An Interactive Version of the Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan is Now Online!
2014 and 2015 brought the worst wildfire seasons Okanogan County residents and businesses have seen for generations. Record-breaking fires tore through communities, consuming houses, barns, roads, livestock, grazing land—and in many cases people’s livelihoods. Recognizing the 2015 wildfire season as the worst in Washington State’s history, Governor Jay Inslee formed a Wildland Fire Council to offer solutions on fire preparedness, resiliency, response and recovery. Similarly, city-, county- and state-wide groups sprang into action in both 2014 and 2015 to fundraise, rebuild homes and expand emergency services. Among these, the North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD) has initiated a focused planning effort to strengthen wildfire resiliency and further long-term recovery programs, projects and strategies.
As Okanogan County continues the recovery process, residents, businesses, institutions and agencies have begun collaborating and strategizing to enhance wildfire preparedness and economic resiliency. This process begins with assessing local economic impacts, listening carefully to affected communities, and ultimately facilitating action-oriented strategies to both recover from the recent wildfires and strengthen and diversify the County’s economic base to build resilience in the face of future threats. This approach will foster sustainable strategies to strengthen affected communities and preserves their values, identities and spirit.
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NCW Fire Relief Funds program
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The Plan is Online!
Insights & ideas from fire-affected communities were used to generate place-based, action-oriented projects and strategies to set Okanogan County on a path toward sustainable wildfire recovery and resilience. Learn More
The Okanogan Economic Recovery Plan will gather extensive data to measure the economic impact of the 2014-2015 wildfire seasons and uncover opportunities for recovery and diversification.
Map depicting the maximum extent of North Central Washington’s 2014-2015 wildfire seasons – the region’s worst in modern history.
View maps of the fire-affected communities involved in the Okanogan Economic Recovery Plan or visit the Community Portal to view community feedback and comments submitted during development of plan.
Residents, business, agencies, and non-profit groups across the State of Washington are pitching in to help fire-affected communities recover, strengthen and prosper going forward. Project partners in the Okanogan Economic Recovery Plan include: