Fire and EMS

[10/18/21] Sunday Night House Fire; No Injuries

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A house looks to be a total loss, but no injuries from a two alarm house fire last night at 524 North Markeson Street. Chelan Fire and Rescue reports they were called out shortly before 10:30 and found heavy flames and smoke coming from the rear of the structure. A second alarm was sent, bringing […]

[10/15/21] Orondo Trailer Fire

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A trailer used as a vacation property north of Orondo along the Columbia River burned to the ground Wednesday morning. There were no injuries and the trailer was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Orondo firefighters responded to the fire at Bauer’s Landing just after 9 a.m. to find the trailer fully engulfed. According […]

[9/24/21] County Fire Designation Lowered

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Chelan County commissioners on Tuesday lowered the fire hazard designation from “very high” to “high” in the county’s Valley Zone, matching the high designation already in place in the Mountain Zone. With the new designation, recreational campfires now are allowed in both zones of the county in designated areas, such as designated campgrounds or an […]

[9/24/21] Chelan Fire Calls Up

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Chelan Fire and Rescue is seeing a significant uptick in call volume, according to Chief Mark Donnell: Donnell says the majority of those calls are for medical emergencies: But the chief says there are plenty of fire calls, more than the west side sees, and added he’s fought more fire in his five years here […]

[9/24/21] Manson “Pre-Fire Plans”

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Chelan County Fire District 5 in Manson has been working on putting together what are being called “Pre-Fire Plans,” or wildland assessments across the district.  A firefighter has been going to the Ivan Morse Road and Santana areas assessing homes and properties for wildfire danger.  Manson Fire Chief Arnold Baker says the aim is to […]

[9/24/21] Okanogan County Fire Grant

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Okanogan County Fire District 6, which covers the Methow Valley, has received more than 244 thousand dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency from its Assistance to Firefighters Grant, for supporting operations and safety, that according to Congressman Dan Newhouse.  The money will go to by breathing equipment – 36 sets of tanks, harnesses and […]

[9/2/21] PAWS In Lynnwood Treating Two Bears Injured In 25 Mile Fire

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Two bears that were burned during the Twenty Five Mile Fire are being cared for at PAWS in Lynnwood. The bears were found by Dave and Karen Case, who called the Department of Fish and Wildlife, who rescued the injured cubs. PAWS Media Coordinator Laura Follis says the cubs are recovering, but are getting intensive […]

[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 […]