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Several Kettle Crest area closures lifted

Due to decreased fire activity and traffic in the Kettle Complex fire areas, a portion of area closures have been lifted in the Three Rivers and Republic Ranger Districts.

Plumb calls for change with city fire siren

Mayor Patrick Plumb is calling for change with the city’s fire alarm.

Mop up efforts continue on Tunk, North Star fires

Firefighters continue to improve a containment line around the Tunk Block fire and mop up a large unburned section within the perimeter.

Arsonist sentenced to 17 months in prison

An Omak woman has been sentenced to nearly a year and a half in prison and 18 months of community custody supervision for second-degree arson, domestic violence-harassment and domestic violence telephone harassment.

State Highway 21 opens between Republic and Keller

The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office along with the state Department of Transportation and the Colville Confederated Tribal Police, announced the full opening of state Highway 21 between Republic and Keller earlier today.

Okanogan Complex fire command to transfer

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 will transfer command of the Okanogan and Chelan Complexes at 6 a.m. tomorrow to a Type 2 incident management team — Pacific Northwest Team 3 — and a national incident management organization.

Some areas reopen in Republic Ranger District

The Thirteen Mile and Hall Creek areas of the Colville National Forest's Republic Ranger District have reopened east of state Highway 21 and south of state Highway 20.

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Tunk fire activity may increase

Fire managers expect the Tunk Block Fire to be more active today, with flames backing under the forest canopy.

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Commissioners to make decision on fair date

The Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee will advise Okanogan County commissioners to allow the fair to take place Sept. 24-27 at the fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.

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Special fair advisory meeting planned tonight

Poll shows postponed event better than no fair

The Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee will meet tonight for a showdown over whether to move the Okanogan Complex fire camp, or postpone or cancel the organization’s signature event.

Kettle Complex fires see ‘increased’ fire behavior

The perimeters of the Kettle Complex fires remain unchanged although warmer temperatures and lower humidity resulted in increased fire behavior yesterday.

Crews continue battling Kettle Complex fires

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity continues to help fire crews gain the upper hand on the Kettle Complex fires burning in Ferry County.

Tucannon Fire nearly contained

Fire crews are transitioning to mop-up and timber falling operations as the Tucannon Fire reached 70 percent containment.

Carpenter Road Fire now 45 percent contained

Infra-red flight data taken last night shows the Carpenter Road Fire has grown to 64,419 acres, fire officials said this morning.

Wolverine Fire meeting set for Plain

This morning, fire officials described the fire growth as "minimal," noting that it continues to smolder. The status of the fire will be explained to the public tonight.