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State Highway 153 remains closed because of slides

Mudslides prompted week-long closure of main highway through the Methow Valley

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Gov. Inslee declares state of emergency in Okanogan

County declaration follows flash floods, mudslides and debris flows that destroyed homes and blocked highways

Waterville fair features music, livestock and more

More than 100 years of fair memories will be celebrated this weekend during the North Central Washington Fair.

Small fires spark in Tonasket

Recent lighting storms are to blame for several small fires in the area.

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Highways remain closed following mudslides

Two state highways remain closed after a thunderstorm dumped rain on the Carlton Complex burn area and triggered flooding and mudslides.

Mudslides close three highways; some structures damaged

Mudslides sweep away structures, blocks state Highway 153

Three arrested on drug charges in Omak

Allegations of meth, heroin dealing lead to arrests

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Man suspected of dealing drugs out of park

Okanogan man arrested by deputies for allegedly selling drugs out of a tent

Governor plans to visit Okanogan County

Gov. Jay Inslee plans to visit Twisp, Winthrop and Pateros tomorrow.

Sinlahekin to discuss reptiles, geology

The Sinlahekin Wildlife Area will host its fourth summer educational program, Aug. 23-24.

Electricity restored to Malott, Methow Valley

Electricity was restored yesterday afternoon to Malott and the Methow Valley, about four hours after a problem developed along the Loup Loup transmission line west of town.

Electricity down from Malott to the Methow

The area from just south of Okanogan to Malott and across the mountains to the Methow Valley is without electricity this afternoon.

Rain dampens fire slightly; storm spawns three new fires

Rain that fell Tuesday night over the Devil’s Elbow Fire raised humidity, but didn’t do much toward putting out the 20,287-acre blaze on the Colville Indian Reservation.

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Two arrested on suspicion of arson for back fires

Two Twisp men have been arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson for allegedly starting a back fire on Benson Creek Road within the Carlton Complex fire area.

Inslee plans appeal of federal disaster assistance denial

Gov. Jay Inslee is appealing a presidential decision to deny assistance to individuals impacted by the Carlton Complex fire.

Outdoor burning banned on state-protected lands

The state Department of Natural Resources is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on department-protected lands.

Fire information meeting planned in Keller

A community meeting is planned at 7 tonight, Monday, at the Keller Community Center, 11669 state Highway 21, about the Devil’s Elbow Fire on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Community meeting set in Twisp; firefighters tackle new fire

A community meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Friday at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 Methow Valley Highway, to update people on the Carlton Complex, Little Bridge Creek and Upper Falls fires.

Visiting utility crews will leave area today

Mutual aid crews assisting the Okanogan County Public Utility District with repairs from Carlton Complex fires will be leaving the area today.

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Devil’s Elbow Complex chars 8,000 acres near Keller

The Devil’s Elbow Complex fire has burned across 8,000 acres near town and prompted evacuations.

Agencies to talk landscape recovery

More than a dozen natural resource agencies and organizations will be available Wednesday to talk with landowners about post-fire recovery of the landscape.

Apple Education Foundation awards local students

The Washington Apple Education Foundation has announced a record number of scholarships this year.

WVC students make president's and dean’s list

Wenatchee Valley College has named its spring quarter 2014 president’s and dean’s lists.

Inslee seeks federal disaster help for wildfires

A major disaster declaration is being sought from President Barack Obama to free up federal assistance to help families, business owners and local governments recover from fires in Central and Eastern Washington.

Auditor’s Office continues to count primary ballots

Okanogan, Ferry Counties latest results

Clint Didier showed a 20 percentage-point lead over his nearest opponent in Tuesday election night results from Okanogan County.

Firefighters battle new fire north of Winthrop

Firefighters are battling a fire burning north of town and about 1.5 miles south of the Pasayten Wilderness.

Evacuations ordered for San Poil Valley near Keller

Tribal police giving notice in San Poil for Devil's Elbo Complex fire

CenturyLink restores voice, 911 lines

CenturyLink has restored voice communications, including 911, local and long-distance calling, to the Methow Valley.

Electricity should be back on by Thursday

Electricity should be restored to all customers of the Okanogan County Public Utility District by Thursday.

Phone, 911 service out in much of the Methow

Telephone land lines and 911 service is not working from the Carlton area northward.

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State mobilizes for Rising Eagle Road Fire

The state has mobilized fire resources in support of local firefighters battling the Rising Eagle Road Fire.

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Fire crews called to help in Methow Valley

Crews from fire departments all over the Okanogan Valley were called shortly before 4 p.m. to send “any available units” to the upper Methow Valley for two wildfires.

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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.

Health district offers burned debris cleanup tips

Residents can bury inert fire debris on their property.

Governor will visit the Methow on Friday

Gov. Jay Inslee plans to visit the Methow Valley tomorrow to meet with local leaders and discuss the Carlton Complex fire.

Country musician’s performance benefits Red Cross wildfire fund

Country music artist Trace Adkins will perform a concert in September to benefit the American Red Cross Western Wildfires Relief Fund.

Restaurant donates part of sales to Red Cross

The Pizza Hut restaurant, 604 Omache Drive, is donating 10 percent of all pizza sales today, Wednesday, to the Red Cross to benefit the organization’s wildfire relief fund.

Electricity restored to most customers; 640 still without power

Utility crews working 16-hour days to restore power.

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Long-term disaster center to open in Pateros

All donations for fire victims being moved to Pateros

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Fire burns near Wauconda in Okanogan County

Fire burns on West Fork of Cougar Creek

Fire evacuations ordered for Mansfield

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

Meetings planned in Brewster, Pateros

Meetings planned for update on the Carlton Complex wildfires

Escaped prisoner recaptured in Grant County

Jaime D. Hampshire recaptured after jail escape

Ecology department suspends permit rules for large-scale generators

The state Washington Department of Ecology has suspended temporarily the permit requirements for use of large-scale generators in areas hit by wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Alliance conducts fire impact survey of businesses

The Economic Alliance is doing a brief business impact survey for the Okanogan County commissioners to get a snapshot of the economic impact from the Carlton Complex fires.

Conservation district offers help to landowners in fire area

Okanogan Conservation District is mobilizing to help landowners whose natural resources and agricultural infrastructure has been damaged by the Carlton Complex wildfires.

CenturyLink restores Internet services

CenturyLink crews have repaired the damaged fiber optics line severed by a fallen tree near Fish Trap and has restored Internet services to its customers in Eastern Washington.

Carlton is at lowest evacuation level

The community is at Level 1 (lowest) evacuation status.

Governor extends statewide burn ban

Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the burn ban he ordered last week to include a ban on most outdoor and agricultural burning for Eastern Washington.

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