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 […]
The Methow Conservancy, North 40 Productions and the Okanogan Conservation District will host a multi-media presentation, “The Era of Megafires,” on Feb. 28 at the Methow Valley Community Center gym in Twisp. The free program begins at 7 p.m. “The Era of Megafires” is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who […]
Longer and more intense wildfire seasons of recent years will only become more extreme as a result of climate change, and that has fueled efforts by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, to increase fuels reduction projects in forests to prevent large-scale forest fires.
Cantwell was joined by four climate and forestry…
News roundup: fires, accidents, etc. • Okanogan County Fire District 6 and Washington Department of Natural Resources crews responded to a brush fire early Thursday afternoon (Sept. 1), off of Highway 153 about 4 miles south of Carlton. The fire was controlled by about 3 p.m. About a dozen vehicles were on the scene. No […]
Although this summer has been wetter than the past two, in just six days this past week state firefighters responded to 82 wildfire starts, all but two of them likely human caused.
The majority of these were accidents, started by sparks from a flat tire and wheel, by tow chains dragging…