[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 […]

[7/13/20] Update on Road 11 Fire in Douglas County

Posted in Fire and EMS, Wildfire

Listen to Dana Leavitt from the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Command Management Team give KOZI an update about the fire that started Saturday afternoon.

[3/4/20] Local firefighters had a busy Tuesday, responding to multiple fires

Posted in Fire and EMS, Weather, Wildfire

Two separate fires in the Lake Chelan vicinity yesterday had first responders scrambling to corral their flames in yesterday’s windy conditions. Chelan County Fire District No. 7 Chief Mark Donnell tells KOZI about it.

[1/28/20] A local bird is gaining ground after a long-time ranching family takes steps to protect its habitat

Posted in Agriculture, Business & Economy, Environment, Wildfire

The state’s few remaining Greater Sage-Grouse, which are known for the males’ flamboyant mating dance, just got a helping hand in securing their future. Listen to how a family’s five-generation ranch partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust to make it happen.  

[10/3/19] Okanogan Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Spring Coulee Fire

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Okanogan County Fire District #3 Media Contact: Maurice Goodall Okanogan County Emergency Management (509) 429-2576 em@co.okanogan.wa.us October 3, 2019 0800 Hours For Immediate Release Okanogan Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Spring Coulee Fire Okanogan, Wash. – Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District #3 Okanogan, succumbed to his injuries sustained while engaged […]

[9/16/19] Shoofly Fire near Lake Wenatchee

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A small wildfire is burning 12 miles west of Lake Wenatchee, about 30 miles northwest of Leavenworth, says the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Forest visitors using Forest Road #6701-500 to access Top Lake Trail #1506 may see smoke from a half-acre lightning caused fire burning nearby. Named the Shoofly Fire, it was ignited earlier this month, […]

[9/3/19] Washington Creek Fire Burns Residence and Vehicles

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A three alarm fire yesterday at the 50 block of Washington Creek Road claimed one residence, several vehicles and at least one RV. The fire was reported at 2:28 Monday afternoon and went three alarm by 2:45. There was strong support on the fire with seven brush trucks and five tinders on scene along with […]

[9/3/19] Okanogan Firefighter Airlifted with Burns

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Fire broke out in Okanogan County around 4 p.m. Sunday near B&O Road N between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road,  severely injuring an Okanogan County Firefighter who suffered second and third degree burns to 50-60% of his body. The injured firefighter was identified as Assistant Chief Christian Johnson of Okanogan County Fire District […]

[8/30/19] Smoldering Fires Remain Active

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Hotter and drier weather this week, coupled with a few nights of low relative humidity, resulted in increased fire activity on the wildfires being managed on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Smoke from the 180-acre South Fork Fire, burning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness about 14 miles northwest of Leavenworth was seen late Wednesday afternoon. The […]