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Fire near Twisp contained

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Fire near Twisp contained

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May 25, 2012

   Winthrop, WA— Firefighters responding to fire call yesterday temporarily suspended their efforts during a concurrent and potentially dangerous law enforcement incident.   Crews, including helicopter support, were able to resume fire suppression yesterday evening.

The fire was at the Eagle Creek trailhead, up the popular Twisp River recreation area.  Firefighters confirmed that it was contained at about five acres last night.  They returned to the area today to continue mopping-up the portions of the fire that still have heat.

“The safety of firefighters and the public is always our first concern,” said Jennifer Zbyszewski, Acting Methow Valley District Ranger.  “We appreciate the quick response and cooperative efforts of the various law enforcement agencies who worked to secure the area; allowing firefighters to complete their work in a safe and effective manner.”

“This fire serves as a reminder that even when grasses are green, fires can spread,” said Kathy Busse, Acting Fire Management Officer for the Methow Valley Ranger District.  “Since most wildfires are caused by people, and this is the start of a busy holiday weekend, we’d like to remind people that it’s important to ensure that campfires are cool to the touch before leaving.”

For details about the law enforcement incident, please contact the Okanogan County Sherriff’s Department.  For more information about the fire, please contact the Methow Valley Ranger District at 509-996-4000.

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