Rain showers that rolled into the region yesterday and this morning are bringing much needed moisture to the Kettle Complex fire areas.
Washington first lady Trudi Inslee is in Pateros today touring fire areas. She toured the Alta Lake spike camp to thank firefighters for their efforts.
A public meeting about the North Star and Tunk Block fires will be at 5 p.m. today at Nespelem School, 229 School Loop Road.
Officials hope for rain so they can reopening state Highway 20
With heavy rain still in the forecast, State Department of Transportation officials hope to reopen the North Cascades Highway tomorrow between Newhalem and Rainy Pass. As of 1 p.m. today, the road remains closed due to the Goodell Fire.
The North Cascades Highway, closed for a week and a half because of fire, could open as soon as Sunday.
As winds are expected to rip through Ferry County this weekend, Sheriff Raymond Maycumber reminds residents to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
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.
The North Star Fire donation center at the former Okanogan Bingo Casino building, 41 Appleway, is open to all fire victims, the Colville Confederated Tribes Emergency Operations Center said.
A fire relief center has been set up at the old Food Depot building, 300 S. Second Ave.
The North Star Fire continues to burn along a broad swath extending from Ferry County to just east of Omak-Okanogan.
Fire officials said the fire has charred 261,650 acres is 17 percent contained. It is the largest in state history.