The rain was missing Friday, but the 250-thousand acre Carlton Complex Fire is still at a slow burning allowing for more progress. Fire Information Officer Joanie Quanstrom says there are four hot spots that crews are fixed on. At this time, Quanstrom says no evacuation level 3 alerts are issued for any home at this time. The most active flank of the fire is still burning northward, but solid containment lines has kept the blaze at bay. The Carlton Complex Fire is 55-percent contained.
Fire officials are starting to talk about full containment on some of the fires within the Mills Canyon and Chiwaukum Complexes. Fire Information Officer Sara Sarlos says crews have controlled enough of the Chiwaukum Creek Fire to point that Hwy 2 is expected to re-open on Sunday at 8p.m.. Fire PIO Sara Sarlos says Hwy 2 will re-open with piloted traffic though she encourages locals to use Chumstick Hwy as an alternative route. Full containment of the 95-percent contained Mills Canyon Fire and Kelly Mountain Fire are expected by Sunday, though the Duncan Creek Fire is 0-percent contained. Per usual, a new fire management team will arrive on site this weekend. Evacuation notices remain unchanged on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire.
Following a recount of homes lost to fires, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says 300 homes perished during the Carlton Complex blaze. Rogers says the county is on the cusp of declaring a state of disaster and that's why he's encouraging anyone affected by the wildfires to contact Okanogan County Emergency Managment. The numbers to call are 509-422-2472 or 509-422-2428. In the meantime, Rogers says the National Guard has been checking on the welfare of those displaced. The Carlton Complex is now 55-percent contained.
A fourth generation Pateros resident recounted her families harrowing escape from last Thursday's firestorm on yesterday's Its Your Turn program. Kristin Wall and her daughter Emily own Lifesongs Photography in Pateros...