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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 …
County residents blame poor management, environmentalism for 2014–15 wildfires

County residents blame poor management, environmentalism for 2014–15 wildfires

They had a new audience, but it was a familiar refrain as Okanogan County residents still reeling from the wildfires of the past two summer argued for better forest management — in particular, through logging and grazing, but also thinning and prescribed burning — to reduce fire risk. U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse brought his congressional colleague from Pennsylvania, Glenn...
Legislation aims to increase prescribed burning in Washington

Legislation aims to increase prescribed burning in Washington

Legislation aimed at increasing the use of prescribed fire as a tool to prevent catastrophic wildfires was signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee. The legislation directs the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct a pilot project of “forest resiliency burning” in forests east of the Cascade Mountains in coordination with other agencies, and...
News briefs: December 9, 2015

News briefs: December 9, 2015

Ice rink set to open soon The Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink’s (WISR) new skating surface might be ready for action as soon as Dec. 19, but the rink’s opening may be a day or two later than that depending on when the chiller equipment arrives, WISR board president Jill Calvert said this week. The...
County commissioners seek to create nimble response to wildfires

County commissioners seek to create nimble response to wildfires

Reeling from two summers of severe wildfires that burned 1,200 square miles in the county, Okanogan County commissioners have started brainstorming about a way to put out fires while they are still small, rather than wait for large state teams. The commissioners envision some local structure that could …
New ways to prepare for, live with wildfire

New ways to prepare for, live with wildfire

With two consecutive years of record-breaking wildfires and severely dry conditions throughout the West, local, state and federal officials are all calling for a new approach to address what Gov. Jay Inslee termed “the new phenomenon of megafires.” Recommended policy changes call for everything from intensive …