Wildfire

[8/19/19] Fire that Burned 45,000 Acres in Mop Up

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Crews are starting mop-up on the Williams Flats Fire near the Colville Reservation and Lake Roosevelt, the largest wildfire currently burning in the state. It’s now 85 percent contained at nearly 45,000 acres. Fire managers said firefighters are holding containment lines, watching for unburned pockets in the fire perimeter. About 500 personnel are working the […]

[8/12/19] Colville Indian Reservation Fire Now 62 Square Miles

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Firefighters are trying to prevent a fast-growing wildfire from jumping the Columbia River. The fire on the Colville Indian Reservation was likely started by lightning last Friday and has since grown to about 62 square miles. The fire, southeast of the town of Keller, Washington, is moving east and has almost reached the banks of […]

[8/8/19] Latest Fire Information

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A wildfire burning on the Colville Reservation has grown to 25,000 acres or 28 square miles, prompting some mandatory evacuations. The Williams Flats Fire is burning about seven miles southeast of the town of Keller and was started by lightning last Friday morning. The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuation notices for some […]

[8/7/19] Fire Risk High in August and Beyond

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The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) provides logistical support and intelligence relative to anticipated and ongoing wildfire activity for wildland fire suppression agencies. The NWCC monitors weather and prescribed burning activity within the northwest and facilitates movement of resources between agencies’, ensuring fire suppression capabilities to support large fire potential. Yesterday, the NWCC updated its […]

[8/6/19] Current Fire Conditions

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The latest with fires in our region: Two small fires are burning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness west of Leavenworth and another is northwest of Leavenworth in the Chiwawa drainage of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. All three have remained small over the last two weeks, started by lightning in the late-July thunder cell that dropped […]

[8/2/19] Fire Danger Increases

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Here’s the latest with fire season in our area: The State Department of Natural Resources and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have increased their fire danger ratings from High to Very High for state and federal forest lands in North Central Washington. Douglas County crews responded to a brush fire in the Mansfield area yesterday afternoon. […]

[8/1/19] Fast Fire Near Winthrop

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Okanogan County fire crews knocked down a 100-acre brush fire outside of Winthrop yesterday afternoon. Okanogan Emergency Management Director Maurice Goodall said the Rendezvous Fire was a fast burning grass fire, but local and state crews were able to get a perimeter around it quickly. Goodall said firefighters remained on the scene overnight, but all […]

[8/1/19] Stehekin Fire Handed Off

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An incident management team assumed command yesterday of the Devore Creek Fire southwest of Stehekin. Hand crews have completed 2.5 miles of saw work and brush clearance to improve the community protection line west of Stehekin, with about a mile left to clear. The fire, estimated at 150 acres, hasn’t shown much recent growth, though […]

[7/29/19] Devore Creek Fire Moving Slowly

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Forest Service crews started reopening a community protection line southwest of Stehekin due to the Devore Creek Fire. It’s estimated at 120 acres, burning in high-elevation timber, one of several fires started by lightning last week in the region. Kari Grover-Weir, a Chelan Ranger for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said on Saturday a hotshot crew […]

[7/29/19] Desert Canyon Fire Back to Douglas County Crews

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The Desert Canyon Fire near Orondo in Douglas County is fully contained and teams were demobilized over the weekend. Fire crews said yesterday they reached full containment, keeping the fire to just under 1,500 acres. No structures were damaged and no one was injured. Evacuation notices to homes in Browns Canyon Road were lifted Thursday […]