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81forest 07-19-2014 01:13 PM

Carlton Complex Fire
 
Okanogan County's mega fire is being talked about elsewhere, but this thing deserves its own thread at this point.

Now at 215,000 acres, Pateros has burned, Brewster was just evacuated, and Twisp is at Level 2 evacuation level. Power and cell service are out throughout the Methow Valley, and I just read an update that 911 emergency call services are out as well. It is a serious shitstorm out there.

I grew up in the Methow, went to Allen Elementary in Twisp and Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School in Winthrop. I have been glued to Facebook for the last three days, reading posts from childhood friends that are abandoning their homes with only what they can carry. It is heartbreaking.

http://khq.images.worldnow.com/images/4246620_G.jpg

Current map of the fire from NASA satellite:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...53737334_n.jpg

Link to donations via Almira Fire Department: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Almir...16313891727441

If anyone is in this area and is being affected by the fire, don't be afraid to ask the adv community for help! The Methow is a tough rural community and it will survive this. Examples of hometown heroism are everywhere; the Carlton General Store is staying open all night in order to pump gas to whoever needs it. Donations are coming in, and people are opening their doors to anyone that has been displaced by the evacuations. Cheers to the firefighters, smokejumpers and everyone that has lent a hand so far.

Every year when I was a kid there were fires, people that we knew lost their homes from time to time, but I don't know anyone that remembers anything this bad.

Post updates, news, ideas, prayers and wishes here!

81forest 07-19-2014 01:24 PM

From Carlton General Store's page on Facebook, I get goosebumps reading this:

"Just a reminder to everyone in the valley that the store is now pumping gas and we will be open all night! That's right all night the doors will be open for anything that you need. If you need a place to stay we will be here. Please make sure you have enough water and gas for your generators!"

Ride Now 07-19-2014 02:03 PM

Here's a couple of links for InciWeb. The first is the main page for the Carlton Complex fire and the second is the link from the announcement box at the top of the page. It has phone numbers and a link to the Okanogan County Sheriff Office facebook page.



http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3967/22394/

81forest 07-19-2014 02:09 PM

Thanks for those links, Ride Now. Are you seeing ash in Yakima?

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Ride Now 07-19-2014 02:29 PM

Nothing right now, but we're actually a long ways from these major fires. We have had several small, by comparison, fires in the area that are all pretty much contained.

81forest 07-19-2014 03:30 PM

Pic of the Bear Creek fire line, with helicopter about to scoop up some Lake Pearrygin.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...9325a204e99e86

Eastview 07-19-2014 03:36 PM

How did you get the google earth image with the fire on it?
I am trying to get information for a friends wife who's place is on the river half way between Methow and Carlton.

81husky 07-19-2014 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eastview (Post 24651779)
How did you get the google earth image with the fire on it?

Try this. http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/googleearth.php

Click on "Fire Detections(MODIS): Current" Below the map.

81forest 07-19-2014 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eastview (Post 24651779)
How did you get the google earth image with the fire on it?
I am trying to get information for a friends wife who's place is on the river half way between Methow and Carlton.

That image was posted to fb by this site: http://nwfires.com

Lots of good intel and updates on there. Best of luck to your friends.

joeaverage 07-19-2014 05:05 PM

Thanks for the info. My sister is over there and her area is at level 2 evac notice right now. She relocated her livestock yesterday and is ready to bug out with the kids. It seems like she has to go through this every couple of years.

81forest 07-19-2014 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joeaverage (Post 24652235)
Thanks for the info. My sister is over there and here area is at level 2 evac notice right now. She relocated her livestock yesterday and is ready to bug out with the kids. It seems like she has to go through this every couple of years.

Wow, best of luck to her. I think the toll on open range livestock is going to be pretty bad.

97 homes lost so far. No human casualties. Here is a pic of a friend's house that we were all sure was going to burn, but was saved by aerial bombing of fire retardant. He and his family evacuated yesterday; he built this place by hand about 30 years ago and I know he didn't want to leave..

Gotta love that "slurry red" paint job from the retardant, I'm sure he does.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...77775378_n.jpg

81forest 07-19-2014 05:45 PM

Here is what Methow people generally do for fun when there are no fires.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...31375084_n.jpg

Ride Now 07-19-2014 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ride Now (Post 24651483)
Nothing right now, but we're actually a long ways from these major fires. We have had several small, by comparison, fires in the area that are all pretty much contained.

Forgot about this one. :eek1

http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2...s-38000-acres/

81forest 07-19-2014 05:56 PM

Not so lucky. https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.n...90309696_n.jpg

A friend just posted this:
"The Carlton complex is now the largest fire in the recorded history of Washington State. In 1902 the Yacolt Burn toasted almost 239,000 acres...Our fire topped 215K this morning and will easily take the top spot."

81forest 07-19-2014 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ride Now (Post 24652500)

Uff da. :(:


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