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Community fire meeting set for 7 p.m. in Twisp

— A community meeting about the fire situation is set for 7 tonight, Thursday, at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 Methow Valley Highway.

Information will be provided about four wildfires burning in the Methow Valley.

The lightning-caused Carlton Complex fires started on Monday.

Fires are burning in timber, brush and grass in the Carlton and French Creek areas south and east of Twisp, and near Pearrygin Lake southeast of Winthrop.

Level 3 evacuations – the most serious – have been issued for people in the French Creek, Bill Shaw Road, Indian Dan Canyon and Watson Draw areas between Carlton and Pateros.

Two structures have been confirmed burned, but there are unconfirmed reports that up to 10 others also have burned.

State Highway 153 is closed between Carlton and Pateros, and state Highway 20 is closed from Finley Canyon to Loup Loup Pass. Electricity is out in some areas of the Methow.

Numerous county roads also are closed, as are some Forest Service trails.

The American Red Cross has set up shelters at the Twisp Grange Hall, 344 W. Second Ave., and Pateros School, 344 W. Beach St.

People can spend the night, or stop in for a meal and water, spokeswoman Megan Snow said. Case workers are available to assist people.

No one stayed at the Twisp shelter Wednesday night, but some did stop by for food, water and information.

Pets are not allowed at the shelter, although assistance animals are.

Those planning to stay at a shelter are asked to bring prescription and emergency medications, special foods to meet unusual dietary requirements, identification and important personal documents, extra clothing, pillows, blankets and hygiene items, supplies for children and infants, special items for the elderly and disabled.

The Red Cross also has shelters at the Leavenworth First Baptist Church, 429 Evans St., for people impacted by the Chiwaukum Creek Fire between Leavenworth and Coles Corner, and another in Ellensburg for travels impacted by a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Vantage on Thursday afternoon.

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