Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Order for Washington Town

Jul 17, 2014 11:54 PM by Tamara Damante

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a north-central Washington sheriff has issued an urgent evacuation notice for the wildfire-threatened small town of Pateros and officials are also evacuating a hospital in a nearby town.

The Okanogan County dispatch center said Sheriff Frank Rogers issued the evacuation notice Thursday night for the town of Pateros and a hospital in Brewster. Pateros has a population of about 650 people.

The area is threatened by a fast-growing cluster of wildfires known as the Carlton Complex, which has burned across at least 28 square miles of the scenic Methow Valley. The fire has already burned homes.

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