Today is Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

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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 …
Carlton Complex Fire recovery continues three years later

Carlton Complex Fire recovery continues three years later

Efforts focused on rebuilding, better communications, preparedness By Marcy Stamper and Ann McCreary Methow Valley residents may have felt an uneasy sense of déjà vu this week as temperatures heated up and smoke drifted into the valley from British Columbia wildfires. Three years ago on July 14, a lightning storm sparked four separate fires — three in...
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’...