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Category: Methow Valley
October 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

North Cascades Highway to close for 36 hours next week

A view of Diablo Lake from an overlook on the North Cascades Highway. The scenic road will close temporarily next week. (Steve Ringman photo / The Seattle Times) Planning a fall drive over Washington’s  scenic North Cascades Highway?   Don’t go on Oct. 21 or Oct. 22 because a 10-mile stretch of the mountainous highway will…

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August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

The Old West-theme town of Winthrop is hungry for visitors now that the region’s fires are out. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times) “It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well…

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August 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Methow Valley deals with wildfires, wild weather at height of tourist season

Air tankers and helicopters are being used to fight the Carlton Complex wildfire in the Methow Valley, including this DC-10 air tanker dropping fire retardant on July 19. (Elaine Thompson photo / AP) Weeks of wildfires. Tree-toppling wild winds this past weekend. Evacuations and power outages. At what’s normally the height of the summer tourist season, the…

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Comments | More in Methow Valley, wildfires | Topics: Carlton Complex Fire, Carlton Complex wildfire, Rising Eagle Road fire