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PUD and DNR settle payment for powerline easements after 5 years of negotiations

PUD and DNR settle payment for powerline easements after 5 years of negotiations

After five years of legal wrangling, the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have agreed on the value of easements to allow the utility district to …
Project will remove hazardous fuels near Mazama

Project will remove hazardous fuels near Mazama

Public/private partnership aimed at reducing fire risks by thinning overgrown areas By Ann McCreary Overgrown forests on federal land adjacent to private property in Mazama will be thinned to reduce wildfire risk in a $1 million project that is expected to begin this summer. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has awarded a contract to reduce hazardous...
Gov. Inslee declares ‘emergency conditions’ across the state

Gov. Inslee declares ‘emergency conditions’ across the state

Extreme heat and drought conditions across the state have prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to issue an emergency proclamation for all 39 counties, activating essential resources needed to prevent and contain wildfires. Forecasts call for continued high temperatures and dry conditions around the state, creating …
Crews team up to contain spot fires S.E. of Twisp

Crews team up to contain spot fires S.E. of Twisp

About two dozen hand crews, two helicopters with water buckets, a bulldozer and 10 smokejumpers (on foot) attacked at least two spot fires southeast of Twisp on Sunday afternoon (June 21). The fires were reported at 2 p.m. after they sent up a significant plume of smoke. Crews from Okanogan County Fire District 6 were...
Crews tackle spot fires southeast of Twisp

Crews tackle spot fires southeast of Twisp

About two dozen hand crews, a helicopter with a water bucket, and a bulldozer attacked several spot fires southeast of Twisp on Sunday afternoon (June 21). The fires sent up a significant plume of smoke …
Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

With the first lightning-caused fire in the county in early May and the governor’s declaration of a statewide drought this week, government officials and the general public are nervously anticipating another extra-dry summer. In terms of funding and actual resources — firefighting …
DNR: Wildfire season is now official

DNR: Wildfire season is now official

Wildfire season has officially begun in Washington state. The Department of Natural Resources said in a press release that the season began on April 15. DNR said that it has already had more than 60 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by the agency. “This year, we have ominous predictions for a hot,...
DNR salvage logging in lower Valley gets go-ahead from state board

DNR salvage logging in lower Valley gets go-ahead from state board

Logging of trees that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire can go forward this spring and summer, now that a state board has denied an appeal to halt the salvage sale in the lower Methow Valley. The Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) found on April 14 that the environmental groups that sought the stay had...
DNR offers wildfire preparation info for area residents

DNR offers wildfire preparation info for area residents

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has organized a series of wildfire preparedness meetings in eastern Washington, including sessions in Twisp and Omak. These meetings, free and open to the public, are aimed at helping residents in fire-prone areas think ahead and prepare for wildfire season. The Twisp meeting will be on April...
County awaiting federal decision on $1.5 million to replace lost timber revenue

County awaiting federal decision on $1.5 million to replace lost timber revenue

By Marcy Stamper
One and a half million dollars for county roads, schools and fire prevention — to compensate counties for a loss of income from logging on federal lands — is hanging in the balance, since Congress did not …