Carlton Complex

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Carlton Complex

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Approximate Location

48.211 latitude, -120.103 longitude

Incident Overview

Carlton Complex Fire Perimeter Map posted 8/18

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The 256,108 acre Carlton Complex Fire is now in the suppression repair stages which includes: chipping vegetation along roads, installing water bars to minimize erosion, and covering hand and dozer lines. Some History of this Fire: The Carlton Complex fires started on July 14, by lightning from a weather system that moved through the Methow Valley. The Carlton Complex started as four fires: the Stokes Fire, the Gold Hikes Fire, the French Creek Fire and the Cougar Flat fire. These fires grew into one larger fire on July 20. The fire grew dramatically on July 17. Hot weather and windy conditions pushed the fire over the ridge tops and into the town of Pateros resulting in a large number of evacuations. The fire made significant runs towards the cities of Brewster and Pateros between July 17th and 18th, consuming approximately 300 homes in its path and destroying critical infrastructure. The Okanogan Public Utility Department (PUD) was able to restore power to most of the communities by July 26, 2014. The Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center was opened to help coordinate and reestablish the affected communities. Community meetings were held in Pateros, Brewster, Twisp, Malott, Winthrop, Canyon and Methow.

Recent significant rain has caused some slides within the burn scar area. Fire closure areas still remain in effect although most roads around the actual closure areas have re-opened. There are no more evacuation orders in effect as well.
Cooperating agencies include the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, Okanogan Fire District 6, Okanogan Fire District 15 and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of the Carlton Complex, along with the Little Bridge Creek Fire and the Upper Falls Fire at 8 p.m. Aug. 11. This Type 1 team is also responsible for any initial attack responses in the Methow Valley area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 14th, 2014 approx. 02:30 PM
Location5 miles SW of Okanogan, 7 miles south of Twisp, and 9 miles SW of Omak
Incident CommanderAaron Thompson
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel111
Size256,108 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and understory) 2, 5, 8, 10, 11 heavy fuels.

Significant Events

Focus of fire resources is suppression repair.


Planned Actions

Suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: None

24 hours: None

36 hours: None

72 hours: None

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure is leading to a warming and drying trend. Above normal temperatures through Thursday. Windier but cooler conditions expected on Friday. Chance of rain showers this weekend.

Unit Information

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Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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