Five years ago this week, the Carlton Complex Fire raged all around us and the valley reeled from its devastation. The fire was the catalyst for an unprecedented community response. In the July 17, 2019 newspaper on page (B1), we took a look at the results of those recovery efforts. Inside the B section, we […]
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 […]
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the emotion and logistics of disaster recovery. So when Mennonite Disaster Service, a national expert in disaster response and recovery, brought together people across the country who’d been through similar situations for a weekend workshop, it was cathartic, said Carlene Anders, executive director of the Okanogan County Long Term […]
Invasive, fast-burning cheatgrass is pushing out native plants It may seem, to anyone who has driven long stretches of highway in Nevada, Utah, California and even here in the Methow Valley, that there is plenty — maybe even more than enough — sagebrush. Sagebrush once covered 250 million acres of western North America but today that ecosystem is half the […]
When it comes to wildfires, Winthrop has dodged the bullet so far, but a local resident is suggesting that town leaders do more to prepare for a time when the town may not be so fortunate.
“We’ve been really lucky in our community,” Winthrop resident …
When people came together to help during the devastating Carlton Complex Fire in July 2014, they were focused on getting food, water and shelter to people who’d lost their homes, not on …
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.
Okanogan County residents who have ideas about how the county can continue its economic recovery from the wildfires of 2014 and 2015 can now offer their thoughts on a website: www.okanoganeconomicrecovery.com/get-involved. The website is a project of the North Central Washington Economic Development District, which working on post-fire economic recovery strategies. Feedback from the website […]
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; […]