Level 2 evacuations ordered for Winthrop area due to Cedar Creek Fire

North Cascades Cedar Creek Fire 2

OKANOGAN CO., Wash. — Four zones in the Winthrop area are now under Level 2 evacuations due to the Cedar Creek Fire.

Okanogan County emergency Management said on Thursday night said the evacuation levels were issued for the Pine Forest Development area, Moccasin Ranch area, Eastern Wolf Creek area and Twin Lakes Development area.

Level 2 means ‘be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.’ All other evacuation levels remain in affect.

For Moccasin Ranch area, it includes the intersection of Twin Lakes Road and Wandling Road north on Twin Lakes Road, the intersection of Patterson Lake Road, Elbow Coulee Road and Dibble Lake.

For the Eastern Wolf Creek area, it starts at the Wolf Creek Bridge, goes east towards Winthrop along the Methow River to the Winthrop Fish Hatchery, then south on Twin Lakes Road to Patterson Lake Road to the north end of Patterson Lake.

As for Twin Lakes Development, the zone starts at the north end of Twin Lakes Road at the Winthrop Fish Hatchery Road, goes south on Twin Lakes Road to Wandling Road and then directly back to the Winthrop Fish Hatchery Road.

Level 3 evacuations were issued on Monday for people living near Mazama due to the fire. Level 3 means ‘leave now.’

Evacuations are in effect for areas on the Highway 20 side of the Methow River and west of the Mazama entrance on Lost River Road. Okanogan County Emergency Management says this includes Arrow Leaf Road, Cassal Ranch Road, Early Winter Drive, Freestone Inn Drive, Freestone Lake Drive, Mazama Pines Lane and Wilson Ranch Road.

A Red Cross emergency shelter is in standby status at the Methow Valley Elementary School’s Eagle Gym.

Highway 20 is closed at Lost River Road.

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