OLYMPIA — The state Department of Natural Resources would be directed to reduce wildfire risks through prescribed burning on all state lands that currently threaten vulnerable communities by the end of June, under a bill introduced by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee.
PATEROS — People interested in contracting their equipment, goods or services with state and federal agencies to help with this year’s wildfires are invited to a free workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Pateros Fire Hall, 191 Industrial Way in Pateros.
WENATCHEE — Opponents of a bill that would waive the one-year waiting period for cities and counties to ban fireworks sales in emergency situations say lawmakers shouldn’t make decisions based on fear stemming from last year’s record-breaking fire season.
OKANOGAN — Okanogan County residents who want to be better prepared to provide emotional support during a crisis or disaster are invited to attend a free workshop in Okanogan or Nespelem in late January.
WENATCHEE — Do local firefighters need a second helicopter to fight wildfires and does the RiverCom dispatch center need new equipment so dispatchers can notify residents quicker that a fire is coming their way?
ENTIAT — Areas on the Entiat Ranger District that were closed following the Duncan and Wolverine wildfires will open temporarily this winter due to snow, which has reduced the risk of mudslides or debris flows resulting from barren hillsides.
OKANOGAN — In a year when many people in Okanogan County were looking to recover from the largest wildfire in state history, nature came along and threw four more large fires at one of the poorest and most rural areas in the state.