Carlton Complex showing no signs of slowing down

Wildfire has torched 167,000 acres as of midnight Thursday

CHELAN, Wash. - The Carlton Complex fire, which devastated the town of Pateros Thursday night, shows no signs of letting up due to increasing winds Friday.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday afternoon the fire is blowing up in different areas. The biggest concern was the fire front moving north of Brewster and that winds are picking up in the area, fanning the flames.

Fire officials say the two big fires that make up the Carlton Complex are likely to merge sometime Friday.

As of midnight Thursday the Carlton Complex was estimated at 167,000 acres. So far approximately 80-90 homes have been lost in the Pateros and Alta Lake communities to the fire.

Governor Jay Inslee, along with leaders from the Washington State Patrol and Washington National Guard, flew into Wenatchee Friday afternoon to meet with fire officials as well as families at a Red Cross shelter who were displaced by the evacuation of Pateros.