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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 …

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 …
‘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 …
Community briefs: May 14, 2014

Community briefs: May 14, 2014

Firewise workshop on Saturday The Okanogan Conservation District is hosting a free Firewise workshop in Twisp on Saturday (May 17) from 10 a.m. – noon at TwispWorks. The workshop is provided in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources, Okanogan County, and Okanogan Fire District 6. Local fire managers will discuss ways to prepare one’s home and...
Wildfire season has begun

Wildfire season has begun

Wildfire season officially began Tuesday (April 15), and already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had 20 forest fires reported this year on lands it protects. The risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency, according to a DNR news release. Washington’s summer...
Researchers say ‘adaptation’ makes more sense than fighting wildfires

Researchers say ‘adaptation’ makes more sense than fighting wildfires

By ANN McCREARY Rather than spending money to fight extreme wildfires like the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, we’d do better to create “fire-adapted” communities in fire-prone areas like the Methow Valley, according to Peter Morrison of Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) in Winthrop. “We spend billions of dollars a year in our attempts to...