Cougar Spotted on Cedar Brae

Mark W reported a cougar at mile post 2 on Cedar Brae this afternoon around 1pm.   Just a reminder, fall is a prime time for wildlife to try and snack on your garbage, please lock your garbage cans, and if possible don’t put out until the morning of pickup.

Here is a bear tested garbage can locking design. Bear Proof Desgin

Campfires now allowed in compliant fire pits

 Fire danger is now rated at HIGH in Chelan County which does allow campfires in compliant campfire areas.

“Campfire area” is an outdoor fire-burning area for recreational fires where natural wood materials other than rubbish can be burned. The campfire area must have all combustible material removed down to mineral soil and shall have a containment area of either rock, metal, concrete or any other noncombustible material and shall not be more than thirty-six inches in diameter and twenty-four inches high. All combustible material one and one-half feet surrounding the campfire area shall be removed. Fuel for the recreational residential campfire shall not extend above the edge of the campfire containment area.
High fire danger restrictions include:
(i) No Fireworks. Use, display, and discharge of all fireworks are prohibited.
(ii) Further Restricted Outdoor Fires. No person shall build, ignite, or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind or character, or for any purpose whatsoever, in or upon any high fire hazard area, except by the authority of a written permit or approval from the appropriate fire protection agency.
Exception: No permit will be required for outdoor fires on private residential premises or designated campsites where such fires may be built in a permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, outdoor fireplace, or grill. Such a permit shall incorporate such terms and conditions to reasonably safeguard public safety and property.
(iii) Restricted Open Flame Devices. No person shall operate or use any device liable to start or cause fire in or upon any high fire hazard area, except for the approved open flame devices listed below or by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency:
(a) Approved Open Flame Devices. Liquid gas stoves or fires, including:
(I) Pressurized gas camp stoves, catalytic heaters, and white gas camp stoves and lanterns.
(II) Commercially made labeled barbeque devices.
(III) Stove or fireplace fires completely contained within a home or residence.
(IV) Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices with a shield and base.
(V) An enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute the flame.
(VI) Commercial operators can obtain a permit from the county fire marshal or permission from the appropriate fire protection agency for non-labeled devices.

Final Stretch in Nason Ridge Fund Raise

Fourteen months ago we were hoping we could convince Weyherhauser to negotiate with the community and not clear cut the ridge above the State Park.  Today, Western Rivers Conservancy has purchased the entire WeyCo Nason Ridge property and >950k has been pledged by almost 400 contributors towards the 1M community portion of the purchase price.  Community funds are being matched 4:1.

If you have wanted to contribute, there is still time, just go to

There was an excellent article this weekend in the Seattle Times about Nason Ridge


CANCELLED- Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay regular monthly public meeting in Plain.


911 Memorial observance in Cashmere

The LWFR Aux. has rescheduled its annual Yard Sale for Sept 8, Saturday only, 9-4.  It will be held at Fire Station 93 on Beaver Valley Road next to Beaver Valley School in Plain.

Come join us for this wonderful event and fundraiser!

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Cougar Creek Fire Evac Levels Lowered

Cougar Creek Evacuation Level Change August 27, 2018
Cougar Creek Wildfire

Announcements – 9:15am Aug 27

Chelan County Fire District 9, the Chelan County Sheriff’s office and the PNW3 Type 1 Incident management team
overseeing the Cougar Creek Fire have evaluated the current evacuation levels in place for the Chiwawa Loop Road community near Plain. The fire threat to residents has diminished significantly over the past two days due to the construction of a solid fire line along much of the western edge of the fire. Effective Monday (08/27/2018) at 9:00am, the Level 2 evacuation status for all of the Chiwawa Loop Road area (including Shugart Flats and Chiwawa River Pines communities) will be lowered to a Level 1 “fire advisory” status. Areas in Plain and Lake Wenatchee which have been at a Level 1 status, will no longer be under any evacuation notification. Residents are asked to continue to monitor fire information daily, should conditions change.

Mail Delivery Info for Level 2 Evac Area

Here is the latest information on Postal Mail delivery for the areas under Level II Evacuation.

For those residents of Chiwawa loop road and Chiwawa River Pines who are on Level 2 evacuation. You can pick up your mail and packages at the post office in Leavenworth. As a second option you can check with the post office about authorizing someone else to pick up your mail for you. As a third option, assuming you are still on level 2 evacuation on Monday August 27th , is to call the post office and ask to have the your mail brought up to between Plain Grocery and Plain Hardware on Tuesday the 28th of August. If you pre arrange on Monday your mail will be available in Plain from Sandra approximately between 11 am and 12:30 PM. Otherwise it will remain at the post office. When the level 2 is reduced mail delivery will resume as normal. Doing one of these three options will reduce Sandra’s delivery volume when the evacuation level is reduced. Please have your ID with you at the Post Office and also have it with you if you meet Sandra on the 28th.

Story Time – The Fires Before Us!.

While dealing with the realities today of fire, smoke and evacuations, this community get together may be an excellent time for sharing and better understanding  our history. The photo is from the 1994 fire.


Please bring yourself, family members, and neighbors for an afternoon of listening and sharing personal stories of experiences living with the reality of wildfire in our Valley.

When: Sunday, August 26, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Community Space at Plain Community Church (Basement Room)
Who: Open to the public. All ages welcome.
What: A time for sharing stories with each other.

Tea and coffee will be provided. A ‘sharing table’ for items will be available, see below.

Bring to share (optional):
• Your favorite comfort food.
• Resources you found to move animals or large pieces of furniture.
• Your individual Ready Set Go! list.
• A favorite poem, song, or prayer.
• Photos (printed).
• Post-it notes to yourself that helped.
• Tips for accommodating the smoke.
• Gratitude for others.

Note: Please put your contact info on photos, etc. You are welcome to print extra copies for sharing with others.

Questions? Contact Plain resident Deb Wadkins at
Can’t make the event and want to send a story to share? Please email Deb.

No RSVP required. FREE event.

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If you’re waiting for your mail, be aware that the postmaster will not permit delivery of mail to the folks within the Level 2 evacuation notice. The postmaster said that the level could go from a 2 to a 3 in a heartbeat and he/she does not want them in danger or clog up the road when people are getting out.