2017 History

Blue Grouse Road Fire
09/13/17 Wildfire

Wildfire spread from a house fire on Blue Grouse Road in the 9 mile area NE of Oroville.

DNR advised that this fire was held at 32.5 acres and 100% dozer lined at 4:42PM on 9-13-2017. 
Monse River Road Fire
09/12/17 Wildfire

Grass/brush fire burned South of Monse. Local fire crews along with two helicopters and three airplanes worked this fire. Fire was held at 30 acres and knocked down by 6:50PM on 9-12-2017.
Ellisforde Airport Road Fire
August 24, 2017

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Mop-up stage of Ellisforde Airport Rd fire

Ellisforde Airport Road fire burned approximately 7 acres. DNR advised that the fire was 100% contained at 1:08PM on 8-24-2017.

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Mop-up stage of Ellisforde Airport Rd fire

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Helicopter view of Ellisforde Airport fire burning

Wagonroad Fire
August 21, 2017

Wildfire burned just North of Crumbacher on 8-21-2017. DNR and local Tonasket firefighters were on scene setting hand line around the fire. Tonasket fire department cleared the fire at approximately 11:40AM with fire controlled, and DNR mopped up.
Photos taken by Lena MG.

View from Crumbacher Rd. facing north - PC: Lena MG

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Saddle Mountain Fire
08/03/17 Wildfire

Wildfire burned North of Loomis, WA. DNR, one helicopter, and ground crews fought the Saddle Mountain Fire on 8-3-2017. The fire held at 10 acres. 
Omak Mill Hillside Fire
08/01/17 Wildfire

Wildfire burned South of Omak mill on the hillside. The fire was contained at 5:50PM on 8-1-2017.
Diamond Creek Fire
Start Date: July 23, 2017
End Date: October 2017

Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Unknown
Date of Origin: Sunday July 23rd, 2017
Location: Pasayten Wilderness; 11 NW of Mazama
Size: 128,272 Acres: 97,140 U.S. Acres, & 31,132 Canadian Acres
Fuels Involved: Timber (Littler & Understory), heavy fuel loading in the Monument and Pat Creek drainages

July 31, 2017 Dollar drainage

August 15, 2017 Firefighters mopping up
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July 28, 2017

October 4, 2017

September 14, 2017 Mazama Community Meeting

August 10, 2017 Drake Creek - Jinks Creek area

September 4, 2017 Before fire protective wrapping

September 12, 2017 After fire protective wrapping

August 4, 2017 helicopter departing

July 30, 2017 Hidden Lakes historic cabins wrapped
Canyon Creek Fire
Start Date: July 15, 2017
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Unknown
Location: 1 mile NE of Carlton, WA 
Size: Approximately 1,200 acres
Fuels Involved: Grass, heavy brush and light timber
Structures lost: 2 (1 abandoned house and 1 out-building)

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H29 Roadside battle

H29 Close quarters

H29 On scene assessment

After math of burnt structure

Burnt field on west side of HWY 153

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After math of burnt structure
Earthquake - Riverside
Earthquake - Riverside

07/09/17 Magnitude 2.9

USGS reported a magnitude 2.9 earthquake near Riverside, WA on the morning of Sunday July 9th, 2017.
2017 Burn Ban
Burn Ban Put in Place Date: July 1, 2017


Burn Ban Lifted Date: October 16, 2017


Train Derailment - February 13, 2017
February 13, 2017

A train just north of Brewster hit some ice on the track causing the front axle and two wheels to leave the track.

The train was carrying rock and other non-dangerous material, was not blocking any roadways posing no threat to the community.

February 13, 2017 Train Derailment in Brewster, WA
Conconully Flooding
With the Lightening and rainstorm on May 4th combined with a couple warm days, the North Fork Salmon Creek overflowed the Broadway Street Bridge on the evening of May 5th.

?Conconully maintenance personnel had pre-positioned sand, sandbags and equipment in preparation for such an event.

?Conconully Public Works Director, Zac Claussen, used a backhoe to remove wood debris that had started lodging against the bridge, while numerous citizens and visitors filled and placed sand bags up and down the creek and around the bridge.

?Around 7:30 PM the water started to recede.

?At 8:00 PM a log jam broke loose up-creek, lodging itself against the bridge. This caused over seven inches of water and debris to flow over the bridge and erode the creek banks to the edge of the bridge.
?The backhoe was again used to remove the wood debris, allowing the water to flow easier. Water levels remained steady and finally started to recede around 11:00 PM.

?State Parks personnel kept watch on the creek until 2:00 AM. 

May 4, 2017 Broadway Street Bridge

Clean-up after flooding

May 5, 2017 Broadway Street Bridge
Loup Loup (SR 20) Closed from Washouts
Heavy rains started in the beginning of April 2017.

Roadways, both asphalth and dirt roadways, started to sluff off.

On April 15, 2017 WEDOT advised that State Route 20 (Loup Loup Pass) was closed at multiple locations:

  • Mile post 211
  • Mile post 221

The water was not draining by itself, other than slowly seeping through the roadway base. By running two 800 gallon/minute pumps on the 14th, the pool maintained its level because of the water continuing to run off the hillside into the pool.

On the 15th of April there was no scheduled date of reopening; all traffic was rerouted to HWY 153.
April 25th, they had the water drawn down 20 feet in the pond and continued to pump. Water continued to flow off the mountainside.

May 23rd, there was an estimated excavated area of 400 feet wide as you would travel on the roadway (east/west), 250 feet long (north/south) and 80 plus feet deep.

June 21st, two new culverts had been installed on the Twisp side of the Loup Loup with all excavation being completed of the failed and saturated roadway fill.

On the Okanogan side of the Loup Loup the Westbound shoulder failure and landslide location requited the construction of a rock buttress and the base of the slope. Multiple springs of water flowed out of the hillside above the work area adding to the challenge.

July 3rd, WSDOT was hoping to have one lane open on Monday, July 10th, which would allow traffic to travel over the Loup between 6-9 AM and 4-7 PM.

At this point WSDOT's goal was to reopen the Loup Loup highway as soon as possible, while continuing to do the work in the safest manner possible.

July 10th, Loup Loup Pass opened for travel from 6-9 AM and 4-8 PM.

July 12th, WSDOT's goal was to have the roadway reconstructed at MP 211 (Twisp side) by the end of the day July 14th with no restriction in that area.

July 14th, Loup Loup Pass opened 24/7 with single lane traffic through the MP 221 (Okanogan side) location.

The Loup Loup Pass fully opened: August 16, 2017.

Construction pictures below.
Mile Post 221

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Beginning of the 7 Devils headed east towards Okanogan at MP 221

Moving rock to bottom for stabilization at MP 221

Dirt work at MP 211 facing west towards Twisp

Dirt work at MP 211 facing east towards Okanogan

Dirt work progression at MP 211

Dirt work at MP 211 facing west towards Twisp
Peter Dan Road Closed
August 21, 2017

Okanogan County Department of Public Works closed Peter Dan Road at milepost 0.00 to 2.36 through traffic due to landslide after heavy rains and high mountain snow melt.

Okanogan County Department of Public Works OPENED Peter Dan Road on August 24, 2018.

Slide covering half of the road

Slide sloughing into the roadway

Hillside view

Sloughing from above and below the roadway