Evening News August 16, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A GOFUNDME account has been set up to raise money for a firefighter who was injured battling the Grass Valley Fire last weekend. Structures were damaged but no homes lost in a three-alarm fire yesterday in the Soap Lake area, and, a fiery traffic accident last night in the Leavenworth area left the driver with only minor injuries.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Good News to report this afternoon on the Cougar Creek Fire. Crews have established a 35-percent containment on the blaze and appear to have greatly reduced the threat to homes in the Entiat area.

Managers report successful burn out operations along holding lines on the southern portion of the fire line. Containment lines around structures in the Entiat River Valley were established and strengthened. Fire Information Officer Shannon Prather said in his Wednesday morning briefing that the Southern flank of the blaze is now fully surrounded. .

The fire has burned over 31-thousand acres but there are no reports of any structure damage.

They are expecting the fire behavior to ramp up later this afternoon as a cold front enters the area bringing breezy conditions to the fire area. The management of the fire transitions today from a Type 5 to a Type 3 team.

A GOFUNDME account has been set up to raise money for a firefighter who was injured battling the Grass Valley Fire over the weekend.

Brett Read is an Okanogan County Fire District #8 firefighter. He and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified. Read became separated from the engine he was working on and suffered burns during the incident. The other firefighter was not injured. Read was taken to Coulee Medical Center and later airlifted to Harborview in Seattle where he’s recovering. Read has been a volunteer firefighter for 7 years and lives in the Omak area with his wife and three children.

Structures damaged but no homes lost in this three-alarm fire yesterday in the Soap Lake area. Officials say it started about 4:30 p.m.

Grant County Fire District 13 responded to assist GCFD 7 with a fast moving fire threatening structures off Road B.5 NE. Several homes were saved but unfortunately several structures were damaged including a barn.

GCFD No. 7 Chief Kirk Sheppard gave a rough estimate of 65 acres charred in the wildfire. He said at least one person is being questioned as a suspect in connection with the fire and the Grant County Fire Marshal is investigating.

This was the scene of a fiery traffic accident last night in the Leavenworth area. Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Anderson says the single vehicle crash happened on US Highway 2 at the West end of town. . .

Trooper Anderson says the driver received only minor injuries. He says the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Coming up next, Highway 2 in the Monitor Flat area west of Wenatchee was briefly shut down this morning while State Troopers arrested a suspect in a stolen pick-up. At today’s (Thu) weekly Wenatchee Rotary Club Luncheon, the featured speaker, Todd Fryhover, President of the Washington State Apple Commission talked about the apple harvest and about recent tariff’s, and, in our weekely Kennel Kameos feature, tonight we introduce you to Vera the dog. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Highway 2 in the Monitor Flat West of Wenatchee was briefly shut down this morning while State Troopers arrested a suspect in a stolen pick-up truck. Trooper Jeff Anderson has the details. . .

Anderson did not disclose the name of the suspect.

At today’s (Thu) weekly Wenatchee Rotary Club Luncheon, the featured speaker, Todd Fryhover, President of the Washington State Apple Commission talked about the apple harvest and about recent tariff’s. Fryhover says the recent trade war will affect a large portion of the apple industry, especially as it relates to Mexico. . .

In late July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 12-billion dollar plan to assist farmers who have been hurt by trade disputes with China and other trading partners.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Vera the dog. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Joel Norman, voice of the AppleSox, stopped by yesterday to talk about his highlights of the summer of baseball for Wenatchee, starting with an unbelievable catch by a short-time AppleSox player at Portland…

Norman will stay on through the fall and winter to help the AppleSox in sales and promotions.  We’ll feature more of our discussion with Joel next week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Believe it or not, hockey season is almost here.  Arch Ecker was checking in on Facebook yesterday watching practice at the Town Toyota Center…

Once the Wild get on the ice Monday, they’ll have just a few days to prepare for their first exhibition games at the Community Rink next weekend against the Trail Smoke Eaters.  Tickets are 10-dollars general admission.  You can learn more at Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com.

Dee Gordon’s 2-run home run in the top of the 12th inning helped the Mariners salvage the final of a three-game series at Oakland yesterday 2-nothing…

The game was a pitcher’s duel throughout, with Mike Leake going 8-innings for Seattle, allowing no runs on just two hits while striking out 6.  Oakland’s starter, Brett Anderson, was just as stingy, going 7-and-two-thirds of shutout ball on 5-hits.  The bullpens took over with nine men toeing the rubber between the two teams.  Finally in the 12th with Yusmeiro Petit (YOOS-mair-oh puh-TEET) on the mound for the A’s, Mike Zunino earned a one-out walk and then Gordon followed with his 2nd home run of the season.

The Mariners return home trailing Oakland by 2-and-a-half games in the Wild Card race to host the Dodgers in the first of three games on Friday at Safeco Field.

To the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West we go…

Tyler White hit two, two-run home runs and Evan Gattis delivered two more solo shots as Houston clobbered Colorado 12-to-1.  The Astro’s lead in the West is back to three games over Oakland and 4.5 over Seattle.

Rene Rivera’s solo home run in the top of the 9th lifted the Angels over the Padres in San Diego 3-2.

The Seahawks continue preparations for Saturday’s second pre-season game against the Chargers.  Coach Pete Carroll says he likes the competition he’s seeing at all levels during practice…

Rookie running back Rashaad Penny injured his hand in practice this week and will be out for a while, but Carroll says the prognosis is good…

Seattle’s game in Los Angeles against the Chargers kicks off Saturday night at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Because of our poor air quality the past several days we’ve been talking a lot about the air quality index. In tonight’s feature story, a pulmonary critical care specialist explains what all the numbers and colors on the air quality chart actually mean to you. . .

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Good News to report this afternoon on the Cougar Creek Fire. Crews have established a 35-percent containment on the blaze and appear to have greatly reduced the threat to homes in the Entiat area.

Managers report successful burn out operations along holding lines on the southern portion of the fire line. Containment lines around structures in the Entiat River Valley were established and strengthened. Fire Information Officer Shannon Prather said in his Wednesday noon briefing that the Southern flank of the blaze is now fully surrounded. The fire has burned over 31-thousand acres but there are no reports of any structure damage.

Fire officials are expecting the fire behavior to ramp up later this afternoon as a cold front enters the area bringing breezy conditions to the fire area. The management of the fire transitions today from a Type 5 to a Type 3 team.

Structures damaged but no homes lost in this three-alarm fire yesterday in the Soap Lake area. Officials say it started about 4:30 p.m.

Grant County Fire District 13 responded to assist GCFD 7 with a fast moving fire threatening structures off Road B.5 NE. Several homes were saved but unfortunately several structures were damaged including a barn. GCFD No. 7 Chief Kirk Sheppard gave a rough estimate of 65 acres charred in the wildfire. He said at least one person is being questioned as a suspect in connection with the fire and the Grant County Fire Marshal is investigating.

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.