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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,...
News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

Outdoor burn ban imposed in county A stage 1 burn ban was imposed Tuesday (Dec. 29) in Okanogan, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) announced. The ban will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 4), DOE said. DOE said it...
Prescribed burning underway in Methow Valley

Prescribed burning underway in Methow Valley

 Smoke may be visible in the Methow Valley and other areas of Okanogan County in coming weeks as crews burn slash piles from fuel reduction projects on national forest lands. Firefighters have been burning hand piles in the Cub Creek and Loup Loup Summit areas. Those areas will be patrolled over the next several weeks....
Sports briefs: October 14, 2015

Sports briefs: October 14, 2015

Campfire restrictions lifted Campfire restrictions on national forest lands in Okanogan County have been lifted.  Campfires are now allowed at dispersed, as well as developed, campsites. “We’ve gotten a little rain,” said Jill Vugteveen, assistant fire management officer, “and we feel comfortable lifting the campfire ban. But we want to remind everyone that fire danger...
County hears criticism, praise for fire response

County hears criticism, praise for fire response

As Okanogan County residents shared their experiences in this summer’s wildfire with county officials, some echoed themes heard last year — of firefighters standing around while fires grew out of control, and of confusion, panic and poor communication. But — particularly compared to last year — there was also praise for effective firefighting …
Dry conditions keep many burn bans in place

Dry conditions keep many burn bans in place

With cooler temperatures and longer nights, burn bans have been lifted in much of the state, but record-setting dry conditions in Okanogan County and much of eastern Washington mean that campfires and burning are still not allowed in many areas. There is still a ban on all outdoor burning in Okanogan County, which means all agricultural...