Fire rages near Malott
As of Friday, July 18, 2014
MALOTT Level 3 (highest) evacuation notice has been issued for the community as one branch of the Carlton Complex moves northward.
The notice affects Malott, B&O Road and East Malott Road, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.
The blaze has burned through the Chiliwist and is moving along Old Highway 97.
The complex, originally four fires, has merged into two spanning more than 168,000 acres.
Pateros was hard hit Thursday, as a blaze that started in the French Creek area moved south. Deputies counted 30 homes destroyed there and another 40 at nearby Alta Lake, Rogers said.
Another 10 burned along state Highway 153 north of town.
Four have been confirmed as burned in the Chiliwist, although unconfirmed reports say as many as 10 have been destroyed, Rogers said.
“We don’t know how many others, ” he said, adding there could be 100 or so lost so far.
Rogers and much of his crew worked all day Thursday, all night and through Friday notifying people of the fires’ approach and helping people evacuate. That help ranged from helping people out of their homes to assisting in rounding up stock.
Chelan and Douglas counties’ sheriff’s offices have sent officers to help, as have Brewster and Omak police departments.
On the plus side, Rogers said his office had received no other calls during the fire siege.
Pateros City Clerk Kerry Wilson said city officials estimate 30-35 homes were lost. Some businesses suffered fire damage, but none were destroyed. Pateros School is OK.
The city is accepting donations of bottled water and food at city hall and the fire hall.
Electricity remains off. The city’s priority, once electrical service has returned, is getting the city water system up and running, she said.
“Water and power are our biggest obstacles right now,” she said.