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Remembering the nightmare

PATEROS — July 17: To say it was a tough day in the battle against the Carlton Complex fires is an understatement.
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MANSFIELD — A 33-year-old Bridgeport man was airlifted to Confluence Health in Wenatchee early this morning after a rollover accident five miles west of Mansfield.
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Summer’s last hoorah!

WENATCHEE — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has partially lifted a forest-wide campfire ban.Just in time for Labor Day weekend, campfires are allowed, but only in metal campfire pits in designated campgrounds on six of the seven …

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WENATCHEE — Coffee stand Rivet popped last month from the merchant lineup at Pybus Public Market, and Hot Rodzz Espresso has taken its place in the market’s vintage Airstream trailer.

Fire Updates

8:49 a.m- Both Wenatchee and Leavenworth are at a "moderate" air quality status. This level is just below "good" and means that people with asthma or other respiratory problems should limit their outdoor activites. To view air quality conditions throughout Washington state click here

8:40 a.m.- The Red Cross has mobilized several emergency response vehicles to provide feeding sites throughout affected communities. Feeding will be available during lunch (11 a.m.- 1p.m.) and dinner (4:30- 6:30 p.m.) today at:

The AgriPlex at the Okanogan Fairgrounds

Twisp Community Center

Throughout the Pateros Community

Throughout the Carlton community

All open Red Cross shelters

For more information call 509-663-3907.

8:30 a.m.- For an updated list of ways you can help fire victims click here.

8:20 a.m.- RED CROSS SHELTERS

The following Red Cross Shelters remain open for fire victims: 

Brewster High School (503 South 7th)

Chelan High School (215 West Webster Ave.)

The Winthrop Barn (51 North Highway 20)

Tuesday, July 22---------------------

4:26 p.m.- ROAD CLOSURES

Antoine Creek Road and Washington Creek Road remain closed.

2:40 p.m.- The North Central Regional Library Bookmobile will be relocating to the Pateros High School. It will provide electrical outlets, Wi-Fi access, and bottled water. 

1:24 p.m.- The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival has been canceled.

10:12 a.m.- HOW TO HELP

Call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more ways to assist fire victims click here

9:49 a.m.- RED CROSS SHELTERS

The shelter at Kittitas Secondary School has been closed.

9:12 a.m.- ROAD CLOSURES

Highway 20 

Antoine Creek Road

Apple Acres Road

Washington Creek Road

8:00 a.m.- RED CROSS SHELTERS

Brewster-OPEN

Chelan-OPEN

Leavenworth-CLOSED

Omak-CLOSED

Twisp-CLOSED

Winthrop-OPEN

Call 509-663-3907 for more information.

Monday, July 21

3:45 p.m. - The state Department of Revenue has offered tax relief for North Central Washington businesses affected by wildfires. Businesses can request state business tax filing extensions and late-payment penalty waivers. Get details here.

2:45 p.m.- Some good news for people who lost power as a result of the Carlton Complex fires. Some power has been restored in Brewster. An area from Twisp to Winthrop could get power within three to five days. 911 phone service has been restored in Bridgeport. 911 service in Winthrop is working for cell phones.

1:45 p.m.- Okanogan Health Department has received word that the Mazama store and related drinking water system has continued to operate. The Mazama store is a location where drinking water containers may be filled.

1:20 p.m.- Carlton Complex fire’s shift signals relief in Washington’s Methow Valley: Click here for the story.

1:12 p.m.- ROAD CLOSURES

Antione Creek Road-CLOSED

Apple Acres Road-CLOSED

Washington Creek Road-CLOSED

Chumstick Highway and Beaver Valley Road remain open with weight restrictions of 26,000 pounds. Local supply deliveries to Plain and the surrounding area are allowed. 

11:42 a.m.- AIR QUALITY HAS IMPROVED

After alternating between “unhealthy” and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” for several days, Wenatchee’s air quality was deemed healthy again on Monday morning.

According to the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Leavenworth’s air quality on Monday was also healthy.

Both Wenatchee and Leavenworth were at an “unhealthy” status late last week, when the health district suggested that people limit their outdoor activities and exercise. 

Health risks in Wenatchee and Leavenworth are now minimal and no precautions are necessary.

