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

TONASKET – The evacuation shelter set up at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket is still housing evacuees and feeding the masses three meals a day.

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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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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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Wondering about the cost for donut run

Dear Editor,
I just watched the new Oroville ambulance drive into Frontier foods. One person got out and went in. The other had a conversation with another person in the parking lot. After 15 minutes or so they loaded up and went to the donut shop. Then around the block and back to the ambulance building. I wonder what that donut run cost the people of Oroville?

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Frustrated with untruthful statements

Dear Gary,
I continue to find it totally frustrating that there are people that continue to give inaccurate, untruthful and/or “hearsay” statements about the City of Oroville Ambulance service and feel it necessary to try to clarify a few things.

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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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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
Criminal
Scott Joseph Girard, 51, Oroville, pleaded guilty July 21 to failure to register as a sex offender (third or subsequent conviction), unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree unlawful hunting of wild birds. The court dismissed several charges: three counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, one count of making a false or misleading statement, four counts of first-degree unlawful hunting of wild birds and 14 counts of second-degree hunting of wild birds. Girard was sentenced to 57 months in prison and fined $600 for the March 1, 2014 crimes.

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Albert Losvar

Albert Losvar, age 88 of Loomis, Washington, died on Thursday, August 13, 2015. He was born July 14, 1927 in Mukilteo, Washington.

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Give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back

The outpouring of help being provided by the people in the north county is amazing. Even when the national aid agencies got involved in confusing the issue, the people in the Tonasket and Oroville area soldiered on. We had a shelter set up in Oroville after the Nine Mile Fire and again when things started [...]

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