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WEDNESDAY UPDATE:  More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

By Ann McCreary Additional evacuation orders were issued Wednesday morning (July 16) for residents living in the path of approaching fires burning near Carlton. Five houses on the north side of Gold Creek Road were placed on Level 3 evacuation, which means …
Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

By Ann McCreary
Residents of 10 homes on Texas Creek Road near Carlton were ordered to evacuate at about 1:30 p.m. today as the Stokes Road Fire was approaching to within one-quarter mile of the houses.

DNR imposes burn ban on eastern Washington lands

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will imposed a burn ban on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades beginning Tuesday (July 1), and is expected to last through Sept. 30. The burn ban is currently limited to eastern Washington. It may eventually be extended to western Washington as conditions warrant, the DNR said....
Prescribed burning plan is set for valley

Prescribed burning plan is set for valley

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s prescribed burn plan for 2014 includes half-a-dozen potential sites in the Methow Valley, according to the U.S. Forest Service. They are: • Eightmile Creek, 12 miles northwest of Winthrop — 50 acres of hand pile burning and 2,250 acres of restorative underburning. • Cub Creek and Fawn Creek, 8-10 miles northwest of Winthrop — 1,500...
Wildfire season has begun

Wildfire season has begun

Wildfire season officially began Tuesday (April 15), and already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had 20 forest fires reported this year on lands it protects. The risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency, according to a DNR news release. Washington’s summer...
Different conditions call for different burn bans

Different conditions call for different burn bans

By Marcy Stamper
State, feds take different approaches to fire risk.
Storms bring lightning fires to valley

Storms bring lightning fires to valley

Lightning strikes during two storms last week sparked several fires around the valley, including a fire that burned two outbuildings Sunday (Aug. 4) at Sunny Pine Farm on Twisp River Road. Lighting struck trees on the property that caught fire, which then spread to two nearby outbuildings, destroying one of them, said Okanogan County District...

USFS works on Chelan fires

As of Tuesday (July 30), U.S. Forest Service firefighters were continuing suppression efforts on four fires in the upper portion of the Lake Chelan area on the Chelan Ranger District. The Moore Point Fire, estimated at 250 acres, burned Monday night as firefighters focused on protecting two residences within the fire area. Twenty additional fire...
Researchers say ‘adaptation’ makes more sense than fighting wildfires

Researchers say ‘adaptation’ makes more sense than fighting wildfires

By ANN McCREARY Rather than spending money to fight extreme wildfires like the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, we’d do better to create “fire-adapted” communities in fire-prone areas like the Methow Valley, according to Peter Morrison of Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) in Winthrop. “We spend billions of dollars a year in our attempts to...
Fast-moving brush fire causes power outage in valley

Fast-moving brush fire causes power outage in valley

By MARCY STAMPER and ANN McCREARY The Methow Valley lost power for nine hours Monday (July 15) when a wind-fanned fire burned a pole structure carrying the transmission line over Loup Loup Pass to the valley. The fire was reported at 12:51 p.m. and burned an estimated 2,000 acres in the vicinity of Smallwood Farms...