Wildfires on U.S./Canadian Border in Washington

BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations is advising travelers that although multiple wildfires are present across the U.S./Canadian border in Washington, they are not threatening the ports of entry (POE). All Washington POEs, specifically Oroville, Nighthawk, Laurier, Danville and Ferry Ports remain open during their normal operating hours.

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Update: Oliver, BC area wildfire 50 percent contained

OLIVER – Increased fire activity is expected on the Testalinden Creek wildfire over the next few days due to extremely dry conditions and gusty southerly winds, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

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Officials confirm identities of three firefighter fatalities and injury

WENATCHEE Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF) officials announced notifications have been made to the families of the three fallen and one injured USFS firefighters and can now confirm the identities of those lost and injured:

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PUD working to restore power knocked out by fires

OKANOGAN – Severe winds last night fueled flames and prompted the evacuation of the towns of Twisp, Winthrop, Conconully, Riverside and portions of Omak. PUD crews are assessing the damage from last night’s activities and continue to focus on restoring electric and fiber services that have been affected by the aggressive fires that continue to threaten Okanogan County.

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Emergency 911 service restored to Oroville area

OROVILLE – While 911 services temporarily down due to the wildfires yesterday have been rerouted, CenturyLink is still working to restore phone and internet services to more than 1400 customers in the Oroville area.

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Fire Mobilization authorized for Okanogan Complex Fires

OLYMPIA – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Okanogan Complex Fire near the towns of Omak and Conconully. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at 2:30 pm at the request of Okanogan County Fire Districts #7 and 9 and Conconully Fire Department.

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Update: Authorities release names of victims involved in fatal plane crash

OKANOGAN – On Friday, Aug. 14 members of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, FAA and Okanogan County Coroner returned to the scene of the plane crash off of Rise Road out of Oroville and have now released the names of the two victims.

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CCC shelter meets immediate needs; looks towards long-term recovery

The evacuation shelter set up at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket is still housing evacuees and feeding the masses three meals a day. Donations of food and supplies have been generous but what they are most in need of right now are volunteers. Whether you prefer to be in the kitchen serving meals or [...]

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Tonasket to begin school September 2

Tonasket  School  District  Press  Release   August  27,  2015     Key  Communication  Points  Concerning  the  Start  of  School  for  Tonasket  SD.     Communication     The  district  will  use  the  following  means  to  communicate  with  staff,  students,  parents,  and   the  community:  Reader  Board,  Press  Release,  Facebook,  email,  Robo  Calls,  District   Webpage [...]

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Resources in place for victims of Okanogan Complex

Community members as well as concerned citizens far and wide have stepped up to offer assistance to those affected by the Okanogan Complex wildfires and the firefighters working hard to prevent further losses. Rhonda Hinkley has been named General Public Liaison, as there are so many grassroots efforts springing forward it’s hard for people seeking [...]

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Shelter and soup kitchen open in Tonasket

An evacuation shelter and soup kitchen has been established at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) in Tonasket, 411 Western Ave. The shelter has cots for sleeping, hygiene items and some clothing. The soup’s on for a hot meal anytime, as well three meals a day being served around 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. This [...]

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PUD working to restore power to areas hit by fire

OKANOGAN – Approximately 500 Okanogan County PUD customers are without power. Mutual Aid crews were scheduled to arrive Monday and Tuesday from PUDs to assist local crews replace over 500 poles that have been destroyed in the fire.

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Grass fire extinguished

A small grass fire was quickly extinguished by the Tonasket Fire Department next to Bonaparte Creek on Mill Drive in Tonasket Saturday, Aug. 22, around 10 a.m. According to Fire Chief Andy Gasho, a 10′ x 10′ spot was burned. “It looks like someone was hanging out at Bonaparte Creek,” said fire fighter Isaac Kresek. [...]

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Garlic Festival and Duck Race cancelled

The Garlic Festival, scheduled for this weekend (August 21 and 22) has been cancelled, due to fire activity in the area. The Duck Race, originally scheduled for Saturday morning, August 22, has been postponed. The Duck Race is a fundraiser for the Tonasket Swimming Pool and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
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Jeannette Deann Dudley, 48, Okanogan, pleaded guilty July 20 to three counts of distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Dudley was sentenced Aug. 11 to 16 months in prison and fined $1,150. The crimes occurred Jan. 28, Feb. 5 and Feb. 18, 2014.

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