The Okanogan County Sheriff's office said 35 homes were destroyed by the Carlton Complex Fire since it started burning on Wednesday. Flames forced people to evacuate the town of Pateros , Washington on Thursday evening.

Sheriff Frank Rogers said no casualties were reported.

Emergency Management has ordered the evacuation of the town of Pateros which includes the Red Cross shelter at the Pateros Elementary School. Police said people were evacuating around 7:00 p.m. when flames reached Pateros city limits. People in nearby Brewster are on standby to evacuate.

Red cross shelters are set up at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church in Omak for evacuated residents in Pateros, Brewster and nearby areas.
Other shelters include Chelan High School, the Grange in Twisp and First Baptist Church in Leavenworth.

The flames are part of the 18,000 acre wildfire which has already destroyed two homes in the Methow Valley.  There were likely other buildings damaged or destroyed.  A portion of Highway 20 is also closed nearby.

Firefighters are primarily battling the flames from the air. The fires began Wednesday in the area.

The fire command center was set to hold a briefing at 6:00 am Friday morning.