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Fierce weather whips valley fires

Fierce weather whips valley fires

Fire crews, who already had their hands full with the Crescent Mountain Fire that’s burned 26 1/2 square miles in the upper Twisp River drainage, were challenged by powerful weather on Saturday (Aug. 11). The day began with an early-morning lightning storm that ignited 17 new ...
Ahead of the fire

Ahead of the fire

Judy and Jim Harvey watched gratefully as a crew of Nomex-clad firefighters assembled a large plastic water tank next to their hilltop home on Elbow Canyon Road near Twisp last Saturday morning (Aug. 11). The portable tank holds 1,000 gallons of water to feed a …
Crews focus on accessible areas along Twisp River to control 6,000 acre Gilbert Fire

Crews focus on accessible areas along Twisp River to control 6,000 acre Gilbert Fire

Steep terrain limits options By Marcy Stamper The Gilbert Fire continued to grow on Thursday, although it was a “fairly benign day,” said Shelby Erickson, the division supervisor for the 16-person Type 3 Incident Management Team from Arizona handling the fire. Erickson was one of a dozen fire managers, elected officials and emergency managers who...
Crescent and Gilbert fires expected to merge

Crescent and Gilbert fires expected to merge

**Updated at 6:15 p.m., 8/1/2018: The road closure due to the Gilbert and Crescent Fires has been moved back to the Buttermilk intersection (click link to view a map of the area). Campers and hikers at locations past the intersection are being asked to leave the area. The Buttermilk access to Black Pine Lake and...
Advanced study in firefighting

Advanced study in firefighting

“When I first encountered the fire world, I pictured them as heroic or too macho — and not that approachable,” said Methow Valley resident Abby Ludeman, who spent last week at an intensive training for firefighters. “But the people here have amazing stories and are humble about their experiences and want to …
Winthrop urged to become ‘Fire-Adapted’

Winthrop urged to become ‘Fire-Adapted’

When it comes to wildfires, Winthrop has dodged the bullet so far, but a local resident is suggesting that town leaders do more to prepare for a time when the town may not be so fortunate. “We’ve been really lucky in our community,” Winthrop resident …
Battle over rural roads will have court hearing

Battle over rural roads will have court hearing

To people accustomed to traveling on the main highways of Okanogan County, roads to upper Texas Creek, French Creek, Brewster and the Chiliwist can seem far apart. But these areas are actually all connected via old back roads that span the hills between the Methow ...
‘SuperTanker’ gets OKed by Govt. Accountability Office for firefighting

‘SuperTanker’ gets OKed by Govt. Accountability Office for firefighting

A jumbo jet that is converted to fight wildfires had to sit out most of the massive fires that raged across the West this year. But the Boeing 747-400, which can drop 19,000 gallons of water or retardant on fires, may be able to fly more next year in the United States, after a federal agency...
Diamond Creek Fire assessment identifies long-term damage to trails, soil, streams

Diamond Creek Fire assessment identifies long-term damage to trails, soil, streams

A post-fire assessment of the Diamond Creek Fire identified potential “threats to human life and safety” along wilderness trails in severely burned areas, and in the communities of Lost River and Mazama, which are downstream of the burned area and could experience flooding. More than half of the area ...
Forest health measure passes U.S. House

Forest health measure passes U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that proponents say will improve forest health and wildfire response, and opponents describe as sponsoring “logging without laws.” Call the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017,” the measure (H.R. 2936) was passed by the House on Nov. 1 by a largely partisan vote, with only 10...