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FIRE
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’...
Twisp River Fire: One year has passed ...

Twisp River Fire: One year has passed …

Twisp River Fire: August 19, 2015
In memory of U.S. Forest Service firefighters Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler who died fighting the fire and in recognition of Daniel Lyon, who was severely burned in the fire.
Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit

Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit

A Mazama couple has filed a response denying all allegations made in a lawsuit brought against them by seven insurance companies that paid claims to cover property losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire.
DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

An investigation into the cause of the Twisp River Fire has concluded that the August 2015 fire ignited when small tree branches, blown by wind, rubbed against a powerline conductor. “The wildfire was determined to be caused by the branches of a water birch tree, being a capable fuel that would sustain combustion, coming in contact...
Housewarmings for fire survivors

Housewarmings for fire survivors

  Carlton Complex Fire survivor Jim Udell said his favorite thing about the house built for him by the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) was “the house itself. Without it, I don’t have nothing,” he said. “I really appreciate what you’ve done for me, from now on till the end of time.” The...
Fire-recovery group needs housing for volunteer crews — plus local volunteers

Fire-recovery group needs housing for volunteer crews — plus local volunteers

Want to help with fire recovery? The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group is seeking a variety of volunteers — to house out-of-town building crews, primarily in Omak, Okanogan, Riverside, Tonasket and Conconully; and to help with burn and flood clean-up, fencing and building projects. People can volunteer on a periodic or more-regular schedule. Housing for work...
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,...