Carlton Complex Update
August 7, 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 strengthen line, patrol and mop-up areas near Pearrygin Lake, on the western portion of the interior island, and south of Loup Loup Ski Area. 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.

The camp at Okanogan will be closed down today and remaining resources moved to the Incident Command Post near Winthrop. We thank the community for its support for the firefighters while we were part of their community.

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. Repair of roads and of hand and dozer lines in contained areas continues. 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. 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.
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.

Evacuations (including all evacuations in the Methow Valley area)
Level 1: Pine Forest, Sun Mountain Resort, East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek, and Pearrygin Lake State Park. No areas are in Level 2 or 3.

Weather: high temperatures around 80 with west to northwest winds 10-12 with gusts up to 23 mph; inversion dispersing after 10:00a.m.

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

Highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation at

Fire Statistics
Location: 5 Miles SW of Okanogan, WA; 7 Miles south of Twisp, WA
Start Date: 07/14/2014
Complex Size: 256,108 acres (including the 504 Rising Eagle Road Fire)
Air Resources: 6 Type 1 helicopters, 6 Type 2 helicopters, and 5 Type 3 helicopters, 1 air support
Resources Include: 1 Type 1 hand crews, 17 Type 2 hand crews, 9 Type 2 Initial Attack crews, 75 engines, 9 Dozers, 25 water tenders
Total Personnel: 1,295
Percent Contained: 91%
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