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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...
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 …