Cougar Creek Fire Crews Brace For Another Red Flag Warning

All of the established containment lines held Thursday even through some significant winds. Friday’s plan will have crews building and maintaining lines along the south and west flanks of the fire and working north during today’s shift.   A Red Flag Warning is posted this afternoon through 9pm this evening.  Northwest…


Cougar Creek Fire Grows in Size, but Not Containment

The Cougar Creek Fire grew overnight to nearly 34,500 acres and is considered 35 percent contained. Public Information Officer Mike Reichling says they have been busy prepping for windy conditions. “They’ve done a lot of work on the southeast around to the southwestern part of the fire between that Sugar…


First Sentencing in 2017 Dryden Attack

34 year old Michael Joseph “Gordo” Hernandez received a 13 year sentence Wednesday for his role in an attack on a Dryden man for allegedly providing information to authorities. The victim was beaten with a baseball bat and shot in the leg last October when Hernandez and another man burst…


Missing Man With Memory Issues May Be Endangered

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a missing man who may be in danger because of memory issues.  Kyle Moore with the Sheriff’s Office says 60-year-old Michael E.  Clark of Colville was last seen in Soap Lake,  shortly after he was released from the Grant County…


Campfires Banned on DNR-Protected Lands Across Eastern Washington

As of Friday, August 17, campfires are banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades. This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires. “We’ve had 47 wildfires started by campfires this year,” said Commissioner of Public Lands…


Big Bend Community College Giving School Supplies to Military Dependents

From a press release – The Big Bend Community College Veteran Resource Office will help military veterans and their families prepare for the upcoming school year during its first ever school supply distribution event August 21 and 22. The event is being held in connection with Operation Homefront’s annual Back-to-School…


Evacuation Orders Reduced, New Team To Takeover Cougar Creek Fire

UPDATE-10AM EVACUATION ORDERS REVISED All evacuation levels are downgraded by 1 level Level 1 to nothing = Oklahoma Gulch Rd, Navarre Coulee Rd (97-ALT to South Lakeshore Rd), Johnson Creek Rd and First Creek Rd residents. Also Entiat River Rd from 97A to Crum Canyon. Level 2 down to Level…


UPDATE-2nd Account Created for Okanogan Firefighter Brett Read

A GoFundMe account and the “Brett Read Burn Recovery Fund” at North Cascades Bank have been set up for Brett Read, the 38 year old volunteer with Okanogan County Fire District #8 who was injured Saturday while fighting the Grass Valley Fire near Grand Coulee. Read is being treated for…


Brush Fire Near Soap Lake

A brushfire is reported on SR28 near MP55,  about one mile east of Soap Lake.  Ryan Wectenwald with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Grant County Fire District #5 and #7  and Ephrata Fire were on scene.