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Fire victims share stories

Commissioners hear about failings, successes of fight

People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.

County considers health board’s future

Commissioners plan public hearing 1:30 p.m. tomorrow

A public hearing is planned at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on a proposal to change the Okanogan County Board of Health from six to five members and change representation on the board.

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Omak city councilman dies

Memorial service planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday

A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for Omak City Council member Dino DeCesari, who died Saturday at Mid-Valley Hospital.

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Tunk fire activity may increase

Fire managers expect the Tunk Block Fire to be more active today, with flames backing under the forest canopy.

Shooting prompts road closures in Chelan-Manson area

School districts go into lockdown while authorities search for shooter

Authorities have closed some roads near town because of a shooting.

Grant County deputy fired

The Grant County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy who was suspected of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence.

Trudi Inslee visits fire areas today

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.

Public meeting about fires is today in Nespelem

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.

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North Cascades could reopen Sunday

The North Cascades Highway, closed for a week and a half because of fire, could open as soon as Sunday.

Electricity may be restored tomorrow to Omak flats

Electricity should be restored by late Friday to areas of the Omak flats and Riverside Cutoff, Greenacres and Johnson Creek roads.

North Star Fire continues burning northward

The North Star Fire, burning mostly on the Colville Indian Reservation, has blackened 170,000 acres of forest, brush and grass.

Leads sought on homemade bomb in Grant County

A homemade explosive device found along a road Wednesday evening was neutralized by the Richland Police Bomb Squad and Grant County Sheriffís Office.

Donation center open to all fire victims

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.

Fire relief center set up in downtown Okanogan

A fire relief center has been set up at the old Food Depot building, 300 S. Second Ave.

North Star Fire continues, more evacuation notices issued

The North Star Fire continues to burn along a broad swath extending from Ferry County to just east of Omak-Okanogan.

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Okanogan Complex now 17 percent contained

Fire officials said the fire has charred 261,650 acres is 17 percent contained. It is the largest in state history.

Lynden man killed in North Cascades crash

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.

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Border crossings open; Ross Lake evacuated

Border crossing stations remain open, but some Ross Lake evacuees are being shuttled through Canada because of fires

Transmission line down; Methow Valley without power

Fire has knocked out the Loup Loup transmission line, leaving most of the Methow Valley without electricity.

State of emergency declared

FEMA authorized to provide local and state assistance.

Fires continue to threaten Loup Loup transmission line

Fires continue to threaten the Loup Loup transmission line, but the Okanogan County Public Utility District said it is trying to keep the line energized.

DNR close Eastern Washington forests to industrial activities

The state Department of Natural Resources is shutting down all industrial forest activities in most of Eastern Washington for the first time in more than 20 years.

Confluence Health/Omak Clinic closed

Confluence Health/Omak Clinic is closed this afternoon and Friday, but Mid-Valley Hospital and Mid-Valley Medical Group are remaining open.

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Fire crews brace for next wave of fire

National-level Type 1 team arrives to take over management of fires burning across Okanogan County

Carlton recovery group offers assistance to Okanogan Complex

People who want to donate cash to help victims of the Okanogan Complex fires can donate to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Casino remains open, offers parking lot for evacuees

The 12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 U.S. Highway 97, evacuated briefly Thursday morning after smoke lingering in the area set off its alarms.

North Star Fire heads east, more evacuation orders go out

More evacuations have been announced for the North Star Fire, burning on the Colville Indian Reservation. As of mid-morning Thursday, the fire had charred 75,867 acres.

Inslee, Goldmark, federal officials in Chelan

Gov. Jay Inslee and several federal dignitaries will be in town today to talk about fires burning in North-Central Washington.

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Homes burn north of Omak

Wildfire fanned by gusty winds raced across the flat north of Omak, burning homes, outbuildings and more.

Red Cross offers half-dozen shelters

The American Red Cross has set up shelters in a number of locations in Eastern Washington in response to multiple wildfires.

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Deceased firefighters were from Okanogan-Wenatchee forest

Three firefighters who died Wednesday afternoon near Twisp were U.S. Forest Service workers from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Republic put on Level 1 fire alert

The city and surrounding area has been put on a Level 1 evacuation alert because of fire movement.

Three firefighters killed in Twisp blaze

Three firefighters died this afternoon while fighting fire near Twisp.

Evacuations issued for Twisp, Winthrop

A pre-evacuation warning has been issued for the town because of a fire burning on Twisp River Road to the west.

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Evacuation order issued for Twisp River Road

An immediate evacuation order has been issued for Twisp River Road from Elbow Coulee westward.

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Evacuation notice issued for area north of Tunk Creek

Okanogan County Emergency Management has issued an evacuation notice for the area from Tunk Creek Road at Keystone Road north to state Highway 20.

Nespelem area evacuation levels outlined

Several areas near town are under evacuation notices, with some at Level 3 (highest) because of the North Star Fire.

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PUD works to restore electricity, broadband

Crews from the Okanogan County Public Utility District are focusing on preserving electric and broadband services by aggressively fighting fire where it threatens utility facilities.

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Conconully ordered to evacuate

An immediate evacuation notice has been issued for the town and surrounding area because of advancing fire.

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Some houses burn in Tunk Block Fire

Some homes have been lost in the Omak area because of the Tunk Block Fire, but no assessment of the damage has yet been made because the fire is still active.

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Omak evacuation notices lifted

Okanogan County Emergency Management lifts evacuations for north Omak and Riverside areas

Oroville loses 911 service

Emergency 911 service is down in the 476 telephone prefix in the Oroville area.

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Firefighters battle blazes near Omak

Firefighters knock down flames near Omak, but blazes continue to burn throughout the region.

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Red Flag Warning issued for much of Eastern Washington

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating critical fire weather conditions exist

Lightning sparks two new fires in Methow Valley

Lightning late Wednesday night ignited two fires on the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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Omak Stampede festivities get under way

The 82nd Omak Stampede and the 80th World-Famous Suicide Race celebration starts today.

Chelan woman killed in head-on crash

Brewster couple injured and transported to Lake Chelan Community Hospital.

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Wippel memorial erected atop Suicide Hill

Local artist Smoker Marchand crafts metal sculpture featuring a cross, Suicide Racers and a starter's pistol

Board of Health to meet

Okanogan County Board of Health to talk about the health district charter and future

Wenatchee Valley College announces spring quarter academic honors

Wenatchee Valley College releases names of students making President's and Dean's lists