Firefighters responded to two wildland fires in just three days in the past week, when strong winds whipped up burning brush piles, quickly igniting dry vegetation nearby. Fire crews contained a fire on the Twisp-Winthrop East County Road at less than 1 acre on Thursday (March 19), although access to the upper field was complicated, […]
Okanogan County Fire District 6
Station’s impacts on Horizon Flats need review Okanogan County Fire District 6 may need to help pay for improvements to Horizon Flats Road, if it builds a fire station on the 5-acre property it owns in Winthrop. Fire district commissioners learned at their Oct. 14 meeting that more traffic studies are needed before the town […]
At least eight voters in Okanogan County Fire District 6 received ballots that did not include the race for Position 2 on the district’s board of commissioners, between Darold Brandenburg and Ken Doran. County Auditor Cari Hall said in a press release issued Tuesday (Oct. 22) the mistake was the result of a technical problem […]
At the recent Kiwanis District convention in Portland, the Methow Valley’s Roy Reiber was presented the Jack Delf Award. He was nominated by members of the Winthrop Kiwanis Club for the prestigious community service award to recognize his many years of service to the Kiwanis Club and the Methow Valley community as a whole. The […]
Mark Seguin, 62, arrested after a five-month investigation A man who once served as Twisp’s fire chief faces arson and other charges related to a Feb. 11 fire at his Burgar Street house, according to Twisp police. Mark Seguin, 62, pleaded not guilty Monday (July 29) before Okanogan Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp. Seguin’s trial […]
Project architect asked for updated cost estimates Fire district commissioners have accepted a floor plan for a new fire station that Okanogan County Fire District 6 hopes to build in Winthrop. District 6 commissioners have asked the architect to provide cost estimates for the new station, which is very similar to a previous plan, although […]
Summer months saw a high number of emergency calls Last year was the busiest emergency response year in the 61-year history of Okanogan County Fire District 6, according to the district’s annual report. District firefighters responded to 311 emergency calls in 2018, a 36 percent increase over 2017, according to the report prepared by district […]
For more than a decade, Okanogan County Fire District 6 has been in some stage of planning for a new fire station in Winthrop, and discussion on the project continued this week.
At the request of fire district commissioners, Chief Cody Acord developed a needs assessment to evaluate what should be included in a new fire station. He presented a draft of the assessment to commissioners at their monthly meeting on Monday (Jan. 14).
Commissioners have been moving cautiously on planning for a new fire station, after the most recent plans failed when a proposed station was criticized by some district residents as too elaborate and expensive, and voters in 2014 defeated a property tax levy increase to fund construction.
As if the threat of wildfires wasn’t enough to be concerned about, Okanogan County Fire District 6 is confronting another unexpected challenge — water damage at its Winthrop fire station. A broken water main sent water into the station on Englar Street last Monday (Aug. 6), leaving 8 inches of standing water in the station, […]
A late-afternoon fire destroyed a mobile home on Rendezvous Road outside Winthrop on Friday (July 6).
The fire started underneath the mobile home and worked its way up the walls, and the structure was fully involved within 20 minutes, said Rusty Stamps, assistant fire chief for …