Attorneys may begin taking depositions this summer in a lawsuit filed by insurance companies seeking to recover money they paid to cover property and vehicle losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 against a Mazama couple whom the insurance companies claim caused the fire through their alleged negligence […]
Rising Eagle Road fire
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 …
Mazama couple denies all claims in Rising Eagle Road Fire lawsuit
A Mazama couple has filed a response denying all allegations made in a lawsuit brought against them by seven insurance companies that paid claims to cover property losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire.
Lawsuit filed by insurance companies seeks damages related to 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire
Seven insurance companies that paid claims to cover property and vehicle losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire have sued a Mazama couple whom they allege caused the fire through their alleged negligence in maintaining a utility trailer.
The plaintiffs, who collectively insure 11 property owners, filed …
No penalties to change status for land damaged by fire, flood
Property owners who own land within the Carlton Complex or the Rising Eagle Road fire areas that is in any of the county’s open-space property tax classifications can request to have their property removed from the classification without paying the additional tax, interest and penalty normally associated with removal. Property owners must make the request […]
DNR investigation: improperly maintained trailer caused Rising Eagle Road Fire
An investigation into the Rising Eagle Road Fire has concluded that the August 2014 fire was caused when a wheel on an improperly maintained utility trailer stopped rotating and dragged on the pavement, sending superheated metal flakes onto the …
Ken Bevis turns his ‘snag patch’ into wildlife habitat
By Ann McCreary
After the Rising Eagle Road Fire raged across his property last August, leaving the house intact but surrounded by stands of charred pine trees, Ken Bevis decided to make lemonade out of lemons — or wildlife habitat out of burned trees,
Liberty Bell football squad lends a hand during fire evacuation
By Laurelle Walsh
When the people and pets at Rover’s Ranch were suddenly forced to escape from the Rising Eagle Road Fire on Aug. 1, five members of the Liberty Bell High School football team and their coach were among the friends and clients who showed up to help with the evacuation.
Pearrygin recovers and re-opens after fires, storms
By Laurelle Walsh
Pearrygin Lake State Park was expected to re-open today (Aug. 6), after the second fire-related closure in as many weeks, according to Park Manager Rick Lewis. Both campgrounds were evacuated and the park was closed on Friday (Aug. 1), when …
The week in pictures (July 30 – Aug. 6)
It’s been a harrowing week in the Methow Valley with wind storms, wildfires (both new and ongoing) and lightning storms. This gallery of photos by the Methow Valley News staff chronicles many of the significant moments.