Canyon Creek fire warnings and evacuations

CARLTON, Wash. - Just after noon on Saturday, July 15, a fire broke out Northeast of Carlton, Washington.

The initial fire spread was quick through dry grass and heavy brush induced by Red Flag Warning weather conditions.

Containment was expected to be around 10% by the end of Sunday.

If it were not for the quick actions and coordinated efforts of initial attack local crews (Okanogan County District 6, DNR and Forest Service) many homes would have been lost, and fire spread much more substantial.

Level 2 and 3 evacuations are still in place as of 3:30 pm for 80-100 homes which will be reassessed Sunday evening.

Red Cross has one Evacuation Shelter at the Twisp Community Center. Highway 153 is still closed north of Carleton due to falling trees, rocks and power lines.

Crews and PUD are on scene working to clear debris and restore power.

The public is asked to assist firefighters by considering their outdoor activities.

Make sure chains and other metal parts aren't dragging from your vehicle which cause sparks.

Check your tire pressure because driving on an exposed wheel rim can also cause sparks.

In addition, be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush as hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire, and you may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.