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Update on Forest Fires

July 21, 2014

Carlton Complex Fire:

The Carlton Complex Fire in the Methow Valley area of north central Washington State started last Monday after four smaller fires, sparked by lightning, grew into a large blaze. The fire was estimated at around 238,000 acres on Sunday with zero percent containment. Fire crews estimate as many as 150 homes have been destroyed but caution the number could be higher. With cooler weather moving into the area at the start of this week, crews are hopeful Mother Nature could help bring some relief. This relief map image, taken from PropertyEDGE, shows how the fire has expanded (black lines are the previous perimeter, and the orange lines are the current fire boundaries):

Carlton Complex Fire as of 7/21/2014

Carlton Complex Fire as of 7/21/2014

Phone services are down in many areas, including Winthrop, Twisp, and Pateros. Winthrop and Twisp are also under Level 2 evacuation orders, meaning residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. For more information on how you can help, please contact the Red Cross (local news station King 5 has partnered up with them: click here to learn more).

Chiwaukum Complex and Mills Canyon Fires:

Other fires are also burning along Highway 2 near Leavenworth and Chelan. Below is the latest information from PropertyEDGE. Information is updated by the US Forest Service.

Leavenworth and Chelan Area Fires as of 7/21/2014

Leavenworth and Chelan Area Fires as of 7/21/2014

Oregon Forest Fires:

The following is an aerial of forest fires burning near Mt Hood in Oregon:

Mt Hood Area Forest Fires as of 7/21/2014

Mt Hood Area Forest Fires as of 7/21/2014

WSRB would like to extend our most sincere and heartfelt thank you to the over 2,000 firefighters working long, hard hours to protect homes and contain these fires, and to the crews coming from surrounding states to help.

It is an exhausting, difficult, dangerous, and at times thankless job. We appreciate your efforts!

For more information on forest and brush fires and how you can help prevent them, check out these articles!

April Marks the Start of Wildfire Season

Tips to Prevent Brush Fires

For more information on the Carlton Complex Fire, click here.

Check out our website for more information on PropertyEDGE and how you can get access to these forest and brush fire maps, updated by the US Forest Service, or contact Tracy Skinner at 206.273.7146.

Article by: Kristen Skinner

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 26, 2014 5:54 pm

    Thanksgiving’s tomorrow and some people in Pateros still don’t have adequate shelter,

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