Three hundred people have filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), saying that the agency failed to suppress four small fires that resulted in the “combined inferno [that] became …
Carlton Complex Fire
Efforts focused on rebuilding, better communications, preparedness By Marcy Stamper and Ann McCreary Methow Valley residents may have felt an uneasy sense of déjà vu this week as temperatures heated up and smoke drifted into the valley from British Columbia wildfires. Three years ago on July 14, a lightning storm sparked four separate fires — three in […]
Vital infrastructure for emergency communications, phone service and radio broadcasts will be better protected from wildfire after a dozen volunteers with Team Rubicon finish thinning dense stands of dog-hair trees on the summit of McClure Mountain next week.
Cinder, the black bear that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, spent her second year in forests north of Leavenworth and is now denned up for the winter not far from the site where she was released in June 2015.
“She is still out there and denned up OK, just like all the other collared bears,” said Rich Beausoleil, cougar and bear specialist with …
A multi-year campaign to restore plants in areas disturbed when utility lines damaged by wildfires were repaired appears to be helping reestablish native grasses and crowd out invasive weeds.
For the third year in a row, volunteers organized …
The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery (OCLTRG) is seeking local volunteers for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 22. Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual days of service nationwide. Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission of improving the lives of others. This goal of this one-day […]
The devastating Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 left much of the Methow Valley without power for 10 days, greatly hampering the ability of local government officials and emergency managers to respond to the ongoing crisis.
A $275,000 contribution from an anonymous donor who saw TV news reports about the devastation of two summers of wildfires in Okanogan County was the windfall the county’s recovery group needed to start construction on all 15 homes in its second phase of rebuilding.
The donor had made a smaller contribution in the past but …
Thunderstorms last Friday (July 22) caused flash flooding in the French Creek area that partially destroyed a dike constructed last summer to protect properties from just that event.
Practical, political issues aired in Okanogan County meeting By Ann McCreary Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) came to Okanogan County last weekend to hear what local people think the county needs to fight future wildfires, and left with plenty to consider as she prepares wildfire management legislation. Faster and more effective initial attacks when wildfires ignite; […]