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County, state adding up fire damage for FEMA applications

County, state adding up fire damage for FEMA applications

Okanogan County officials have begun adding up the devastation for potential application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for two types of disaster declarations. If approved, one would reimburse the county, cities and electric utilities for expenses connected with the Okanogan Complex Fire, and the other would assist …
Wildlife managers assessing fire impacts

Wildlife managers assessing fire impacts

Scorched landscape threatens many animal species By Ann McCreary For a second consecutive year, state wildlife managers are scrambling to assess the damage caused by massive wildfires that scorched four state wildlife areas in north central Washington, including the Methow Valley. Since mid-August, this year’s record-setting wildfires in Okanogan County have burned more than 505,000...

Thirty Mile

By Patrick Johnson Hot, stifling Sound deafening So dark Smoke intense Confusion, panic Running, scared Deploying shelter No time to wait Why are they going up there? Shouting, they do not hear Drawing shelter over Laying on the ground Can’t breathe Will we all die? The screaming But life continues in the Okanogan   Patrick...
The return of high anxiety

The return of high anxiety

In a community primed for anxiety, the thick blanket of smoke that settled over the valley early this week may have been a blessing of sorts. It hid smoke plumes from two days of burnouts conducted to contain the Twisp River Fire. “It was so smoky already that no one saw the smoke columns. It...
Forest Service releases information about firefighter deaths

Forest Service releases information about firefighter deaths

The engine in which three firefighters died in the Twisp River Fire was found on a hillside about 40 feet below Woods Canyon Road, according to investigators for the U.S. Forest Service. When reached by emergency responders on Wednesday (Aug. 19), the engine was upright and had been burned over, with the three deceased firefighters...
Deluge of responses to call for volunteers

Deluge of responses to call for volunteers

People from across the Northwest — and as far away as Florida and Rhode Island — have overwhelmed the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in response to a call for volunteers to help fight wildfires in the state. Between 25 and 30 people, all with prior experience and certification in firefighting, had already been deployed on the fires …...
Twisp River Fire operations update

Twisp River Fire operations update

Speaking from fire camp just north of Twisp Monday morning (Aug. 24), Operations Branch Director Mike Tombolato predicted operations on the Twisp River Fire would be “in mop-up mode by mid-week.” Strike teams managed by the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team are bulldozing lines …
Okanogan County fires surpass last year’s blaze in acreage, setting new record

Okanogan County fires surpass last year’s blaze in acreage, setting new record

Crews working to control the Twisp River Road Fire made good use of water and retardant drops to cool the active northwest flank of the fire near Thompson Ridge on Saturday (Aug. 22), until heavy smoke in the afternoon made it unsafe to fly.

Update: Sat., Aug. 15, 2015 for fires in the Methow Valley Ranger District

For the most up-to-date on these fires and ones in surrounding areas, follow our Facebook page. FROM THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE: Additional resources are arriving on the Methow Valley Ranger District to support crews who were able to contain at least three fires. District Ranger Mike Liu said he was pleased with the hard work...
8/14/15, 1:30 P.M. – FIRE UPDATES: Harts Pass Road closed by Tatie Peak Fire; Cutthroat Fire contained

8/14/15, 1:30 P.M. – FIRE UPDATES: Harts Pass Road closed by Tatie Peak Fire; Cutthroat Fire contained

The Tatie Peak Fire, burning in difficult terrain near Slate Peak about 3 miles from Harts Pass, has prompted Methow Valley District Ranger Mike Liu to close the Harts Pass Road. Liu determined that current conditions create a significant potential for the fire to spread. “With only one way in and out of Harts Pass and...