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Flash Flood Watch issued July 23 at 7:04AM PDT until July 23 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN CASCADES... .A BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE CASCADES LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. THIS BAND WILL ALSO CONTAIN SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER RAINFALL RATES THAT COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. THUNDERSTORMS

Late Afternoon

Hi75° Showers

Tonight

Lo57° Showers Likely

Thursday

Hi73° Slight Chc Showers

Thursday Night

Lo56° Breezy

Friday

Hi82° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo60° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi87° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo63° Clear

Sunday

Hi95° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo73° Mostly Clear

NCW wildfires

Updated: Windy conditions push Chiwaukum Fire to north, south

Firefighters today battled windy conditions that pushed the Chiwaukum Creek Fire to 11,444 acres. The fire moved north and into the Thompson Creek area. Crews will backburn in that area Monday to eliminate fuels and strengthen the fireline, fire spokeswoman Connie Mehmel said this evening. The fire also grew along its southern edge to Icicle Ridge.

Fire south of Vantage burns three structures, 38,000 acres

VANTAGE — The Saddle Mountain Fire, reported at 4:20 p.m. Friday in Kittitas County has grown to 38,000 acres and burned three unidentified structures near the hamlet of Getty's Cove, county officials said this morning in a news release.

Chiwaukum Fire is holding west of Highway 2

COLES CORNER — Chiwaukum Creek Fire has grown to 10,120 acres, but remains west of Highway 2, as crews arrive from across the country bolster the 534 personnel already fighting the fire.

Crescent Bar channel work begins in August

CRESCENT BAR — The Grant County PUD will speed up a plan to excavate the access channel at the Crescent Bar boat launch, under the terms of an agreement between the utility and Crescent Bar Inc. The channel connects the boat launch with the Columbia River.

Vantage pileup closes eastbound I-90

A chain-reaction accident involving at least 24 vehicles closed eastbound Interstate 90 for much of the day Thursday as emergency crews struggled in blowing dust, ash and smoke to remove cars and semis from a quarter-mile stretch above Vantage near the Columbia River.

News of record

News of record reports for Chelan and Douglas counties
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Amid the ashes: Victims survey Pateros devastation

PATEROS — Smoke still hangs heavy this morning over Pateros neighborhoods, but insurance man Ryan Greene is about to start meeting with clients burned out by Thursday night’s firestorm.

Official: Fewer kids detained at border

McALLEN, Texas — The U.S. Border Patrol has detained fewer unaccompanied children entering South Texas illegally in the past 10 days, agency officials said Thursday.

Obama announces initiative for private infrastructure investment

WILMINGTON, Del. — While criticizing Congress for not passing a long-term transportation spending plan, President Barack Obama stood before the closed I-495 bridge Thursday and announced a new initiative to encourage private-sector investment in infrastructure.

Florida judge overturns state’s ban on gay marriage

FLORIDA — Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida’s 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban on Thursday, and ordered that two Key West bartenders be allowed to wed but not before Tuesday.