TWISP, Wash. - A new fire that started south of Winthrop Friday has closed part of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop and has forced Level 3 evacuations.
Highway 20 is closed between milepost 196 and milepost 202.
The state Department of Natural Resources said that some structures have been lost and more are threatened.
Level 3 evacuations have been issued for Twin Lakes Road to Wandling Road, and for Signal Hill Road. About 200 residences have been evacuated, including the Sun Mountain Resort. Winthrop has been reduced to Level 1 evacuations; Twisp is not under evacuation.
As a precaution, Pearrygin Lake Park has been evacuated along East Chewuch Road and roads in the vicinity of Pearrygin Lake are currently under Level 2 evacuation.
The following list summarizes the evacuations and closures as of 8 p.m. Friday:
Twin Lakes Road to Wolf Creek Road
Sun Mountain Resort
Pearrygin lake State Park is under evacuation and closed at least through the weekend.
Upper Bear Creek Road
East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek
Highway 20 from Twin Lakes Road to Winthrop
Highway 20 is open to LOCAL RESIDENTS OLY from Twisp to Winthrop
A forest Closure Order is currently being written for the area north of the Carlton Complex
Two shelters have been established at the Community Center in Twisp and the Community Church in Mazama
Fire officials said the new wildfire is between 200 and 300 acres and has now been added to the Carlton Complex. Aircraft and other resources used to fight the Carlton Complex are being diverted to help crews fight the new fire.
The American Red Cross has opened two evacuation centers in the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 S. Methow Valley Highway, in Twisp, and the Mazama Community Church, 18202 Highway 20, in Mazama.
Red flag warning issued
A red flag warning was issued Friday afternoon for the area due to a forecast that calls for scattered thunderstorms and erratic winds.
Thunderstorms were possible in the Carlton Complex area Friday afternoon, according to the incident meteorologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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A flash flood watch is also in effect for the fire area due to the possibility of isolated rain.
Fire officials reported significant gains in containment, despite high temperatures and low humidity. The fire is now 71 percent contained.
Over 3,000 personnel are fighting the lightning-sparked wildfire that is over 252,000 acres in size.
Governor Jay Inlsee has extended burn ban for Eastern Washington has been extended until noon on August 8.