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Wildfires on U.S./Canadian Border in Washington

BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations is advising travelers that although multiple wildfires are present across the U.S./Canadian border in Washington, they are not threatening the ports of entry (POE). All Washington POEs, specifically Oroville, Nighthawk, Laurier, Danville and Ferry Ports remain open during their normal operating hours.

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Update: Oliver, BC area wildfire 50 percent contained

OLIVER – Increased fire activity is expected on the Testalinden Creek wildfire over the next few days due to extremely dry conditions and gusty southerly winds, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

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Garlic Festival and Duck Race cancelled

The Garlic Festival, scheduled for this weekend (August 21 and 22) has been cancelled, due to fire activity in the area. The Duck Race, originally scheduled for Saturday morning, August 22, has been postponed. The Duck Race is a fundraiser for the Tonasket Swimming Pool and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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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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PUD working to restore power knocked out by fires

OKANOGAN – Severe winds last night fueled flames and prompted the evacuation of the towns of Twisp, Winthrop, Conconully, Riverside and portions of Omak. PUD crews are assessing the damage from last night’s activities and continue to focus on restoring electric and fiber services that have been affected by the aggressive fires that continue to threaten Okanogan County.

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Community pitches in for kids who lost livestock in fire

When the Chelan High School Agriculture teacher lost his home August 14 in the fires blazing in and around Chelan, Matt Debach set up a Go Fund Me account to help FFA and 4H students recoup loses spent on livestock for the upcoming Chelan County Fair. “Mr. Rod Cool, the agriculture teacher at Chelan High [...]

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Emergency 911 service restored to Oroville area

OROVILLE – While 911 services temporarily down due to the wildfires yesterday have been rerouted, CenturyLink is still working to restore phone and internet services to more than 1400 customers in the Oroville area.

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Evacuation orders advance north

Immediate evacuation has been ordered from North Pine Creek to Stalder Road to Fish Lake to South Pine Creek for a rapidly advancing fire. Persons should be aware of their surroundings and evacuate immediately. Do not wait evacuate immediately. Do not rely on door to door notification. Rapidly advancing fire in the area.

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Tonasket reopens evacuation shelter

An emergency Evacuation Shelter in Tonasket received residents from Riverside Tuesday, Aug. 17, after fires near Conconully and Tunk Mountain forced them to evacuate their homes. The shelter was established Friday, Aug. 14, at the Tonasket High School by North Valley Hospital staff with beds, food and doctors on call after the American Red Cross [...]

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Meeting with Governor’s representative set for Wednesday in Tonasket

A quorum of the Tonasket City Council may be present at a special meeting Wednesday Aug. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Tonasket City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is subject to cancellation due to fire activity across the state. The council will be meeting with Melissa Carpenter, the Governor’s new Eastern Washington [...]

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