Wildfires burning path of destruction into central Washington
Unfortunately wildfires in parts of the Pacific Northwest, particularly in western Washington, are beginning to blaze a trail of increased destruction.
The Carlton Complex Fire, a series of several fires in Washington’s Methow Valley, ripped through the small towns of Pateros and Brewster in Okanogan County, burning at least 80 homes on Friday. A significant part of the town of Pateros, home to more than 600 residents, has burned, and nearby Alta Lake saw at least 40 homes lost in the blaze.
The good news: no injuries have been reported so far, and the fire appeared to be moving away from some populated areas on Friday morning. Carlton Complex, just one of several fires in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, is one of the largest in the West, having already burned over 167,000 acres and is approximately 30 miles long.
More good news arrives this weekend, this time in the form of meteorological relief. First, a trough will dig through starting late Friday and into Saturday, bringing some rain to parts of the parched Pacific Northwest – primarily concentrated in western Washington. More importantly, the clouds and more humid air will lower temperatures and assist firefighters with better conditions to battle blazes.
Best wishes to those in central Washington- it appears much-needed relief is on the horizon.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi