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.
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.
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.
Fire managers expect the Tunk Block Fire to be more active today, with flames backing under the forest canopy.
School districts go into lockdown while authorities search for shooter
Authorities have closed some roads near town because of a shooting.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy who was suspected of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence.
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.
The North Cascades Highway, closed for a week and a half because of fire, could open as soon as Sunday.
Electricity should be restored by late Friday to areas of the Omak flats and Riverside Cutoff, Greenacres and Johnson Creek roads.
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.
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.
Border crossing stations remain open, but some Ross Lake evacuees are being shuttled through Canada because of fires
Fire has knocked out the Loup Loup transmission line, leaving most of the Methow Valley without electricity.
FEMA authorized to provide local and state assistance.
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.
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 is closed this afternoon and Friday, but Mid-Valley Hospital and Mid-Valley Medical Group are remaining open.
National-level Type 1 team arrives to take over management of fires burning across Okanogan County
People who want to donate cash to help victims of the Okanogan Complex fires can donate to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
The 12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 U.S. Highway 97, evacuated briefly Thursday morning after smoke lingering in the area set off its alarms.
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.
Gov. Jay Inslee and several federal dignitaries will be in town today to talk about fires burning in North-Central Washington.
Wildfire fanned by gusty winds raced across the flat north of Omak, burning homes, outbuildings and more.
The American Red Cross has set up shelters in a number of locations in Eastern Washington in response to multiple wildfires.
Three firefighters who died Wednesday afternoon near Twisp were U.S. Forest Service workers from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The city and surrounding area has been put on a Level 1 evacuation alert because of fire movement.
Three firefighters died this afternoon while fighting fire near Twisp.
A pre-evacuation warning has been issued for the town because of a fire burning on Twisp River Road to the west.
An immediate evacuation order has been issued for Twisp River Road from Elbow Coulee westward.
Okanogan County Emergency Management has issued an evacuation notice for the area from Tunk Creek Road at Keystone Road north to state Highway 20.
Several areas near town are under evacuation notices, with some at Level 3 (highest) because of the North Star Fire.
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.
An immediate evacuation notice has been issued for the town and surrounding area because of advancing 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.
Okanogan County Emergency Management lifts evacuations for north Omak and Riverside areas
Emergency 911 service is down in the 476 telephone prefix in the Oroville area.
Firefighters knock down flames near Omak, but blazes continue to burn throughout the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating critical fire weather conditions exist
Lightning late Wednesday night ignited two fires on the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The 82nd Omak Stampede and the 80th World-Famous Suicide Race celebration starts today.
Brewster couple injured and transported to Lake Chelan Community Hospital.
Local artist Smoker Marchand crafts metal sculpture featuring a cross, Suicide Racers and a starter's pistol
Okanogan County Board of Health to talk about the health district charter and future
Wenatchee Valley College releases names of students making President's and Dean's lists