—Bridget Dowd, World staff

11:30 a.m.- Insurance advice for fire evacuees and victims 

By Holly Thorpe

World staff writer

WENATCHEE — As wildfires continue to threaten homes, evaluating home insurance is essential.

For those who are at risk of losing their homes, residents should begin making a list of possessions now, said Karl Newman president of the NW Insurance Council, a non-profit insurance group in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

That way, if disaster does strike, families will be prepared to quickly begin filing a claim.

Those who have already lost homes or other things to the fire should file their claim immediately, even without a complete list. The council advises taking photos, if it’s safe to do so, and to contact your insurance company with as detailed a description of the damage as possible.

“If you’re home’s gone, go get help,” Newman said. “And keep the records.”

Coverage which includes additional living expenses becomes effective immediately, meaning insurance can begin covering the cost of living (a motel room, buying meals) right off the bat.

In addition, residents should avoid discarding damaged items or repairing damage before contacting your insurance provider — they could get stuck with the bill.

For more information on filing a claim, visit nwinsurance.org.

11:10 a.m- The Salvation Army in Wenatchee is hosting a Water Bottle Drive to support fire relief efforts in NCW. For more information on how to help call 509-662-5103.

10:49 a.m.- To view Seattle Times coverage on local wildfires click HERE.

10:49 a.m.- OPEN BUSINESSES IN CARLTON, TWISP, & WINTHROP

Carlton

Carlton General Store

Twisp

Methow Valley Family Practice

Aero Methow Rescue Service

Methow valley Community Center

Hank’s Market (grocery)

Hank’s Mini Market (gas)

Do-It Center (hardware)

Methow Valley Lumber

Pacific Pride (gas)

Ulrich’s Pharmacy

Post Office

Twisp Town Hall 

Twisp Police Station

The Washworks (Showers and Laundry Service)

Twisp Daily Business

Methow Valley News

Cascade Pipe and Feed Supply

NAPA Auto Parts

Les Schwab

Coyote Ridge Automotive Repair

Motion Auto Supply

Glover Street Market (organic grocery)

Bj’s Branding Iron Cafe and Saloon

La Fonda Lopez (restaurant)

Twisp Feed Store

Twisp Chevron

North Cascades Bank

A variety of other motels and gift shops

Winthrop

Country Clinic

Post Office

Ace Hardware

Evergreen (grocery)

Winthrop Physical Therapy

Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe

Winthrop Emporium

Farmers State Bank

Several gift shops and motels

9:37 a.m.- The Wenatchee Youth Circus at Walla Walla Point Park will donate 10 percent of its Tuesday ticket sales to the American Red Cross to help wildfire victims. Those who have been evacuated due to wildfires will receive free admission to any show they would like. 

8:53 a.m.- Wenatchee's air quality is now at a "healthy" status according to the Chelan-Douglas Health Department. Leavenworth's air quality is now "moderate". 

8:49 a.m.- FIRE SHELTER UPDATE 

The Red Cross shelter located in Leavenworth has been closed.

A new shelter was opened Sunday night at Brewster High School.

Shelters at Chelan High School and Cornerstone Christian in Omak are still open.

Call 509-663-3907 for more information.

8:19 a.m.- Road closures and emergency conditions  across NCW have forced the Postal Service to temporarily shut down delivery at several Post Offices. Places affected include:

Carlton

Malott

Methow

Pateros

Twisp

Sunday, July 20

6:15 p.m. Gov. Jay Inslee ran out of time and couldn't visit the fires today, a spokesman for the Carlton Complex said this evening.

12:30 p.m. Gov. Jay Inslee will visit the fire zone today around 4:30 p.m., according to Okanogan Sheriff's Office officials.The governor said in a state Department of Natural Resources press release Friday that 100 National Guard troops are working the fire and as many as 1,000 more will come in the following days as they complete wildfire training.

9:30 a.m.

By noon Saturday, 170 people had registered at Red Cross shelters for fire victims. Currently, the shelters are:

  • First Baptist Church – 429 Evans St., Leavenworth
  • Chelan High School – 215 W. Webster, Chelan
  • Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church - 328 N. Riverside, Omak
  • Winthrop Barn Auditorium - 51 N. Hwy 20, Winthrop
  • Kittitas Secondary School – 7571 Kittitas Highway, Kittitas
  • Supporting the Omak Community Shelter – operated by the Colville Tribe 

Saturday, July 19

That's it until around 8 p.m., when we'll post the latest updates of the Mills Canyon, Carlton and Saddle Mountain fires. See you then.

