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SR97A MP220 Roadway now CLOSED due to mud slide. Worst area is a couple of feet deep covering 30-40 yards. Both a dump truck and a U-Haul truck are stuck. Railroad tracks off the far edge of the roadway are also buried. US 97A is closed from milepost 218 at Earthquake Point, just north of…

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Evacuation notices increased again for homes up the Entiat Valley due to the Cougar Creek Fire. Ardenvoir is now Level 3. Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon up to Ardenvoir is Level 2 and Entiat River Road from US 97A to Crum Canyon is Level 1. Last night strong winds from the northwest pushed the fire to…

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A community meeting last night at the Plain Community Church was attended by about 250 people. An additional 300 people watched the live Facebook stream, and the video is available on Facebook. Additional meetings will be held as needed to inform the public and answer questions. Cougar Creek Fire: The Cougar Creek Fire, 20 miles northwest of…

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According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Baird Springs Fire, just northwest of Quincy, is now 100 percent contained. Fire crews are mopping up and state mobilization resources left yesterday. The fire started Tuesday afternoon and quickly grew to more than 500 acres, burning grass, sage and standing wheat. Washington State Patrol authorized mobilization of…

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With fire season here, and several brush fires in the area over the last week, Dr. Paul Hessburg of the Pacific Northwest Research Institute and US Forest Service want us to think about Megafires. They’re wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres, an occurrence that has become a serious and growing issue in our region.…

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