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FIRE
Cinder the bear in hibernation

Cinder the bear in hibernation

Cinder, the black bear that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, spent her second year in forests north of Leavenworth and is now denned up for the winter not far from the site where she was released in June 2015. “She is still out there and denned up OK, just like all the...
New report cites factors leading to Twisp River Fire tragedy

New report cites factors leading to Twisp River Fire tragedy

A newly released report on the Twisp River Fire of 2015 doesn’t isolate any single cause of the deadly entrapment, but concludes that several factors contributed to the tragedy. Those include a firefighting culture that …
Scattered results

Scattered results

A multi-year campaign to restore plants in areas disturbed when utility lines damaged by wildfires were repaired appears to be helping reestablish native grasses and crowd out invasive weeds. For the third year in a row, volunteers organized …
Second phase of post-fire rebuilding in full swing

Second phase of post-fire rebuilding in full swing

A $275,000 contribution from an anonymous donor who saw TV news reports about the devastation of two summers of wildfires in Okanogan County was the windfall the county’s recovery group needed to start construction on all 15 homes in its second phase of rebuilding. The donor had made a smaller contribution in the past but …...
Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Firefighters, U.S. Forest Service staff and community members had an opportunity for personal and shared reflection about the lived legacy of Tom Zbyszewski, Rick Wheeler and Andrew Zajac, the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire one year ago. The U.S. Forest Service held a formal tribute on the one-year anniversary of the firefighters’...
Twisp River Fire: One year has passed ...

Twisp River Fire: One year has passed …

Twisp River Fire: August 19, 2015
In memory of U.S. Forest Service firefighters Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler who died fighting the fire and in recognition of Daniel Lyon, who was severely burned in the fire.
Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit

Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit

A Mazama couple has filed a response denying all allegations made in a lawsuit brought against them by seven insurance companies that paid claims to cover property losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road 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...