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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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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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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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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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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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