By Marcy Stamper
State, feds take different approaches to fire risk.
Lightning strikes during two storms last week sparked several fires around the valley, including a fire that burned two outbuildings Sunday (Aug. 4) at Sunny Pine Farm on Twisp River Road. Lighting struck trees on the property that caught fire, which then spread to two nearby outbuildings, destroying one of them, said Okanogan County District […]
As of Tuesday (July 30), U.S. Forest Service firefighters were continuing suppression efforts on four fires in the upper portion of the Lake Chelan area on the Chelan Ranger District. The Moore Point Fire, estimated at 250 acres, burned Monday night as firefighters focused on protecting two residences within the fire area. Twenty additional fire […]
By ANN McCREARY Rather than spending money to fight extreme wildfires like the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, we’d do better to create “fire-adapted” communities in fire-prone areas like the Methow Valley, according to Peter Morrison of Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) in Winthrop. “We spend billions of dollars a year in our attempts to […]
By MARCY STAMPER and ANN McCREARY The Methow Valley lost power for nine hours Monday (July 15) when a wind-fanned fire burned a pole structure carrying the transmission line over Loup Loup Pass to the valley. The fire was reported at 12:51 p.m. and burned an estimated 2,000 acres in the vicinity of Smallwood Farms […]
BY ANN McCREARY Warmer than normal temperatures and ongoing drought are expected to produce a wildfire season that begins earlier than normal in many areas of the West, including much of Washington state. A monthly Fire Potential Outlook by the National Interagency Fire Center said warmer and drier conditions beginning in June will boost […]