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Several contested races in North Central Washington

NCW — The mayors of Quincy, Oroville and Brewster all have challengers, along with quite a few other positions up for election in North Central Washington this year. Candidates for open positions had to file for election this week.

Grant County bans sky lanterns

Deeming sky lanterns a fire hazard, Grant County commissioners voted this week to ban them in unincorporated parts of the county, beginning June 1.

Exploding targets: Some want them banned, others say they’re no danger

WENATCHEE — While dozens of wildfires were burning out of control in North Central Washington late last summer, at least two people decided it would be a good time to do some target shooting in the dry, grassy hills above Alta Lake. They set up an exploding target — a type of device blamed for starting at least two dozen fires across the west last summer — and fired at it, causing a loud boom, and a huge smoke-like cloud. The outing also resulted in the Goat Fire, which would ...

Exploding target shooters blamed for Goat Fire

PATEROS — People using exploding targets caused the Goat Fire, a wildfire that burned nearly 7,400 acres and threatened communications towers near Pateros last fall.

Deep cleaning after the smoke is gone

The smoke has finally cleared and we can breathe deeply again. Now, the deep cleaning begins. Time to wash the walls and windows, shampoo the carpets and furniture, change the furnace filters and maybe repaint.

Entiat, Methow, Chelan districts to burn

WENATCHEE — Three ranger districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest announced that their fall burning programs will begin soon. The Chelan Ranger District plans to focus on brush piles on about 800 acres in the Washington Creek, east fork of Joe Creek, Antoine Creek, Twenty-five Mile Creek and Forest Mountain areas. The burning will likely begin next week and continue for several weeks.

Air washed clean with rainfall

WENATCHEE — Air monitoring stations around North Central Washington are breathing just as easy as you are.

Fire teams gone, burn bans reconsidered

NCW — Oh what a difference a little rain can make. The last of the region’s major wildfires — once managed by large interagency teams overseeing hundreds of firefighters — have now been turned back over to local agencies and ranger districts.

Into the woods

WENATCHEE — For a while, nasty fires meant deer hunting in Chelan County was no sure thing. But the flames have since been trapped by fire crews, and last week, ranger districts and firefighting coordinators reopened access to some key wildland ranges around the county. That means the start of mule deer season on Saturday won’t force North Central Washington hunters to range too far from their accustomed camps for game.

Homeless man found dead by warming fire

OMAK — A 60-year-old Omak man was found dead Wednesday near what appeared to be a warming fire in an empty lot behind the 600 block of Riverside Drive, authorities said. An autopsy is being scheduled for Mark A. Carlton, a longtime Okanogan and Omak area resident who was homeless, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

Smoky in the center, clear on the edges

WENATCHEE — The air in Wenatchee and other smoke-afflicted towns continued to hover at unhealthy levels today. By 5 a.m. Wenatchee had already matched its Tuesday average of 47 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter of air. Cashmere was at 65, above its Tuesday average of 46. Both readings measure in the unhealthy range by Washington’s air pollution standards.

Campfire restrictions remain in place

WENATCHEE — Campfire on most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will continue to be prohibited until a significant rainfall or snow changes dry conditions, officials said Tuesday. All national forest lands on the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum and Naches ranger districts remain under the campfire ban, including developed campgrounds, wilderness areas and special use sites such as group camps and summer homes with permits.
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The persistent shroud

WENATCHEE — While fires have cooled thanks to suppression efforts and weather, their effects remain fiercely visible one month after their outbreak. Air pollution continues to hit unhealthy levels or worse throughout North Central Washington, particularly in Wenatchee and Cashmere — the latter the hardest-hit of all NCW towns.
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Winthrop fire destroys trailer

WINTHROP — A Winthrop woman lost her travel trailer to fire after waking early Saturday to the smell of smoke, fire officials said. The woman went outside to investigate and discovered a fire burning under the trailer and called for help.

Containment for Wenatchee Complex expected Dec. 1

NCW — Fire officials this weekend set a containment date of Dec. 1 for the Wenatchee Complex fires, which are now 70 percent contained. And while many of the resources assigned to the fires that stretch from Leavenworth to Chelan are demobilizing, fire officials say what they’ve always said — it will take significant rain or snow to actually put them out.