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Forest officials close woods to recreation

Fire danger and the threat to public safety prompt immediate closure of the Methow Ranger District to all travel and recreation

'Abundant' lightning expected today

National Weather Service issues red flag warning for Okanogan, Methow valleys and surrounding areas

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Fire burns home between Twisp and Winthrop; evacuations ordered

A wildfire between Twisp and Winthrop claimed a house along state Highway 20 this afternoon and is threatening at least one other home.

Red flag warning issued in Okanogan, Methow

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Okanogan and Methow valleys, effective until 11 tonight.

Fire weather watch issued for Coulee area

Meteorologists say lightning and wind could lead to new wildfires in the Grand Coulee and Mansfield areas, as well as the Waterville Plateau

Flash flood watch issued for area

Methow Valley has the highest potential for flash flooding and debris flows, National Weather Service says

Health district offers burned debris cleanup tips

Residents can bury inert fire debris on their property.

Registered nurse suspended after being charged with child rape

Chelan County registered nurse suspended after being charged with first-degree child rape in Douglas County

County evacuation notices are Level 2 or less

Alta Lake, Cook Mountain, Libby Creek, North Cook Mountain and Pleasant Valley are all at Level 2

Electricity restored to most customers; 640 still without power

Utility crews working 16-hour days to restore power.

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Sex-case plea deal postponed

Former Tonasket High School librarian Elizabeth Kinkade will appear in court again Aug. 19

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Long-term disaster center to open in Pateros

All donations for fire victims being moved to Pateros

Winds prompt cancellation of burn out

Officials may try another burn out when conditions are more favorable for containment

Road C fire contained without evacuations

A brush fire that ignited Monday near the intersection of Jameson Late Road and Road 11 Northeast was contained before it could threaten town.

Fire evacuations ordered for Mansfield

Residents of rural Douglas County town were directed to leave due to wildfire threat

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