Wildfires explode in Okanogan County, Washington

(SOURCE)   The latest:

  • Evacuations underway in the towns of Malott and Brewster.
  • The Carlton Complex Fire, burning in the Methow Valley, has burned a combined 202,000 acres, says a governor’s spokesperson. It is zero percent contained.
  • An estimated 100 homes have been destroyed.
  • About 2,000 firefighters are working in Eastern Washington; an additional 1,000 National Guard troops and active duty military could be called.

PATEROS, Wash. – A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes Friday, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community in the scenic Methow Valley, a sheriff said.
    
“We basically evacuated the whole town” of Malott, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday night. Those living in outlying areas of Brewster were also told to leave.
    
Malott is home to about 500 people, while the population of Brewster is about 2,400.
    
No injuries have been reported, the sheriff said, adding he knew the damage toll has grown but he didn’t have an updated number.

“We know we’ve lost more homes,” he said.

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