TONASKET – This evening’s lightning storm was followed by multiple smoke reports. Whitestone, Cayuse and Palmer Mountain were among areas where fires were located. Tonasket Ranger District has confirmed a small fire on Palmer Mountain, within Bureau of Land Management property. The fire is estimated to be less than one-quarter acre.
About Shannon O'BrienShannon O'Brien is a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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OKANOGAN – Hazards left in the wake of this summer’s fires necessitate keeping some of the area and road closures in place until next spring on National Forest Lands in Okanogan County. Fire weakened trees, hidden stump holes, loosened boulders and the potential for debris flows are all safety concerns on National Forest Lands burned by the Tunk, North Star, and Okanogan Complex Fires.
OKANOGAN – Fall campers will be happy to hear that campfire restrictions on National Forest Lands in Okanogan County have been lifted. Campfires are now allowed at dispersed as well as developed campsites.
OKANOGAN – Hazards left in the wake of this summer’s fires necessitate keeping some of the area and road closures in place until next spring on National Forest Lands in Okanogan County. Fire weakened trees, hidden stump holes, loosened boulders and the potential for debris flows are all safety concerns on National Forest Lands burned by the Tunk, North Star, and Okanogan Complex Fire
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.
TONASKET- Wildhorse and Spur Fires are all that remain from the 16 fires reported after last Sunday’s lightning storm. The remaining fires have been called out. Wildhorse Fire, west of Summit Lake on Mt. Hull, is 162 acres and the Spur Fire, near Bonaparte Lake, is three acres.
TONASKET – The Tonasket Ranger District is hosting a workshop to assist those interested in obtaining summer employment with the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. The workshop will be Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Okanogan PUD building in Okanogan. Staff will be on hand to explain the hiring process to interested applicants.
TONASKET – Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, the business hours for Tonasket Ranger District will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute closure for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
TONASKET – Tonasket Ranger District will host an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 to discuss a proposal in the Bonaparte Mountain area and meet the new District Ranger.
WINTHROP – Hotshot crews from La Grande, Ore. and Entiat, Wash. arrived in the Methow Valley Saturday to catch helicopter flights in to work on the Sun Mountain Fire. The fire is still estimated at about 35 acres and is burning in the steep terrain of the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness; in the south fork of War Creek drainage, southwest of Winthrop.