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An access road leads into plot of land located in north Darrington that could potentially be used to build a 30-acre Wood Innovation Center, which will house CLT manufacturing and modular building companies on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Despite Forterra drama, Darrington timber center still a go

The Darrington Wood Innovation Center is set to manufacture cross-laminated timber for modular homes.

 

People throw sticks for their dog along Edgewater Beach while a ferry emerges from smoke covering Possession Sound on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Worst I’ve ever seen it’: As smoke floods region, Darrington AQI tops 450

Wildfire smoke blanketed the region in one last hurrah Wednesday. Meteorologists predict weekend rains will bring relief.

 

Cars drive along a smokey Mountain Loop Highway on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wildfires flood Western Washington with smoky skies

Air quality in Darrington was ranked the worst in the state Friday. Most of the region was in a red flag warning.

 

A helicopter drops water on one of three wildfires burning east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)

Wildfires grow east of Darrington, closing trails ahead of Labor Day

Several thousand acres in the Cascades — over 180 near Darrington — were burning this week as a long weekend approached.

A helicopter drops water on one of three wildfires burning east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)
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Community meeting planned Thursday for Darrington fires

A red flag warning was in effect until midnight Wednesday, as the forecast in the coming days looks dry.

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The Suiattle River Fire east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)

3 wildfires near Suiattle River grow from 200 acres to 1,300-plus

The acreage burning northeast of Darrington multiplied over the weekend. Cooler weather moderated fire activity.

The Suiattle River Fire east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)
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Air quality back to normal, but fires continue to burn near Darrington

The Boulder Lake, Lake Toketie and Suiattle River fires have been burning in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest since mid-August.

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PCT thru-hiker Manny pulls out a hot pizza at Washington Alpine Club’s Guye Cabin near Snoqualmie Pass on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

The Thru-Hiker’s Diet: PCT hikers devour calories to fuel 100 marathons

On a 2,650-mile journey, what does a hiker eat? Ramen bombs. Sour Patch Kids. Tortillas stuffed with Lucky Charms.

PCT thru-hiker Manny pulls out a hot pizza at Washington Alpine Club’s Guye Cabin near Snoqualmie Pass on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)
The map shows the location of three wildfires burning in remote forested areas northeast of Darrington. (Washington State Department of Natural Resources)

Trails close as 3 wildfires burn on slopes northeast of Darrington

There was no immediate threat to populated areas. Multiple trailheads and campgrounds have been closed for public safety.

The map shows the location of three wildfires burning in remote forested areas northeast of Darrington. (Washington State Department of Natural Resources)
The summit of Mt. Pugh in late July 2022. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)

Skagit County dentist dies in fall on Mt. Pugh near Darrington

Matthew Gifford, 56, died of blunt force injuries Aug. 13, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday.

The summit of Mt. Pugh in late July 2022. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
People begin to gather on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the North Mountain Fire Lookout north of Darrington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘A labor of love’: Restoration of lookout north of Darrington now complete

Volunteers spent eight years repairing the 57-year-old North Mountain Fire Lookout. Last week, they gathered to celebrate.

People begin to gather on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the North Mountain Fire Lookout north of Darrington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teenagers tube the waters of the Pilchuck River Wednesday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on July 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

28 cooling centers open in Snohomish County amid weeklong heat wave

Some places will get into the upper 90s. Firefighters are bracing for swift water rescues, heat stroke and more.

Teenagers tube the waters of the Pilchuck River Wednesday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on July 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Teenagers tube the waters of the Pilchuck River Wednesday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on July 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Heat wave to be a scorcher, especially for inland Snohomish County

Officials share tips on how to beat the heat, prevent fires and stay safe at your favorite swimming hole.

Teenagers tube the waters of the Pilchuck River Wednesday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on July 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tom Nechville and Linda Leavitt jam together in the shade on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Darrington Bluegrass Music Park in Darrington, Washington. Nechville and Leavitt, both now living in Oregon, are visiting the festival for the first time this year. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

They’re strumming, picking, and jamming again in Darrington

After a two-year hiatus, the Darrington Bluegrass Festival returns. The music tradition is turning 45.

Tom Nechville and Linda Leavitt jam together in the shade on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Darrington Bluegrass Music Park in Darrington, Washington. Nechville and Leavitt, both now living in Oregon, are visiting the festival for the first time this year. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald) 2019

Forest Service green-lights new seismometers at remote Glacier Peak

The volcano has potential to be one of the deadliest in the nation. Four new monitors could avert catastrophe.

Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald) 2019
A family escaped a house fire early Thursday morning in downtown Darrington, but their pets died. (Darrington Fire District)

Family escapes but pets die in Darrington house fire

The downtown home was destroyed. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating.

A family escaped a house fire early Thursday morning in downtown Darrington, but their pets died. (Darrington Fire District)
The car in the Sauk River around May 10 outside Darrington. (Contributed / Jon Allen)

It ‘doesn’t belong’: Crashed car still in wild and scenic Sauk River

The vehicle has been there for six weeks. One man wants it gone, but officials say the river is too dangerous.

The car in the Sauk River around May 10 outside Darrington. (Contributed / Jon Allen)
The Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls remains closed beyond Barlow Pass. (Snohomish County)

Oops, Mountain Loop Highway only partly open

A miscommunication led Snohomish County to misstate how much of the road is open.

The Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls remains closed beyond Barlow Pass. (Snohomish County)
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A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.

14-mile scenic stretch of Mountain Loop Highway opens early

The highway between Granite Falls and Darrington reopened to traffic on Friday due to good weather.

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A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.
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3.6-magnitude earthquake jars awake Darrington residents

The quake and aftershocks did not cause any serious damage. They’re reminders of dozens of faults that lie below.

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