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UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Wildfire burning 70,000 acres closes I-90 near Vantage; Spokane wakes up to smoky skies

A wildfire in Kittitas County has burned 70,000 acres and closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Vantage. The Boylston fire is among several that are scorching scrubland and wheat …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Upriver Beacon fire likely damaged popular mountain biking trails

The fires that burned more than 100 acres of land, destroyed at least one home and forced hundreds of evacuations will also impact the local mountain biking community.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Upriver Beacon fire largely contained; three structures lost

Firefighters said Thursday morning that the Upriver Beacon fire has been largely contained.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

Evacuated residents return to homes as crews mop up fire on Beacon Hill

People returned to their homes in the Beacon Hill area Wednesday morning after a fast-moving wildfire burned more than 115 acres and forced evacuations.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

Nearly 800 homes evacuated as wildfire engulfs home north of Upriver Drive

Hundreds of Spokane County residents who live north of the Upriver Dam were forced to evacuate late Tuesday afternoon by a fast-moving wildfire that quickly consumed 200 acres.


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Crews work to contain 2,400-acre fire near Colville Reservation; evacuation notices lifted for regions near Soap Lake

The Rattlesnake fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation near Lake Roosevelt is about 40-percent contained, fire officials said Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Vantage evacuation lifted as wildfires near Columbia River burn brush and grass

Two wildfires sparked Tuesday in Central Washington, their flames coming close to major highways and forcing evacuations.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Red flag warning in Spokane due to overnight, morning thunderstorms

Forecasted wind gusts reaching 50 mph and lightning could combine to spark wildfires in the Columbia Basin, on the Palouse and near Spokane, the National Weather Service warned. The warning …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Reg Flag Warning issued in Spokane County and surrounding areas until Saturday

Spokane will be under a Red Flag Warning from 2 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Saturday morning. A Red Flag Warning signals a high risk for fire. Windy weather, low …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Crews battle fires near Liberty Lake, Cheney

Fire crews near Liberty Lake and Cheney are battling a pair of fires, both several acres in size that were reported within an hour of each other Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Fire crews prevent large fire in Kittitas County from threatening town of Vantage

Fire crews were able to contain a large fire burning north of Interstate 90 in Kittitas County from threatening structures in the town of Vantage.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

Officials: Idaho as ready as possible for wildfire season

Idaho is as prepared as possible for the approaching wildfire season, with fire crews and air resources strategically placed, more ranchers signing up to help fight fires and two state-owned …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Firefighters contain Soap Lake fire, crews head home today

Firefighters at a fire near Soap Lake kept the blaze within designated boundaries Wednesday despite gusty winds, according to a news release from Washington State Patrol. The fire was 90 …


‘Challenging’ fire season predicted for Washington

Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

State resources mobilized to fight Soap Lake Fire in Grant County

State fire resources have been tapped to fight the Soap Lake Fire, burning 5 miles north of the town of Soap Lake in Grant County.