Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander

Nathan Rabe, Deputy Incident Commander

Carlton Zone Fire Update

Sunday July 27, 2014



(360) 688-0560 or (360) 688-0148

En Espanol (360) 280-4352


Media briefings held daily at 11:00 AM at the Carlton Zone ICP located at the Liberty Bell High School south of Winthrop.

Fire Operations: The fire is now 59% contained, with an acreage total of 250,514. Gains continue to be made at the Carlton Complex. A solid black edge exists between Winthrop and Carlton, though crews will continue to patrol the area and respond to any smoke concerns residents have. The planned burnout operation near the Pearrygin Lake area has been postponed until favorable conditions are met. Updates will be provided as they are known. On the northeastern side of the fire, near the Loup-Loup pass, crews have had success constructing line into the Tripod burn area. Much work has been applied to the Libby Creek zone, and the effort has paid off; the area has been lined and crews are cleaning up hot spots. Below Libby Creek, between the south fork of Gold Creek and Mcfarland Road, a burnout operation is still planned when conditions permit. Though fire activity appears to be diminishing, staffing levels will remain consistent. Residents are asked to be aware that fire traffic will remain on area roadways, and to please drive with caution.

Crews worked throughout Saturday night, extinguishing hot spots and providing point protection for structures. Today, resources will continue extending and improving fire lines. Washington National Guard units will be in the area, checking on residents and providing health and wellness checks.

Safety Message: The area will be getting hotter and drier as the week progresses, with clear and sunny skies. Please drink lots of fluids and apply sunscreen when necessary. As well, avoid leaving pets and children in vehicles for extended periods.

Weather Message: Hot and dry weather is expected, with the potential for triple digit heat early next week. Following this, monsoonal moisture and dry lightning is a possibility. Be advised there may be an increase in fire activity as fuels dry out and residents can expect to continue to see smoke.

Up to date emergency information can be obtained from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office, Emergency Service Center and the E.O.C at (509) 846-2122, (509) 422-2422, (509) 422-2428, or (509) 422-2420.