Carlton Complex Fire Relief Fund

For: The Methow Valley Community - The Cove/CBC
Organizer: Lynn Brown
$3,255
of $200,000 goal.
Raised by 38 donors
1% Complete
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The Story

The Carlton Complex fire in Okanogan County, which accounts for roughly three-quarters of the acreage burning in Washington, grew by about 5,000 acres Sunday to 243,000 acres, or 380 square miles. That makes it about 4.5 times larger than the Seattle area. Nearly 150 homes have been lost and power remains out in the Methow Valley leaving very few homes with water or even internet service.

If you have any questions about where this money is going or how it is being spent please feel free to contact one of the following people:

Pam Floyd at The Cove: (509) 663-3907
Kelsey Bourn: (509) 429-4134
Lynn Brown: (206) 931-7356

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 22, 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014

Via The Seattle Times.
July 21, 2014. 10:15am
By Jack Broom and Andy Mannix

"Okanogan County fire now largest in state history"

Even as one of Washington’s wildfires became the largest in state history Monday — burning an area 4.5 times the size of Seattle —  fire crews and aid workers are bracing for the possibility that lightning could trigger a new round of fires by midweek.

“It’s tough to say, at this point, what to expect,” said Ryan Fliehman, National Weather Service meteorologist, adding that thunderstorms forecast to sweep through Central Washington on Wednesday could ease fire efforts with rain, or set a new round of fires with lightning.

The potential of more lightning-caused fires is a big concern for ZoniaQuero-Ziada, manager of the Red Cross shelter in Brewster. The Red Cross opened the shelter Sunday night, anticipating the possibility that more residents will need clean water, food and other resources over the next few days.

“We hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, we are here,” she said.

Several Spanish-speaking workers also are available to help at the shelter, said Quero-Ziada. Because most of the emergency information has been transmitted in English, she said many in the area’s large Hispanic community haven’t been getting the updates, and encouraged people to come to the shelter for information. “Usually it’s the minority groups that get sidetracked, that don’t know what’s going on,” she said.

The Carlton Complex fire in Okanogan County, which accounts for roughly three-quarters of the acreage burning in Washington, grew by about 5,000 acres Sunday to 243,000 acres, or 380 square miles.

That moved it past the 1902 YacoltBurn in Southwest Washington, which, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, destroyed nearly 239,000 acres. The 1902 fire, with no overall firefighting effort, killed 38 people in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamaniacounties and destroyed 146 homes.

The charred skeleton of an all-terrain vehicle sits on the road in the aftermath of the Carlton Complex fire, which ravaged the land and homes along Chiliwist Road near Malott. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

The Carlton fire has destroyed 154 structures, Gibbs said: 150 single-family homes, three multi-family residences and one commercial building.

A 67-year-old Okanogan county resident, RobKoczewski, died of a heart attack Saturday after trying to save his Carlton-area home from flames.

As thunderstorms are forecast to move south to north through Central Washington on Wednesday, firefighters will be hoping for rain, but little lightning.

“It’s hard to know until it gets here. Some rain would be very beneficial,” said Paul Gibbs, spokesman for fire crews on the Carlton Complex fire.

But rain could bring a threat of its own,  Fliehmansaid, adding that heavy rains can triggerflash floods, particularly on slopes where vegetation has burned away.

Some 3,100 firefighters were battling six major wildfires in Washington, while more than 4,800 were fighting 13 fires in Oregon.

More than 1,600 were at the Carlton Complex fire, up about 200 from Sunday.


Posted on July 22, 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014

Via the Wenatchee World Newspaper.
July 22, 2014 9:39 am
Michelle McNiel

"Weather helps firefighters gain ground on Carlton blaze, now largest in state history"

PATEROS— A sprawling wildfire that has blackened 380 square miles through the middle of Okanogan County is now the largest in state history, destroying at least 150 homes and impacting thousands of residents.

The fire has burned in and around some 760 miles of state and county roadways and has prompted various levels of evacuations for many of the 4,500 homes in the region, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

After several days of active and unpredictable fire behavior, cooler and wetter weather arrived on Monday to give firefighters their first foothold on the blaze that stretches roughly from Winthrop to Okanogan and down into northern Chelan County

The Carlton Complex has now reached 243,391 acres, surpassing the 1902 Yacolt Burn, which was previously the largest recorded fire in state history. That fire charred 238,920 acres in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties, leveling homes and churches and killing at least 38 people.

The arrival of national-level fire management teams over the weekend has brought additional firefighters and resources, including the Army National Guard. More than 2,100 fire personnel are now assigned to the fires, with camps set up in Omak, Winthrop and Chelan. They are being helped by 18 helicopters and three airplane that scoop water.

Firefighters were able to dig and secure lines around 16 percent of the fire.  

Fire crews planned to take advantage of the weather conditions to aggressively build containment lines today.

We are throwing everything we’ve got at this fire while we’ve got this favorable weather,” said fire spokeswoman Trisha Maki.

Crews have been working around the clock for the last two days, said fire spokeswoman Suzanne Flory.

On Monday, the fire flared at its northern edge, forcing Level 3 (get out now) evacuation orders Highway 20. But Flory said crews were able to hold the fire south of the highway, which was closed this morning.

The fire also kicked up in the Carlton area Monday afternoon, leading to brief evacuation orders to leave immediately that were lifted a short time later.

We had some winds that caused our (line-building) crews to disengage for safety reasons until things settled back down,” Flory said.


Posted on July 18, 2014

Posted on July 18, 2014

Posted at 3:52, July 18, 2014
Methow Valley News Facebook Page:

Most recent evacuations we have been notified of: 

Davis Lake, level 3
Bear Creek Road, closed, level 3
Pearrygin Lake State Park, closed and evacuated as a precaution. 

Highway 153 continues to be open only intermittently. At 1:30 it was closed from the Loup Loup turn off to Benson Creek.

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