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.
OROVILLE – The Nine Mile fire started on Thursday, Aug. 13, and is located three miles northeast of Oroville. The fire has burned 4,673 acres and is 30 percent contained. The fire moved beyond the United States border and into British Columbia burning 120 acres (48.5 hectares). Approximately 130 fire personnel are on the fire with additional resources ordered. No injuries are reported on this fire.
OKANOGAN – On Friday, Aug. 14 members of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, FAA and Okanogan County Coroner returned to the scene of the plane crash off of Rise Road out of Oroville and have now released the names of the two victims.
Ponda “Jo” Taber, 79, of Moses Lake, Washington died Tuesday, August 4, 2015 in Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Wash. Jo was born September 8, 1935 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma to Alice Theodocia (Strickland) and Floyd Roscoe Keeling.
Eugene August Dammel passed away suddenly on June 20, 2015. He was 85-years-old. Eugene was born to parent John and Alice Dammel in Havillah, Wash
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.
OROVILLE – Tonasket Ranger District’s firefighters continue to respond to fires caused by last Sunday night’s lightning, including the Wildhorse Fire on Mt. Hull which grew to 185 acres by Monday evening.
Verle Harnasch passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, Washington. He was born in Chesaw, Washington on August 15, 1916, the third of seven children, to William and Lucille Harnasch.
Roger Gene Hauenstein, age 61, passed away in Seattle on April 6, 2015 after a lengthy battle with health issues. Roger arrived in this world on August 3, 1953, the oldest of four children born to Glenn and Glenna Hauenstein.
Stuart Irwin passed away while at home on the morning of February 18, 2015 at the age of 77. Stuart was born September 9, 1937 in Miller, South Dakota to Robert and Frieda (Kruse) Irwin.