5 p.m. Level 3 evacuations (get out now) have been ordered for 129 homes in the Antoine Creek area of Chelan County. The southwest edge of the Carlton Complex fires is encroaching. Some 150 fire personnel with two bulldozers and helicopters are battling that edge, a Chelan County Sheriff's official says. The fire is still about 9 miles from the city of Chelan. Here's a link to an infrared map of the fire taken last night: https://docs.google.com/a/wenatcheeworld.com/file/d/0B0wIbbQZq0osMGQxOU1paFFpM3M/edit

All day: Winthrop’s 27th annual Rhythm & Blues Festival went ahead as scheduled Friday and Saturday, although organizers acknowledged some criticism for their decision to proceed with the three-day festival. Organizers and some performers made a donations to the fire-relief effort.

4:30 p.m. The southwest edge of the Carlton Complex fires is about 9.4 miles from the city of Chelan, but some 150 fire personnel with two bulldozers and helicopters are battling the leading edge, near Antoine Creek, a Chelan County Sheriff's official says. Evacuation in the fire area remain at Level 2 (be ready to leave) and are expected to stay that way for now.

4 p.m. The Paschal Sherman Indian School is making its dormitories available to families displaced by the Okanogan County fires. See more here.

FRIDAY, JULY 18

6:30 p.m.:  The Waterville fairgrounds is now available to take in large animals evacuated from wildfires. Call Shelly Moser at 670-3446.

6 p.m.: King Rock Road and Paradise Hill Road just outside of Brewster are now on Level 3 evacuation, urging residents to leave, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office.

5:50 p.m.: Fire meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Plain Community Church for the Chiwaukum Fire.

5 p.m.: The city of Okanogan is now under Level 1 evacuation. Malott is under a Level 3 notice for residents to leave. 

4:56 p.m.- AIR QUALITY

Wenatchee and Leavenworth are now at an "unhealthy" air quality status. For more click HERE.

4:36 p.m.- For an updated list of how you can help those affected by fires, click HERE.

4:04 p.m.- Highway 153 is now open to all traffic.

3:50 p.m.- Antoine Creek and Washington Creek roads north of Chelan are now on an increased Level 2 evacuation notice because of fire moving down from the Methow Valley. At this time, Union Valley is not under any evacuation advisory.

3:50 p.m.- At 4:15 p.m. today, Chumstick Highway between Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth will reopen to the public as a detour route around the Highway 2 fire closure. That means traffic driving to and from Western Washington can use Chumstick Highway and Highway 207 between Coles Corner and Lake Wenatchee to bypass the highway closure between Coles Corner and Leavenworth.

3:06 p.m.- Donations to help the communities affected by the wildfires can be made at Town Ford in East Wenatchee, which is located at 700 3rd St. NE. 

3:01 p.m. - Organizers of the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival announced this afternoon the festival will still take place, starting tonight and running through Sunday at the Blues Ranch along Highway 20 near Winthrop.

2:38 p.m.- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is accepting donations such as cat food, dog food, blankets, and towels to help those affected by fires. Money and gift card donations are also accepted for things like dog bowls and anything else pet owners may need.

2:30 p.m.- BOARDING OPTIONS FOR PETS

Animal Hospital of Wenatchee will take dogs and cats for boarding over the weekend. Call 509-663-8845.

The Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere is accepting large animals like horses. Owners should bring containers for water for their animals and anything else they need for care. They have plenty of room. Call 509-782-3232.

1:57 p.m.- At this time, the Emergency Department at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster remains open. Patients will continue to be treated until the hospital has been given further evacuation instructions from law enforcement. However, the hospital cannot admit anyone due to their Evacuation Level 2 status. Outpatient services are limited to emergency needs only. 

1:35 p.m- BOARDING OPTIONS FOR PETS 

Omak Stampede Grounds is accepting large animals such as horses and cows for boarding. Owners should bring hay for their animals. Call 509-826-1983.

