Backcountry trails, wildlife habitat will be impacted By Ann McCreary Reconnaissance flights over the area burned by the Diamond Creek Fire, which is still burning in some places, are revealing the extent of the fire’s effects on trails, camps, habitat and structures. More assessments of the burn severity within the almost 127,498 acres burned […]
Cinder, the bear that was rescued as a cub three years ago after being badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, is healthy and behaving like any other wild bear after her release two summers ago.
The story of Cinder’s rescue, her long and painful …
The Canyon Creek Fire, which burned 1,200 acres north of Carlton in July, was “suspicious in nature,” said investigators, but they were unable to determine a specific cause of the fire. They completed their investigation Sept. 7.
In his final investigation report, John McDonald …
For most of his career as a firefighter, Bill Moody of Twisp attacked wildfires with the help of a light, nylon parachute. Today, the longtime smokejumper is helping fight fires with a more formidable tool — a Boeing 747 “SuperTanker” aircraft.
For more than a decade, Moody has been involved in helping with …
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 […]
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 …
Early this spring, Ed Parker and Flora Abuan received a letter from PEMCO, the decade-long insurer of their home on a hillside above Myer Creek up Twisp River.
It said an inspector was coming to look at their property, which was damaged by
By Don Nelson Three years ago this week, we crowded into the Methow Valley Community Center gym on a scorched, smoky evening. There was no power. The gym was stifling, gloomy and thick with anxiety that felt as dense as the towering white plumes that billowed out of the hills all around us. We were […]
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 […]
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA., has called on President Donald Trump to restore $600 million that would be cut from wildfire management in the president’s proposed budget. In a letter to Trump, Cantwell called on Trump to “heed current science to guide your policy decisions around addressing wildfires.” Cantwell, ranking member of the Senate Energy and […]