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Roger Harnack

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Causes of death: Smoke, burns

Andrew Zajac of Winthrop, Tom Zbyszewski of Walla Walla and Richard Wheeler of South Haven, Mich., died from smoke inhalation and burns to their bodies, coroner says.

Carpenter Road Fire grows 457 acres overnight

At only 20 percent containment, the Carpenter Road Fire has grown to 37,589 acres in rural Stevens County, fire officials said early this morning.

Cascade Pass Trail closed due to fire

Glory Fire prompts closure of segment of Cascade Pass Trail

Cascade River Road to close

North Cascades National Park will close Cascade River Road to all vehicle and foot traffic for roadwork.

Meeting set for 7 p.m. for Chelan Complex

Plain Community Church will host session as fire moves northwest of Leavenworth

Fire officials will host a public meeting at 7 tonight to talk about the Chelan Complex Fires' advance into the area.

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Veteran finds a new home at Home Depot

The store not only built beds for Korean War veteran Martin Silverhall and his dog, it is also feeding fire evacuees.

Fire prompts Chiwawa area closure in Entiat Ranger District

Entiat Ranger District officials said the potential spread of wildfire to Rock Creek has prompted them to close the Chiwawa River area.

Wellpinit-area fire expected to grow today

Fire officials in Stevens County say the Carpenter Road Fire has grown to 35,198 and is 15 percent contained. But gusty winds and dry conditions are expected to fan the flames.

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Zajac's family releases video in wake of his death

The family of a local fireman killed last week in the Okanogan Complex fires has released a video statement reacting his death.

Tribal officials: Fires burn 150,000 acres and some homes

Tribal officials estimate the North Star and Tunk Block fires have destroyed more than 150,000 acres and several structures on the Colville Indian Reservation, so far.

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Crews douse Columbia River Road flames

Nespelem Valley Electric Co-op trying to keep power on

Local fire fighters are fighting back flames tonight trying to keep them from jumping Columbia River Road.

North Star Fire meetings set

North Star Fire managers are planning two community meetings for the Republic area. The meetings are set for 7 tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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Chelan Complex fire-growth slowed

In total, active fires in Chelan County have scorched 134,814 acres, officials said this morning. That includes the 86,412-acre Chelan Complex, the 2,293-acre Fire Creek Fire, the 45,929-acre Wolverine Fire and the 180-acre Blankenship Fire.

Spokane Indian Reservation on evacuation alert

Level 2 evacuations, meaning be prepared to leave, are in effect for the entire Spokane Indian Reservation due to the growing Carpenter Road Fire.

Fires prompt closure of WIC clinics

Closed Women, Infant and Children clinics are Grand Coulee, Inchelium, Keller, Nespelem, Omak and Republic.

New wildfire hot lines set up for Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties

The state Department of Natural Resources has established a wildfire hotline to serve residents of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

Chelan fire meeting set for Pateros tonight

Fire officials will host a community meeting at 7 tonight at Pateros High School to provide current information on the Chelan/Reach Complex.

DNR seeks volunteers to help with fire fight

The state Department of Natural Resources is setting up coordination centers so qualified residents can join the fire fight in Okanogan County.

Ferry County Superior Court closed Friday due to fires

Ferry County Superior Court will be closed tomorrow due to wildfires burning across Ferry County.

North Cascades National Park cancels celebration

Due to the Goodell Creek Fire, North Cascades National Park officials have canceled this coming weekend's planned anniversary celebration picnic.

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Forest Service identifies injured, dead firemen

Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler perished in the Okanogan Complex Fires yesterday afternoon near Twisp.

Utility crews working on restoring power to Antoine Creek

Ten utility crews are working to restore power to the Antoine Creek area of Okanogan County today.

B.C. crews starting to contain Rock Creek Fire

Officials said they are gaining ground on the wildfire that destroyed 30 homes just north of the U.S.-Canada border.

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Homes burn north of Omak

Wildfire fanned by gusty winds raced across the flat north of Omak, burning homes, outbuildings and more.

