Carlton Complex Update

August 6, 2014        8:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Information Center:  509-996-9971

Hours of operation:  7 a.m. – 9 p.m.



Rising Eagle Road Fire:  Crews continued to patrol and mop-up, focusing on the areas around residences. Containment is 100%.

Carlton Complex:  Crews continue to patrol and mop-up areas near Pearrygin Lake, on the western portion of the interior island, and south of Loop Loop Ski Area to strengthen lines.  On the rest of the fire, crews patrolled, mopped-up, and assembled equipment for return to the Incident Command Post (ICP).  Night crews patrolled various areas of the fire line; doing mop-up as needed.


Rising Eagle Road Fire:  Crews continued to patrol and mop-up, focusing on the areas around residences.

Carlton Complex:  Operational priorities are:  strengthen line along the northwest edge (near Pearrygin Lake) and improve interior lines on the western portion of the interior island. Along the rest of the fire’s perimeter crews will patrol, mop-up, and gather equipment for return to the ICP. Suppression repair work will continue. Structural engines are in place to patrol and respond to initial attack in the Methow Valley wildland/urban interface. The Washington National Guard continues to support the incident by staffing road closures. Night crews will patrol various areas of the fire line; doing mop-up as needed.

Air resources continue to play a vital role in the successful containment of this complex and are also supporting suppression efforts on the Little Bridge Creek Fire, the Upper Falls Fire, and initial attack on new fires.

Resource Advisors are identifying needed fire suppression repair work on the Rising Eagle Fire and the Carlton Complex. Repair of  roads and of hand and dozer lines in contained areas is underway.  An Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is working to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical  natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and will develop plans to implement emergency stabilization measures.

Anyone who believes they have a new start is encouraged to call 911. Local fire departments continue to respond to 911 calls reporting new starts.

If your property is in or below a burned area, you may be at risk for a flood or debris flow during a rain event.  Please go to for valuable information.


Level 1:  Wandling Road, Rising Eagle Road, Hill Drive (Hoot and Holler), Signal Drive, Pine Forest, Sun Mountain Resort, Upper Bear Creek Road, East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek, and Pearrygin Lake State Park.  No areas are in Level 2 or 3.



Forest closures:  call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (509) 996-4000 or go to

Road, trail, and campground closures: closures/3967/

Highway closures:  Washington Department of Transportation at

Weather:  A dry cold front will move over the area today; high temperatures will be in the mid 90s with west winds up to 20 mph (mostly in the late afternoon);  inversion dispersing after 10:00a.m.

Fire Statistics

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

Start Date:  07/14/2014

Complex Size: 256,108 acres (including the 504 Rising Eagle Road Fire)

Air Resources:  4 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, and 5 Type 3 helicopters, 1 air support

Resources Include:  1 Type 1 hand crews, 21 Type 2 hand crews, 10 Type 2 initial attack crews, 73 engines, 28 water tenders

Total Personnel:  1,491

Percent Contained:  90%

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