Welcome
Okanogan County
Department of Emergency
Management
123 5th Ave N., Room 200
Okanogan, WA 98840
 Sheriff Frank Rogers, Director

 Scott Miller, Emergency Manager 
 509-422-7207
 smiller[at]co.okanogan.wa.us

 Glenda Beauregard, Program Specialist 
 509-422-7206
 gbeauregard[at]co.okanogan.wa.us


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Updated: 8/28/2014 

Okanogan County Open and Welcomes Visitors!

Fire Information FINAL UPDATE:

As of  August 28 - Fire Update

Carlton Complex Fire; Little Bridge Creek, and Upper Falls fires are all 100% contained.

Fire crews are finishing all suppression repair work within the burn areas and then fires will all go into a monitoring status.  The incident command center located on the Twisp-Carlton Road will begin to be disassembled and removed over the weekend into early next week.

Information boards have been removed from the communites of Twisp, Carlton, Winthrop and Mazama.

Inciweb, the Google Blog Site, and the Google email lists used during the incident will no longer be active or updated.  For continuing questions, please contact the Methow valley Forest Service Ranger District in Winthrop at 509-996-4003 or go to their website:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.

With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching, there are key pieces of information that will be useful to those planning trips to National Forest Lands in Okanogan County.

     - Campfires are allowed in developed fire pits in the designated campgrounds and in the Pasayten and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness areas.

     -  There are still some road and area closure associated with this summer's fires and the recent flooding.  The South Summit area, south of Hwy 20, remains closed.  The area around Falls Creek Road is closed, as is the areas around Little Bridge Creek road.  Finley road #4100300 and Pole Pick Mountain Roads #4100500 and 4100535 are impassable. 

The Incident Management Teams and Firefighters involved would like to thank the local communities that were impacted, for their patience and support during the suppression of the Carlton Complex, Upper Falls, and Little Bridge Creek Fires.  

Clean-up and Recovery Efforts: 

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest assembled a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team to analyze post-fire conditions of burned watersheds and to plan emergency stabilization treatments for the Carlton Complex and other Central Washington Wildfires.  For more information and to say updated on efforts regard post-fire efforts, please go to http://centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info.

The Okanogan Conservation District is working with local, state, and federal agencies to seek funding to assist landowners who need post-fire help to restore forest and pastures and to reduce the risk of flash flood damage.  For more information go to:  www.okanogancd.org/Carlton.

The US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, which responds to emergency created by natural disaster.  For more information, please go to:  http://nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/natinal/programs/landscape/ewpp/#actualContent

NO UPDATED INFO ON THIS:  There is a Forest Closure back in place for areas surrounding the Carlton Complex.  This order closes Road 41 from Hwy 20 to the intersection at FS Road #4150.  FS Road #4150 is also closed from Benson Creek on National Forest Land to Road 41.  See the forest website for details of closure:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.

Hwys 153 and 20 are OPEN.

Closures:

Forest closures:  call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (509) 996-4000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices or http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.


Highway closures
:  Washington Department of Transportation at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/

Other places to get Fire information:  Inciweb:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

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Methow Recycle's - What's New? -  After the fire . . .  (Some great information - please check it out.) http://www.methowrecycles.org/whatsnew.html