Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Information Center: 509-996-9971

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Email: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

Aug. 1, 2014 – 8 a.m.

A community meeting will be held tonight to update residents about fire activity.
Location: Red Barn, Winthrop Time: 4 p.m.

Rising Eagle Fire, (Twisp/Winthrop)

Yesterday, a new start was reported west of Highway 20, about 1/2 mile south of Twin Lakes Road in Twisp. The Fire Protection District 6 and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) coordinated the initial attack of the fire with the support of Carlton Complex air and ground resources.

Many Air resources were deployed on the quick moving fire which resulted in some significant saves of residences. Damage assessment will be completed today. Carlton Complex fire resources continued to support fire suppression activities throughout the night. While the Incident Command Post was within the Level 3 Evacuation Zone, fire management staff were prepared to shelter in place had it been necessary.

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Evacuation Areas: Level as of 8 p.m. August 1, 2014

Twin Lakes Road to Wolf Creek Road: Level 3

Sun Mountain Resort: Level 3

City of Winthrop: Level 1

Highway 20 from Twin Lakes Road to Winthrop: Level 1

Highway 20 from Twisp to Winthrop open to Local Residents Only.

North Zone (Winthrop)

Yesterday, the north portion of Carlton Complex was very active as the fire spread north across Pearrygin Creek. Pearrygin Lake State Park was evacuated and closed. Residents east of Chewuch Creek and roads around Pearrygin Lake were placed under Level 2 evacuation notice. Crews have confined the fire on Foggy Dew ridge to south of Hunter Creek in the Upper Gold Creek area.

Securing contingency line and extinguishing pockets of fuel within the fire perimeter continues. Fire crews are strengthening contingency lines and checking and delaying fire spread north of Highway 20.

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Evacuation Areas: Level as of 8p.m. August 1, 2014

Winthrop City: Level 1
Upper Bear Creek Road: Level 2
East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek: Level 2
Pearrygin Lake State Park: Level 3/Closed-update on Monday

East Zone
Yesterday, good progress on containment continued in the East Zone. A few pockets of unburned fuel were identified and extinguished approximately 3 miles of South Summit on Highway 20. Today, crews will secure and reinforce containment lines and extinguish any new pockets of unburned fuel.

East of South Summit, no new fires within the perimeter were found in the predominately grassy fuel and the area is in monitor/patrol status.

South Zone
The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team assumed command of the South Zone August 2, 2014. Yesterday, fire crews monitored and patrolled the fire line. Two pockets of burning fuel were identified within the fire perimeter and extinguished. Fire crews will patrol and monitor the fire today and extinguish any interior smoking pockets.

Evacuations and Closures: For information on evacuations please check with the Okanogan Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Service Center (509) 846-2122.

For information on highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation, www.wsdot.wa.gov. Information on trail, road and campground closures: Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest, (509) 996-4000 or on the web: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 5 Miles SW of Okanogan, 7 Miles south of Twisp

Start Date: 07/14/2014

Complex Size: 252,761 acres

Percent Contained: 81%

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 2,144

Resources Include: 9 Type 1 hand crews, 33 Type 2 hand crews, 8 Type 2 initial attack crews, 131 engines, 32 water tenders, and 532 overhead personnel

Air Resources: 6 Type 1 helicopters, 6 Type 2 helicopters, and 5 Type 3 helicopters, 1 air support

Places to get information:

Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

Twitter: #carltoncomplex; Rocky Mountain IMT @rmt1pio

Facebook: Carlton Complex Fire; Rocky Mountain IMT: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

Information Boards: Information is posted on community boards in Winthrop, Twisp, and Carlton.