1:31 p.m.- The electrical system from the town of Malott and to the north is energized at this time; there are areas between Brewster and Malott that are without power. At least 3,700 customers are without power at this time.

1:08 p.m.- Leavenworth Community Pool is open again today, after closing on Thursday.

1:00 p.m.- People who want to help those affected by wildfires burning across the region can donate at Chelan County PUD offices in Wenatchee, Chelan, and Leavenworth. For more information on how to help click HERE.

12:00 p.m.- ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES

US2 is closed from Coles Corner at milepost 84.75 to Leavenworth at milepost 99 due to fire activity.

SR207 and the Chumstick Highway are open as detours to Leavenworth. There are no vehicles allowed over 26,000 pounds on the Chumstick Highway.

11:50 a.m.- Sunny FM (93.9 FM, 95.3 FM, 101.3 FM, 106.3 FM, 101.9 FM, 101.9 FM) is currently off the air due to the fire in the Twisp and Methow area. They will resume regular broadcasting as soon as possible. A press release sent out by Executive Office Manager, Teri Moser stated "Our hearts go out to all who have lost homes and beloved animals. To all the rescue and fire fighters our prayers are with you in this battle".  

11:18 a.m.- As a precautionary measure and to ensure public safety, Forest Service officials are closing all Forest Service Lands accesible from the north shore of Lake Chelan due to the increased fire activity in the Gold Creek, Foggy Dew, and Black Canyon areas in Okanogan County. For more information call 509-682-4900. 

10:32 a.m.- The Wenatchee World newspapers will be delivered late today due to fire coverage, especially in Okanogan where travel is difficult. 

10:23 a.m.- BOARDING OPTIONS FOR PETS

Big Dog Kennel in Chelan is accepting small animals like dogs, birds, and cats, with cages. Owner Chrys Fine said she has cat, dog, and bird food available but pet owners should bring food if possible. Call 509-687-9306.

Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital is accepting small pets for boarding. The clinic has limited space. Call 509-682-5812.

Lakeland Veterinary Clinic in Manson is not accepting animals for boarding, but is taking dog and cat food donations for the Chelan shelter. Call 509-687-1021. 

10:00 a.m.- SR 153 has reopened in both directions.

9:51 a.m. - CARLTON COMPLEX 

A Facebook page for pets separated from their owners in the Carlton Complex fire has been established by National Disaster Animal Response and Recovery Teams. To post a found or sighted pet or to search for a pet listing, visit facebook.com/Washingtonndarrt

9:43 a.m. - A fire relief fund has been set up by the Community Foundation of NCW. To donate visit cfncw.org or send checks to 9 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA 98801. For more information call 509-663-7716.

9:28 a.m. - People with animals who have to evacuate from the fire burning near Lake Wenatchee may be able to leave their pets at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Club Pet for free. “We’re close to capacity, but if there is space, we’ll take them,” said Dawn Davies, executive director of the Humane Society. The offer is open to people in Level 3 evacuation, she said. People in that highest level of evacuation can call 888-7387 to inquire about room. Club Pet is next to the Humane Society, 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave.

9:23 a.m. - Anyone looking to assist the Red Cross (509-663-3907) can mail a financial donation to 12 Orondo Ave., Wenatchee WA, 98801 or text "REDCROSS" to 90999. Anyone interested in volunteering can visitredcross.org/ewa. Volunteer Kathy Spencer said  financial donations are best because they allow more flexibility in how the donation is used.

9:22a.m. - The Community Foundation is starting a fund for fire victims. More information to come.

9:10 a.m.- Highway 20 is closed from Loup Loup to Okanogan.

8:26 a.m. - US 97 has reopened from the junction with SR 153 at Pateros, milepost 253.5, to the junction with SR 17, north of Brewster at milepost 260. US 97 remains closed south of Pateros to milepost 240 just north of Chelan. US 97 is also closed north of Brewster at the junction with SR 17, at milepost 260, to Malott at milepost 278.5.

8:21 a.m. - Wenatchee World photographer Don Seabrook will have photos of the fire from the air online soon.

8:20 a.m. — CARLTON COMPLEX

Homes lost in Carlton Complex now number at least 95, according to fire officials.

