Wildfires near Winthrop burn nearly 150 square miles

Winthrop Fires

WINTHROP, Wash. — People are still being forced to evacuate their homes as three wildfires tear through Okanogan County near Winthrop.

The Cub Creek 2 Fire, located five miles north of Winthrop has burned over 85 squares miles (54,858 acres) and is 24 percent contained. The Cedar Creek Fire, which is four miles southwest from Mazama, has burned 64 square miles (41,142 acres) and is 17 percent contained —making for a combined total of roughly 149 square miles.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest service said the Delancy Fire has not shown significant activity in past several days and it remains at 223 acres.

These wildfires have forced road closures and evacuations around the Methow Valley and surrounding areas.

Level 2 evacuations are in place for the areas labeled Eight Mile and Chewuch on the Okanogan County Advisory Map. Level 1 evacuations have been put in place for the area labeled Upper Rendezvous on the map.

For the Cedar Creek Fire, Level 3 evacuations are in place for the following areas as of July 31: Twisp River Valley from the Elbow Coulee Road, up the valley to the Buttermilk area, Bitterroot Lane, Daisy Place, Elbow Coulee Road, Lodgepole Drive, Long Leaf Lane, Mugo Road, North Blackjack Road, Nighthawk Ridge Road, Pond Road, Pumphouse Road, Red Pine Cr, Rocky Top Rd, Rodeo Drive, South Blackjack, Short Leaf Road, Sugar Pine Road, Summer Road, Timber Creek Lane, Umbrella Road, Whitebark Lane and Yellow Leaf Road.

For those living off of Wolf Creek Road between Wolf Creek Bridge and Green Road, many roads are under Level 3 evacuations as of July 26: Aspen Lane, Green Meadows Road, Cottonwood Drive, Green Road, Lealand Road, Left Fork Wolf Creek Road, Lobus Run Road, Lodge Lane, Luck Louie Road, Perrow Drive, Sundance Lane, WC Fields Road, Wild Den Road, Wolf Ridge Lane, Wolf Song Road, Winding Road and Sun Mountain Lodge.

Level 3 means “leave now,” Level 2 means “get ready.”

A Red Cross Evacuation Center is on standby at the Methow Valley Elementary School in the Eagle Gym.

830 personnel are working on the Cedar Creek Fire, and 688 personnel are fighting the Cub Creek 2 Fire.

Okanogan County Electric Co-op has reported power outage for the Cub Creek area.

The Cedar Creek Fire started on July 11 and the Cub Creek 2 Fire started on July 16.

This is a developing story.

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