An Aero Methow Rescue Service Program


Hayley Riach

Available & Affordable Housing 

​Since organizing in July of 2014, Methow Valley Long Term Recovery (MVLTR) has identified the issue of housing availability and affordability as an important factor underlying the community’s ability to respond and recover from a disaster, and a central tenant of long-term community resilience, vitality and economic viability. 

As such, the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Board of Directors, a diverse group community and business leaders, has prioritized housing as an area of strategic focus and is seeking a consultant team to conduct an assessment of the housing market and develop an action plan in response to those needs. 

Click here for the Request for Proposals.


MVLTR: A Story of Recovery

Lifesong Photography

Twig Wheeler

Your Help Needed

Nearly a year after the fire, many residents remain homeless. There are many ways to help.  Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference. 

Methow Valley Long Term Recovery


Mission:to collaborate in ensuring that the diverse disaster recovery needs of our community are fully met following the historic wildfire and flooding events of 2014 while also planning efficiently for strategic investments and actions required to ensure that the Methow Valley is better prepared for future disasters. 

We are dedicated to:

  1. Coordinating efforts to secure funding and other resources needed for the recovery;
  2. Establishing principles and policies for redevelopment;
  3. Leading long term community and regional planning efforts
  4. Ensuring transparency and accountability in the investment of recovery funds;
  5. Communicating plans and progress to the community.
  6. Establishing a lasting community framework for future disaster eventsCollaborating with other community level Longterm recovery organizations


    MVLTR Committees:

    Agriculture and Land
    Disaster Preparedness
    Economic and Business
    Local Government
    Public Safety
    Unmet Needs

The story of the 2014 and 2015 wildfires and floods is one of devastation and difficulty—and also of hope, cooperation and love. In July of 2014, the Carlton Complex Fire devastated 293 homes. In 2015, the Okanogan Complex Fire,  the largest wildfire complex in Washington's history, burned 45 primary residences, 49 cabins and 60 outbuildings. Most tragic, however, was the loss of life of three fire fighters, and the serious injury of one. 
In 2014, even as fires still raged on our hillsides, several groups of community leaders came together to start a conversation: How will we recover? How will we prepare for the next crisis?

These groups quickly evolved to become Methow Valley Long Term Recovery, and Pateros Brewster Long Term Recovery. Since their formation, these groups have collectively spent thousands of hours learning about the impacts of the disasters, securing resources to help our communities, and sketching a roadmap to recovery. A county-wide group, the Okanogan Complex Long Term Recovery Group, with representatives from throughout the region formed to work on recovery efforts across the county.

The fires and floods dramatically affected people, land and livelihoods. But our communities have stood strong and united to focus on recovery, and to prepare for future events.

The MethowReady campaign is one of the ways that the Methow Valley has focused efforts on the future—making sure that when disaster strikes, our community will be better prepared.