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Fires join to become largest in state history

The Carlton Complex fires have joined into one blaze which, at nearly 300,000 acres and growing, is now the largest wildfire in recorded Washington state history.

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Governor meets with county officials

Gov. Jay Inslee led a contingent of state officials to Okanogan County on Sunday to talk about the Carlton Complex fires.

Contact PUD before connecting generators

Improper installation of generators can backfeed electrical system and injure utility district workers

Fires join to become largest in state history

National Interagency Coordination Center estimates wildfire complex at 300,000 acres

Road closures announced

Roads closed in fire activity areas.

Community meetings planned for wildfire victims

Sessions planned for 7 p.m. tonight in Omak and Brewster; 6 p.m. tomorrow in Pateros

DSHS plans mobile office for low-income wildfire victims

Mobile Community Service Office is expected to be deployed in fire-damaged areas starting Tuesday

Fire danger levels drop

Only Alta Lake and Antoine Creek remain at fire evacuation Level 3

Contact PUD before hooking up generators to homes

The Okanogan County Public Utility District is asking people to contact its office before hooking up generators to their homes.

CenturyLink working to re-establish phone services

CenturyLink has technicians working around the clock to re-establish communications through alternate routes in the Methow.

Pateros community helps its own; barbecue is under way

The community is banding together to help itself by collecting food, water, clothing and other items.

Forest Service closes lands north of Lake Chelan

The U.S. Forest Service has closed all of its lands accessible from the north shore of Lake Chelan as a precaution because of increased fire activity in the Gold Creek, Foggy Dew and Black Canyon areas.

Grant County warns of fire along Columbia River

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 1 evacuation warning (the lowest level) for the communities of Beverly, Wanapum Village and Shawanna in the southwest portion of the county.

Sheriff’s Office confirms 100 homes destroyed; fiber line repair, generators needed

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 100 homes have been destroyed so far in the Carlton Complex fires.

Methow Valley shelter moves from Twisp to Winthrop

The Red Cross shelter at the Twisp Grange Hall has been closed and relocated to the Winthrop Barn, 51 state Highway 20.

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