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Agencies plan and build relationships for fire season

Agencies plan and build relationships for fire season

Armed with experiences and knowledge from the last two record-breaking fire seasons in the state, about 75 representatives from diverse firefighting agencies gathered last week to plan, share information, and brainstorm about how to be better prepared to handle a fast-moving disaster. The “large-fire” meeting brought together firefighters and fire managers, emergency personnel, weather forecasters and...
Cantwell hears local officials, responders on wildfires

Cantwell hears local officials, responders on wildfires

Practical, political issues aired in Okanogan County meeting By Ann McCreary Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) came to Okanogan County last weekend to hear what local people think the county needs to fight future wildfires, and left with plenty to consider as she prepares wildfire management legislation. Faster and more effective initial attacks when wildfires ignite;...
County commissioners mull ways to plug early gaps in firefighting response

County commissioners mull ways to plug early gaps in firefighting response

Concerned about what they say are gaps in the earliest stages of firefighting that contribute to the growth of large, catastrophic wildfires, the Okanogan County commissioners are considering several proposals to the state Legislature. The ideas grow out of community meetings and discussions with fire chiefs and others with experience in …
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...
Congressional budget provides more funds for firefighting, prevention

Congressional budget provides more funds for firefighting, prevention

A 50-percent increase in federal funds for firefighting — $1.6 billion — included in the budget signed by Pres. Obama has been hailed by lawmakers as “real money” and “a very good down payment.” In addition, the Congressional budget extension, signed Dec. 18, includes $375 million for fuels reduction and grants to help local communities decrease fire hazards.
Firefighter Daniel Lyon doing well in rehab

Firefighter Daniel Lyon doing well in rehab

After two months in intensive care and 10 skin grafts, firefighter Daniel Lyon has reached a significant milestone — he has been moved to a rehab unit where he is resuming some normal activities, including walking unaided and even …
News briefs: October 21, 2015

News briefs: October 21, 2015

Eagles host memorial benefit for firefighters The Methow Eagles will host a memorial benefit for the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire on Aug. 19, and for injured firefighter Daniel Lyon, on Oct. 31 at the Eagles Aerie in Twisp. The event costs $10 and includes a lasagna dinner, baked goods auction,...
Fifth-graders write get-well letters to buoy firefighter Daniel Lyon

Fifth-graders write get-well letters to buoy firefighter Daniel Lyon

It’s hard for anyone to imagine the pain and long recovery firefighter Daniel Lyon is facing. But the fifth-graders at Methow Valley Elementary School took on that challenge with sensitivity and compassion by writing letters to Lyon, who is being treated at Harborview Medical Center for severe burns he sustained in the Twisp River Fire this...
Firefighter Daniel Lyon healing, growing more alert after eight surgeries

Firefighter Daniel Lyon healing, growing more alert after eight surgeries

By Marcy Stamper Firefighter Daniel Lyon is about halfway through his initial treatment for the severe burns he sustained in the Twisp River Fire, according to his father, Dan Lyon. Based on physicians’ projections for the healing process from this type of injury, Daniel could be released from Harborview Medical Center in about six weeks....
Riverbend RV Park, Methow Valley are familiar terrain

Riverbend RV Park, Methow Valley are familiar terrain

After the Okanogan Complex Fire became the top priority wildfire in the United States last week, a Type 1 national incident management team took over operations, bringing with it top-level fire managers and firefighters, soldiers from Fort Lewis, and troops from the Washington National Guard. Assigned to the Twisp River Fire — Branch III of …