Poll shows postponed event better than no fair
The Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee will meet tonight for a showdown over whether to move the Okanogan Complex fire camp, or postpone or cancel the organization’s signature event.
Fire crews are transitioning to mop-up and timber falling operations as the Tucannon Fire reached 70 percent containment.
This morning, fire officials described the fire growth as "minimal," noting that it continues to smolder. The status of the fire will be explained to the public tonight.
Aircraft resume drops on blaze north of Wellpinit
Fire officials in Stevens County have called in helitack and retardant bombers today to try to keep the Carpenter Road Fire from growing to the northeast.
Jessica A. Saffel fell asleep at the wheel while driving near Entiat
Jessica A. Saffel, 27, Cergio Britt, 8, and Alyssa Britt, 5, all of Yakima, were transported to the Wenatchee hospital following a one-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 97A.
Blaze is burning near Camp Wooten
Rainfall is helping fire crews get a handle on the new Tucannon Fire burning in steep terrain 20 miles east of the city.
Rain may have slowed the growth of the Carpenter Road Fire, but it is continuing to advance to the northeast.
Only Grave Mountain Fire's northern flank is burning out of control
The Marble Valley and Gold Hill fires are both 96 percent contained, but Graves Mountain Fire is 21 percent contained.
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.
Carpenter Road Fire officials are concerned today's high winds will fan the flames of the 59,828-acre fire. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area until 7 p.m. today.
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.
At only 20 percent containment, the Carpenter Road Fire has grown to 37,589 acres in rural Stevens County, fire officials said early this morning.
Glory Fire prompts closure of segment of Cascade Pass Trail
North Cascades National Park will close Cascade River Road to all vehicle and foot traffic for roadwork.
Plain Community Church will host session as fire moves northwest of Leavenworth
Fire officials will host a public meeting at 7 tonight to talk about the Chelan Complex Fires' advance into the area.
The store not only built beds for Korean War veteran Martin Silverhall and his dog, it is also feeding fire evacuees.
Entiat Ranger District officials said the potential spread of wildfire to Rock Creek has prompted them to close the Chiwawa River area.
Fire officials in Stevens County say the Carpenter Road Fire has grown to 35,198 and is 15 percent contained. But gusty winds and dry conditions are expected to fan the flames.
The family of a local fireman killed last week in the Okanogan Complex fires has released a video statement reacting his death.
Tribal officials estimate the North Star and Tunk Block fires have destroyed more than 150,000 acres and several structures on the Colville Indian Reservation, so far.
Nespelem Valley Electric Co-op trying to keep power on
Local fire fighters are fighting back flames tonight trying to keep them from jumping Columbia River Road.
North Star Fire managers are planning two community meetings for the Republic area. The meetings are set for 7 tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow.
In total, active fires in Chelan County have scorched 134,814 acres, officials said this morning. That includes the 86,412-acre Chelan Complex, the 2,293-acre Fire Creek Fire, the 45,929-acre Wolverine Fire and the 180-acre Blankenship Fire.
Level 2 evacuations, meaning be prepared to leave, are in effect for the entire Spokane Indian Reservation due to the growing Carpenter Road Fire.
Closed Women, Infant and Children clinics are Grand Coulee, Inchelium, Keller, Nespelem, Omak and Republic.
The state Department of Natural Resources has established a wildfire hotline to serve residents of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
Fire officials will host a community meeting at 7 tonight at Pateros High School to provide current information on the Chelan/Reach Complex.
The state Department of Natural Resources is setting up coordination centers so qualified residents can join the fire fight in Okanogan County.
Ferry County Superior Court will be closed tomorrow due to wildfires burning across Ferry County.
Due to the Goodell Creek Fire, North Cascades National Park officials have canceled this coming weekend's planned anniversary celebration picnic.
Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler perished in the Okanogan Complex Fires yesterday afternoon near Twisp.
Ten utility crews are working to restore power to the Antoine Creek area of Okanogan County today.
Officials said they are gaining ground on the wildfire that destroyed 30 homes just north of the U.S.-Canada border.
Wildfire fanned by gusty winds raced across the flat north of Omak, burning homes, outbuildings and more.
While winds were whipping the Okanogan Complex Fire into a frenzy yesterday, calmer conditions gave firefighters a chance to build lines around blazes to the south.
Airboss fire bombers assist in firefight, but flames advance into Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest's Tonasket Ranger District.
The only Level 3 fire evacuation notice remaining in effect in Douglas County is for the McNeil Canyon area east of Beebe Bridge
The blaze has grown to 22,000 acres about 12 miles north of Nespelem
Crews focused on stopping the fire from spreading to the south toward Nespelem and state Highway 155
Despite a reduced fire danger, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal is fire evacuation notices at Level 2 for the Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar areas.
Areas remaining without power include Antoine Creek, Chelan Airport area, Chelan Falls, south Chelan and McNeil Canyon.
FEMA allocates funds to help state with firefighting costs
The Stickpin Fire has devoured more than 20,000 acres of Colville National Forest in the last 36 hours and nearly 1,000 people live in the line of fire.
Although power is out in Chelan, U.S. Highway 97 has reopened from Pateros to Orondo.
At least 11 fires are burning this afternoon in the Methow Valley.
A fire sparked Thursday afternoon has grown to more than 3,200 acres just north of the U.S. Canada border.
Taz and jockey Loren Marchand have won the first two heats of the 80th running of the World-Famous Suicide Race. There are two more heats to go.
Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall announced a Level 1 fire evacuation notice for all of Okanogan County this morning due to the number of growing fires and lack of notification resources
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials close Icicle Ridge and 4th of July trails due to fires.
Emergency shelters for fire victims have been set up at Sterling Middle School in East Wenatchee and at the Entiat Valley Community Center in Entiat.
British Columbia fire officials say two wildfires are burning out of control west of Canada Highway 97 between Osoyoos and Oliver.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Colville National Forest released new evacuation notice levels for Ferry County residents living in vicinity of the Stickpin Fire.