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Ecology department suspends permit rules for large-scale generators

The state Washington Department of Ecology has suspended temporarily the permit requirements for use of large-scale generators in areas hit by wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Alliance conducts fire impact survey of businesses

The Economic Alliance is doing a brief business impact survey for the Okanogan County commissioners to get a snapshot of the economic impact from the Carlton Complex fires.

Conservation district offers help to landowners in fire area

Okanogan Conservation District is mobilizing to help landowners whose natural resources and agricultural infrastructure has been damaged by the Carlton Complex wildfires.

CenturyLink restores Internet services

CenturyLink crews have repaired the damaged fiber optics line severed by a fallen tree near Fish Trap and has restored Internet services to its customers in Eastern Washington.

Carlton is at lowest evacuation level

The community is at Level 1 (lowest) evacuation status.

Governor extends statewide burn ban

Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the burn ban he ordered last week to include a ban on most outdoor and agricultural burning for Eastern Washington.

Assistance sought a Omak Community Center

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ fire relief efforts at the Omak Community Center, 601 Benton St., are continuing, but a call put out for a variety of donations.

Pateros substation will be re-energized this afternoon

The Okanogan County Public Utility District plans to energize the Pateros substation between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.

Fire destroys 300 homes; some electricity returned, plus help is available

The number of homes destroyed in the Carlton Complex fires has been revised to 300.

Red Cross opens two client service centers

The Red Cross is opening two client service centers to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the wildfires.

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Some roads reopen in fire areas

Several roads that were previously closed because of the Carlton Complex fires have been reopened.

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Road closures as of July 24, 2014

The following roads are closed, as of July 24.

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Power expected to be restored in Methow Valley today

The Okanogan County Public Utility District will be energizing the Twisp substation today.

Donations sought to help 4-H families with fire losses

The state 4-H community is being asked to help members’ families impacted by the Carlton Complex fires.

Churches of Christ offer relief supplies

People impacted by the Carlton Complex fires can get a variety of relief supplies through Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn.

Fire area residents urged to take flood, erosion precautions

People in, adjacent to and downstream from areas burned in the Carlton Complex fires are urged to take immediate action to protect themselves from erosion and flooding.

Fire information meetings planned in Okanogan, Conconully

A fire information meeting is planned at 7 tonight, Thursday, at Okanogan High School, 255 S. Fifth Ave. Another meeting will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Conconully Community Hall, 219 Main St.

Murray, Cantwell call for additional firefighting money

A dozen U.S. senators, including Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., have sent a letter to Senate leaders calling for swift passage of President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request, which would allocate $615 million to fight wildfires.

Pastime offers donates to Okanogan County Community Action

The Pastime Bar and Grill is donating 5 percent of its food sales to Okanogan County Community Action’s fire victim assistance fund.

U.S. Bank sets up mobile branch in Tonasket

U.S. Bank has set up a mobile banking branch at its regular branch, 409 S. Whitcomb Ave. It is open during regular banking hours.

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