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Fire burns near Chesaw in Okanogan County

Fire burns on West Fork of Cougar Creek

Fire evacuations ordered for Mansfield

Residents of rural Douglas County town were directed to leave due to wildfire threat

Meetings planned in Brewster, Pateros

Meetings planned for update on the Carlton Complex wildfires

Escaped prisoner recaptured in Grant County

Jaime D. Hampshire recaptured after jail escape

Ecology department suspends permit rules for large-scale generators

The state Washington Department of Ecology has suspended temporarily the permit requirements for use of large-scale generators in areas hit by wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Alliance conducts fire impact survey of businesses

The Economic Alliance is doing a brief business impact survey for the Okanogan County commissioners to get a snapshot of the economic impact from the Carlton Complex fires.

Conservation district offers help to landowners in fire area

Okanogan Conservation District is mobilizing to help landowners whose natural resources and agricultural infrastructure has been damaged by the Carlton Complex wildfires.

CenturyLink restores Internet services

CenturyLink crews have repaired the damaged fiber optics line severed by a fallen tree near Fish Trap and has restored Internet services to its customers in Eastern Washington.

Carlton is at lowest evacuation level

The community is at Level 1 (lowest) evacuation status.

Governor extends statewide burn ban

Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the burn ban he ordered last week to include a ban on most outdoor and agricultural burning for Eastern Washington.

Assistance sought a Omak Community Center

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ fire relief efforts at the Omak Community Center, 601 Benton St., are continuing, but a call put out for a variety of donations.

Fire destroys 300 homes; some electricity returned, plus help is available

The number of homes destroyed in the Carlton Complex fires has been revised to 300.

Red Cross opens two client service centers

The Red Cross is opening two client service centers to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the wildfires.

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Some roads reopen in fire areas

Several roads that were previously closed because of the Carlton Complex fires have been reopened.

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Road closures as of July 24, 2014

The following roads are closed, as of July 24.

Donations sought to help 4-H families with fire losses

The state 4-H community is being asked to help members’ families impacted by the Carlton Complex fires.

Churches of Christ offer relief supplies

People impacted by the Carlton Complex fires can get a variety of relief supplies through Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn.

Fire area residents urged to take flood, erosion precautions

People in, adjacent to and downstream from areas burned in the Carlton Complex fires are urged to take immediate action to protect themselves from erosion and flooding.

Murray, Cantwell call for additional firefighting money

A dozen U.S. senators, including Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., have sent a letter to Senate leaders calling for swift passage of President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request, which would allocate $615 million to fight wildfires.

U.S. Bank sets up mobile branch in Tonasket

U.S. Bank has set up a mobile banking branch at its regular branch, 409 S. Whitcomb Ave. It is open during regular banking hours.

Fallen trees close road temporarily

The Ellisforde Bridge Road is closed temporarily because of fallen trees.

Presidential declaration frees up more federal help with fires

President Obama has declared an emergency in Washington state, freeing up additional federal resources to help with the wildfires.

Red Cross opens shelter in Brewster

A new Red Cross shelter opened Tuesday night at Brewster High School, 503 S. Seventh Ave.

Motorcyclist hits deer near Winthrop

A Bellingham man was injured last Saturday, July 12, when his motorcycle hit a deer on state Highway 20 just south of town.

Evacuation warnings issued for area west of Okanogan

Level 3 evacuation notices were issued this afternoon for several areas west of town along state Highway 20 because of Carlton Complex fire activity.

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.

Fires join to become largest in state history

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

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Gov. Inslee to visit Okanogan Valley fire areas today

Governor to visit with residents at Paschal Sherman, tour Malott and discuss wildfire disaster with emergency officials

State mobilizes resources for Cheney wildfire

Watermelon Hill Fire mobilization approved by State Patrol Chief John Batiste

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Tax relief for fire victims available through county

Okanogan County Assessor's Office offers help for taxpayers

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Red Cross moves into recovery phase

Supplies offered to help residents returning home after fire rips through Pateros

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Gebbers continues with harvest, fruit packing despite fires

Brewster-area orchards survive wildfire with minimal damage.

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.

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.

Tribe mops up five fires at Owhi Lake

Colville tribal fire officials have contained and are mopping up five fires that burned 56 acres of brush at Owhi Lake east of town.

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Malott area evacuation ordered; 100 or more homes lost county-wide

Level 3 (highest) evacuation notice has been issued for the community as one branch of the Carlton Complex moves northward.

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Utility declares emergency; repairs could take weeks

Repairs to fire-damaged Okanogan County Public Utility District lines are expected to take weeks.

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Fires char more than 168,000 acres, burn dozens of home

Four wildfires known as the Carlton Complex have charred more than 168,000 acres of trees, brush and grass, and destroyed more than 35 homes.

Some highways reopen; fire continues to burn in Pateros area

U.S. Highway 97 has reopened south of Malott to alternating, one-way local traffic.

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Red Cross hosts 122 overnight at three Okanogan County shelters

The American Red Cross said 122 people spent Thursday night at three shelters set up in response to the Carlton Complex fires.

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Emergency declared by county commissioners

The Okanogan County commissioners have declared a state of emergency because of the Carlton Complex Fires.

Fire evacuation shelters set up in Omak and Chelan

Red Cross shelters have been set up in Omak and Chelan for people who have evacuated Brewster and Pateros because of wildfire.

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Wildfire destroys buildings in Pateros

A fire that started along French Creek several miles up the Methow Valley has burned southward into town, where several buildings burned Thursday evening.

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.

Highway into Methow Valley closed again; evacuations continue

State Highway 153 has been closed again, this time between mileposts 6 and 21, and Level 3 evacuation notices have been issued for the area between Carlton and Pateros because of wildfire.