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New Methow Valley fire threatens homes, closes Highway 20

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A fire that started Friday afternoon between Twisp and Winthrop has closed Highway 20 and forced evacuations.

A new fire burning between Twisp and Winthrop has closed Highway 20 and forced the immediate evacuation of several roads.

Everything in the area is level 3 (get out now) evacuation,” Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said at 3:15 p.m. Friday, as he was doing evacuation notices.  “It’s burning right in the middle of homes. I don’t know what we’ve lost so far.”

Immediate evacuations were being done along Highway 20 and in Elbow Coulee and Twin Lakes Road and other roads in that area, he said.

Local fire districts were battling the blaze, along with fire crews and the National Guard who are working on the Carlton Complex fire.

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