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Fire update: New evacuations as fires grow Monday

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Update, 8:10 p.m. Monday: New evacuation advisories have been issued in the Entiat Valley and the Blewett Pass corridor as two wildfires grew in the hot afternoon sun.

The Entiat River Road from Brief to the end of the county road are now under a Level 1 advisory to be aware that fire is growing in the area.

In addition, The Hansel Creek Road, Ingalls Creek Road and Pine Ridge Lane are under a Level 2 advisory — warning residents to be ready to leave. The community of Valley Hi is also under Level 1.

The Duncan Fire crossed the North Fork Entiat River on Monday and was spreading to the east, which firefighters had hoped to avoid. Firefighters were pulled off the fire in the afternoon because the fire burned across the road, which is the only way out of the area. 

Meanwhile, the Hansel Fire grew from 20 acres to at least 50 acres, moving closer to Valley Hi and other homes west of Highway 97.

More wind is expected on Tuesday which could cause the fires to grow quickly, fire officials said.

NCW — As firefighters inch closer to controlling the two largest wildfires burning in the region, new lightning fires — and the possibility of even more — kept them busy through the weekend.

We had quite a lightning show last night, so it’s anybody’s guess if we have new starts from that today,” said Brian Scott, a spokesman for the Carlton Complex fires in Okanogan County. “The rain was quite spotty. We had nothing at camp (near Winthrop) but portions of the fire had enough that there was a small-scale flooding.”

About two dozen new fires started from lightning storms over the weekend. Most were put out quickly, but a handful are still burning.

A new fire management team was called in to oversee the 300-acre Little Bridge Creek Fire burning in remote forest terrain about seven miles south of Winthrop. And about 80 firefighters were being sent in Monday to work on the 30-acre Hansel Creek Fire south of Peshastin.

Here’s a rundown of other fire activity:

Carlton Complex: Grew slighting to 253,377 acres. Still working to complete containment lights in the Foggy Dew area southwest of Carlton and also an area north of Pearrygen Lake area. Containment is now 82 percent. Fire personnel has dropped from more than 3,000 to about 1,700. “There’s optimism across the fire,” spokesman Andy Lyon said. “The last few problem spots are being tidied up.”

Rising Eagle Road: Crews hope to gain full containment Monday. The fire between Twisp and Winthrop started Friday afternoon and burned 6 to 8 homes, numerous other structures and blackened more than 500 acres.

Chiwaukum Creek: Rainfall caused the fire northwest of Leavenworth to quiet down over the weekend. The 35-mph driving restriction on Highway 2 is being lifted today.

Duncan: Firefighters have been shifted from Chiwaukum to this fire, which is now 3,386 acres. They are trying to keep it from moving east across the north fork of the Entiat River.

Reach Michelle McNiel at 509-664-7152 or . Follow her on Twitter at @MichelMcNielWW.

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