Okanogan Interagency Weather System (O.I.W.S.)

Operated in cooperation with:
County - National Weather Service - US Forest Service

Okanogan County has implemented early warning weather stations.  Sensor stations will be located above Conconully, Beaver Creek, and Chewack River(2 sites). 

This project was funded by United States Forest Service (USFS) as part of the Tripod Fire recovery program.

Burn Area Emergency Response Weather Stations Installation

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Scott Miller, (Emergency Manager), Mel Bennett, (Hydrologist, Okanogan-Wenatchee NFs), Royce L. Fontenot, (Service Hydrologist, National Weather Service, Spokane and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), and two inmates installed automatic weather stations at Lone Frank Pass, Parachute Meadows, Bromas Creek, and Starvation Mountain. The weather stations were funded by the USFS because of the Tripod Complex Wildland Fire’s devastating affect on the mountain and the slow growth of vegetation has left our community susceptible to flash flooding.  Sensors on these stations receive, then process, store and transmit data to provide early warning of a flash flood situation.