Today is Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015

FIRE
The longest year ...

The longest year …

The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG) has come a long way since representatives from social-service agencies, relief organizations, mental health providers, and concerned citizens began meeting in …
Fundraising update

Fundraising update

CCLTRG has raised enough money to build housing for 11 of the 40 families and individuals that have been identified as unable to get back into a safe, stable housing situation on their own. Materials for the houses are bought by CCLTRG. The recovery group also pays for some services, such as licensed electricians and...
Resilient landscape

Resilient landscape

One year ago, the Carlton Complex Fire laid siege to the Methow Valley and surrounding areas, leaving a smoldering, ashen landscape in its wake. In the immediate aftermath of the wildfires, many people found it hard to …
Beyond the trauma

Beyond the trauma

Her first feelings after narrowly escaping the firestorm that destroyed her Finley Canyon home last July 17 were a sense of surrealism, followed by shock. For a brief time, Susan Speir said, she felt angry that she and …
Dollars and sense

Dollars and sense

Call it a hard-earned lesson — harder for some than others — about preparedness and the vagaries of nature. The Carlton Complex Fire’s impact on the Methow Valley economy was in some cases instant, severe and lasting; in …
New foundations

New foundations

Rebuilding has begun, but much remains to be done By Marcy Stamper One year after 300 houses and 260 other structures burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, there are many outward signs of recovery and rebuilding. Drive around the valley, over the Loup, or up the roads to the drainages devastated in the blaze, and...
Following the fire

Following the fire

A progression map that was updated daily during the Carlton Complex Fire graphically demonstrated the explosive break-out on July 14 – 15, 2014, shown in dark blue, and the fire’s continous expansion for the next several days. The fire eventually ranged over nearly 270,000 acres, the largest in Washington state history, and destroyed more than 500 structures....
The summer of 2014: a timeline

The summer of 2014: a timeline

July 14 A lightning storm and resulting strikes set off initial blazes around the region, notably around Texas Creek Road, Stokes Road, French Creek and Cougar Flat. In an unrelated event, a well-known fruit stand on Highway 153 is destroyed by fire. The Lone Mountain 1 Fire starts above War Creek. It burns most of...
Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

By Joanna Bastian When I think back to Thursday, July 17, 2014, I distinctly remember the scorching heat. It felt hotter than the temperature displayed on the thermometer, and every gust of wind was as though someone had opened an oven door. The hot wind delivered chunks of blackened, smoking ash — drifting into the grass and...
Winthrop: July 15, 2015

Winthrop: July 15, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It began as so many wildland fires begin, spreading quickly through the parched grass and trees, throwing up great white pillows of smoke against bluebird skies. It was kind of beautiful, actually, if you didn’t know what lay ahead, which of course we didn’t. It was, after all, July, and there were...