Andrew Zajac of Winthrop, Tom Zbyszewski of Walla Walla and Richard Wheeler of South Haven, Mich., died from smoke inhalation and burns to their bodies, coroner says.
Electricity should be restored by late Friday to areas of the Omak flats and Riverside Cutoff, Greenacres and Johnson Creek roads.
Intense fire behavior is expected today throughout Ferry County as officials from the National Weather Service are predicting high winds with gusts upward to 25 mph.
The North Star Fire, burning mostly on the Colville Indian Reservation, has blackened 170,000 acres of forest, brush and grass.
A homemade explosive device found along a road Wednesday evening was neutralized by the Richland Police Bomb Squad and Grant County Sheriffís Office.
Winds expected Thursday evening, gusts 20-25 mph
The North Star Fire continues to burn along a broad swath extending from Ferry County to just east of Omak-Okanogan.
A community meeting is planned to discuss the progress, of the Kettle Complex fires, tonight at the Orient Elementary School.
A Lynden man was killed Tuesday afternoon when his car went off state Highway 20 and over an embankment about a mile west of the Whistler area and 20 miles west of town.
Ferry County Commissioners decided yesterday to cancel the 79th annual Ferry County Fair, originally slated for Labor Day weekend, because of wildfires burning in and around the county.
The family of a local fireman killed last week in the Okanogan Complex fires has released a video statement reacting his death.
Tribal officials estimate the North Star and Tunk Block fires have destroyed more than 150,000 acres and several structures on the Colville Indian Reservation, so far.
Nespelem Valley Electric Co-op trying to keep power on
Local fire fighters are fighting back flames tonight trying to keep them from jumping Columbia River Road.
North Star Fire managers are planning two community meetings for the Republic area. The meetings are set for 7 tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow.
Fire has knocked out the Loup Loup transmission line, leaving most of the Methow Valley without electricity.
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