: Lulu Arroyo
UPDATE/PATEROS, WA.- (AP) - A sheriff estimates up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington.
   
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday morning that between 80 and 100 homes have burned. No injuries have been reported.
   
Rogers said his team counted 30 homes and trailers destroyed in Pateros, another 40 in a community just outside the town at Alta Lake and about 25 homes destroyed elsewhere.
   
The wind-whipped blaze has grown to about 260 square miles.


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PATEROS, WA - There are LEVEL 3 evacuations being ordered in the towns of Brewster and Pateros as the Carlton Complex Fire burns out of control.

The Brewster Three Rivers Hospital has been evacuated as well. Staff and patients were transferred to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak. The retirement center in Brewster was evacuated to Bridgeport. 

Housing is available for those who have been evacuated in Chelan at the High School.

Residents from Harmony House are being moved to Bridgeport, believe they said the school gymnasium. They are asking family of those housed at Harmony House to not come to that location, they have enough staff to move the residents.

The fire at this point is estimated to be about 18000 acres and quickly growing. At least 35 homes have burned. At this point there have been no injuries reported.

Current Red Cross shelters include:

Chelan High School – 215 W. Webster, Chelan

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church - 328 N. Riverside, Omak

The Grange – 344 W. 2nd St., Twisp

First Baptist Church – 429 Evans St., Leavenworth

We will continue to update this story as soon as we get new information.

The Carlton Complex fires started on July 14, by lightning from a weather system that moved through the Methow Valley. The Carlton Complex consists of four fires: Stokes Fire, Gold Hikes Fire, French Creek Fire and the Cougar Flat. The Stokes and Gold Hikes fires are now one larger fire. The fires are burning in timber and grass. The local Type 3 firefighting team has been diligently working to stop the fire spread, but despite the efforts of local, the fire has grown significantly. A request for State Mobilization was declared for additional personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from the state at 6:30 pm on July 15. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 2 structures lost.

Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire at noon on July 16. The team is working with existing local resources in developing fire control strategies and tactics. Other cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, Okanogan Fire District 6 Okanogan Fire District 15. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance with evacuations and road closures.

The extreme fire behavior and hot weather conditions will continue to challenge firefighting efforts. Structure Protection crews are working throughout the four fire areas patrolling and monitoring around structures. Firefighters are working with property owners to help reduce vegetation and remove debris. As of yesterday morning, the number of acres burned was at 7,300. With the increase in fire activity over the last 24-hours, acreage numbers will change significantly on our next fire update.

The present fire situation continues to rapidly change due to the high fire danger. Public and firefighter safety is the priority on the Carlton Complex fires. Highway 153 is now closed at MP6-21, two miles south of Carlton. A Level 3 Evacuation Notice is in place between Carlton to Pateros. You can contact the “511” automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for updated information.

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Evacuation Levels:

LEVEL 1: Persons are warned that current or projected threats from hazards associated with the approaching fires are severe. This is the time to prepare.

LEVEL 2: Conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with the approaching fires will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This may be the only notice that you receive.

LEVEL 3: Current conditions present specific and immediate threats to the life and safety of persons within this area. You are advised to evacuate immediately.

Evacuation/Closures: Multiple road closures are in effect. Due to the fire situation, road and highway closures could change very quickly. Hwy 20 is now closed between MP206 to MP215. Hwy 153 is closed at MP6-21 and at a Level 3 Notice between the town of Carlton and Pateros.
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