Saving the day — and perhaps the town

Saving the day — and perhaps the town

Two local residents who witnessed potential turning points in the fight against the Twisp River Fire expressed gratitude and admiration this week for the professionalism and hard work of firefighters who saved homes, property and perhaps the town of Twisp. Firefighters from Okanogan County Fire District 6 drew praise along...
Riverbend RV Park, Methow Valley are familiar terrain

Riverbend RV Park, Methow Valley are familiar terrain

After the Okanogan Complex Fire became the top priority wildfire in the United States last week, a Type 1 national incident management team took over operations, bringing with it top-level fire managers and firefighters, soldiers from Fort Lewis, and troops from the Washington National Guard. Assigned to the Twisp River Fire — Branch...
Running from the fire

Running from the fire

Some barely escaped, many evacuated, others helped out as Twisp River Fire blew up By Laurelle Walsh and Marcy Stamper What caused the fire that ignited near Twisp River Road and Woods Canyon Road on Aug. 19 is still being investigated, but its rapid spread, proximity to towns and homes,...
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...