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.
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.
NCW — Residents who evacuated in the St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire east of Omak on Tuesday were allowed to return home Saturday morning. The road — where two homes and eight other buildings were destroyed and the Paschal Sherman Indian School was threatened by the wind-driven fire — remains closed to the public. Now 15 percent contained, the fire is still active, and more than 500 firefighting personnel, eight helicopters and 39 engines are working to protect the 54 homes still considered threatened on the Colville Indian Reservation, fire ...
LEAVENWORTH — Short traffic delays may result on Highway 2 near Leavenworth Tuesday and Wednesday as crews work to install a railroad-style “drop-arm” gate near the junction with Icicle Road. State Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Adamson said the State Patrol will lower the gate when landslides or other conditions close the road to motorists. The project cost is about $33 million.
UPDATE 6 a.m.: Chelan County PUD expects to fully restore power by 10 a.m. Approximately 200 customers have been without power since 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a falling pine tree toppled a power pole, which dragged down four more poles near the intersection of Highway 2 and Icicle Road.
The Cascade vollyeball team is ranked second in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association 1A rankings, released Monday. The Kodiaks sit behind only Castle Rock in the rankings. They’re joined by fellow Caribou Trail League members Chelan, which sits in fourth place, and Brewster, which is ranked seventh.
WENATCHEE — A fire near Liberty in Kittitas County became so massive and powerful on Wednesday afternoon that it began to threaten homes several miles away, near Mission Ridge. Officials issued evacuation notices to about 200 homes in the Mission Ridge area Wednesday evening, after the 9,500-acre Table Mountain fire blew up, sending a column of smoke about 35,000 feet into the sky.
WENATCHEE — If you think breathing smoke for a few days or even weeks while wildfires rage on is no big deal, you’re wrong. Health officials say even short-term exposure to the hazardous air in Wenatchee that’s persisted since last week is dangerous for everyone, not just those with health problems.
A dry cold front that blew into the region late Friday night has helped clear smoke out of the upper Wenatchee Valley and should help lift the inversion that has been holding toxic smoke in the Wenatchee area today.
Residents and visitors to the Upper Valley will enjoy touring some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the Leavenworth area from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. Each year, the tour offers a wide range of diversity, creativity and unique features in each of the homes. This abundance of variety includes spacious homes with outstanding features and gardens with beautiful views of the Upper Valley and the Enchantments.