Where is the Fire?
Updated May 2021
If you see smoke or fire … call 911 immediately.
Okanogan County Emergency Alert System
Sign up online at www.okanogandem.org/ (click the red "Register for Alerts" button)
or by phone at 509-422-7206
to get alerts about county emergencies (e.g., wildfires, outages) by text message, email or phone, in the order you want to be notified.
Here are some top aids to help you keep track of wildfire in the valley.
Pine Forest Facebook page: Neighbors post updates about local fires.
WildCAD.net: From Central Washington Interagency Communications Center, this site features dispatch reports for recent incidents and tells you where smoke or fire has been reported and what firefighters found. Click “Recent Incidents” on the left-hand menu to see a list of fire sightings by township/range/section. Pine Forest is Township 34N/Range 21E/Section 20.
Okanogan County And Methow Valley topics of interest and news Facebook group: An unofficial but reliable page run by three county residents who monitor police and fire scanners and post information during emergencies. A private (closed) Facebook group. Click the Join Group button below the cover photo, and a group admin will approve your membership.
Methow Valley News Facebook page: This newspaper’s site provides up-to-date and reliable fire news, sheriff’s reports, evacuation levels, etc.
Methownet.com bulletin board: These are valley residents posting what they see and are often the first reports of fires breaking out.
Other useful fire sites
Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team: A Facebook page akin to WildCAD.net, it posts fire reports and maps in areas further east of the Methow Valley. https://www.facebook.com/newimt3/
InciWeb for Washington: Lists wildfires, their size and location. This is the agency that manages firefighting teams.
Fire Facebook pages: Each fire is named by location (e.g., Cold Springs Fire) and is fought by a succession of teams usually starting with local firefighters like our Okanogan Fire District 6. Larger fires have a Facebook page that is updated morning and evening, with reports on size, location, maps, photos.
NW interagency Coordination Center: Provides links to a variety of fire maps and briefings, with the “Large Fire Map” being especially informative (multiple links to the map can be found on the homepage). Updated daily.
Washington Smoke Information: These three websites show smoke conditions in the valley. PurpleAir has a monitor in Pine Forest.
wasmoke.blogspot.com/, purpleair.com/map#10.01/48.4366/-120.074 and airnow.gov