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Wolverine Fire creates air quality problems in the Methow Valley

Wolverine Fire creates air quality problems in the Methow Valley

Smoke from wildfires can be a health issue for many By Ann McCreary As the Wolverine Fire near Stehekin continues to grow, smoke from the wildfire is creating occasionally unhealthy air quality in the Methow Valley and has been visible as far away as Seattle and Missoula, Montana. The fire started more than a month...
Brush fire ignites state land near Winthrop

Brush fire ignites state land near Winthrop

A wildfire burned just over one acre of dry grass and brush on a bench above the Chewuch River about 3 miles from Winthrop on Friday evening (June 27). The fire was reported near East Chewuch and Walter roads around 7 p.m. Responders included Okanogan County Fire District 6 fire chiefs and 15 volunteers from...
Crews tackle spot fires southeast of Twisp

Crews tackle spot fires southeast of Twisp

About two dozen hand crews, a helicopter with a water bucket, and a bulldozer attacked several spot fires southeast of Twisp on Sunday afternoon (June 21). The fires sent up a significant plume of smoke …
Lightning storm ignites two small fires in North Cascades

Lightning storm ignites two small fires in North Cascades

A hand crew from the U.S. Forest Service had completed a fire line around 30 percent of a 1/10-acre fire caused by lightning near Silver Star Creek on the North Cascades Highway as of Friday afternoon (May 22). The fire was burning in timber and brush about one-quarter mile off the North Cascades Highway on...
Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

With the first lightning-caused fire in the county in early May and the governor’s declaration of a statewide drought this week, government officials and the general public are nervously anticipating another extra-dry summer. In terms of funding and actual resources — firefighting …
Participants wanted for research on social impacts of wildfire

Participants wanted for research on social impacts of wildfire

Researchers studying the social impacts of wildfires will be in the area later this month to talk to people about their experiences during the Carlton Complex Fire. The University of Idaho researchers are interested in how people made decisions about evacuation and other matters during the emergency. They will also look at long-term recovery. They...
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...