Governor Declares Fire Emergency

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 Washington state counties in response to wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources.   Inslee noted that hot and windy weather conditions are forecast for the next seven days.  The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin,…


Quick Response Limits Tumwater Canyon Fire

Photo credit to Chelan County Fire District 3 Chelan County Fire District 3 Crews working to suppress a fire that broke out early Tuesday evening in the Tumwater Canyon West of Leavenworth. The fire closed US Highway 2 for about an hour but firefighters succeeded in containing the blaze to…


Heroin Seizure In Bridgeport

Douglas and Chelan County SWAT teams seized heroin after serving a search warrant in the 1800 block of Fairview in Bridgeport. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said the operation, last Wednesday afternoon was considered high risk and residents may have noticed armored cars or heard diversionary devices used by the SWAT…


Davenport Area Fire Burns 13 Homes

Authorities say the largest of the wildfires burning near Spokane, the Hart Road fire north of Davenport has jumped the Spokane River and has burned as many as 13 homes and has grown to more than 6-thousand acres.  An emergency shelter is in place at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and…


Sunday’s 2016 United Way Color Rush “A Blast”

(photo courtesy of Frank Cone) No official numbers are available yet but Sunday, hundreds participated in the United Way Color Rush Fun Run, a fundraiser .  Particpants were blasted with colored cornstarch at various stations along the 5k course starting at the Pybus Market in Wenatchee .  The annual event is a…


New Fires In Eastern WA

Firefighters are battling three fast-moving wildfires in eastern Washington that have destroyed homes and forced hundreds of residents to flee.  The blazes in the Spokane region erupted Sunday afternoon, sending families rushing to pile pets and keepsakes into vehicles and hit the road.  The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported click for details that homes…


Multiple Injuries In Two Grant County Hit and Run Crashes

Nine people injured in two separate hit and run traffic collisions. State Troopers are tracking down a suspect in a Sunday morning four-injury hit and run crash. Troopers say it happened shortly after midnight on State Route 17 when the suspect vehicle collided with a Van after running a stop…


Rafter Killed In The Tumwater Canyon

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports one person died and another had to be rescued after a raft overturned in the Tumwater Canyon portion of the Wenatchee River just west of Leavenworth Saturday evening.  A Washington State Patrol Trooper was originally flagged down and notified of incident at approximately 9:11pm. …


Buck Creek Fire Swells to 1000 Acres

Photo courtesy of INCIWEB US Forest Service news release Leavenworth, WA – After a reconnaissance flight on Friday afternoon and more accurate mapping of the Buck Creek Fire, the fire’s size has been updated to 1,000 acres as of August 20, 2016 with approximately 30 percent of that being burned.  Smoke…


Profanity Wolf Pack to be Removed After More Livestock Deaths Confirmed

Updated as of Saturday August 20 From Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife news release. Today, WDFW Director Jim Unsworth has again authorized the removal of wolves in the Profanity Peak pack.  His decision was based on 1) the fact that the criteria in the protocol for lethal removal…