The rain was missing Friday, but the 250-thousand acre Carlton Complex Fire is still at a slow burning allowing for more progress.
Fire Information Officer Joanie Quanstrom says there are four hot spots that crews are fixed on.
At this time, Quanstrom says no evacuation level 3 alerts are issued for any home at this time.
The most active flank of the fire is still burning northward, but solid containment lines has kept the blaze at bay.
The Carlton Complex Fire is 55-percent contained.
Fire officials are starting to talk about full containment on some of the fires within the Mills Canyon and Chiwaukum Complexes.
Fire Information Officer Sara Sarlos says crews have controlled enough of the Chiwaukum Creek Fire to point that Hwy 2 is expected to re-open on Sunday at 8p.m..
Fire PIO Sara Sarlos says Hwy 2 will re-open with piloted traffic though she encourages locals to use Chumstick Hwy as an alternative route.
Full containment of the 95-percent contained Mills Canyon Fire and Kelly Mountain Fire are expected by Sunday, though the Duncan Creek Fire is 0-percent contained.
Per usual, a new fire management team will arrive on site this weekend.
Evacuation notices remain unchanged on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire.
Following a recount of homes lost to fires, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says 300 homes perished during the Carlton Complex blaze.
Rogers says the county is on the cusp of declaring a state of disaster and that's why he's encouraging anyone affected by the wildfires to contact Okanogan County Emergency Managment.
The numbers to call are 509-422-2472 or 509-422-2428.
In the meantime, Rogers says the National Guard has been checking on the welfare of those displaced.
The Carlton Complex is now 55-percent contained.
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Firefighters are reportedly making good progress on the Chiwaukum Creek Complex Fire. But fire managers are wary of hotter and dryer conditions forecast for this weekend.
Fire spokeswoman, Sara Sarlos says the fire is 25 percent contained. .
Sarlos says there's been alot of firefighting activity on the Northern flank of the complex in the Duncan Mountain area where crews are establishing a fire-break to protect vacation cabins in that area.
The Mills Canyon Complex is now in mop-up mode at 95 percent containment. Sarlos says they're hoping to have that fire fully contained by the end of the weekend.
Managers are also keeping a wary eye on possible new fires. As the weather heats up its possible that lightning strikes that went undetected could ignite as temperatures increase over the next few days
Sarlos says crews could partially re-open highway 2 soon if fire conditions improve.
***THE FOLLOWING IS THE LATEST FROM INCIDENT COMMAND FOR FRIDAY 9 AM****
Suppression of these fires is an interagency effort, including Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 8 and 9; Washington DNR; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Pacific Northwest Team 3 will be transitioning with the Southern Area Incident Management Team (Dueitt). The Southern team will be briefed this afternoon and will shadow Pacific Northwest Team 3 on Saturday as they prepare to take over management of the Chiwaukum Complex.
Chiwaukum Creek Fire: Firefighters will continue to hold and secure containment lines on the north and east perimeter, including along Highway 2. Firefighters are also evaluating conditions for resuming the burnout operations on the northeast edge of the fire, above Thompson Creek. Suppression options are being evaluated on the southern and western perimeters which are partially within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area.
Kelly Mountain: There was aerial reconnaissance over the fire yesterday. Ground resources, including Hotshot crews will be flown back in to the fire today to complete fire lines and suppression efforts.
Duncan: Crews made progress on opening roads and reducing fuel below the fire and along Shady Pass Road. Protection measures are completed on the cabins and campgrounds along the upper Entiat River road.
Mills Canyon: Fire rehabilitation, finishing mop-up, patrolling lines continues today. Firefighters anticipate the fire will be in patrol status this weekend.
Weather: A warming and drying trend is expected over the weekend. Temperatures will be in the low 80s today, with relative humidity in the 20s. By Sunday expect temperatures to reach the 90s, with relative humidity in the teens. Winds will be light from the west.
Evacuations/Closure Information: Evacuations remain unchanged today. Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures on their Facebook and Twitter sites at www.facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/
Containement efforts are proceediing with leaps and bounds were made on the Carlton Complex Fire Wednesday and Thursday resulting in the easing of some evacuation levels.
Fire Information Officer Jessica Payne says the fire is 55 % contained....
Evacuation alerts dropped from a 3 to a 2 in the Libby Creek, Middle Fork and Gold Creek areas Thursday.
The Carlton Complex Fire continues to burn at 250-thousand acres.
Carlton Zone Fire Update
Friday July 25, 2014 - 9:00 AM
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITES:
· Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com
· On Facebook search for: Carlton Complex wildfire
· Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/
(360) 688-0560 or (360) 688-0148
(509) 996-9971 or (509) 996-3568
Media briefings held daily at 11:00 AM at the Carlton Zone ICP located at the Liberty Bell High School south of Winthrop.
Community Meeting at 6:00 PM Saturday, July 26 at The RV Park Roadhouse Restaurant in Carlton.
Fire Operations: Cooler temperatures assisted firefighters the last few days and progress continues on the Carlton Complex...