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The Department of Natural Resources Says ‘No More Volunteers’

State Department of Natural Resources officials are closing down volunteer-intake centers and saying they have all the help they need to fight Washington's largest fire ever -- the Okanogan Complex.

Thousands of volunteers have gone through crash-course fire training, helped operate heavy equipment and directed other other volunteers to community service opportunities since the call for help went out last week, but for the moment the needs are being met DNR announced in a Thursday morning tweet.

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Yakima Fire Stations Collecting Donations for Okanogan Blaze

The wildfires that have consumed much of Washington are now making it difficult to provide even basic supplies for crews battling the blazes, especially in the Okanogan Valley.

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Washington State Wildfire Info Center

The folks at NBC-TV affiliate KING 5 in Seattle have compiled a helpful list of links to help those concerned and interested keep up with the latest on the Washington wildfires spreading across the state:

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110 Million Invested to Support Workers, Farmers Suffering from Drought; TPA Wins Congressional Approval

The White House has announced drought assistance for states in the west that continue to struggle with prolonged dryness. The Administration is announcing new actions and investments of more than $110 million to support workers, farmers and rural communities suffering from drought and to combat wildfires. The new funding

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Chipotle Endorses GMO Measures, Wildfire Danger Lowering

  • Chipotle has endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling for genetically modified food.

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California Declares State of Emergency, Russian Meat Association in Trouble

  • California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency late Wednesday, freeing up money to fight a massive wildfire that continues to burn out of control north of Pollock Pines as well as a fire near the Oregon-California border.

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Grant County Wildfire Threatening Dozen Homes

The Washington State Patrol announced in a news release last night that state fire assistance has been mobilized to fight the Trinidad Fire in Grant County.

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Gov. Inslee Asking Feds to Reconsider Wildfire Aid

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government to reconsider providing federal aid to people hurt by the state's largest wildfire.

Inslee said Wednesday that more homes were destroyed or damaged than initially thought

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Sand Ridge Fire Completely Contained

In a press release this morning, it was announced that the Sand Ridge wildfire is now 100% contained.

The fire, which occurred eight miles east of Bickleton in Klickitat County, started on Aug. 20

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Wildfire Victims Getting Property Tax Refunds

A few hundred people who lost their homes or other buildings in wildfires in north central Washington are getting property tax refunds.

Okanogan County Treasurer Leah McCormack says the county has sent out over $10,000 in tax refunds for lost structures and reduced property values because of the wildfires

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