Emergency crews responded to an RV fire at the Blue Mountain trailer court on South Second Avenue, early Thursday, Jan. 24.
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.
TWISP – Evacuation notices have been lifted for the Crescent Mountain Fire area and the U.S. Forest Service has started assessing burned areas throughout the region for flooding risks.
TWISP – Okanogan County Emergency Management has issued a Level 2 (be ready) evacuation warning for Smith Canyon Road and Libby Creek Road west of Smith Canyon.
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.
TWISP - A Level 3 (get out now) evacuation alert has been issued for West Buttermilk Creek Road and Twisp River Road west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection.
NESPELEM – All access to the Colville Indian Reservation is being restricted to certain roads because of very high fire danger, limited fire suppression resources in the region and forecasts of continued dry weather.
NESPELEM - Very high to extreme fire danger alerts have been issued for the Colville Indian Reservation and the state has increased fire danger ratings for several areas.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
DENVER, Colo. – The Western Governors Association is urging congressional leadership to fix the present approach to budgeting for wildfire costs at the departments of the interior and agriculture.
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