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WILDFIRE WATCH 2014: FEMA funding approved for Carlton Complex Fire

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - UPDATE:

President Obama has approved federal assistance to Okanogan County and confederated Colville tribes for repairing and rebuilding in the wake of the Carlton Complex Fire, according to the Office of Governor Jay Inslee.

The approval means FEMA will reimburse both the County and tribes for 75 percent of the costs for eligible expenses. Those expenses include roads, bridges and public utilities. The Obama Administration has not yet approved individual assistance, which would provide reimbursements to individuals and households. FEMA officials are still reviewing that request. Wildfire damage in those regions is estimated at about $35 million.

"This is good news for our local government leaders who have been managing significant damage as a result of these fires," Gov. Inslee said. "I appreciate the Administration's swift and prompt review of our request and am hopeful we'll hear more news soon about resources for our impacted families and businesses."

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Fire officials updated evacuation and closure announcements Wednesday afternoon for the Devil's Complex Fire.

-Level 3 Evacuation along Hwy 21 from the South Nanamkin Road to the Bridge Creek Road.Level 3 evacuations mean leave immediately.

-Level 2 Evacuation along Hwy 21 from the State Gravel Pit that is just north of the North Nanamkin Road to the South Nanamkin Road. 

-Level 2 Evacuation from the intersection of Hwy 21 south to Capoose Creek/Meadow and east to the Roadside Park/Gravel Pit at Keno Trail. 

Level 2 means be ready to leave.

-Level 1 Evacuation along Hwy 21 from the Bear Creek Campground to the State Gravel Pit that is just north of the North Nanamkin Road. 

-Level 1 Evacuation along Hwy 21 from the Capoose Creek/Meadow to McAllister Road.
Level 1 means be aware of the fires.

The Devil's Elbow Complex includes four fires burning in southern Ferry County. Three of the fires are burning close together north of Keller, WA. A fourth fire is burning about 15 miles away from those fires, north of Nespelem.


At last check, the fires are 0 percent contained.

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FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - As of Wednesday at noon, the fire has burned 2,500 acres.  Fifty homes are threatened, and another 50 structures are threatened as well.  Four dozers, five 20-person hand crews, two water tenders and 14 engines are attacking the fire. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation Department of Natural Resources says they expect fires to grow Wednesday because of the hot, dry weather and winds.                                                                         

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Three wildfires burning in Ferry County, making up the majority of the Devil's Elbow Complex Wildfire have burned about 2,000 acres. One old, vacant home has been destroyed but so far firefighters have been able to save all other homes and structures in the area.                                                                                                                                  

An urgent evacuation notice has been issued for 20 homes. The fire was detected Sunday on the Colville Reservation. Officials say it was likely ignited by weekend lightning. Fire spokeswoman Kathy Moses says six families have evacuated to a community center in Keller.

Highway 21 at Bridge Creek is closed and is expected to remain closed through Wednesday.

Elsewhere, hot, dry weather on Tuesday has allowed two fires in central Washington to grow.The state Emergency Operations Center says wildfires have scorched an estimated 485 square miles in Washington state, and they have burned an estimated 334 homes.

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FERRY COUNTY, Wash.- Three wildfires burning in Ferry County grew to 2,000 acres in size Tuesday and are moving together, according to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation. The three fires are between six and 10 miles north of the city of Keller. They make up the majority of the Devil's Elbow Complex Wildfire. A forth fire, also part of the complex, has burned about 500 acres north of Nespelem.

Level 3 evacuations remained in place late Tuesday along Highway 21 from Bridge Creek Road to Thirty Mile Road. Level 3 evacuations mean there is an immediate threat, and residents need to evacuate. There are level 1 evacuations north of Thirty Mile Road as well. Level 1 means residents should be aware of the fires. Displaced homeowners may seek shelter at the Community Center in Keller. The shelter can be reached at (509) 634-2190 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. After hours, you can call (509) 634-7336.

About 210 firefighters are fighting the fire, which is 0 percent contained. They plan to work through Tuesday night protecting structures along Highway 21. 

A community meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Center in Keller. The Department of Natural Resources say lightning strikes ignited the fires Saturday.

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FERRY COUNTY, Wash.- On Tuesday, August 5th, the Colville Confederated Tribal Police issued a Level 3 evacuation for people in the San Poil Valley. The evacuation order affects people who live in San Poil Valley from Bridge Creek Road to Thirty Mile Road. Level 3 means leave immediately.

Highway 21 is also closed 20 miles south of Republic, in Ferry County, from milepost 128 to milepost 140.

The evacuation and Highway closure order is due to a complex of fires called "The Devil's Elbow Complex". Four wildfires that were detected August 3rd, but were likely ignited by lightning that passed through the area on August 2nd.

Three fires are in the San Poil River Valley, north of the town of Keller, WA, near the Thirty Mile Road. These are the Cub Creek Fire (165), the Central Peak Fire (160), and the Deadhorse Fire (164). They are burning timber, grass, brush, litter, and heavy slash that resulted from a local wind storm two years ago. The terrain is very steep and rocky.

Approximately 20-25 homes and structures are located nearby in the San Poil Valley along Highway 21. A Level 1 Evacuation notice has been declared along Highway 21 from the Bridge Creek Road north to the BIA 1020 Road. Residents should be aware that fires are burning in the area.

The Cub Creek Fire is burning on the west side of the San Poil River. It is approximately 1-2 acres.

The Central Peak Fire is approximately 150-200 acres. It has approximately 80 fire fighters assigned to it.

The Deadhorse Fire is approximately 200 acres. It was kept in check yesterday with air support. It has approximately 75 fire fighters working on it today.

The Timm Brothers Ranch Fire (number 161) has burned approximately 500 acres near the Columbia River, about 20 miles north of Nespelem, WA. It was primarily burning grass and brush. It is 80% contained and continues to be patrolled and mopped up.

The weather is expected to remain hot and dry with increasing winds.

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