TWISP — Firefighters shifted resources from the Carlton Complex fire to a new fire Friday afternoon to save as many homes as possible.
Officials said “some homes” were lost, but they did not yet know how many. An update was expected late Saturday.
The Rising Eagle Road fire threatened about 50 homes Friday afternoon in Okanogan County.
The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. west of Highway 20. It has grown to more than 500 acres.
Officials did not have a containment estimate Saturday afternoon.
Officials closed Highway 20 on Friday, but the road was back open by Saturday.
Fire commanders were concerned about thunderstorms moving through the area with wind speeds up to 40 mph.
The fire’s cause has not been released.
As of Saturday morning, level 3 evacuations were in place for Wandling Road, Rising Eagle, Road Hill Drive and Signal Hill.
Level 2 evacuation notices, meaning residents should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, were in place for Twin Lakes Road to Wolf Creek intersection, Sun Mountain Ranch and Resort, Pine Forest, Upper Bear Creek Road, East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek, and Pearrygin Lake State Park is closed for the weekend.
The town of Winthrop is on a level 1 evacuation notice — meaning residents should be aware of the fire danger.
The American Red Cross set up two shelters: one at the Methow Valley Community Center on the Methow Valey Highway in Twisp and another at the Mazama Community Church on Highway 20 in Mazama.
A community meeting is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. at the ball field in Winthrop.
Governor Jay Inslee toured the fire late Friday.
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