Burning restrictions lifted…………….

 Per the Fire Chief: Effective 9-18-10 open burning restrictions placed June 1st have now been lifted. Piles must be no larger than 4 foot by 4 foot and a way to extinguish must always be available. Keep a shovel on site as well. Burn Barrels are illegal in Washington State and burning materials other than yard waste and brush is prohibited. All outdoor fires must be attended at all times.

Free chipping program sign-up ends Sept 13th

 The Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue free brush chipping program will continue through the end of September but you must sign up for the service by September 13th. To sign up for this free service go to https://www.lwfr.org/chipper-request


 The Chelan County Planning Commisssion  is still shaping proposals to be sent to the Chelan County Commissioners for the oversight of short term/vacation rentals in the county.  Once the Planning Commission adopts a proposed plan it will be sent to the Commissioners for their consieration. The Comissisoners can adopt,  revise or reject altogether  any proposal sent them by the Planning Commission. The time for public comment to the Planning Commission has expired but once the County Commissioners take up the issue there will again be ample opportunity for public input. The current draft proposal being considered by the Planning Commission can be viewed at https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/files/community-development/Staff%20Report%20Short%20term%20rentals%20PC.pdf 

 The Seattle Police Pipe Band will perform  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Tuesday evening, September 10th, in front of the Bavarian Bistro at 801 Front Street in Leavenworth. On Wednesday, September  1th,  they will participate in the 9-11 Memorial ceremony at the Washington State 9-11 Memorial in Cashmere. This ceremony begins at 11AM to honor and keep alive the memory of the 2977 people that died that day including 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement firefighters. Be part of this day if you can…….

This workshop will be offered on Oct 4th from 9am to 4pm and is specific to our area. The demonstrations will be held on both River Road and Chiwawa Loop Road.  Additional information and how to sign up is available HERE.


 County Commissioner Bob Bugert will hold his monthly meeting with constituents in Plain this Friday, Sept 6th, at 9AM in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodge. This is the first building immediately South of Plain Grocery. Bob will be accompanied by Scott Kugel of the Chelan County Planning Dept who will provide information on a composting plant proposed for the Winton mill site and other issues. Vacation rentals will almost certainly be discussed again. These meetings have been lively and well attended so come on down.

Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies will be out targeting stand up paddle boarders on Chelan County waters over Labor Day weekend as part of a statewide effort. The goal is to educate people about laws and safe practices. Law states that everyone 13 and over must carry an appropriate life jacket, 12 and under must be wearing it. You must carry a sounding device(a horn, whistle or bell) and a white navigation light must be on board for times of low visibility. Marine Patrol Deputy Ryan Moody says, “Water and weather conditions can change rapidly”.   Getting separated from your paddleboard without a life jacket can easily leave you in a life or death situation.”

 Earl Petit, a long-time resident of Shugart Flats, passed away on Wednesday, August 21st. Services in his remembrance will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 2nd, at Mt. Springs Lodge on Chiwawa Loop Road. Immediately following the service a potluck reception/lunch will be held at the Shugart Flats home of Bill and Jeri Hall. You are invited to join the family there and to bring an hors d’oeuvre, salad, dessert or other dish of your choosing to share. A selection of beverages will be provided.
Bill and Jeri Hall are at 131 North Shugart Flats Road. To get there: Drive North from Mt. Springs Lodge just short of two miles to a half-left turn onto Shugart Flats Road. Follow this road to the T intersection and turn right. Immediately after this turn stay right on North Shugart Flats Road, a gravel road which passes a parked large motor home. Follow this road to where it turns right. The Hall home is straight ahead.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed in his name to the Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary of which Earl was a member. The mailing address there is 21696 Lake Wenatchee Highway, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

Earl was known and loved by many and will be sorely missed.

LWFR annual yard sale; August 31, Sept 1

 The big social event of the year at Lake Wenatchee, the Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Auxiliary yard sale and bake sale will be Aug 31 – Sept 1 at the fire station in Plain, opening at 9AM each day.  Most sales are by donation and proceeds finance the purchase of equipment and training materials for our firefighters.

Items donated for sale can be dropped of at the station on Friday, August 30th from 8AM to 4PM. Items that cannot any longer be accepted for sale are; ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS, ANY FURNITURE IN ‘NEEDS REPAIR’ CONDITION, SOFA BEDS, RECLINER SOFAS, RECLINER CHAIRS, TRUNDLE BEDS, MATTRESSES (unless in NEW condition and wrapped), REFRIGERATORS, DISHWASHERS, WASHERS, DRYERS, HOSPITAL/MEDICAL ITEMS, PESTICIDES, FUEL, PAINT, CLEANERS , HELMETS, LIFE JACKETS, CAR SEATS, COMPUTERS/PRINTERS/TV’S (unless flat screen in GENTLY USED condition), MAGAZINES

While mountain biking near Fish Lake I came upon a small 2′ x 2′ smoldering fire in the middle of one of the old logging roads.  The embers were 3 or 4 inches deep and the fire was quite hot.  This was not a camp fire, but likely an accidental start from a vehicle.  There was fresh cut branches from firewood gathering adjacent to the fire.  Please keep all motorized vehicles on the pavement until the hot weather passes.   As Micahel from Lake Wenatchee Fire remarked,  We got Lucky,  this easily could have been 5 acres before it was spotted and been a much bigger problem.