Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

FIRE
Different conditions call for different burn bans

Different conditions call for different burn bans

By Marcy Stamper
State, feds take different approaches to fire risk.
Storms bring lightning fires to valley

Storms bring lightning fires to valley

Lightning strikes during two storms last week sparked several fires around the valley, including a fire that burned two outbuildings Sunday (Aug. 4) at Sunny Pine Farm on Twisp River Road. Lighting struck trees on the property that caught fire, which then spread to two nearby outbuildings, destroying one of them, said Okanogan County District...

USFS works on Chelan fires

As of Tuesday (July 30), U.S. Forest Service firefighters were continuing suppression efforts on four fires in the upper portion of the Lake Chelan area on the Chelan Ranger District. The Moore Point Fire, estimated at 250 acres, burned Monday night as firefighters focused on protecting two residences within the fire area. Twenty additional fire...
Researchers say ‘adaptation’ makes more sense than fighting wildfires

Researchers say ‘adaptation’ makes more sense than fighting wildfires

By ANN McCREARY Rather than spending money to fight extreme wildfires like the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, we’d do better to create “fire-adapted” communities in fire-prone areas like the Methow Valley, according to Peter Morrison of Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) in Winthrop. “We spend billions of dollars a year in our attempts to...
Fast-moving brush fire causes power outage in valley

Fast-moving brush fire causes power outage in valley

By MARCY STAMPER and ANN McCREARY The Methow Valley lost power for nine hours Monday (July 15) when a wind-fanned fire burned a pole structure carrying the transmission line over Loup Loup Pass to the valley. The fire was reported at 12:51 p.m. and burned an estimated 2,000 acres in the vicinity of Smallwood Farms...
Fire season may be early, report says

Fire season may be early, report says

Photo by Sue Misao: Spring has already seen two wildland fires on Libby Creek so far (both human caused)   BY ANN McCREARY Warmer than normal temperatures and ongoing drought are expected to produce a wildfire season that begins earlier than normal in many areas of the West, including much of Washington state. A monthly...