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‘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...
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,...