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Little Bridge Creek/Carlton Complex/Upper Falls Fire Update (Aug. 16)

Little Bridge Creek/Carlton Complex/Upper Falls Fire Update (Aug. 16)

Saturday, August 16, 2014   Recent moisture and lower temperatures continued to create an opportunity for our firefighters to safely take more direct action on all three fires. Today’s warm up and sunshine may allow for some visible smoke in the burn areas, however high humidity should may it difficult for active fire behavior to...
Arts briefs: Aug. 13, 2014

Arts briefs: Aug. 13, 2014

This week: Celestial Cinema screens three films starting Aug. 21, MountainFilm on Tour coming to Winthrop Aug. 23, and Meet artists at Winthrop Gallery Aug. 23.
Feds decline to list wolverines as endangered species

Feds decline to list wolverines as endangered species

By Ann McCreary

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Tuesday (Aug. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. Wolverines have made a steady recovery in …

Liberty Bell football squad lends a hand during fire evacuation

Liberty Bell football squad lends a hand during fire evacuation

By Laurelle Walsh
When the people and pets at Rover’s Ranch were suddenly forced to escape from the Rising Eagle Road Fire on Aug. 1, five members of the Liberty Bell High School football team and their coach were among the friends and clients who showed up to help with the evacuation.
Relationships at the heart of Heart of the Methow Powwow

Relationships at the heart of Heart of the Methow Powwow

By Laurelle Walsh

For those whose Methow Valley ancestry extends back centuries, and for those whose love of the valley is deeply felt, the Heart of the Methow Powwow is a day of remembrance, reconciliation and cultural sharing.

The 12th annual powwow takes place on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on...

Firefighters focused on controlling blazes in steep mountain terrain

Firefighters focused on controlling blazes in steep mountain terrain

By Marcy Stamper
This past week, firefighters have concentrated on controlling two fires started by lightning on Aug. 2 and 3, the Little Bridge Creek Fire near Thompson Ridge above Twisp River and the Upper Falls Fire near Falls Creek in the Chewuch drainage. With continued …
Hank Cramer to head recovery organization; Room One fiscal sponsor

Hank Cramer to head recovery organization; Room One fiscal sponsor

By Marcy Stamper
Room One will offer temporary fiscal sponsorship of a new long-term recovery organization (LTRO) to address needs connected with recent wildfires. The Twisp-based social-service agency announced Wednesday, Aug. 6, that it would be the fiscal sponsor for a three-month period, with …
County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

By Marcy Stamper 

The assessed value of taxable property—mainly houses and cabins, but also shops and outbuildings—destroyed in the Carlton Complex wildfire is almost $28 million, according to Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman, whose …

A wildfire glossary: what the terms mean

A wildfire glossary: what the terms mean

Compiled by Marcy Stamper

A glossary of standard terminology, as well as colloquial terms, that often appear in updates on fire status.

Methow fire map and info.

Methow fire map and info.

A map of fires in the area, a list of which areas are closed and which aren't in the Methow Valley Ranger District and a summary of burning restrictions to help residents and visitors plan their Methow Valley activities