MALOTT, Wash. -- At least one home in Malott burned to the ground Friday night because of the large wildfire in the area.
The town is still under a Level 3 Mandatory Evacuation order, but officials said the threat in the area is gone. On Saturday morning, residents were allowed back to their homes to check on any belongings that may have survived.
The Carlton Complex Fire surged northeast and was fueled by high winds and parched conditions.
A home on a ridge near B and O Road just west of Malott was destroyed. The homeowners said firefighters did all they could but the fire came up over the hills too fast to save the home they have lived in for nearly 10 years.
Nearby home were spared but all of their belongings were turned into ash.
At the Malott Country Market, Catrena Lyon said she has seen too many customers lose their homes. Many of her friends lost their homes in Chiliwist on Thursday. She restocked her shelves Saturday after evacuating Friday night.
The fire has forced Lyon to close her business.
“It pays the bills. I’m losing money as we speak, but I have my life. That is more important,” said Lyon.
Some homeowners are returning to good news.
“I think the fire has moved up the valley ways, I’m not worried about it,” said homeowner Bill Bartleson.
Many people who evacuated have moved to Okanogan or Omak.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, there were no homes in immediate danger.
The local fairgrounds are available for people who have been displaced from the fire.