carlton complex fire

Scott A. Leadingham

 

One hot July afternoon, smoke began to fill the skies in North Central Washington. In the town of Pateros, it was so dark you might think it looked like midnight. But it was just nearing dinnertime.

The 911 calls streamed in. The Carlton Complex had reached the edge of town.

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After two years of some of the worst fires and smoke the Northwest has ever seen, Washington’s Methow Valley is catching its breath. Dozens of businesses didn’t make it through and the fires still throw a long shadow.

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Three people are suing the State of Washington over the response to 2014’s Carlton Complex fire. The fire, initially called the Golden Hike fire, was started by lightning. Plaintiffs David and Deannis Schulz and John Clees say it started as just a few acres and that the state could have contained it.

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Recent flash flooding in the Methow Valley area in northeast Washington state has critics asking the state to stop logging there.

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This summer’s Carlton Complex wildfire was the largest in Washington history. Scores of firefighters battled the inferno in north Central Washington.

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People of the Methow Valley and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation were hoping for more money to rebuild hundreds of lost homes and livelihoods.

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Kent Stokes, 28, can’t believe who survived the Carlton Complex wildfire.

Wildfires Still Rage Amid Mudslides In Central Washington

Aug 22, 2014
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The National Weather Service says slow-moving storms creeping through Central Washington could bring another round of mudslides this evening.

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Residents are digging out from flooding that looks 300 yards wide in some places after mudslides brought down hillsides and torrents of mud ran down creeks outside of Twisp, Washington, Thursday night.

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The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

Washington Fire Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs

Jul 21, 2014
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The Carlton Complex fire, the most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest, has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. It has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.

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Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices.

Wildfires Force Northwest Fruit Pickers Out Of Camps

Jul 19, 2014
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Fire officials estimate wildfires have burned more than 1,200 square miles in Washington and Oregon. Crews are working fast to build fire lines between the rapidly moving flames and rural communities. But hundreds of people remain on evacuation alert.

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Quickly moving wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington have pushed those states to the top of the national priority list for firefighting resources.

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The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations Friday night.