Coping with the challenges of the wildland-urban interface (Editor’s note: Methow Valley News reporter Ashley Ahearn originally reported this story for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration of public media in the Pacific Northwest.) By Ashley Ahearn Chris Hopkins moved to Pine Forest for the trees. He was drawn to the hilly, forested community in Washington’s […]
Photos by Steve Mitchell Hundreds of firefighters are making the Methow Valley their temporary home this summer, and adapting in their own ways.
Unmanned aircraft gathers vital images, information on fires By Marcy Stamper A high-tech crew led by a program manager with U.S. Bureau of Land Management spent several days last week flying an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to map the Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires and locate hot spots beyond the main fires, gathering images and […]
Fires help some local businesses, but tourism suffers By Marcy Stamper “We’re calling it Smogust,” said Marlene Temple, information clerk at the Winthrop visitors information center. “It’s just a bad time — again.” Temple, who normally helps tourists discover new hikes or places to swim, has been fielding more mundane questions in the past few weeks. People […]
Some relief may be possible this weekend By Ann McCreary For the past 10 days, Methow Valley residents have been breathing air that is unhealthy at best, and hazardous at worst. Aug. 12 was the last day that air quality was moderate or good, based on readings from state smoke monitors. Relentless, oppressive smoke from […]
Unstable conditions predicted for ‘erratic’ blaze By Ann McCreary “Erratic” behavior of the Crescent Mountain Fire, and predictions of unstable fire conditions, led to a Level 3 (leave immediately) evacuation Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 21) for Twisp River Road residents west of Little Bridge Creek. A Level 2 evacuation (be ready) was issued for people living […]
The Crescent Mountain Fire grew by about 500 acres on Thursday (Aug. 9), primarily because of burnouts conducted by firefighters to eliminate fuels between War Creek and the Buttermilk area. The fire line constructed at War Creek held over Thursday night
With a forecast for temperatures in the triple digits and a cold front accompanied by strong winds, fire managers expect Thursday and Friday (Aug. 9 and 10) could be decisive in the spread…
Advances east towards homes in Buttermilk area in Twisp River drainage By Marcy Stamper The Crescent Mountain Fire in the upper Twisp River drainage grew significantly again in heat and virtually no humidity on Monday (Aug. 6), pushing it closer to homes in the Buttermilk area. At an estimated 7,700 acres on Tuesday, the Crescent […]
With consistently hot, dry weather, in the past week firefighters have responded to several wildland fires that threatened homes and spread to dry vegetation. A brush fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon (July 24) just east of the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 153 threatened a home on the hillside above Highway 20.