Wildfire

At 80 Percent Containment, Repair Work Underway On Cougar Creek Fire

Fire season getting longer, fires burning hotter, scorching larger swaths of land across North Central Washington. It’s hard to go one fire season now without a fire more than 50,000 acres. That’s the case with this summer’s Cougar Creek Fire. But as Marcus Bellissimo reports, what started the fire is also expected to extinguish it…

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All Cougar Creek Fire Evacuations Lifted, Now What For Homeowners?

Dangers from wildfires don’t end once they’re out. Risks to properties and infrastructure include mud and debris flows, flooding, falling trees and more. Annie Schmidt with Chelan County Fire District #3 in Leavenworth wants all homeowners and residents in the county, whether near a burn scar or not, to be prepared for post-fire dangers. Schmidt…

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Cougar Creek Fire Now 65% Contained, International Crews Going Home

A fire threatened homes over the Labor Day weekend above East Wenatchee, burning about 2,600 acres of grass and brush. Level 2 evacuation notices (“get ready to leave”) went out to about 40 homes on Nickel Lane, Olympic Drive and 10th St. on Saturday. Those were lifted Sunday and the fire is now 100 percent…

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Most Evacuation Orders Lifted, Minimal Growth On Cougar Creek Fire

The Cougar Creek Fire is now 41,324 acres and 45 percent contained. Evacuation levels changed for both the Entiat and Chiwawa Valleys over the weekend. Mad River Road is no longer under an evacuation level. The end of Entiat River Road was downgraded to a Level 1. The Level 2 evacuation status for all of the…

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Cooler Weather Allows Burnouts Above Plain, Chiwawa on Cougar Creek Fire

The 40,100-acre Cougar Creek Fire is 40 percent contained. As conditions allow, crews continue low-intensity burnout operations along the western edge of the fire to increase the depth of the containment line. Along the southern and eastern sides of the fire, crews continue to mop-up and monitor the fire-line. Evacuation notices are unchanged, with both…

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Wash. Air Quality Concerns Go Beyond Smoky Wildfire Season

Another day today of hazardous air in the Wenatchee Valley and much of the state. A new report “Trouble In The Air” finds some of Washington’s cities experienced a month or more of polluted air days in 2016. Pollutants such as particulate matter and ground-level ozone can have serious health effects. Eric Tegethoff reports.   Photo: SounderBruce/Flickr

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