By Associated Press
Published: October 21, 2015, 9:48 AM
SEATTLE — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in the state of Washington following this summer’s wildfires and mudslides.
The disaster declaration makes federal money available to state and local governments as well as Native American tribes to repair or replace facilities damaged by wildfires and mudslides in August and September.
The declaration affects the counties of Chelan, Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whatcom and Yakima and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Federal dollars are also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation work across the state.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more disaster designations may be made later if warranted by ongoing damage assessment work.
"....The firestorm led to widespread destruction, but it also prompted many changes in fire preparedness.
After the firestorm, a fire mobilization system was created to allow fire officials to quickly mobilize resources from around the state.
“We’ve used it every year since,” Anderson said.
Training also changed; now city and county firefighters receive more training on fighting wildfires, not just structure fires. Spokane County created the state’s first specially trained incident management team, which is on duty 24/7, Anderson said.
During firestorm, dispatchers for four agencies in Spokane County received thousands of calls for service, leading to confusion and difficulties coordinating firefighting efforts. In 1998, officials created the Combined Communication Center, and all Spokane County fire emergency calls are now dispatched from one location.
Spokane County has activated a reverse-911 system, called Alert Spokane, to tell homeowners of emergencies so they can be better prepared if they need to evacuate.
Home construction also changed, said Randy Vissia, Spokane County building director.
“What changed in the county right after those fires, certain roofing
materials were no longer permitted – for instance, wood shingles and
shakes – unless they were specially treated with fire-retardant
materials,” he said. “Essentially, wooden roofing materials are no
TONASKET — The cow walks tenderfooted across the field as rancher Gerald Scholz watches, shaking his head.Scholz is medicating her for pain, and he hopes she recovers from burns suffered when she ran through the flames.“That’s brave, she made it out, she’s got grit,” he said. A bull also with burned hoofs hides nearby in tall rushes around a pond, cooling its feet in the mud but not moving.
“If the hoofs fall off, you just have to kill them,” Scholz said. “But as long as the hoofs are still on, there’s a chance. If he’s got the will to live, you can’t just quit him.”
But much of what Scholz built here on his 8,740-acre ranch on Pine Creek Road west of Tonasket has already been lost to wildfires that devastated many ranching families in North Central Washington........READ MORE HERE
JULY 7: THERE ARE STILL MOP UP CREWS ON THE FIRE:
These two photos are on the BZ Glenwood Highway where the fire started.
July 2: 1:00 PM
Photos from Meyers Grade, (Fisher
Hill) and Troh Lane. The fire is on the east side of Snake Island
moving a northeast direction along the Canal and Bird Creek Channel.
If you are wondering why I took some of these photos, it is because of the little white speck that you can see in the middle. That's the helicopter.
The helicopter is dipping out of Troh’s Pond on Troh Lane. It looks like a blue and white grasshopper putt, putt, putting back and forth and if you look closely, you will see him in some of the photos. I didn’t get a photo of him dipping water because he was fueling up.
Our new fire truck is getting a good workout already this summer. I saw Pastor Butch, with the new fire truck, headed back out to the fire with a full load of water.
94º---30% RH---South Wind 4-5 mph.
Just saw some more fire fighting equipment come into town.
As far as I am concerned, the grass in the lake bottom needs a good burning, but this probably isn't the best time of year. However, I have read that Indians burned it when they were done digging camas, which would probably mean late spring or later. There are also eye witness accounts of "thousands of horses". That would have kept the grass down!!
Click on the photos to enlarge.
5:00 PM in the evening. Now there is a big yellow hopter copter working. These guys fascinate me, but I'm probably going to get my butt chewed out for being too close to his dipping pond. Anyone who grew up in Glenwood, will recognize Norman Troh's barn roof. The last photo is me jumping into the car so I don't get splashed with water.
It appears that there is not as much smoke.
It appears that there is not as much smoke.
Fireman--aka--Pastor Butch made a comment last night on the Glenwood General Store Facebook page that the fire is contained and in mop up. The Glenwood FD left about 9:00 PM and it is now in the hands of the feds.