Sunday, August 17, 2014


Firefighters continued to make good progress on all three fires yesterday despite an increase in temperatures. High humidity has decreased fire activity substantially. With an increase in temperatures again today, there may be some visible smoke within all three burn areas; active fire behavior should remain at a minimum.

Information officers will be at the Arts and Crafts Fair in the Winthrop area today to provide information about the Little Bridge Creek, Carlton Complex, and Upper Falls Fires. Fire information officers will be conducting public tours of the fire camp today at 2:30 p.m. The fire camp is located on Twisp/Carlton Road.

The Little Bridge Creek Fire, located 10 miles west of Winthrop, WA between Canyon Creek and Little Bridge Creek, is 29% contained. The fire burn area now stands at 4,958 acres, an increase of 62 acres from yesterday’s report. Resources continue to mop-up and construct direct lines around the fire perimeter. Type 1 crews made good progress with direct line on the north and south sides of the fire. Road closures and area closures surrounding the fire area will remain in place. Information is at

The Upper Falls Fire, located 17 miles north of Winthrop, is at 8,120 acres which is an increase of two acres from yesterday. The fire is 32% contained. Recent rainfall over the fire area has minimized fire activity, although a high pressure that’s building initiated a warming and drying trend. The recent rainfall allowed for firefighters to go direct with the fire lines, which has produced good progress. Information is at

The Carlton Complex, located five miles SW of Okanogan, 256,108 acres. The fire is 95% contained. Suppression repair continues with multi-agency resource advisors. Fire is still creeping and smoldering with some smoke within the interior of the fire. Information is at


Level 1 evacuations above the bridge at the junction of County Road 9137 (East Chewuch Road) and County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) have been lifted. Level 1 evacuations have also been lifted for the Pine Forest, Sun Mountain, and for Twisp River Road above Elbow Coulee. The 8-Mile, Falls Creek, Little Bridge Creek, and Twisp River drainages are still closed to entry on National Forest lands because of the Forest closure order. Finley Road (#4100300) and Pole Pick Mountain Road (#4100500 and #4100535) remains closed and are impassable.

The incident management team is coordinating initial attack response for the Methow Valley Ranger District.


Total personnel–1,687 Hot shot crews–10 Type II crews–29
Type 1 helicopters–4 Type 2 helicopters–3 Type 3 helicopters–4
Engines–114 Water tenders–22 Dozers–10

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