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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 …
Valley wildfires 100-percent contained; some areas still closed

Valley wildfires 100-percent contained; some areas still closed

Fire managers reported 100-percent containment on all three major wildfires in the Methow Valley as of Monday (Aug. 25). Fire activity on the Upper Falls Fire, which burned 8,100 acres in the Chewuch drainage, is limited to smoldering in heavy dead and downed fuels. Crews are continuing suppression-repair work on the fire. The Little Bridge...
Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex (Aug. 27)

Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex (Aug. 27)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  TWISP, WA:  High pressure in the area continues a warming and drying trend. Above normal temperatures expected through Thursday. Smoldering in the heavy dead and down fuels is still a possibility as things dry out in all three burn areas. Crews continue to backhaul excess equipment and complete suppression repair work....
Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 26)

Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 26)

Fire Update Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek, and Carlton Complex  Information:  509-997-0880 Tuesday, August 26, 2014  TWISP, WA:  A high pressure building over all three fires will continue to result in a gradual warming and drying trend. This is expected to last until the end of the week. High winds are predicted for Thursday and Friday over...
Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 25)

Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 25)

Monday, August 25, 2014  TWISP, WA:  Today, a Type 3 Team led by Incident Commander Aaron Thompson took over all three fires from Beth Lund’s Type 1 National Incident Team. IC Thompson will oversee all crews still assigned to the incident. Suppression repair work will continue on all three fire burn areas. Partly cloudy skies...
Carlton Complex/Upper Falls/Little Bridge Complex fire update (Aug. 23, 2014)

Carlton Complex/Upper Falls/Little Bridge Complex fire update (Aug. 23, 2014)

Saturday, August 23, 2014   TWISP, WA:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms were predicted through Friday evening with the potential for additional flash flooding. Luckily, storms skirted around the locations of the fires and fire camp, giving personnel time to regroup and focus on mop up operations, suppression repair work and cleaning up fire camp. Saturday...