Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 1:02 AM

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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