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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 …
Fire destroys mobile home in Twisp

Fire destroys mobile home in Twisp

An early morning fire on Monday (June 8) destroyed a mobile home at River’s Edge Mobile Home Park in Twisp, as well as a car and boat parked next to the mobile home. Firefighters from Okanogan County Fire District 6 responded to a call at about 1 a.m. and arrived at the trailer park to...
‘Living with Fire’ presentation in Tonasket

‘Living with Fire’ presentation in Tonasket

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance will present “Living with Fire,” a program on fire ecology, history and management in the region, on May 1 at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket. Presenting will be Jason Llewellyn and Dale Swedberg. Llewellyn has been a primary wildland firefighter for 18 years with the U.S. Forest Service. Swedberg...
Valley’s early-season brush fires ‘not unusual this time of year’

Valley’s early-season brush fires ‘not unusual this time of year’

After last summer’s wildfires and an early, dry spring, people are especially jittery about spring burn piles that get out of control. Okanogan County Fire District 6 has responded to a handful of fires in the past month, according to Assistant Fire Chief Cody Acord. Most of the fires were caused when burning of brush...
Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

By Marcy Stamper
The federal government has several programs available for farmers and businesses with losses connected with the Carlton Complex Fire, subsequent floods and mudslides, and the overall drought that affected many counties in Washington.
Communication, local control are focus of meeting about wildfire preparedness

Communication, local control are focus of meeting about wildfire preparedness

By Marcy Stamper
Despite continuing tension and emotion about the devastation caused by the Carlton Complex Fire, participants at a packed meeting in Brewster focused primarily on steps that can be taken to be better prepared for the upcoming fire season.
Benson Creek man cited for alleged reckless burning

Benson Creek man cited for alleged reckless burning

Thomas A. Henson, 67, of Benson Creek, was cited for alleged reckless burning Oct. 5 in connection with a grass fire on Benson Creek near Highway 153. The fire was reported at 3:23 p.m. and Deputy Laura Wright of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office responded. When she arrived, the fire was more than an acre...
Questions persist about response by some fire crews

Questions persist about response by some fire crews

By Marcy Stamper
More than a month after the state’s largest wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in and around the Methow Valley, homemade signs thanking firefighters still punctuate the landscape. But in addition to the gratitude, some people have been raising questions about whether fire crews missed early opportunities to keep the fire from getting...