Fire preparedness is the new focus for county recovery group Five years after the Carlton Complex Fire destroyed almost 300 houses in the Methow Valley, Pateros and the Chiliwist, the group that helped survivors rebuild and recover is shifting its focus to make sure people are not caught unprepared if — or when — there’s another disaster. “We not […]
Four new generators will be installed this fall to provide emergency power for Okanogan County Fire District 6 stations in the Methow Valley. The fire district has been working to acquire the generators for almost three years. District officials applied for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of the 2014 […]
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 […]
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.
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 …
In a replay of last year’s response to requests for assistance with recovery from wildfire, Pres. Obama has approved federal aid to help public entities rebuild, but denied assistance to individuals and households.
Obama issued separate decisions …
Destruction from wildfire and wind this summer was so severe that Gov. Jay Inslee has asked for federal disaster assistance to help the majority of counties in the state repair roads, powerlines and other infrastructure.
Inslee submitted the request to President Barack Obama for major disaster declarations for 20 counties and eight tribes on Oct. 7.
Although the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) was able to restore power fairly quickly after the August wildfires, 280 of the utility’s poles were so badly damaged that they have to be replaced before winter. The repairs will require one or two daytime power outages to make the repairs safely, according to General Manager John Grubich.
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 …
Okanogan County and Washington state are getting help from the federal government to pay firefighting costs and to combat blazes with planes, helicopters and National Guard troops.
The regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that the Okanogan Complex Fire threatened such destruction that it constituted a major …