A new, fast moving wildfire reported this afternoon south of Winthrop, near the smoke jumper base. The State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 20 from Milepost 196, east of Winthrop at Twin Lakes Road, to Milepost 202, west of Twisp. There is a detour available via the Old Twisp Highway. Level 3 evacuations have been called for Twin Lakes Road to Wandling Road and on Signal Hill Road. Winthrop is at Level 2 evacuations. According to officials with the Carlton Complex, the blaze was reported west of Highwya 20 around 2-30p.m., about a half mile south of Twin Lakes Road. The State Department of Natural Resources and Fire Protection District 6 are doing initial attack and coordinating air and ground resources with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team. As of 4-30 officials say the blaze appears to be moving northwest around Liberty Bell High Schohol where the Carlton Complex Incident Command Post is located. Firefighters have secured the ICP and are continuing fire suppression efforts on the Carlton Complex. As of last report there were thunderstorms with winds of 20 miles per hour moving through the area. We'll have more information as it becomes available.
ts moving day for Volunteers at the Pateros High School Gymnasium. The Gym has been serving as the collection point for items donated for wildfire victim relief. The Gym has run out of space for the mountain of clothing, food and other items collected over the last couple of weeks and school officials also need to get it ready for the start of school in about three weeks. Now the real need is for more hands to help with the move to a new warehouse . listen here. That's Heather Carrington one of many volunteers who've been pressed into service with the Carlton Wildfire relief effort.