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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 …
Extensive forest-thinning project on federal lands begins in Mazama area

Extensive forest-thinning project on federal lands begins in Mazama area

Work on a $1 million forest-thinning project got underway last week near Lost River Resort in Mazama. The “Lost Driveway Hazard Fuels Thinning Project” will thin trees on almost 1,500 acres of federal forestlands that are adjacent to private properties. The work is the first phase of…
Forest thinning promoted as effective way to reduce fire risks

Forest thinning promoted as effective way to reduce fire risks

The case for thinning forests to improve their health and reduce fire risk was made last week by a panel of four people offering different perspectives. The discussion featured private landowners, a conservationist and a small lumber company representative, who told an audience at the Twisp Valley Grange that selectively cutting trees plays …
USFS decision on Flagg Mountain copper drilling proposal due in November

USFS decision on Flagg Mountain copper drilling proposal due in November

Wildfires have once again delayed completion of a U.S. Forest Service environmental study of a proposal to conduct exploratory drilling for copper on Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama. Forest Service staff have been busy dealing with summer wildfires and their aftermath, pushing the anticipated completion of a decision …
Community briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

Community briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

Neighborhood leader training for disaster preparedness MethowReady, a project of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization, is offering two more sessions of neighborhood leader preparedness training for dealing with natural disasters, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 27. The free training sessions will be from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp. Pizza...
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 …