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August 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

At least 6 homes lost in wildfire between Twisp and Winthrop

Update 3:30 p.m.:

Lightning strikes started four new fires near the Carlton complex fire this afternoon as a storm blew through with winds of more than of 40 mph.

The incident command center at Liberty Bell High School was also evacuated when a electrical fire started in the building during the lightning storm. Anne Jeffery, fire information officer, said the power went out right before the fire started, but the fire was not serious.

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At least six homes were lost overnight in the wildfire that started Friday near Twisp and spread two miles toward Winthrop on Friday evening.

The fire did not reach Winthrop, which remains at evacuation Level 1 – meaning residents should be aware there is a fire in the area.

“The fire went through private property, some homes were consumed, a lot of fences,” said fire-information officer Alan Hoffmeister. “We are doing a damage assessment right now.”

The total number of homes destroyed is not yet known, but Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said more than 200 homes were evacuated Friday. He counted at least six destroyed homes driving through the fire area Saturday morning and will continue to assess damage Saturday afternoon.

The Rising Eagle Road fire started Friday around 2:30 p.m. and had spread to 400 to 600 acres by Friday night, Hoffmeister said. The fire moved northwest, around Liberty Bell High School, where the incident command post for the Carlton complex fire is located.

“Yesterday afternoon was a real eye opener for us,” Hoffmeister said today. “The fire was within a half-mile of incident command and moving in our direction. Luckily it veered off.”

Hoffmeister said the concern today is possible thunderstorms and erratic winds that could throw sparks, starting new fires.

The Rising Eagle Road fire is separate from the Carlton complex fire, which started as four fires and grew into one larger fire on July 20, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. The Carlton complex team has assumed command of the new fire.

The Carlton complex fire is 394 square miles, and has been 81 percent contained, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Highway 20 is open again between Twisp and Winthrop after being closed when the fire crossed the road Friday evening. Evacuation orders are in place Saturday morning for: Wandling Road, Rising Eagle Road, Hill Drive and Signal Hill. Pearrygin Lake State Park remains closed.

Sun Mountain Ranch and Resort, which were evacuated Friday, has been downgraded to a level two.

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