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Local resident Rick Barthol lost his home and five animals when a fire Saturday morning took down his home while he and fiancé, Laura Sorenson, were out to breakfast.

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Fire investigators located two bodies inside the rubble of a house fire yesterday at 760 Old Highland Orchard Road, according to Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris.

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OLYMPIA – The ban on target shooting was lifted Saturday, Sept. 15, on state Department of Natural Resources-managed lands.

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TWISP – Rain last weekend and forecasts for cooler temperatures and higher humidity recovery are helping firefighters get a handle on three wildfires in the western part of Okanogan County.

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BRIDGEPORT – Two people were unaccounted for as of Monday morning, Sept. 17, after a fire destroyed a home on Old Highland Orchard Road.

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Rain and higher relative humidity over the weekend allowed firefighters to make a direct attack on the Crescent Mountain Fire, which has been burning for a month in the Twisp River drainage.

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OMAK – Nearly 40 acres of grass and sagebrush burned Saturday, Aug. 18, north of town. Several other fires continue to burn in the region.

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OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources has banned campfires on all lands east of the Cascades protected by the agency.

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TWISP – The combined Crescent Mountain and Gilbert fires continue to grow, and some Twisp River area residents remain under a Level 2 evacuation notice because of the blazes, which are burning at the upper end of the drainage.

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MAZAMA – U.S. Forest Service firefighters are battling a fire burning in heavy timber in the Cutthroat area about 13 miles west of town.

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A Western Glove utility trailer caught fire as the driver was heading north on Highway 97 around 10:06 a.m. today, July 26.

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Firefighters have completed initial fire lines around most of the fire perimeter of the Rattlesnake Fire, which is burning southeast of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.

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“Rising from the Ashes,” a recovery reunion and celebration, is planned July 18-22 in areas affected by the 2014 Carlton Complex fire and 2015 Okanogan Complex and other fires.

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Officials from the National Interagency Fire Center all calling for an above-normal fire season this year with elevated temperatures and low precipitation.

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It was a little over a week ago that Bridgeport High School boys’ basketball coach Pat McFadden bustled through a burning home to save his fiancé’s 8-year-old son, Tommy. Both remained in Harborview Medical Center for treatment of burns Tuesday – McFadden in serious condition and Tommy, satisfactory.

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Investigators with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of a fatal house fire Friday morning, Nov. 17, on Omak River Road.

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The Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management has lifted the fire alert for the Lost River, Mazama and Rendezvous areas.

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