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August 20th, 2015

Officials Confirm Three Firefighter Fatalities

August 20, 2015

Wenatchee, Wash.—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.

August 19th

Fire danger continues to be extreme with area wildfires

August 19, 2015

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:  EXTREME   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.

Marble Valley Fire update

August 19, 2015

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.

August 17th

Stickpin fire burns 35,530 acres

August 17, 2015

STICKPIN FIRE STATUS Acres Burned: 35,530 acres
Cause: Lightning
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: Deer-Boulder County Road 602, Colville National Forest Area Closure Evacuations: see below
Containment: 0%
Crews: 6
Engines: 33
Dozers: 6
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.

August 13th

Firefighters hope for drop in human-caused fires

August 13, 2015

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.

August 7th

VIDEO: Trump Jolts First GOP Debate

August 7, 2015

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.

August 5th

Firefighters continue battling Baldy Mountain fire

August 5, 2015

Ione, Wash. – 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.

August 4th

A life light on its feet: Chewelah dance instructor at Dancing with the Cars this Friday

August 4, 2015

The steps Larry Richardson’s feet made in more than 30 years teaching ballroom dancing would take him around the world one and a half times if they’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 “Dancing With the Cars,” 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 starts August 10

August 4, 2015

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.

July 28th

Woodland Theatre celebrates 75th anniversary with movie night

July 28, 2015

On July 17, 1940, the newly constructed Woods Movie Theater opened its doors in Kettle Falls with a showing of “Turnabout” 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 1940’s movies. Colville Community College’s Rendezvous Theater will be hosting the event, since Woodlands Theatre is currently undergoing stage reconstruction.

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