People were forced to evacuate part of Okanogan Co. again on Monday as Highway 20 was closed. Level 3 notices went out to people living in the following areas:

  • Pleasant Valley area
  • North Cook Mountain Rd.
  • Rock Creek
  • Buzzard Lake
  • Leader Lake
  • Alpine Lake
  • White Rock Rd.

The Okanogan County Sheriff told KREM 2 News the weather is finally giving firefighters a break on the massive Carlton Complex fire.

As of Monday  a fire spokesman said no homes were immediately threatened by the fire. Authorities said the fire in 2% contained

Official said Spokane County Fire District 8 played a big role in saving homes. They said they saved 6 homes near Malott. A crew from Airway Heights also helped save homes in that area. 

The Okanogan County Sheriff said a retired Washington State Trooper, Rob Koczewski, died of an apparent heart attack while attempting to save his home. The 67-year-old and his wife were hauling water and digging lines on their property according to Sheriff Frank Rogers. Koczewski was well-known and respected throughout the community Rogers said. He also served as a Sergeant Major for the U.S. Marine Corps.

The sustained winds dropped to below 10 mph and temperatures cooled into the 70s Sunday, causing the fire to slow down its assault on Central Washington.

Rogers said the fire had moved away from populated areas and into timber.

This is the current list of Red Cross shelters in the area:

--Brewster High School, 503 S. 7th, Brewster

--Chelan High School, 215 W. Webster, Chelan

--Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, 328 N. Riverside, Omak

--Winthrop Barn Auditorium, 51 N. Hwy 20, Winthrop

Highway 153 is closed at milepost 6-21 and Highway 97 is closed between Pateros and Brewster according to fire information officers. Highway 20 has reopened between Omak and Twisp. You can contact the “511” automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for updated information.

Highway 97 from Brewster to Pateros and from Chelan to Peteros are closed.