CARLTON, Wash. – A 1,200 acre fire burning in Okanogan County has destroyed one abandoned home and an out-building. The fire remains active Monday morning, fire crews said.
As of 9:00 a.m.,the Canyon Creek Fire is estimated to have burned 1,200 acres so far and destroyed one abandoned home. The fire began one mile north of Carlton near mile post 23 on the east side of the roadway on Saturday, per the Okanogan County Emergency Management Facebook page.
Mandatory level three evacuations have been reduced to Level 2 evacuations for the area of Carlton to Benson Creek and Carlton up to Texas Creek. This means you are asked to voluntarily relocate or be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
Level two evacuations remain in place from Benson Creek to Lower Beaver Creek.
Officials said they will reevaluate those evacuation levels throughout the day Sunday.
Okanogan PUD had shut off power from Twisp to Libby Creek due to burned power lines and poles. Officials said Sunday morning power was isolated and restored to most users, and they plan to replace the burned poles later in the day.
Drivers on SR 153 can expect delays after crews worked Sunday to clear trees and replaced power lines. The roadway was closed because of tree snags next to the road as well as fire equipment so crews can battle the fire. WSDOT is managing the closure, officials said.
There are two shelters in place, one at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, and the other is at Brewster High School.