Five-day ‘Rising from the Ashes’ event celebrates recovery in Okanogan County

PHOTO | Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group

PATEROS- Recovering from a devastating wildfire is the subject of a reunion and celebration taking place today through Sunday for communities affected by the massive Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 and the Okanogan wildfires of 2015.

The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group was formed following the fires and provides recovery services, rebuilds homes, and works to ensure that Okanogan County communities are adequately prepared to handle future disasters.

Activities for the five-day event includes a smoke and mirrors fire maze display, which includes a mini-museum to take viewers on a tour of the damage caused by both fire events, a re-build tour of homes being built and a Ride From the Ashes dinner and concert. The event begins today at 5:30 with a barbecue at Chelan Riverwalk Park.

To pre-register for any events, visit the Recovery Group’s website.

In July 2014, the over 250,000-acre Carlton Complex fire started out as four separate fires that merged into the single largest fire in the state’s history. As it roared through Pateros it destroyed more than 350 homes. The Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex fires of 2015 burned almost 400,000 acres.