Fire and EMS

[7/21/21] Franz Closes DNR Lands In E. Washington To Public Access

Posted in Fire and EMS, Recreation, Wildfire

State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz visited the site of the Red Apple Fire in Sunnyslope yesterday, and announced a major closure: The decision to close recreation and all public access on DNR-managed lands east of the Cascades is in addition to the burn ban that Commissioner Franz enacted earlier this month on the […]

[7/21/21] Wednesday Fire Update

Posted in Environment, Fire and EMS, Wildfire

Cedar Creek Fire The inversion was slow to lift this morning limiting fire growth and use of aerial resources.  A full complement of air resources were available but use was very limited until after 5:00 PM due to visibility.  Once the inversion lifted, fire activity increased. As of this evening, the fire had moved south along […]

[7/14/21] Okanogan County Fires

Posted in Breaking News, Fire and EMS

Several wildfires are burning in Okanogan County, prompting an evacuation order for the town of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation. The state Department of Natural Resources said there were power outages in the area and phone lines are down. Okanogan County Emergency Management said Nespelem, Buffalo Lake, Cache Creek and surrounding areas are under […]

[7/1/21] Drowning Avoided At Lakeside Park

Posted in Fire and EMS, Recreation

Some quick thinking from a few people helped keep a serious situation from becoming a tragedy at Lakeside Park Tuesday.  We got in touch with Chelan Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Brandon Asher, who said the call came about 3:15: It may be one thing to say to calm down in a potential drowning situation, […]

[7/1/21] Overnight Rescue From Semi In River

Posted in Breaking News, Environment, Fire and EMS, Police Blotter

A rescue on the river in the middle of the night.  No one injured, but a semi and trailer has now been fished out of the Columbia. It happened around 1 am, according to a press release from Douglas County Fire District 4 in Orondo.  A  motorist reported rocks in the roadway on Highway 97, […]

[6/20/21] CCFD 7: Donnell Retiring, Levy Resolution Passed

Posted in Breaking News, Fire and EMS

Chelan Fire and Rescue will be starting the search for a new chief.  Chelan Fire District 7 commissioners made the announcement concerning Chief Mark Donnell Thursday.  Commissioner Phil Moller: Moller said Donnell’s decision came as a surprise to the commissioners, but added that the district does have options: Mark Donnell joined Chelan Fire and Rescue […]

[6/20/21] Ammonia Leak In Manson

Posted in Fire and EMS, Health

Some tense moments in Downtown Manson Thursday night, as an ammonia leak prompted a shelter in place order and some streets to be blocked off.  Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker says they got the call shortly after 8 p.m. to a cold storage facility on Totem Pole Road: Chief Baker called it a situation where […]

[6/16/21] Work On Manson Fire Station 52 Delayed

Posted in Fire and EMS

Construction work continues on an upgrade to Chelan County Fire District 5’s Station 52 on Wapato Lake Road.  It’s been going on for about six weeks, but Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker says they’ve run into a glitch: No word on how much the project has been set back as a result; work started on […]

[6/15/21] Weekend Fires

Posted in Fire and EMS, Law Enforcement

Two fires over the weekend, one late Friday night caused one person to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  According to Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Donnell, crews were called to 509 East Gibson Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.  Crews encountered heavy smoke and heat and were able to extinguish the […]

[6/15/21] Updates From Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker

Posted in Fire and EMS

We got pounded with some rain Sunday last night, also a bit of lightning, which although kinda fun to see, is really never a good thing.  As far as the rain goes, fire folk are always happy to see it, one of them is Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker, who says rain is always a […]