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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...
State will add mudslide damage to FEMA appeal

State will add mudslide damage to FEMA appeal

By Marcy Stamper Federal and state teams are gathering supplemental information about the extent and cost of fire-related damages for an appeal of the denial of a disaster declaration that would help individuals who lost homes and property in the fires. The teams are determining the scope of the damage, which has …
No relief

No relief

By Ann McCreary
Weary and unnerved after enduring almost three weeks of devastating fires, evacuations, power outages and freakish storms, Methow Valley residents were sucker-punched again last weekend by a terrifying fire that engulfed 10 homes and threatened Winthrop — followed the next day by a severe windstorm that knocked down hundreds of trees...
Fighting wildfires from aloft

Fighting wildfires from aloft

By Ann McCreary

Circling the pillars of smoke billowing upward from a wildfire is a small plane. Inside, Bill Moody of Twisp is the air tactical supervisor for the fire, orchestrating the aircraft fighting the fire and providing strategies and …

State Updates: Fires and Complexes keep State Blazing

Camp Murray, Wash. — The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says fire fighters from around the country are on the way to reinforce their weary counterparts in Washington state. In response to the agency’s request, fire fighters will be reporting in from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. DNR and the state’s other fire fighting agency,...
WEDNESDAY UPDATE:  More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

By Ann McCreary Additional evacuation orders were issued Wednesday morning (July 16) for residents living in the path of approaching fires burning near Carlton. Five houses on the north side of Gold Creek Road were placed on Level 3 evacuation, which means …
Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

By Ann McCreary
Residents of 10 homes on Texas Creek Road near Carlton were ordered to evacuate at about 1:30 p.m. today as the Stokes Road Fire was approaching to within one-quarter mile of the houses.
Proposal would reduce hazardous fuels on USFS lands near Mazama

Proposal would reduce hazardous fuels on USFS lands near Mazama

By Ann McCreary
The Methow Valley Ranger District is seeking input on a proposal to conduct hazardous fuels reduction on national forest lands around Mazama. Interested individuals are encouraged to participate in project planning by …

DNR imposes burn ban on eastern Washington lands

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will imposed a burn ban on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades beginning Tuesday (July 1), and is expected to last through Sept. 30. The burn ban is currently limited to eastern Washington. It may eventually be extended to western Washington as conditions warrant, the DNR said....
‘Lightning Bill’ moving from Goat Peak to Leecher Lookout

‘Lightning Bill’ moving from Goat Peak to Leecher Lookout

By Ann McCreary
This summer would have been “Lightning Bill” Austin’s 20th anniversary as the U.S. Forest Service’s fire lookout atop Goat Peak in Mazama. Instead, he’ll be …