OKANOGAN, Wash. - New evacuation notices have gone out Monday night in North Central Washington as the Carlton Complex fire has scorched more than 240,000 acres and destroyed 150 homes.
To underscore the fact the fire isn't done yet, a Level 3 evacuation notice was issued Monday afternoon for the following areas:
- Pleasant Valley area
- North Cook Mountain Road
- Rock Creek
- Buzzard Lake
- Leader Lake
- Alpine Lake
- White Rock Road
Highway 20 between Twisp and Okanogan is also closed.
Monday the skies of North Central Washington were filled with helicopters making run after run while crews on the ground battled to keep the Carlton Complex fire from heading north over Libby Creek Road. Libby Creek is just miles away from where the fire started.
In dense forest and steep terrain 210 fire men battle on the ground trying to get containment around this blaze. Crews manning dozers are working to clear fire lines, but firefighters know it could be a long, hard fight to bring the fire under control.
The biggest thing right now is the weather; cooler temperatures and higher humidity are in store for several days this week, and firefighters are hoping Mother Nature decides to join their team.