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FIRE
DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

An investigation into the cause of the Twisp River Fire has concluded that the August 2015 fire ignited when small tree branches, blown by wind, rubbed against a powerline conductor. “The wildfire was determined to be caused by the branches of a water birch tree, being a capable fuel that would sustain combustion, coming in contact...
Housewarmings for fire survivors

Housewarmings for fire survivors

  Carlton Complex Fire survivor Jim Udell said his favorite thing about the house built for him by the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) was “the house itself. Without it, I don’t have nothing,” he said. “I really appreciate what you’ve done for me, from now on till the end of time.” The...
Fire-recovery group needs housing for volunteer crews — plus local volunteers

Fire-recovery group needs housing for volunteer crews — plus local volunteers

Want to help with fire recovery? The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group is seeking a variety of volunteers — to house out-of-town building crews, primarily in Omak, Okanogan, Riverside, Tonasket and Conconully; and to help with burn and flood clean-up, fencing and building projects. People can volunteer on a periodic or more-regular schedule. Housing for work...
Post-fire rebuilding ready to move into second phase this year

Post-fire rebuilding ready to move into second phase this year

Seven more people who survived the Carlton Complex Fire one-and-a-half years ago are settled in new homes created through a combination of charitable contributions, countless hours of volunteer labor and donated materials, all coordinated by the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG).
Help with livestock feed for Okanogan ranchers affected by drought, fire

Help with livestock feed for Okanogan ranchers affected by drought, fire

Ranchers who need help feeding livestock because of losses connected with wildfire or drought may benefit from federal and state programs. Okanogan County ranchers who lost pasture when severe drought coincided with the normal grazing season are eligible for financial assistance through the federal Livestock Forage Program. Payments in the forage program are 60 percent...
Fire relief and recovery group offers help

Fire relief and recovery group offers help

A Tonasket-based group formed during the 2015 wildfires is continuing to assist fire survivors with recovery. The Okanogan Highlands Fire Relief and Recovery Network (FRRN, or “fern”) advocates for the immediate and long-term physical and emotional needs of disaster-affected individuals and families. The nonprofit Fire Recovery Center is staffed by volunteers who help distribute labor,...
PUD staff gets Good Samaritan award for ‘heroic actions’

PUD staff gets Good Samaritan award for ‘heroic actions’

The entire staff of the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) has been honored with a Good Samaritan award from the Washington PUD Association for their “heroic actions to preserve property and protect the community in the face of raging wildfires” this past summer. In nominating all their employees, the Okanogan County PUD commissioners said,...
Fires damaged more USFS grazing areas in Methow Valley

Fires damaged more USFS grazing areas in Methow Valley

More than 31,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service cattle grazing allotments burned in the Methow Valley last summer, adding to the extensive damage to grazing lands caused by the previous summer’s Carlton Complex Fire. To help the burned land recover, the Methow …
Gold Creek property owners sue DNR, seek compensation for Carlton Complex Fire damages

Gold Creek property owners sue DNR, seek compensation for Carlton Complex Fire damages

Three property owners are seeking almost $1 million for damages to property and timber from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), claiming the agency failed to keep a fire near Gold Creek from spreading to their property in July 2014.
Preliminary report on Twisp River Fire deaths offers details of Aug. 19 events

Preliminary report on Twisp River Fire deaths offers details of Aug. 19 events

Responders faced changing conditions, communications difficulties  By Marcy Stamper A preliminary report on the Twisp River Fire fatalities and entrapments offers a matter-of-fact but chilling account of what happened as firefighters, who were unable to see or hear because of the raging fire, tried to escape when the fire suddenly grew deadly. The 24-page Interagency...