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FIRE
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) …
Organizations dispensing $1.4 million for two phases of fire relief

Organizations dispensing $1.4 million for two phases of fire relief

By Marcy Stamper

Organizations working on fire relief and recovery have released updated tallies for the people they have helped and their current fundraising levels. The long-term recovery organizations in …

Take part in a communications survey

Take part in a communications survey

A group of students at the Evergreen State College who are pursuing masters of public administration degrees are working on a case study of communication during the Carlton Complex wildfires this past summer. As a part of the research, the students are asking residents of the Methow how they communicated during the fires and related...
Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

By Marcy Stamper
The federal government has several programs available for farmers and businesses with losses connected with the Carlton Complex Fire, subsequent floods and mudslides, and the overall drought that affected many counties in Washington.
Ski trail closed in USFS timber salvage area

Ski trail closed in USFS timber salvage area

Cross country ski trail #10 in the South Summit Nordic Ski Area will be plowed soon to allow for hauling timber salvaged after last summer’s Carlton Complex Fire, the Methow Valley Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday (Jan. 6). Ski trail #10 is part of the South Summit Nordic Ski Area located...
DNR proposes salvage logging in 1,285 acres of  Carlton Complex Fire’s burn area

DNR proposes salvage logging in 1,285 acres of  Carlton Complex Fire’s burn area

By Ann McCreary
In light of severe erosion and landslides after thunderstorms last summer, conservation organizations have raised questions about plans to log dead trees in areas burned by the Carlton Complex Fire. The Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC) …