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August 20th, 2015
Wenatchee, Wash.â€”Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) officials are deeply saddened to confirm the fatalities of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters from the OWNF this afternoon.
Next of kin notifications are being made.
This update is a region-wide summary of several active large wildfires in Northeast Washington. Information listed here is approximate and subject to change. For more detailed up-to-date information on specific fires, please call the fire information numbers listed in the table below.
Fire Danger Rating:Â EXTREMEÂ Â National Wildfire Preparedness Moves to Highest Level (PL 5)
Fires will start easily, spread rapidly, have a quick increase in intensity and can be very difficult to control.
The Marble Valley fire started on Friday, August 14 as the result of a cold front that moved over the region causing several wildfires in the region. The current acreage for the Marble Valley Fire is now at 3,100 acres; containment: 15%. The Type 3 Gila Las Cruces Incident Management Team is assigned to manage the fire.
ďżĽďżĽSTICKPIN FIRE STATUS Acres Burned: 35,530 acres
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: Deer-Boulder County Road 602, Colville National Forest Area Closure Evacuations: see below
Water Tenders: 22 Helicopters: 3 assigned
Total personnel: Approx. 400 Injuries: 0
Incident Summary: The Kettle Complex includes three fires in northern Ferry County Washington.
Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are now stretched thin across the state, according to wildfire experts at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Wildfires currently raging in Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana have pulled firefighters and air resources to those states, where the biggest fires are commanding national attention.
A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign, leaving his onstage rivals to compete for attention.
Ione, Wash. â€“ The Baldy Fire burned actively overnight on the south side of Baldy Mountain, northwest of Ione. Trees could be seen torching on the southwest perimeter in an area that was kept in check yesterday by water drops from helicopters. Firefighters will assess this area to see whether a line being dug by hand along this section of the fire yesterday can be safely completed today. This hand line extends from the upper slopes of Baldy Mountain to Jim Creek Road.
The fire started last week. The cause is still under investigation.
The steps Larry Richardsonâ€™s feet made in more than 30 years teaching ballroom dancing would take him around the world one and a half times if theyâ€™d been in a straight line, he estimates.
Living again in the town where he was born, Richardson will be applying his dance expertise during â€śDancing With the Cars,â€ť a street dance at Third and Main in Chewelah this Friday, August 7. The 8-10 pm event, sponsored by Chewelah Arts Guild, will offer dance instruction, demonstrations, and contests, as well as food and drink.
Hunters safety course will be held Aug. 10-14 at Colville High School from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you have not signed up and want to attend, please show up for more information or call Tommy Howe at 675-7141.
On July 17, 1940, the newly constructed Woods Movie Theater opened its doors in Kettle Falls with a showing of â€śTurnaboutâ€ť starring Adolphe Menjou and Carol Landis. On August 7, 2015 Woodland Theater Productions will celebrate the 75th anniversary of their theater building with a double feature of 1940â€™s movies. Colville Community Collegeâ€™s Rendezvous Theater will be hosting the event, since Woodlands Theatre is currently undergoing stage reconstruction.