TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Lightning storms start fires in Washington forests

PUBLIC LANDS --Monday's afternoon thunderstorms led to many lightning strikes across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and surrounding lands starting several new fires, the Forest Service reports. Response crews were dispatched immediately. See the report on small fires also reported on the Colville National Forest. In...

MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

Lightning kills two in two days in Colorado park

OUTDOOR HAZARDS -- Lightning storms beat the odds over the weekend, killing two and injuring at least 10 in Rocky Mountain National Park. A woman was killed by a lightning strike on Friday and then on Saturday in the same area another person was killed,...


Lightning: flashy way to die outdoors

OUTDOOR SAFETY -- Name the safest place to seek refuge if you are outdoors and a lighting storm moves in? Answer: An automobile -- totally safe, unless a tree blows down on top of you. This is Lightning Awareness Week, so be aware. Sure, you...

MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

Norman Maclean had high perspective on lightning

MOUNTAIN STORMS -- If you haven’t read Norman Maclean’s “USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky,” Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune recommends it, and so do I. It is one of the “other stories” in his book “A River...

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Hikers in 3 national parks felled by lightning

HIKING -- Thunder storms throughout the West this week took a heavy toll, setting fires and raising havoc in several ways. The strangest detail: Hikers in three national parks were injured or killed within a 30-hour period. See the stories about this week's lightning strike...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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