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Posted: Aug 26, 2015

Kettle Complex fire now 59,000 acres; 16% contained

Smoke blanketing the area caused difficult breathing and poor visibility for residents and fire personnel in the Curlew River valley, Kettle River valley, and much of northeast Washington on Monday. Calm air and smoke resulted in less intense fire activity on these fires for elevations under 4000 feet.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2015 11:55:54 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
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Posted: Aug 26, 2015

Pilots glad to contribute again to fighting wildfires

A familiar and welcome sound returned to the skies over Okanogan County Tuesday. Helicopters resumed air drops over Okanogan Complex fires. Limited visibility had grounded air support flights since Sunday, but on Tuesday afternoon the skies cleared enough for four helicopters to take off. “We flew for five and a half hours and made 75 drops,” said pilot Johnny Harmsen, who flies for the federally-contracted “Firehawk.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2015 6:35:22 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
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Posted: Aug 26, 2015

Fire volunteer claims DNR has not put him to work

A trained volunteer said he is itching to get into the firefight against the Okanogan Complex near Omak. He said the state is not putting him or some heavy equipment to work. Washington’s Department of Natural Resources invited volunteers to help fight the wildfires for the first time ever. On Tuesday, the agency said the Okanogan Complex is the number one priority fire in the country.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2015 5:48:28 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
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Posted: Aug 26, 2015

Spokane firefighters will continue to answer medical calls in SUVs

SUVs will continue to respond to some medical emergencies in Spokane, according to an agreement announced Monday between the city and the firefighters union. The agreement follows a vote by the City Council last month that required the Alternative Response Units to be staffed by two people instead of one.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review - metered site
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Posted: Aug 26, 2015

9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ succumbs to cancer

The dust-covered 9/11 survivor whose haunting image became an emblem of the tragedy has died after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer, her family said. “My mom fought an amazing battle,” Noelle Borders told The Post of her 42-year-old mother, Marcy Borders. “Not only is she the ‘Dust Lady’ but she is my hero and she will forever live through me.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post
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