East Saddle Mountain Fire Approximately 17,000 acres

The Sunday night update from Southeastern Washington Incident Management Team 3 The fire is 40 percent contained. Work performed today: State strike teams were on scene working to stabilize hot spots that were wanting to flare up. Aviation assets were used to drop water on larger fire load spots. Fire…


Wenatchee Man Critical After River Rescue

From a press release – Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 47-year-old Wenatchee man is in critical condition Sunday morning after a rafting accident on the Wenatchee River Saturday evening.  Ronald Anderson was swept off an inflatable tube as he and other subjects were floating toward the Cottage Avenue Bridge at…


Semi-Truck Fire Shuts Down Vantage Bridge for Several Hours

The Vantage Bridge was closed for several hours yesterday morning after a semi-truck lost control, ran into the jersey barriers and caught fire. The driver was uninjured, but the truck came to rest blocking both westbound lanes, but the recovery and fire required the blocking of both directions over the…


West Nile Virus Found in Grant County

From a press release – Grant County Mosquito Control District #1 (GCMCD#1) reported this week that a mosquito sample collected from a trap west of Moses Lake near the intersection of Dodson Road and I-90 has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first detection of the virus…


Chelan PUD Announces Two Deals Worth $40 Million

From a press release – Chelan County PUD commissioners Monday heard the good news that two new power sales contracts will boost forecasted PUD revenue by $40 million starting in 2019. Each sale is for a 5-percent “slice” of power generated at Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams.   Gregg…


Citations Down, Warnings Up on New Distracted Driving Law

From a press release – It has been nearly two weeks since the new distracted driving law went into effect. The Washington State Patrol ran stats to see how the first week of the law differed from the week before the law went into effect. The Distracted While Under the Influence…


Standoff Ends Peacefully in Orondo

From a press release – On 08/07/17 at approximately 9:00 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault call in Orondo.  A Deputy located  the suspect in a fruit warehouse.  He fled as the Deputy attempted to talk to him and ran into a nearby house.  Another Deputy attempted speak…


Two Climbers Rescued from Mt. Stuart

From a Press Release – Sheriff Brian Burnett reports two climbers were rescued from Mount Stuart in Chelan County Sunday evening and Monday afternoon.  One of the subjects suffered life threatening injuries Sunday when a boulder he was leaning against broke free while ascending the West Ridge route of the…


Wilson Creek Man Dies in Car Accident

From a press release – A 47-year-old Wilson Creek man has died in a one-vehicle collision north of Wilson Creek. Thomas Veenstra was driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger which crashed sometime Saturday late afternoon or evening on Road Q-Northeast south of Road 25-Northeast. He died at the scene. Veenstra’s family…


Hayes Road Fire Could Be 90 Percent Contained Today

The 2300-acre Hayes Road Fire is expected to reach 90 percent containment today according to Ben Shearer with the Southeastern Washington All Hazard Incident Management Team. The fire is burning off Highway 17 at mile post 125. All evacuation orders have been lifted. Yesterday helicopters dropped water on some harder…