Please note, these resources were current as of 7/23/14, but may have changed since then. If you find any of this information to be out of date or inaccurate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org:
While we tried to scrape up all the information we could find, this list won’t be comprehensive — our apologies to anyone we missed. Please send any additional information to email@example.com — or drop information by our office on Glover Street in Twisp — and we’ll make sure it gets on our Facebook page as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience and assistance.
We are not publishing the “What’s Happening” events column because of space considerations and some uncertainties about what is still scheduled and what has been cancelled.
While many local businesses are closed, many others are open either on a full or limited basis. Rather than miss someone with an incomplete list, we urge you to call the individual businesses or stop by to see how they are doing. We are posting individual business notices on our Facebook page as the businesses provide them.
The fire: social media and contact information
Fire information: A call center has been set up in Wenatchee to handle calls for the fire, from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. (509) 664-9353 or (509) 664-9277.
Facebook: Carlton Complex Fire
Twitter: #Carlton Complex
Call Okanogan County Emergency Services for the most current information at one of these numbers — (509) 422-2422; (509) 422-2428; (509) 422-2408; (509) 422-2420.
Assistance and information
• Red Cross shelters are located at the Winthrop Barn, Chelan High School, Omak Corner Stone Church and Brewster High School. Call (509) 663-3907.
• KOZI Radio has contacts for housing, pet boarding, livestock boarding, food and water. Call (509) 682-4033.
• The Okanogan County Community Action Council has set up a Fire Victim Assistance donation fund. Tax deductible donations can be sent to OCCAC, P.O. Box 1067, Okanogan, WA 98840 or may be made via credit card using the “donate” button on the website www.occac.com. One hundred percent of these funds will provide fire victim assistance and will stay in Okanogan County. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 641-0101.
• The Brewster Chamber of Commerce has set up an account at North Cascades National Bank, the “Brewster and Pateros Relief Fund.” Donations can be made at any branch of NCNB. For information, call the chamber of commerce at (509) 689-3464.
• The City of Pateros has set up an account at North Cascades National Bank for donations specific to the Brewster, Pateros and Methow volunteer fire departments. For information, call the Pateros Fire Department at (509) 923-2571.
• The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has set up an NCW Fire Relief Fund. Donations can be made at www.cfncw.org. Call (509) 663-7716.
• Okanogan County Public Utility District, (509) 422-3310.
• The Cove Food Bank in Twisp, (509) 997-0227.
• Brewster Community Center, 603 W. Cliff St., offers water, food, clothing, shoes, towels, toiletries and showers. Call (509) 733-1366.
• Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp is offering food and water. Call (509) 997-2926.
• Cascade Bible Church on Highway 20 in Twisp is providing free water, diapers, batteries, food, clothing, restrooms, showers and other supplies for fire victims. Call (509) 630-6796, (303) 229-8867 or (303) 726-0932 for information.
• The Carlton Complex Assistance Network, which is devoted to helping rebuild the community after the crisis, is gathering information about displaced residents and assessing and prioritizing immediate needs. For information about the organization and meetings, call (509) 449-2221.
• Phyllis Daniels is compiling lists of resources for people in need, including places to stay, businesses and organizations that are providing services, and churches that are assisting the displaced. Call (509) 997-9211.
Cancellations, delays, postponements
• The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival has been cancelled.
• The Methow Valley Clay Arts Fest has been cancelled.
• The opening of Twelfth Night at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp has been postponed for a week.
• The Saturday (July 26) showing of films produced in the Wild Mind Film Camp has been cancelled.
• Little Star Montessori School naturalist camp has been cancelled.
• The Killer Whales swim team will compete on Saturday (July 26) in the county championships in Omak. Call (509) 679-6991 for information.
Park closures, evacuations
Pearrygin Lake State Park Manager Rick Lewis closed the park on Friday (July 18) “predominantly for health and sanitation reasons,” after the valley lost power, he said. “We began telling people to pack up at 10:30 a.m. and got everyone out by 1:30 p.m.,” Lewis said.
Assistant Park Ranger Bryan Alexander had driven down valley to assist with the evacuation of Alta Lake State Park the night before. “They got everyone out of the park 15 minutes before the fire blew through,” Lewis reported.
No damage has been caused at Pearrygin due to fire. The park’s target re-opening date is Aug. 1, Lewis said. No opening date has been set for Alta Lake.