CARLTON — Two fires in the Methow Valley are still active and growing, including one discovered Saturday near Alta Lake, northwest of Pateros.
The Goat Fire grew from 30 to 94 acres and is burning in very steep country, said fire spokeswoman Alexis West.
She said one firefighter broke an ankle fighting that fire on Sunday, prompting fire officials to reassess how to engage in firefighting efforts there.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
There are also active fronts on the Buckhorn Fire, one of several dozen fires still burning in the region ignited by the Sept. 8 lightning storm.
Now at 3,000 acres, the fire is still considered a threat to some 26 homes in Gold Creek near Carlton, although most of the residents never left, or have since returned home, West said. On Sunday, a spot fire burned one-quarter acre north of Gold Creek, but was quickly contained.
West said most of the growth is to the south and northwest, and is also burning in rough terrain.
The 1,300-acre Leecher Fire and 211-acre Hunter Mountain Fire are now being mopped up, a process that will continue there for several days. West said
Altogether the fires are 15 percent contained.
K.C. Mehaffey: 997-2512