THURSDAY JULY 17

5:28 p.m. — Bonaventure Senior Living in East Wenatchee and Columbia Heights Senior Living in Wenatchee offering day-relief shelter to seniors during air-quality problems. Both facilities will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering meals, snacks, and activities to seniors at no cost. Pick-up and drop-off service available in local area.

4:55 p.m. — Road closure update from Chelan County Public Works: Chumstick Highway remains closed at the intersection of North Road. Barricade is staffed. Must to be a resident of that area to get into Level 1 evacuation area.

4:44 p.m. — State Department of Transportation is warning motorists headed to westside via Snoqualmie Pass to expect delay between 8 and 9 p.m. tonight due to scheduled rock blasting between Hyak (milepost 56) to Keechelus Lake area (milepost 61). Highway 2/Stevens Pass remains closed from summit to Leavenworth due to fire activity.

4:34 p.m.- CARLTON COMPLEX

Power in the Methow Valley has been shut off, according to World reporter K.C. Mehaffey.

4:21 p.m.- Run Wenatchee has cancelled its weekly run scheduled for 4:30 this evening, due to the unhealthy air quality in Wenatchee.

4:15 p.m.- The Leavenworth Community Pool has closed for the day due to ash in the pool and poor air quality. Workers will reassess to decide whether or not it should reopen tomorrow. 

4:01 p.m.- Swakane Canyon Road has been reopened. 

3:30 p.m.- Wenatchee air quality deemed "unhealthy" and Leavenworth air quality named "unhealthy for sensitive populations" by Chelan-Douglas Health District. For more information click HERE

3:24 p.m.- The American Red Cross Apple Valley Chapter opened an emergency shelter at the First Baptist Church in Leavenworth Wednesday night. It is currently providing safety to residents being evacuated due to the wildfire burning near Leavenworth. For more information call 509-663-3907. 

2:42 p.m.- CARLTON COMPLEX

Fire officials will host a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Methow Valley Community Center. Residents can also call the fire information line with questions about areas at risk. The number is 509-996-9971. 

2:38 p.m.- The four main fires are continuing to grow in what fire officials are calling a very fluid situation. The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office is continuing to issue Level 3 evacuations from Carlton to Pateros. 

2:34 p.m.- A stretch of highway between Twisp and Okanogan is closed as the fire from the Carlton Complex heads toward the road, and a power line that provides electricity to the Methow Valley. 

1:50 p.m.- CARLTON COMPLEX 

There is still no scheduled time for the power outage in the Methow Valley and no known duration.

1:13 p.m.- Pet owners who have been issued an Evacuation Level 3  can contact Club Pet Lodging, Spa and Day Camp (509-888-7387) in Wenatchee. Club Pet is operated by the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and is offering free pet boarding.

11:44 a.m.- CARLTON COMPLEX

Power to the Methow Valley will be turned off before the fire reaches power poles.

11:38 a.m.- Highway 2 is currently closed from milepost 99 at Leavenworth to milepost 64 at the summit of Stevens Pass. 

11:35 a.m.- SR 20 is closed east of Twisp in both directions from milepost 206 at Finley Canyon to milepost 215 at the summit of Loup Loup Pass. There is no detour available. Currently there is no estimated time of reopening. 

11:25 a.m.- CARLTON COMPLEX

The main power line leading into the Methow Valley is now threatened by the Cougar Flats Fire. Winds are pushing fire toward the power line, which serves the entire Methow Valley.

11:20 a.m. - Video by Brian Abbey of firefighters and smoke clouds at the Chiwaukum Creek Fire. See it HERE.

11:00 a.m.-There is a county-wide burn ban effective immediately.

11:00 a.m.-Visibility is getting worse in Wenatchee. Birch Mountain is not visible from downtown Wenatchee.

10:50 a.m.- Countryside Veterinary Clinic (509-663-6542) in Wenatchee is currently offering free boarding for small animals such as cats and dogs. Owners should bring a cage for their animals and anything it needs for care. 

10:50 a.m.- The Chelan County Expo Center (509-782-3232) in Cashmere is accepting large animals like horses. Owners should bring containers for water for their animals and anything else they need for care. 

10:50 a.m.- Partial List of Road Closures

Beaver Valley Road

Chumstick Highway 

Coulter Creek Road

Eagle Creek Road

Freund Canyon

Hill Street

Sunitsch Canyon Road 

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