Update: Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex Fire 9/3/15, 9 a.m.

Latest fire update from the Fire Information Officer: The Okanogan Complex, which burned 123 homes, is listed as 50 percent contained and the Chelan Complex, which burned 21 homes, is listed as 65 percent contained.

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Largest Fire in State History

OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Okanogan Complex Fire has grown to be the largest wildfire in Washington State History, even surpassing last year’s devastating record breaking fires in the Methow and Pateros areas known as the Carlton Complex.

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My turn to weigh in

Dear Gary,
As the spouse of a “former” Oroville EMT I can remain silent no longer. This letter is against my wife’s wishes. When the pager goes off, everyone in the house is effected. Whether it’s in the middle of fixing dinner or in the middle of the night, how you “volunteers” spring into action is amazing! Gail, Rita and Brian I thank you for your letters of support, it brought a smile to her face. If you say nothing, you’ve said something.

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Wallace ‘Wally’ Hugh Moore

Wallace “Wally” Hugh Moore, 87, passed away on August 27, 2015 at the Tonasket North Valley Extended Care facility, surrounded by his family. Wallace Hugh Moore was born to Edna Bernice (Penrod) Moore and Leon Aubrey “Aub” Moore March 25, 1928, in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Long process of long term recovery initiated with a passion

TONASKET – A long term recovery organization has been initiated for the Okanogan Complex and North Star fires, with the hopes the group will be able to fall under the umbrella of the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG).

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C. Leroy McCoy

C. LeRoy McCoy age 79 of Tonasket, died on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at his home in Tonasket, Washington. He was born April 21, 1936 in San Fernando, California to Charles A. and Esther C. McCoy.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Some new beginnings and some untimely ends

First off let me say “no” I didn’t feel the earthquake Tuesday. Although it was pretty close, I usually miss them. Charlene felt it and came to work asking if we had. Our question was, what earthquake? The last real earthquake I felt was in the 1960s in Seattle. Most of the ones around here go unnoticed by me. I do appreciate the calls from friends on the “Coast” who asked me how I was doing afterwards.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
Criminal
Eleanor Jean Beach, 67, Omak, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to four counts each of residential burglary and third-degree theft. Beach was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 274 days suspended, 30 days community service and fined $860.50. The crimes occurred in June and July.

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Garry Dale Sorensen

With loved ones by his side, Garry Dale Sorensen passed peacefully at Providence Holy Family Hospital on August 30, 2015. Garry was born to Stella and Alfred Sorensen on November 22, 1940 in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex Fire Update 9/2/15, 9 a.m.

Latest fire update from the Fire Information Officer: The Okanogan Complex, which burned 123 homes, is listed as 45 percent contained and the Chelan Complex, which burned 21 homes, is listed as 55 percent contained.

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Update: North Star and Tunk Block Fire – Sept. 2, 2015

Yesterday’s Activities: The continuation of cooler, wetter weather allowed crews to take advantage of opportunities to build line closer to the fires edge where it was safe and effective to do so. Cooler temperatures across the fires, combined with relative humidity values of 40-50 percent subdued fire behavior. Fire continues to smolder and creep in forest debris such as needles, small twigs and branches.

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Power restored to most PUD customers

OKANOGAN – Power has been restored to all but 55 customers affected by the Okanogan Complex Fires. The Okanogan County PUD and mutual aid crews continue to work long hours to restore power and our goal is to have power to customers that can have power by this Friday. We have confirmed that 785 poles and 216 miles of distribution line have been burned by the Okanogan Complex Fire. We believe those numbers will increase as we finalize our assessment.

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