Today is Friday, May. 22, 2015

FIRE
Mushroom pickers descend on burned forest

Mushroom pickers descend on burned forest

Fed by nutrients released into soil by scorched trees and foliage, morel mushrooms have been sprouting in areas burned in the Carlton Complex Fire — and pickers have been sprouting along with them in search of the prized fungi.
Accused arsonist pleads not guilty

Accused arsonist pleads not guilty

Keith Holbrook, 67, pleaded not guilty last week in Okanogan County Superior Court on charges that he burned down his house on South Fork Gold Creek Road last July after it survived the Carlton Complex wildfire. Holbrook is charged with one count of first-degree arson and one count of possession of an incendiary device. A...
Participants wanted for research on social impacts of wildfire

Participants wanted for research on social impacts of wildfire

Researchers studying the social impacts of wildfires will be in the area later this month to talk to people about their experiences during the Carlton Complex Fire. The University of Idaho researchers are interested in how people made decisions about evacuation and other matters during the emergency. They will also look at long-term recovery. They...
Carlton Complex rebuilding effort lays down new foundations

Carlton Complex rebuilding effort lays down new foundations

In a flurry of activity fueled by volunteer labor, four new home foundations were poured last week as part of the campaign to rebuild homes destroyed in the Carlton Complex Fire last summer. Luke Miller, a volunteer from Montana, bounded nimbly atop the frame of a new home foundation on Balky Hill Road east of...
‘Living with Fire’ presentation in Tonasket

‘Living with Fire’ presentation in Tonasket

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance will present “Living with Fire,” a program on fire ecology, history and management in the region, on May 1 at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket. Presenting will be Jason Llewellyn and Dale Swedberg. Llewellyn has been a primary wildland firefighter for 18 years with the U.S. Forest Service. Swedberg...
Burned ‘hazard’ trees removed from Loup Highway

Burned ‘hazard’ trees removed from Loup Highway

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has finished removing between 100 and 150 burned trees that posed a risk to motorists on the Loup Loup Highway. The trees — mostly ponderosa pine and some Douglas fir — were cut and hauled off from a two-mile section of Highway 20 on the west side of Loup Loup Pass, according...
Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Firefighters were expected to contain the U.S. portion of a small fire on the Canadian border by Tuesday (April 21), the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release. The fire is north of Chopaka Mountain on lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. U.S. and Canadian crews have been involved fighting the...
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 …