All hands on deck for Entiat wildfire meeting


ENTIAT, WA.-You might have seen some firefighters conducting a controlled burn in the Entiat area Saturday afternoon. They were getting ready for the upcoming wildfire season with a drill at the Columbia Breaks Wildfire Interpretive Center.

It was part of a day-long event that also involved training for new recruits. The training included practicing deploying emergency shelters that are used in the event crews become trapped in a fire storm. Saturday’s event was hosted by the Central Washington Wildfire Cooperators group which is comprised of multiple local, State and Federal agencies.

Chelan County Fire District 8 Entiat

They met at the Entiat Fire Station for a morning planning session. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen partnerships and collaboration between DNR, USFS, Chelan and Douglas County rural fire districts. Nolen Brewer with DNR says it started after the 2015 fire season.

Entiat Fire Chief Mike Asher also commented on how the various fire agencies have developed better and more effective partnerships over the course of his 30 year career. [

Chief Asher says he’s also grateful for the greater role the US Forest Service has played in helping to educate property owners about firewise planning and making homes and communities more resistant to catastrophic wildfires.


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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.