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Cinder the bear, fire survivor and worldwide inspiration, is dead

Cinder the bear, fire survivor and worldwide inspiration, is dead

Famous bear’s remains found near where she was released after recovery By Ann McCreary Cinder, the young black bear that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and underwent almost a year of treatment and rehabilitation before being released into the wild in 2015, is dead. Cinder was saved through the concern and...
Suit alleging DNR negligence in Carlton Complex Fire is dismissed

Suit alleging DNR negligence in Carlton Complex Fire is dismissed

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the state’s primary firefighting agency, has no obligation to any individual to control wildfire, but only an obligation to the public in general. With that ruling last week, Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp dismissed a lawsuit seeking…
Benson Creek watershed gets state water-quality grant

Benson Creek watershed gets state water-quality grant

By Marcy Stamper Since the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and subsequent mudslides, the Benson Creek watershed has struggled with degraded water quality and increased sediment. A state-funded program will begin to address those issues by planting vegetation and getting more-detailed data about the extent of the damage to creeks and rivers. The $250,000 grant, provided...
Capital budget green-lights local, regional projects

Capital budget green-lights local, regional projects

Forest thinning, tree planting, and a new civic building and sports complex in Twisp can finally get moving again with the adoption last week of a capital budget by the state Legislature.
Local long-term recovery groups look back on accomplishments

Local long-term recovery groups look back on accomplishments

When people came together to help during the devastating Carlton Complex Fire in July 2014, they were focused on getting food, water and shelter to people who’d lost their homes, not on …
Wildfire research project will examine forest fuels issues

Wildfire research project will examine forest fuels issues

Fire ecologist Susan Prichard of Winthrop has been studying wildfires, and their impacts on forests, for more than two decades. Even so, she was unprepared for the intensity of wildfires she witnessed in the Methow Valley and Okanogan County during 2014 and 2015. “As a fire ecologist, I …
Living a bear’s life

Living a bear’s life

Cinder, the bear that was rescued as a cub three years ago after being badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, is healthy and behaving like any other wild bear after her release two summers ago. The story of Cinder’s rescue, her long and painful …
Do they hear us now?

Do they hear us now?

Local officials press for better emergency communications net By Ann McCreary In the three years since the Carlton Complex Fire burned 420 square miles in the Methow Valley, knocking out power and disrupting most forms of communication for more than a week, Soo Ing-Moody has become a crusader for improved communications in the Methow Valley...
300 people file lawsuit seeking damages from state DNR for 2014 Carlton Complex Fire

300 people file lawsuit seeking damages from state DNR for 2014 Carlton Complex Fire

Three hundred people have filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), saying that the agency failed to suppress four small fires that resulted in the “combined inferno [that] became …
Carlton Complex Fire recovery continues three years later

Carlton Complex Fire recovery continues three years later

Efforts focused on rebuilding, better communications, preparedness By Marcy Stamper and Ann McCreary Methow Valley residents may have felt an uneasy sense of déjà vu this week as temperatures heated up and smoke drifted into the valley from British Columbia wildfires. Three years ago on July 14, a lightning storm sparked four separate fires — three in...