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Okanogan County burn ban lifted; DNR also ends restrictions

Okanogan County burn ban lifted; DNR also ends restrictions

With cooler and damper weather in the county and across the state, bans on burning in Okanogan County have been lifted. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the burn ban as of Monday (Oct. 3). The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also lifted the burn ban on lands under its protection in Okanogan County....
News roundup: fires, accidents, etc.

News roundup: fires, accidents, etc.

News roundup: fires, accidents, etc. • Okanogan County Fire District 6 and Washington Department of Natural Resources crews responded to a brush fire early Thursday afternoon (Sept. 1), off of Highway 153 about 4 miles south of Carlton. The fire was controlled by about 3 p.m. About a dozen vehicles were on the scene. No...
State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

Although this summer has been wetter than the past two, in just six days this past week state firefighters responded to 82 wildfire starts, all but two of them likely human caused. The majority of these were accidents, started by sparks from a flat tire and wheel, by tow chains dragging…
Fire bans on state, national land

Fire bans on state, national land

Here’s a roundup of recent campfire bans affecting outdoor activities: The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) banned all campfires on lands it administers as of Aug. 17. The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including …
Fire danger increases in Okanogan County

Fire danger increases in Okanogan County

Even before the record heat of the past weekend, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) imposed burn restrictions and increased fire danger ratings in Okanogan County. The higher fire danger, imposed as of June 3, means that a permit is required for all burning of brush and natural vegetation — even for smaller piles that meet...
Goldmark won’t seek third term as state lands commissioner

Goldmark won’t seek third term as state lands commissioner

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, an Okanogan County native, announced that he will not seek a third term as overseer of 5.6 million acres of state forests, commercial lands and aquatic areas and head of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Goldmark, who was elected to the post in 2008 and re-elected in...
County residents blame poor management, environmentalism for 2014–15 wildfires

County residents blame poor management, environmentalism for 2014–15 wildfires

They had a new audience, but it was a familiar refrain as Okanogan County residents still reeling from the wildfires of the past two summer argued for better forest management — in particular, through logging and grazing, but also thinning and prescribed burning — to reduce fire risk. U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse brought his congressional colleague from Pennsylvania, Glenn...
Legislation aims to increase prescribed burning in Washington

Legislation aims to increase prescribed burning in Washington

Legislation aimed at increasing the use of prescribed fire as a tool to prevent catastrophic wildfires was signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee. The legislation directs the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct a pilot project of “forest resiliency burning” in forests east of the Cascade Mountains in coordination with other agencies, and...
County going over road list to clean up legal questions

County going over road list to clean up legal questions

Okanogan County’s 1955 list of almost 500 roads looks predictably dated, produced on an old typewriter with neatly handwritten notations and starting to fray at the edges. Now the engineers and technicians in the county’s Public Works Department are going through that old list  — as well as subsequent changes  — to clear up the legal status of...
County, state to discuss fire plan, forest thinning

County, state to discuss fire plan, forest thinning

Okanogan County Emergency Management and the Washington Department of Natural Resources are holding the next meeting about the National Fire Plan, which helps with fuels reduction and thinning in the county, later this month. The main topics to be covered include selection of new areas for fuels reduction for which they will apply for funding,...