Update, 9:45 p.m.: The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the city of Brewster is no longer under a Level 3 evacuation advisory. The Hospital Hill area is at Level 1, but the rest of the city has no advisories for evacuating.
Update, 8:35 p.m.: Sheriff Frank Rogers gives this synopsis of the fire right now: Brewster is under a Level 3, though only residents in the outskirts closest to the fire are being asked to evacuate. Malott has been evacuated, areas near Winthrop are under Level 3, Twisp is Level 2, Antoine Creek and Washington Creek drainages north of Chelan are Level 2, and the city of Okanogan is at Level 1 evacuation advisories. The fire was still active, but was not making wild runs like it did Thursday night when it razed parts of Pateros. Things were calm enough for the sheriff to take a dinner break.
“There’s a lot of fire in Brewster and a lot of fire protection in Malott right now,” he said. “But it’s calming down.”
Highway 97 in Okanogan County and Highway 153 in the Methow Valley are now fully open.
Updated, 7:35 p.m.: The city of Brewster is being evacuated as the fire that torched nearby Pateros on Thursday night is pushed closer by gusty winds, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office. The town of Malott is reportedly deserted.
Updated, 6:04 p.m.: The rural community of Malott is now being evacuated, and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation for residents of King Rock Road and Paradise Hill Road at the edge of Brewster to leave immediately.
Updated, 4:53 p.m.: The city of Okanogan is now under a Level 1 evacuation advisory, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.
Updated, 4:30 p.m.: Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said more homes have reportedly burned Friday afternoon as the Carlton Complex fires continue to assault the valley from Winthrop to Brewster and Pateros.
“We don’t know how many, but we are getting reports of structure fires. I know of some in the Texas Creek area. One of my deputies was flagged down on (Highway) 153 by a woman whose house was on fire,” he said.
Rogers said the Brewster and areas of Pateros not burned in Thursday night’s firestorm are still safe this afternoon.
The community of Malott is now under a Level 3 notice to evacate as the eastern edge of the fire approaches.
PATEROS — At least 83 of the structures burned in Pateros and lower Methow Valley on Thursday night were primary residences, fire officials say.
The Carlton Complex of fires continues to burn on several fronts between Winthrop and Brewster and heading south toward Chelan this afternoon. New level 3 evacuations — warning residents to leave immediately — have been issued for Davis Lake and lower Beaver Creek this afternoon.
“It is one long, continuous fire storm from Davis Lake to Brewster,” said fire spokeswoman Jessica Blethen. “All edges of the fire are being worked upon.”
“We are in a highly volatile fire situation,” she added. “The fire is extremely active.”
She said fire crews are preparing to defend the city of Brewster this afternoon.
Blethen said there are now as many as 500 homes under Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation due to the fire complex.