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Weather outlook calls for thunder, lightning

Meteorologists from the Spokane office of the National Weather service have issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of central Washington, including Okanogan County.

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Sunday blaze destroys Pateros home

PATEROS — A house on Eveline Street was destroyed by fire after an explosion rocked it and the neighborhood Sunday afternoon, July 3.

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Grass fire caused by lawnmower hitting rock

OKANOGAN - A field to the north of the Okanogan County Fairgrounds arena caught fire Thursday morning after a mower hit a rock causing a spark.

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Do-it-yourself fireworks show in limbo

See related story posted on July 22

OMAK — The city’s annual do-it-yourself fireworks show is in limbo thanks to a decision by the Colville Business Council to ban all fireworks on the reservation.

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Small fires, smoke checks reported

TONASKET – Fire crews responded to a couple small wildfires and smoke checks last week.

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Record-breaking heat expected

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook calling for record-breaking heat in the Okanogan Valley.

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DNR raises fire danger rating in Okanogan County

Rating remains low in Ferry County

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources has increased fire danger ratings and imposed burn restrictions in Okanogan and other eastern Washington counties.

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Fire safety urged over holiday weekend

With forests across the state still experiencing the effects of last year’s drought, state Department of Natural Resources Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is asking residents to use additional caution to prevent wildland fires over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. 

"Firestorm" book signing planned today

A book signing is planned for “Firestorm 2014: The Story of the Carlton Complex Wildfire” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today, at The Chronicle office, 618 Okoma Drive.

State 1 burn bans lifted

State 1 burn bans lifted in place since late December were lifted this morning, Jan. 11, in Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.

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PUD workers win state award

Crews worked to save infrastructure, others' property

Employees of the Okanogan County Public Utility District have received the "Good Samaritan Award" from the Washington Public Utility Districts Association for their efforts during the summerís wildfires.

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Fire damages building supply

Retail store not damaged, reopens for business Friday

A fire of unknown origin destroyed a lumber storage building and its contents Tuesday evening just south of town.

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Emergency declared

Flooding closes Black Canyon Road; high winds do minimal damage

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide emergency in the wake of Tuesday’s windstorm that cut a swath across the state Tuesday.

Obama, fire officials plan to combat climate fires

More money sought to fight blazes, avoid taking from other resources

The Obama administration and fire chiefs from around the country have announced plans to combat climate change impacts in the wildland urban interface, the area where uninhabited and populated lands meet.

PUD extends power outage

An electrical outage under way to repair damage from the recent Okanogan Complex fire will take longer than expected.

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