Fire and EMS

[1/8/20] Flu season triggers visitor restrictions at Chelan Hospital

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The flu season got an early start this year, and a king county child died last month due to complications from the illness, the first known case of pediatric flu-related death in the county since 2009. In north-central Washington is not alone, residents aren’t immune, and the Lake Chelan Community Hospital recently responded to an […]

[12/9/19] Burn ban affects most of NCW

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A stage 1 burn ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces began at 8 a.m.yesterday for the Methow Valley, and for all of Chelan and Douglas counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue through noon, Wednesday, when conditions will be reassessed. The Washington […]

[10/7/19] FREE Smoke Detectors from Red Cross

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National Fire Prevention Week started yesterday and runs through the 12th, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to practice their home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms. Betsy Robertson Communications Program Manager with the Northwest Region of the Red Cross says with cooler temperatures and more folks using heaters and fireplaces, now is […]

[10/4/19] Okanogan Firefighter Succumbed to Injuries

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An Okanogan County firefighter has died after being badly burned while engaging a wildfire last month.  Assistant Chief Christian Johnson of Okanogan County Fire District No. 3 passed away on Tuesday after spending just over a month in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The 55-year-old was hospitalized after suffering burns […]

[9/18/19] Former Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon Passed Away

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Former Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon  passed away on September 17th  after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Chief Lemon enjoyed a career that spanned over 39 years including serving as Chief of Fire District 7 here in Chelan for ten years.  Early in his career, he cut his firefighting teeth as a […]


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Saturday’s Manson fire resulted in a burnt 15 acres as well as the arrest of an 18 year old Everett man. He’s currently being held in Chelan County jail under suspicion of arson and malicious mischief. Witnesses saw a suspicious vehicle and the vehicles occupant blowing up mailboxes with fireworks. Jason Reinfeld, Chief of Special […]

[7/8/19] Man Drowns Rescuing Pig

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A 45-year-old Monitor man, Ronald J. Ripper, drowned in the Wenatchee River yesterday. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the man had been floating the river with his adult son and his pet pig near Monitor at about 6 o’clock last evening, each on their own tube. According to witnesses, the trio was around the […]


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The 243 Fire in Grant County near Beverly has now burned nearly 19,000 acres since it started Monday night. It continues moving eastward, but is now 25 percent contained. There are nearly 400 firefighters on scene from local, state and federal agencies. Washington DNR sent in two helicopters, two small planes, 20 firefighters and five […]

[5/11/19] E.W.A Fire Danger

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Effective yesterday, fire danger will increase from low to moderate in Chelan, and Methow fire danger rating areas. Due to warm, dry weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the following changes in fire danger rating in Eastern Washington.  DNR Public Information Officer Guy Gifford explains the change and what it means […]

[5/4/19] Home Fire in Chelan’s Sunnybank Neighborhood

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050419 Saturday Am News                                                                  Southshore Fire  An early morning fire on the Southshore of  Lake Chelan completely destroyed a 2200 square foot home in the Sunnybank Community. Rivercom Dispatch received a call at 3:41 AM Saturday morning reporting a house fire at 4045 Sunnybank Drive. The reporting party stated that everyone was out of the […]