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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,...
Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Firefighters were expected to contain the U.S. portion of a small fire on the Canadian border by Tuesday (April 21), the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release. The fire is north of Chopaka Mountain on lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. U.S. and Canadian crews have been involved fighting the...
Bill allowing more local firefighting gets full Legislative support

Bill allowing more local firefighting gets full Legislative support

A bill intended to expedite firefighting by allowing people to fight a fire on private or public land before it spreads passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate in the past month. The legislation would also make better use of local resources near a fire and create a network …
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...
Summer forecast: dust storms, wildfires

Summer forecast: dust storms, wildfires

On the heels of Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 13 declaration of drought for three Washington regions comes a forecast predicting dust storms and wildfires in the months ahead. The same conditions that set the stage for the drought — above-average temperatures and low snowpack — are also expected to create dry fields and forest beds in central and eastern...
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...
Harts Pass: August 27, 2014

Harts Pass: August 27, 2014

Floods, slides cut swath of damage after torrential storm

Floods, slides cut swath of damage after torrential storm

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper

The potential for flooding, mudslides and erosion was predicted in the aftermath of the enormous wildfire that swept through the Methow Valley last month, searing more than 250,000 acres and leaving blackened hillsides bare of vegetation. In her latest assault on the valley, Mother Nature wasted no time...

Fires and floods: a natural progression

Fires and floods: a natural progression

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
Changes in soil from the intense heat of fire, along with a treacherous mix of ash and water, create a heightened risk of floods and mudslides in fire-damaged areas. When fires move across the surface of the ground, burning grasses and plants, the combustion of vegetation creates a...
Mount Vernon firm chosen to handle state-funded tourism promotion

Mount Vernon firm chosen to handle state-funded tourism promotion

By Don Nelson
The Economic Alliance has selected BrandQuery, a Mount Vernon-based company that calls itself a “brand enhancement agency,” to create and launch a marketing campaign intended to help draw visitors back to the Methow Valley and Okanogan County. Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee approved a request …