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FIRE
Room One takes over disaster case management for county

Room One takes over disaster case management for county

Room One in Twisp will become the supervising agency for four disaster case managers, who have previously worked under Okanogan County Community Action Council in Okanogan. The case managers were hired last …
College students use spring break to help with post-fire recovery efforts

College students use spring break to help with post-fire recovery efforts

About 85 college students from a Christian campus organization are spending their spring break helping with post-fire recovery in the Methow Valley and other areas impacted by the Carlton Complex Fire. Among them …
‘Strike team’ volunteers needed for fire recovery efforts

‘Strike team’ volunteers needed for fire recovery efforts

To provide support for the fire recovery effort and the many volunteers that will be coming to the area to help, “strike teams” made up of local residents are being organized by the …
Rebuilding begins on 42 homes lost in Carlton Complex Fire

Rebuilding begins on 42 homes lost in Carlton Complex Fire

A campaign to rebuild homes lost in the Carlton Complex Fire last summer is gathering momentum as reconstruction season gets underway. “We are in full swing,” said Carlene Anders, executive director of Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG), the volunteer organization that is conducting the rebuilding campaign.
Okanogan County joins legal effort to guarantee salvage logging

Okanogan County joins legal effort to guarantee salvage logging

Argues that trees will lose commercial value if not cut By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County has taken legal action to ensure that a plan to log state land that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire is carried out this spring, so that trees are cut while they have commercial value. The county’s petition also says...
A legislator’s response to the Carlton Complex Fire

A legislator’s response to the Carlton Complex Fire

After the devastating Carlton Complex Fire that deeply affected the communities and economy of the Methow Valley, our Legislature is taking action to respond to our natural disaster, including providing funding and changing policies as needed.
Some landowners get help guarding against post-fire floods

Some landowners get help guarding against post-fire floods

Two dozen private property owners with homes and land at high risk from flash floods and erosion will get some protection from large rock ramparts and grass seeding by the end of June.
Environmental groups appeal DNR timber sale over concern about erosion, fish

Environmental groups appeal DNR timber sale over concern about erosion, fish

Concerns about erosion, the deposition of sediment in waterways that provide habitat for endangered fish, and the likelihood of inadvertently cutting down live trees have prompted an appeal of the state’s plans to log 1,285 acres in the lower Methow Valley that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire.
Methow, county representatives testify in favor of fire relief funds in Olympia

Methow, county representatives testify in favor of fire relief funds in Olympia

Methow Valley and Okanogan County representatives testified last Thursday (Jan. 29) before the state House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee, supporting the need for economic recovery funds for areas affected by the Carlton Complex Fire. The committee heard from Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee), who is sponsoring HB 1125, which would provide an...
Proposed laws emphasize local resources for firefighting

Proposed laws emphasize local resources for firefighting

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are not the only ones looking to manage firefighting at the local level — several bills currently under consideration by state lawmakers would shift some responsibility for firefighting into local hands. One bill would require the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) …