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State record set for fire aid

OLYMPIA — North Central Washington residents already know this summer was a record-setting season for wildfires. On Tuesday, the state confirmed it.

Fire victims invited to resource event

OMAK — More than a dozen agencies and organizations will be available to talk to people affected by this summer’s wildfires at an open house on Oct. 15.
Holden buildings were wrapped in foil to protect them from the Wolverine Fire

Holden Village: An evacuation through a burned-out forest

Part two of a two-part report: No one panicked at Holden Village during the evacuation of staff and volunteers in late July. But the drive out on the 10-mile road to the boat landing at Lucerne was eerie, said Nancy Rerucha Borges, the transportation lead at the village. “There were flames and some things were still burning but the forest in that area had burned through,” she said. “I felt safe but there was still danger from falling rocks and trees”

Wildfire summit set for November

WENATCHEE — A group of local leaders and government representatives will come together Nov. 9 to talk about developing a regional approach for reducing the risks of wildfire loss.

Rio Tinto resumes work on mine cleanup

HOLDEN VILLAGE — About 250 Rio Tinto employees are back on the Holden Mine cleanup project nearly two months after the Wolverine Fire chased them from Holden Village.
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A green oasis: Holden Village survives Wolverine fire

LUCERNE — The big-gun sprinklers are silent now, and metallic protection wrap is coming off buildings. In the distance, smoke wafts from small fires burning in tree stumps and exposed roots. There is a faint smell of smoke in the air.

Fire left damages to Chelan Hatchery

CHELAN — Last month’s Reach Fire near Chelan destroyed one building and damaged a water line at the Chelan Hatchery, but officials say no fish or major facilities were lost.

Some forest closures relaxed as fire risk falls

ENTIAT — Some areas previously closed by fire risk on the Entiat and Chelan ranger districts reopened Thursday to hunting and recreation as cooler, wetter weather helped decrease the fire threat.

Council considers wildfire protection plan

WENATCHEE — A fire break in the foothills and stricter enforcement of weed control are among actions that should be considered to protect Wenatchee from wildfires, city officials were told Thursday.

Firefighters now in ‘repair mode’

NCW — Thousands of firefighters are busy this week repairing fire containment lines and protecting fire-scarred lands from possible erosion.

Secretary Jewell calls for new framework to handle major wildfires

OMAK — Wildfires need to be funded as disasters, leaving fire prevention budgets in place for thinning forests, rehabilitating areas after wildfires, and making sure communities are more resilient to fire, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Monday.

Rain helps firefighters

WENATCHEE — A surprising and welcome dousing of rain Sunday morning helped fire crews fighting wildfires in North Central Washington.