Fire crews held off the most active sections of the Carlton Complex Fire Wednesday despite triple digit temperatures. Fire Information Officer Alan Hoffmeister says the flames took off in the Gold Creek and Leecher Mountain areas in the interior of the blaze but the lines held. Hoffmeister says the fire did not advance toward any homes. The exterior of the fire is growing slowly with the majority of the fire contained, the blaze is 251-thousand acres at last word. Hoffmeister says crews could up containment as incident management teams refresh personnel. Fire officials say man power will be reduced in coming days with the blaze now 67-percent contained. According to the Okanogan County Sheriff's office, areas under the highest alert are homes in the Alta Lake area, Libby Creek and Pleasant Valley. All homes are on either a Level 2 or 1 evacuation alert.
Towers of smoke were seen in the valley Wednesday due to unstable atmospheric conditions and high heat. Fire Information Officer Bob McGregor says crews saw a resurgence of activity on the Chiwaukum Creek fire. The 13-thousand acre wildfire is 27-percent contained. McGregor says concerns about the Duncan Creek Fire is burning towards the Entiat River.... No additional homes are threatened. The Mills Canyon Fire is 95-percent contained and the Kelly Mountain blaze is 100-percent contained.
New smoke activity caused widespread concern amongst residents in the area for fear of new fire starts. Fire officials say the increase in smoke can be attributed to what's happening in the atmosphere. Fire PIO Mick Mueller. Fire Information Officer Mick Mueller says more smoke activity is directly correlated with an increase in fire movement. Despite the situation, Mueller says fire lines are holding as crews continue a direct attack on the interior of the fires. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire is 25-percent contained, the Duncan Fire is still 0-percent contained and the Kelly Mountain Fire is 100-percent contained.