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FIRE
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...
Firefighter Daniel Lyon stops in Methow on way home to Montana

Firefighter Daniel Lyon stops in Methow on way home to Montana

Visits scene of fatal fire to pay respects By Marcy Stamper Daniel Lyon, the firefighter who was severely burned in the Twisp River Fire, arrived back home in Montana after three months of intensive treatment at a burn unit, plus a stop in the Methow Valley for an informal gathering with firefighters and other supporters....
Lawyer: Twisp River Fire most likely caused by powerline failure

Lawyer: Twisp River Fire most likely caused by powerline failure

The status report on the Twisp River Fire fatalities indicates a point of origin on a map, but does not discuss any cause of the fire. But sources close to the investigation are fairly confident that the fire was caused by a powerline failure, according to attorney Rodney Nelson. Nelson, a partner with the Yakima law...
Loans available for wildfire damage and loss of business earnings

Loans available for wildfire damage and loss of business earnings

Individuals and businesses who need help with property or income losses connected with the 2015 wildfires can still apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest loans, but applications have to be made by mail or online now that local outreach centers have closed. The loans — up to $200,000 — are available to renters and homeowners to...