(Winthrop, WA) Okanogan County Fire District 6 Firefighters put out an approximately 1/4 acre wildland fire on White Ave in Winthrop just before noon on Thursday, September 6th. Engines and firefighters from the Twisp and Winthrop stations arrived within 8 minutes of the alarm and worked quickly, keeping the fire from spreading. According to Division Chief Brian McAuliffe “we were fortunate there was little to no wind influencing this fire. It was just creeping around in the weeds. The Town’s well house, the adjacent home, and nearby apartment buildings were not in any serious danger.”
Just as they were leaving the scene at 1:30 pm, another call was paged for an activated fire alarm at Methow Valley Elementary, which was determined to be a false alarm.
At 4 pm, District 6 firefighters responded to a single vehicle accident on Washington Pass. Members from both the Mazama and Winthrop stations extricated a Birch Bay woman from her car that had left the roadway, hit an embankment, and then rolled. Aero Methow personnel stabilized and then transported the patient to the Methow Valley State Airport, where AirLift Northwest was waiting to take her to Harborview Medical Center.
Fire department personnel then finished out the day with the weekly training drill, making for a very long day.