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Washington’s rural communities could receive more federal dollars to recover from wildfires

New bill would help rural communities devastated by wildfires that currently do not qualify for federal aid.


Wenaha trails get TLC after 2015 wildfires

The smoke is long gone from the wildfires that closed much of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness last summer, but concerns linger for hikers, hunters and horse groups.


Recovery is slow for families affected by Carpenter Road fire in 2015

With another fire season looming, families in Stevens County are still trying to recover from last summer’s devastating Carpenter Road wildfire.


In Cape Horn fire, band of residents helped save neighborhood

The Cape Horn Fire near Bayview, Idaho, was sparked one year ago this week and quickly blew up into a dangerous and fast-moving wildfire. With smoke and flames bearing down …


After yearlong probe, answers expected soon in cause of Cape Horn fire

The residents of Bayview and homeowners along Cape Horn Road have waited a year for answers to what nearly was a catastrophic wildfire for the community on the south end …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 3:41 p.m.

Colville Forest turns to timber company to lower fire danger

In a pilot project that has attracted national attention – and some controversy – the Colville National Forest has turned to a timber company to help it restore the forest.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2015, 10:57 p.m.

Washington official asks for millions more to boost firefighting efforts

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark used charred hillsides from the Rutter Canyon Fire north of Spokane Wednesday as the backdrop to announce a $24 million proposal to strengthen state …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 9:28 p.m.

FEMA: No federal aid to Washington homeowners burned out by wildfires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denies aid to individual homeowners burned out by last summer’s wildfires in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 8:21 p.m.

Eight counties, Colville Tribe getting disaster aid for wildfires

Some counties and the Colville tribe will get disaster aid to cover part of the costs of this summer’s historic wildfires.


Forest Service chief: ‘We’re going to need to act’ to address Western wildfires

Poor forest conditions leave areas prone to disease and wildfire, which results in more severe fire seasons. But this year, as it has eight times in the last 13 years, …


Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of …


Arsonist started Carpenter Road Fire, authorities say

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 64,000 acres of land in Stevens County and on the Spokane Indian reservation was started by an arsonist, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said …


Some fire restrictions in region being eased

An area closed by wildfires southeast of Republic on the Colville National Forest was reopened on Wednesday. The temporary emergency closure issued for the Thirteen Mile and Hall Creek area …


Colville Reservation residents still displaced as wildfires burn

OMAK, Wash. – Their wives and children had evacuated earlier, packing in haste and driving down dirt roads obscured by smoke from the advancing fire. “Don’t worry about the flat-screen …


Tucannon Fire completely contained

A fire that burned more than 2,600 acres in Columbia County is now contained, the Washington State Patrol said Thursday.


Wildfires can’t break spirit of elderly residents

REPUBLIC, Wash. – The cancer has returned with a vengeance, the headaches are constant, debilitating. Bob Faller is dying, soon. Doctors deem him lucky if he celebrates New Year’s.


Hot, dry Spokane summer breaks records

It’s official. The three-month span from June 1 through Aug. 31 was the hottest and the driest summer on record in Spokane. The hot and dry conditions have caused extreme …


Washington wildfires ‘creeping’ in improved weather

The cooler weather with occasional rain showers this week has slowed the advance of numerous wildfires in the region, allowing crews to devote more efforts to create fire lines to …


Airway Heights Corrections Center crew finds firefighting rewarding on several levels

The morning after a brush fire off Geiger Boulevard burned a few acres near the highway, the men of Heights 43 got to work. Wearing heavy black boots and green …


Ranchers face loss of livestock, livelihoods in Washington fires

DANVILLE, Wash. – The burned carcasses blend into the scorched landscape, just more black and ash among the haunting outline of trees. “There she is,” rancher Doug Grumbach says, pointing …


Eye on Boise: Idaho board looks to rule out outlandish park names

After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative …


High winds, fire leave exhausted town of Republic ‘tense’

The massive fire marching toward Republic, Washington, stayed out of the town on Saturday. “I don’t see any flames coming over the top of the hill,” Republic City Councilman Larry …


Huckleberries: Kootenai County GOP too extreme for committeeman

First, you need to know that retired Army National Guard Maj. Andrew Whipple served his country in Iraq during the dicey period from November 2004 until December 2005. The Kootenai …


After windstorm, Republic is safe (at least for now)

The largest bursts of wind have blown through Republic, and fire remained out of the town late this afternoon.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 29, 2015, 8:14 p.m.

Evacuations downgraded for Tower Fire near Priest Lake

Officials overseeing the Tower fire in Pend Oreille County escalated evacuations this afternoon as high winds made tracking the 29-square-mile fire difficult.


Heat delays county road work

The dangerous wildfire season, which sidelined Spokane County road crews in May, and continued dry conditions means it’s unlikely any maintenance work will be done on unpaved roads in the …


Wellpinit School District delays start date again due to fire

The Wellpinit School District will delay the start of the school year again, based on the recommendation of officials who are overseeing firefighting efforts in the area.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 28, 2015, 5:41 p.m.

New mandatory evacuations ordered near Okanogan Complex, North Star Fire

New mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for areas near the North Star Fire and Okanogan Complex.


Shawn Vestal: Better preparation for wildfires would help in fighting them

As we welcome firefighters from Australia to help battle this year’s tragic, costly and historic wildfires, it’s worth asking ourselves whether we’re doing enough to protect our own state. State …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, 8:34 p.m.

Fire burning near Interstate 90

A fire is burning on about 10 acres west of Spokane along Interstate 90.