The latest:

  • The Carlton Complex Fire is 237,890 acres. It is 2 percent contained. 1,622 personnel are fighting it.
  • Highway 97 is closed between Pateros and Brewster. Highway 20 is closed between Milepost 206 and Milepost 215. Highway 153 is closed between Milepost 6 and Milepost 21.
  • There is a Level 3 evacuation between the town of Carlton and Pateros.
  • The Chiwakum Complex Fire is 11,051 acres and is 10 percent contained.
  • The Mills Canyon Fire is 22,751 acres and 75 percent contained
  • About 200 homes have been lost
  • One man has died trying to protect his home from the wildfires

WINTHROP, Wash. - Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of terrain.

A slight chance of rain is expected for Tuesday, with more of a possibility of precipitation on Wednesday. With the rain comes a chance of lightning, according to KING 5 meteorologists.

Sunday's official estimate put the wildfire burning in north-central Washington at more than 370 square miles. That's more than four times the area of Seattle, which is 83.9 square miles.

In all, some 200 homes have been lost in the Carlton Complex fire where nearly 300,000 acres had been scorched as of early Monday. Electricity and water services are out to parts of Brewster, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop. Crews say it could take weeks for power to be restored. Roughly 7,000 people were still without power in Okanogan County.

The Washington National Guard has been pushing back against the flames with four Blackhawk helicopters, dumping more than 400,000 gallons of water. There are nearly 1,400 firefighters battling the flames, assisted by more than 100 fire engines.

Man dies trying to save home

The Okanogan County sheriff's office says a man died of an apparent heart attack while fighting a wildfire near his home.

The sheriff's office says 67-year-old Rob Koczewski was stricken Saturday while he and his wife were hauling water and digging fire lines on their property, which was threatened by part of the massive Carlton Complex wildfire.

Sheriff Frank Rogers says Koczewski was a retired Washington State Patrol trooper and U.S. Marine. A friend said he had a history of heart issues.


How you can help:Northwest Response



Carlton Complex blog - official information

Chelan County Emergency Management

InciWeb fire information

Red Cross shelters:

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
Supporting the Omak Community Shelter operated by the Colville Tribe

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