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Fire damages building supply

Retail store not damaged, reopens for business Friday

A fire of unknown origin destroyed a lumber storage building and its contents Tuesday evening just south of town.

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Emergency declared

Flooding closes Black Canyon Road; high winds do minimal damage

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide emergency in the wake of Tuesday’s windstorm that cut a swath across the state Tuesday.

Obama, fire officials plan to combat climate fires

More money sought to fight blazes, avoid taking from other resources

The Obama administration and fire chiefs from around the country have announced plans to combat climate change impacts in the wildland urban interface, the area where uninhabited and populated lands meet.

PUD extends power outage

An electrical outage under way to repair damage from the recent Okanogan Complex fire will take longer than expected.

Progress continues on 911

An effort to revamp Okanogan and Ferry counties’ emergency dispatch centers and link them together is progressing at a slow pace.

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DNR seeks $24 million for wildfires

Goldmark asks $137 million for 2015 firefighting

In the wake of another record year of wildfire damage, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is again asking legislators for monetary help in controlling wildfires.

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Obama OK’s request for some post-fire help

Assistance for individuals denied

Okanogan County residents got good news and bad news this week on federal fire assistance requests.

Inslee overturns increased cougar hunting proposal

Wildlife board directed to open process to public

A state Fish and Wildlife Commission decision to raise cougar hunting limits in parts of Okanogan County and other areas has been overturned by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Feds turn down request for assistance

The federal government has turned down the state’s request for individual assistance to people and businesses suffering losses in the Okanogan Complex and other summer wildfires.

President approves some wildfire relief

OLYMPIA – Part of the state’s request for a major declaration for this summer’s wildfires has been approved by President Barack Obama.

Federal help sought for fire recovery

If approved, aid could include business, individual and agency help

Federal assistance is being sought to help families, business owners, local governments and the Colville Confederated Tribes with recovery from the summer’s wildfires which.

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Fire victims share stories

Commissioners hear about failings, successes of fight

People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.

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.