About Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien is a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Stories by Shannon O'Brien

National Forest update for Okanogan County

OMAK – Depending on location, chainsaws, equipment and helicopters may supplement the usual sounds of the forest this summer as crews actively work to restore forests and improve campgrounds on National Forest Lands in Okanogan County. Some popular locations that will be a hive of activity over the next few weeks include Irongate Trailhead, Chewuch River above Falls Creek, Salmon Meadows Campground and Beaver Lake Campground.

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Snowpack delays road openings and firewood season

OMAK – We rely on National Forests for so much; clean air, water, jobs, food, wood and more. Each year, thousands of people heat their homes with firewood gathered from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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Input needed to craft Forest Restoration Proposal on Mt. Hull; Open House Jan. 9

TONASKET– Mt. Hull is known locally for Bighorn Sheep, Whistler Canyon Trail and the distinct cliffs that make up the western slope. While some restoration work has occurred on the National Forest System lands in that area in recent history, maintenance and further work are needed

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Diamond Creek Fire burning in the Pasayten Wilderness

WINTHROP – Eight smokejumpers were deployed this morning from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to suppress a small fire in the Pasayten Wilderness. The Diamond Creek fire has grown to 100 acres since then and is continuing to spread to the east/southeast.

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Canyon Creek Fire update

WINTHROP, WA – Yesterday, management of the Canyon Creek Fire, near Carlton transferred to a Type 4 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Kathleen Russell. The 1,200 acre fire has been contained since Tuesday evening.

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Mission restoration project analysis continues; additional comments sought

TWISP – As part of the Forest Service’s mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of this landscape, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest sought comments earlier this year on a 50,000 acre forest restoration project south of the community of Twisp.

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UPDATE: 1800 acre prescribed underburn delayed

After attempting a couple of test fires, fuels specialists found that conditions were not within prescription and had to cancel the burn for today.

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Lightning sparks fires on Tonasket Ranger District

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.

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National Forest closures in county remain in place

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.

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Campfire restrictions lifted for National Forest lands in Okanogan County

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.

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