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Judge dismisses case against state over Carlton Complex fire

A judge in north-central Washington has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Washington state of negligence for failing to contain one of the state’s largest wildfires in 2014.


Grant will help map Northwest wildfire threats

Mapping where severe wildfires are likely to occur in the Northwest is the focus of a $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant. The four-year grant will help researchers at the …


Central Washington residents say Natural Resources failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

OLYMPIA – Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday. While …


Shawn Vestal: Wildfire lawsuit claims sound far-fetched but are hard to dismiss

Is the state to blame for the wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes in north-central Washington last summer? Did the bureaucrats who run the Department of Natural Resources purposely let …


Arson arrests made in connection with Carlton Complex fire

Two men were arrested in Okanogan County and charged with arson for setting a backburn that failed and helped spread the devastating fire that scorched much of the Methow Valley …


More arson suspects arrested in Okanogan fires

Two more arrests were made in Okanogan County for helping spread the devastating fire that scorched much of the Methow Valley last month, bringing the total number of people in …


EWU aiding students affected by wildfire through hardship fund

OMAK, Wash. – Morgan and Cheyenne Stolp never thought they would have to lift a pig. But when fire raced overnight from Winthrop to their family’s rangeland in Twisp, the …


Feds deny disaster aid to individual Washington wildfire victims

President Barack Obama denied a request Tuesday for disaster aid to individuals who lost homes and property in the Central Washington wildfires less than a day after approving a disaster …


Inslee files request for federal fire disaster aid

OLYMPIA – Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a request to the federal government. …


State seeks major disaster aid for fires

Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover the losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee says in a request to the federal government.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 5, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Cub burned in wildfire flown to care center

WENATCHEE - Thursday evening - two weeks after the Carlton Complex fires roared around his home near Methow - Steve Love befriended a young bear cub who had suffered severe …


Gardening: Maintenance, landscaping best bet to protect home from wildfire

The statistics are staggering: 303 homes burned, 250,000 acres scorched. The Carlton Complex fire is the largest wildfire in Washington history and it’s still burning. It’s a matter of “when” …


Evacuations ordered as new fire flares in Methow Valley

WINTHROP, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee flew to the Methow Valley to talk with local officials about recovering from last week’s fires that are slowly being contained in Central Washington. …


During Inslee visit, new wildfire flares near Winthrop

As Gov. Jay Inslee’s small turboprop plane touched down at the Methow Valley airport, a new wind-whipped blaze, started by sparks from the rim of a flattened trailer tire dragged …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 1, 2014, 5:19 p.m.

New fire burning near Winthrop

A new fire is burning near Winthrop, Washington, sparked by a flat tire on a trailer.


Gardening: Tips can help protect home from wildfire

The statistics are staggering: 303 homes burned, 250,000 acres scorched. The Carlton Complex fire is the largest wildfire in Washington history and it’s still burning. It’s a matter of “when” …


EWU authorizes aid for students affected by fire

Eastern Washington University students affected by the largest wildfire in state history could get some financial relief this fall. The school has authorized $250,000 in aid and begun fundraising efforts …


Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. — A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated.


Carlton Complex fire 52 percent contained

OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday.


In Carlton Complex fire’s wake, orchards survive

Fruit orchards tucked along riverbanks and hillsides in north-central Washington largely escaped damage as massive wildfires raced through the region. At times during the harshest advances of the blaze, the …


Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control. With more rain in the forecast, …


Weather helps firefighters in Methow Valley

Favorable weather Tuesday helped more than 2,100 firefighters begin to contain the devastating wildfire in Okanogan County. The blaze, known as the Carlton Complex fire, has scorched 250,136 acres, or …


Forecast brings firefighters hope

Cooler weather and calmed winds aided firefighters attempting to corral the largest wildfire in Washington state history. With more than 240,000 acres of the scenic Methow Valley area blackened and …


Firefighters trying to contain Carlton Complex fire

Many of the more than 1,600 firefighters battling the massive Carlton Complex wildfire that has scorched more than 300 square miles of the scenic Methow Valley will focus their efforts …


Carlton Complex fire’s shift signals relief in Washington’s Methow Valley

BREWSTER, Wash. – The devastating wildfire that has displaced hundreds of people and burned about 150 homes in north-central Washington slowly moved away from populated areas Sunday, allowing for a …


UPDATED: Sat., July 19, 2014, 4:56 p.m.

New fires burning in Central Washington

Existing fires in Central Washington grew overnight and new fires have begun to burn, stretching emergency responders even further.


Weather outlook not favorable for firefighters

The National Weather Service said today that low humidity and wind will create conditions with “the potential for extreme fire growth… especially in the Columbia Basin.”


Weather hampers firefighting, air quality in region

Little relief is in sight for firefighters trying to contain major wildfires in Central Washington. Hot temperatures and gusting winds are predicted again today after a lightning storm on Monday …


Smoky air should stick around through Sunday

Little relief is in sight for firefighters trying to contain major wildfires in Central Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., July 18, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

Up to 100 homes lost in Washington wildfire

A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said. Okanogan County Sheriff …