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‘Bearytale’ unfolds at Esther Bricques

Numerous bear encounters reported last week

It’s not everyday a modern time fairy tale plays out before your eyes.

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.

Local man killed in sports car crash

Larry W. Burley, 53, of Okanogan was killed in an early morning crash today.

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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.

Tucannon Fire nearly contained

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

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.

New team takes over Carpenter Road Fire

Aircraft resume drops on blaze north of Wellpinit

Fire officials in Stevens County have called in helitack and retardant bombers today to try to keep the Carpenter Road Fire from growing to the northeast.

Mother, two children hospitalized following minor crash

Jessica A. Saffel fell asleep at the wheel while driving near Entiat

Jessica A. Saffel, 27, Cergio Britt, 8, and Alyssa Britt, 5, all of Yakima, were transported to the Wenatchee hospital following a one-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 97A.

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Tucannon Fire reaches 2,700 acres

Blaze is burning near Camp Wooten

Rainfall is helping fire crews get a handle on the new Tucannon Fire burning in steep terrain 20 miles east of the city.

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Carpenter Road fire still growing

Rain may have slowed the growth of the Carpenter Road Fire, but it is continuing to advance to the northeast.

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Crews gaining ground on Colville Complex

Only Grave Mountain Fire's northern flank is burning out of control

The Marble Valley and Gold Hill fires are both 96 percent contained, but Graves Mountain Fire is 21 percent contained.

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Goodell Fire burning along highway

Officials hope for rain so they can reopening state Highway 20

With heavy rain still in the forecast, State Department of Transportation officials hope to reopen the North Cascades Highway tomorrow between Newhalem and Rainy Pass. As of 1 p.m. today, the road remains closed due to the Goodell Fire.

Crews brace for fire growth near Wellpinit

Carpenter Road Fire officials are concerned today's high winds will fan the flames of the 59,828-acre fire. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area until 7 p.m. today.

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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.