‘Some homes’ lost, many saved in Rising Eagle Road fire (PHOTOS)

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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.

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Evacuation notices

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.

Stay with Q13 FOX News for the latest on this developing story.

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  • Alice Smith

    DNR and Forest Service won’t be happy until ALL is in ashes. I’ve watched a lot of fires over the years and the reactions and firefighting of those fires. This time, it was obvious to the people here that DNR’s plan of action was just a ‘let it burn’. They don’t give a rip if someone is in the home or not. DNR would order local fire depts. to stand down and then sit and watch homes burn. There’s reports of people fighting to save their homes while DNR just sits and watches them, refusing to help. A normal response to fighting these fires is immediate air support and our skies are filled with bombers and bucket helicopters. Not this time… I’ve since learned that Goldmark ORDERED no air support at the beginning and let this Methow fire burn to the point where it was out of control. The media is ONLY reporting what DNR is telling them and NOT doing their job and interviewing people in these areas. This is criminal and I’d like to see these state and federally sponsored people in jail. Who knows how many never made it out of their homes while DNR sat and watched. They’re saying only one death, but I’d find that hard to believe being NO ONE is going through the ashes. (even if they did, the fire burned so hot that I really wonder if there’d even be bones left) How many people live alone and don’t have family and friends to check on them? How many just disappeared and people won’t know until it comes time to foreclose on the property for non payment of property taxes? I barely made it out of my house before it burned. Normally, I would have been asleep but that night I got busy and didn’t get to bed on time. My elderly neighbors (80s) were asleep and didn’t make it out until the house was on fire. There was no notice, NOTHING, yet, there were a number of fire trucks just sitting at the bottom of the mountain where I lived.

    The towns of Brewster and Malott would be TOTALLY lost if it were not for private people fighting and the volunteer firemen that refused to stand down and ignored DNR’s orders. “I was just following orders” was not an excuse in the Nuremburg Trials and it’s not an excuse for this criminal action. Any human life lost I see as murder done by these government agencies. There needs to be justice!

      • alice smith

        Yes, it would be nice if the media would start really doing some investigative reporting, but I’m not holding my breath. I’ve already heard from two different people that they did speak to media and it was not reported to the public. Talked to another person, just yesterday, and that person told of frustration in talking with the mefia

        • alice smith

          The last word in my comment above should have read “media”. (Having trouble with my phone) The problem that person expressed to me is that all the media wanted to focus on was how it felt to lose your home.

  • betsy

    I am interested in hearing more first person reports as well–a different perspective. Devastating. We have friends who had a beautiful home there. Complete loss for them. sickening. Glad they are safe.

    • alice smith

      Just a day in this county talking to random people, including volunteer firemen, you’d hear the exact same type of stories repeated over and over again from people at different places of the fire.