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Crews gain ground on Chelan Complex

While winds were whipping the Okanogan Complex Fire into a frenzy yesterday, calmer conditions gave firefighters a chance to build lines around blazes to the south.

North Star fire reaches Moses, Dugout mountains

Airboss fire bombers assist in firefight, but flames advance into Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest's Tonasket Ranger District.

Fire danger level lowered in Douglas County

The only Level 3 fire evacuation notice remaining in effect in Douglas County is for the McNeil Canyon area east of Beebe Bridge

North Star Fire threatening communication system, homes

The blaze has grown to 22,000 acres about 12 miles north of Nespelem

Crews focused on stopping the fire from spreading to the south toward Nespelem and state Highway 155

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Evacuation levels unchanged for Bridgeport

Despite a reduced fire danger, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal is fire evacuation notices at Level 2 for the Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar areas.

Crews working to restore power to Chelan area

Areas remaining without power include Antoine Creek, Chelan Airport area, Chelan Falls, south Chelan and McNeil Canyon.

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Stickpin Fire exceeds 20,000 acres

FEMA allocates funds to help state with firefighting costs

The Stickpin Fire has devoured more than 20,000 acres of Colville National Forest in the last 36 hours and nearly 1,000 people live in the line of fire.

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Chelan-area power remains out

Although power is out in Chelan, U.S. Highway 97 has reopened from Pateros to Orondo.

At least 11 fires burning in Methow Valley

At least 11 fires are burning this afternoon in the Methow Valley.

Fire burning near Rock Creek, B.C.

A fire sparked Thursday afternoon has grown to more than 3,200 acres just north of the U.S. Canada border.

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Taz takes first, again

Taz and jockey Loren Marchand have won the first two heats of the 80th running of the World-Famous Suicide Race. There are two more heats to go.

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Entire county under general fire evacuation alert

Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall announced a Level 1 fire evacuation notice for all of Okanogan County this morning due to the number of growing fires and lack of notification resources

4th of July Fire remains steady overnight

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials close Icicle Ridge and 4th of July trails due to fires.

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Shelters established in Entiat, East Wenatchee

Emergency shelters for fire victims have been set up at Sterling Middle School in East Wenatchee and at the Entiat Valley Community Center in Entiat.

Wildfires raging between Osoyoos, Oliver

British Columbia fire officials say two wildfires are burning out of control west of Canada Highway 97 between Osoyoos and Oliver.

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Updated evacuation levels for the Stickpin Fire

Shortly before 10 p.m., Colville National Forest released new evacuation notice levels for Ferry County residents living in vicinity of the Stickpin Fire.

Fire evacuation notices issued in Douglas County

Level 3 evacuations ordered for Chelan Springs, McNeil Canyon, Central Ferry and Dezellem Hill Road.

Some Methow Valley fires grow, others contained

Several roads in active fire areas have been closed in the Methow Valley, including the Cooper Mountain, Black Canyon, Squaw, and McFarland Creeks roads

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Two bodies found in plane crash

Sheriff: Local crash victims departed Oroville Airport shortly before crashing near Rise Road.

Stickpin Fire burning in dead and downed timber east of Malo

The fire started by lightning two days ago is expected to grow rapidly today on the Kettle Crest as weather conditions fan flames

Seven Springs Fire mostly contained south of Creston

Fire officials say the 542-acre fire was 80 percent contained as of 6 a.m. today

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Wolverine Fire grows 25 percent

As of 9 a.m. today, the fire is estimated to be 36,030 acres. Fire crews expect it to grow over the next two days as temperatures soar into the 100s.

Falling boulder kills climber

Eric Moldver was killed by a falling boulder while climbing in the Easy Pass area on his 46th birthday.

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Perseids meteor shower may be visible from North-Central Washington

The optimal viewing time will be about 3 a.m. Thursday for residents and visitors interested in watching the meteor shower.

Rainier to offer living history program

Mount Rainier National Park will present "Shadows of the Past: a Living History" four times the evening of Aug. 22 at Longmire.

Chelan Falls Park closed to public

Firefighting crews battling the Wolverine and other area fires have established a base camp at Chelan Falls Park.