The Carlton Complex fire is now 66% contained, with an acreage total of 250,806. The increased heat and dryness have combined to increase the fire's intensity and producing some isolated smoke.
Helicopters put water on some hot spots around the Pearrygin Lake area, however none of the activity was a new start or outside the fire perimeter. On the northeastern corner it was the same situation, some isolated smoke and heat that resources spent the day extinguishing and monitoring.
Further south on the eastern side, near the ski area, it was similar, the occasional smoking tree and hot spot that crews were able to manage.
Around the Gold Creek-McFarland creek area resources were busy responding to civilian concerns about smoke. Nothing to be alarmed about, everything was dealt with and nothing escaped the fire perimeter.
Residents, though, should be aware that the fire is not yet out and activity will still be noticeable. Please report any concerns you may have.
Okanogan County PUD crews have been hard at work over the past several days restoring power to thousands of people who've been without power after fires destroyed numerous power poles and other infrastructure...
A plan to reopen Highway 2 from Cole's Corner to Leavenworth Sunday evening has been postponed. Bob MacGregor, Fire Information Officer on the Chiwaukukm Creek Fire says fire managers want to begin a two day burn out operation on the west side of Chiwaukum Creek today and Monday.
Fire managers say the planned burn out operation is critical to their plans to keep the fire west of Highway 2. No word yet as to when the roadway will reopen.