Beyond the Fire Lines

The Okanogan Complex fire is one of the largest fires in Washington state history but was not the only one burning in the area. Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned costing millions of dollars to fight.  The Chelan Complex fire, which is now merged and being managed with the Okanogan Complex, had com close to the resort town of Chelan and caused heavy damage to the Chelan Fruit Co-op and many residences.

Nearby the North Star fire has burned more than 200,000 acres mainly on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Unfortunately the fires have also had a human toll.  The Twisp River fire claimed the lives of three wildfire fighters working with the U.S. Forest Service from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Wildfire fighters from all over the region have been activated and are in the area working to combat the fires.  

Interagency Hotshot crew from Vale, Oregon headed out to the fire perimeter of the Okanogan Complex fire near Conconully State Park, WA

Interagency Hotshot crew from Vale, Oregon headed out to the fire perimeter of the Okanogan Complex fire near Conconully State Park, WA

Burnt evidence of where a home once stood before the wildfires this summer in Washington.  All that remains is the shell of an RV, a basket ball hoop and part of the chimney.

Burnt evidence of where a home once stood before the wildfires this summer in Washington.  All that remains is the shell of an RV, a basket ball hoop and part of the chimney.

William Green, a wildfire fighter, is an EMT back home with Ruidoso, Fire & Rescue in New Mexico.

William Green, a wildfire fighter, is an EMT back home with Ruidoso, Fire & Rescue in New Mexico.

Wildfire fighter Byron Florence is part of a DNR crew from the Olympic Peninsula.  One of the many things to be on the lookout for according to Byron are bears and cougars.

Wildfire fighter Byron Florence is part of a DNR crew from the Olympic Peninsula.  One of the many things to be on the lookout for according to Byron are bears and cougars.

Myles, Byron and Jan all part of the DNR crew from the Olympic Peninsula head out to begin their hike up the mountain in search of possible fire activity.

Myles, Byron and Jan all part of the DNR crew from the Olympic Peninsula head out to begin their hike up the mountain in search of possible fire activity.

Wildfire passed through cemetery at St. Mary's Mission at the Colville Indian Reservation near the Okanogan Complex and North Star fires in North Central Washington.

Wildfire passed through cemetery at St. Mary's Mission at the Colville Indian Reservation near the Okanogan Complex and North Star fires in North Central Washington.

CNN iReport Cherry Harvest Central Washington

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