[6/18/19] Manson Transformer Fire

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It took the combined efforts of five Regional Fire Departments to knock down a wind driven grass and brush fire in Manson Friday night. That’s Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker. Manson Fire crews responded just before ten pm and battled the fire for over an hour before deciding to ask for additional help. Baker said […]

[6/7/19] Wildfire now 28 square miles and 65% contained

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A wildfire burning in dry grass and sage lands near the Columbia River in Grant County is holding steady at 20,380 acres, about 28 square miles. The Highway 243 Fire near Wanapum Dam is now 65 percent contained. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says all evacuation notices have been lifted and they’re reopening roads closed […]

[4/20/19] Wapato Lake Fire

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Manson residents around Wapato Lake were treated to a somewhat spectacular fire as bullrush and reeds lining the shore caught fire creating a challenge for Manson Fire Department. Chief Arnold Baker: Just how many acres was the fire? No structures were in danger, though some campers were threatened. Chief Baker says the fire was out […]

[4/1/19] Wildfire Legislation

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Last week Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Senate Democrats presented legislation to reduce Washington’s wildfire risk and create healthier forests. This groundbreaking proposal establishes a dedicated revenue source and raises $62.5 million annually to fund wildfire suppression and prevention. Last year was the Department of Natural Resources’ busiest fire season ever. DNR, the […]

[12/21/18] Friday Forest Partnership

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California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and British Columbia Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson pledged this week to share information and work jointly to improve forest resilience and better understand how forests are responding to climatic changes.   A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Tuesday (121818) […]

[12/12/18] Cougar Creek Post-Wildfire Community Meeting

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Local agencies are hosting a community meeting this month for property owners in the Mad River watershed area and other interested parties impacted by this summer’s Cougar Creek Fire. The meeting will be at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Entiat Fire Hall, 2200 Entiat Way. Experts on analyzing post-fire conditions will be […]

[10/3/18] Emergency Wildfire Action By-Products

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How a firefighting technique during a wildland fire can lead to a windfall.