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‘SuperTanker’ gets OKed by Govt. Accountability Office for firefighting

‘SuperTanker’ gets OKed by Govt. Accountability Office for firefighting

A jumbo jet that is converted to fight wildfires had to sit out most of the massive fires that raged across the West this year. But the Boeing 747-400, which can drop 19,000 gallons of water or retardant on fires, may be able to fly more next year in the United States, after a federal agency...
Assessing the Diamond Creek Fire’s effects on wilderness

Assessing the Diamond Creek Fire’s effects on wilderness

  Backcountry trails, wildlife habitat will be impacted By Ann McCreary Reconnaissance flights over the area burned by the Diamond Creek Fire, which is still burning in some places, are revealing the extent of the fire’s effects on trails, camps, habitat and structures. More assessments of the burn severity within the almost 127,498 acres burned...
Living a bear’s life

Living a bear’s life

Cinder, the bear that was rescued as a cub three years ago after being badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, is healthy and behaving like any other wild bear after her release two summers ago. The story of Cinder’s rescue, her long and painful …
Diamond Creek Fire triples in size as hot, dry conditions persist

Diamond Creek Fire triples in size as hot, dry conditions persist

After primarily burning pockets within its existing perimeter for several weeks, the Diamond Creek Fire intensified in the past 10 days, almost tripling in size to 95,000 acres. Fire officials were prompted to issue the lowest evacuation level …
300 people file lawsuit seeking damages from state DNR for 2014 Carlton Complex Fire

300 people file lawsuit seeking damages from state DNR for 2014 Carlton Complex Fire

Three hundred people have filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), saying that the agency failed to suppress four small fires that resulted in the “combined inferno [that] became …
Diamond Creek Fire advances toward Canadian border

Diamond Creek Fire advances toward Canadian border

Fire officials on both sides of the border were keeping watch on the Diamond Creek Fire as it advanced northward early this week toward Canada. “There was substantial growth” on the north end of the wildfire, which had moved to within about 3 miles of …
Diamond Creek Fire progress slowed

Diamond Creek Fire progress slowed

Fire crews continued to strengthen fire lines south of the Diamond Creek Fire this week in case the fire should make a run south. The fire’s southward progress down the Eightmile drainage has been halted for now, …
Diamond Creek Fire grows beyond wilderness, enters Eightmile drainage

Diamond Creek Fire grows beyond wilderness, enters Eightmile drainage

The Diamond Creek Fire advanced south out of the Pasayten Wilderness and into the headwaters of the Eightmile drainage last weekend, and fire crews are working to hold the fire along fire lines about three miles south of the Billy Goat Trailhead. On Saturday (Aug. 12), crews were …
UPDATE: Diamond Creek Fire, Friday, Aug. 4

UPDATE: Diamond Creek Fire, Friday, Aug. 4

As the Diamond Creek Fire enters its second week, fire managers are focusing on preventing the fire from advancing north toward Canada and south toward the Eightmile drainage. In a community meeting Thursday evening (Aug. 3) in Twisp, members of Pacific Northwest Team 2, a Type 1 incident management team, said the northern and southern perimeters...
Quick, coordinated response helped contain Methow Valley's Canyon Creek Fire near Carlton

Quick, coordinated response helped contain Methow Valley’s Canyon Creek Fire near Carlton

A quick response from multiple firefighting agencies; luck with weather and wind; and homes protected by green, defensible space helped fire crews contain a blaze that started near Carlton on Saturday (July 15) to less than 1,200 acres. The first significant …