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Cantwell backs aggressive fuel-reduction efforts to contain fires

Cantwell backs aggressive fuel-reduction efforts to contain fires

Longer and more intense wildfire seasons of recent years will only become more extreme as a result of climate change, and that has fueled efforts by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, to increase fuels reduction projects in forests to prevent large-scale forest fires. Cantwell was joined by four climate and forestry…
News roundup: fires, accidents, etc.

News roundup: fires, accidents, etc.

News roundup: fires, accidents, etc. • Okanogan County Fire District 6 and Washington Department of Natural Resources crews responded to a brush fire early Thursday afternoon (Sept. 1), off of Highway 153 about 4 miles south of Carlton. The fire was controlled by about 3 p.m. About a dozen vehicles were on the scene. No...
State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

Although this summer has been wetter than the past two, in just six days this past week state firefighters responded to 82 wildfire starts, all but two of them likely human caused. The majority of these were accidents, started by sparks from a flat tire and wheel, by tow chains dragging…
Flash flood sweeps through French Creek properties

Flash flood sweeps through French Creek properties

Thunderstorms last Friday (July 22) caused flash flooding in the French Creek area that partially destroyed a dike constructed last summer to protect properties from just that event.
Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit

Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit

A Mazama couple has filed a response denying all allegations made in a lawsuit brought against them by seven insurance companies that paid claims to cover property losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire.
USFS cites prescribed burning’s restorative powers

USFS cites prescribed burning’s restorative powers

The Methow Valley Ranger District wrapped up its spring prescribed burning about one month ago, but that hasn’t extinguished the debate over the effectiveness and health impacts of these forest treatments. After years of fire suppression, the U.S. Forest Service has been using prescribed burning as part of its dry-forest restoration strategy since …
Fire danger increases in Okanogan County

Fire danger increases in Okanogan County

Even before the record heat of the past weekend, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) imposed burn restrictions and increased fire danger ratings in Okanogan County. The higher fire danger, imposed as of June 3, means that a permit is required for all burning of brush and natural vegetation — even for smaller piles that meet...
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;...
Warm weather turns streams loose, flooding roads and property

Warm weather turns streams loose, flooding roads and property

A spate of warm weather has been causing streams to overflow their banks and carve new channels, making some roads impassable and flooding private property around the valley. Some driveways, where people say they haven’t seen water for decades — if ever — have turned into ponds. Some of the runoff appears to be connected with wildfires …