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Washington State fire update

Any noticeable smoke in the South Okanagan this week was likely from the Carlton Complex Fires and Bugg Road Fire, which are still burning out of control in Washington State.

The former, burning south and west of Omak, WA, is the largest fire in state history.

As of Tuesday, the Bugg Road Fire, located eight miles east of Tonasket, WA, was around 1,000 acres. There are currently about 150 people working to contain the blaze.

Five bombers from the Okanagan were sent to the fire scene on Monday, and dropped about 125,000 litres of retardant.

One structure was lost on Monday, and at least 20 were threatened. There was a level 3 evacuation alert put out by the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office, but that was then reduced to a level 2.

Incident commander Buck Sylvester said the fire has a trail around the entire blaze, but they were not calling it contained as of Tuesday afternoon.

More information on the Carlton Complex Fires can be found at carltoncomplex.blogspot.com.

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