Stories tagged: Department of Natural Resources
Wed., June 13, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
‘Challenging’ fire season predicted for Washington
Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.
Tue., June 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
State must replace hundreds more culverts to save salmon
U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a decision that put Washington on the hook for replacing hundreds of culverts in an effort to save salmon while refusing to order federal government …
UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 8:42 p.m.
State readies air attack for wildfire season
Washington Department of Natural Resources prepares its fleet of Hueys for wildfire season.
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
State taking positive steps to stem wildfires
The DNR plan points to prescribed burns, thinning and the steady harvesting of small-diameter trees to help restore forest health.
Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
Judge sides with developers of Washington coal terminal
A judge says Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought by developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington.
Fri., Sept. 22, 2017
Fire danger still high despite recent rain
Fire danger is still listed as high in most of Eastern Washington despite the welcome rain that has been falling this week.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 6:34 p.m.
100 firefighters on scene as blaze west of Medical Lake grows to over 200 acres
A fire burning west of Medical Lake Sunday afternoon has quickly grew to over 200 acres in size.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 8:40 p.m.
Evacuations for brush fire near Colville canceled
A fast moving brush fire near Colville briefly prompted a Level 3 evacuation notice for residents on Gold Creek Loop Road Friday, but the notice was canceled.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 9:47 p.m.
Authorities searching for inmates who escaped fire crew near Oregon border
Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped a fire work crew near Goldendale, near the Oregon border about 70 miles south of Yakima.
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
Noisy Creek Fire near Sullivan Lake grows to about 1,700 acres; no structures threatened
A fire burning far north of Spokane in Pend Oreille County near Sullivan Lake grew to about 1,700 acres Monday night.
UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Snag Fire burning along U.S. Highway 195 south of Spokane mostly contained, fire crews say
The Snag fire burning south of Spokane along U.S. Highway 195 is mostly contained, fire crews said Sunday.
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 9:07 p.m.
Brush fire threatens home in Stevens County
A wind driven brush fire was threatening one home near Addy in Stevens County Tuesday evening.
Fri., April 21, 2017, 5 a.m.
Washington looking to save 1 million acres from wildfires
State will look for ways to save timberlands from catastrophic wildfires.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 4:15 a.m.
Review of fatal Twisp fire calls for more training, possible change to policy on protecting rural homes
High temperatures and drought created an explosive fire season in Washington in 2015. Fires across the state raged out of control, including one outside of Twisp that killed three U.S. …
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 6:57 p.m.
Washington DNR deciding whether to add aquatic land to Cherry Point reserve
The state of Washington is deciding whether to protect 45 acres of aquatic lands that had been set aside for a proposed coal-export shipping terminal at Cherry Point.
Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, 9 p.m.
25 years later, lessons from 1991 firestorm make a difference
The fires Oct. 16, 1991, which came collectively to be known as “Firestorm,” ravaged the Spokane area. Fueled by 60 mph winds and 41 days without rain, 92 separate blazes …
Sat., Oct. 15, 2016
Habib, McLaughlin for state offices
In the primary races for lieutenant governor and lands commissioner, the editorial board selected candidates who didn’t advance to the general election. The following are our reassessments in those contests. …
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Washington officials seek large expansions of two conservation areas
Washington state officials want to expand two conservation areas with financial assistance from the U.S. Navy, which has concerns about development hampering underwater research.
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, 9:26 p.m.
After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest
After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
DNR uses new forecasting tool to pinpoint hot spots for wildfires
DNR uses new forecasting tool to pinpoint hot spots for wild fires.
Tue., July 5, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
Crowded lands commissioner field wants to take on wildfire preparedness
Seven candidates are vying for the position of Washington’s public lands commissioner. It’s the top job at the state Department of Natural Resources, which manages 5.6 million acres of state …
Sun., July 3, 2016
Please obey fireworks bans
As for fireworks, those have been banned in Spokane and most of the county since for more than 20 years, and for good reason. One spark, regardless of the source, …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Washington Department of Natural Resources seeks denial of oil-terminal project
A Washington state agency in charge of protecting millions of acres of state land from wildfires is opposing a proposal to build an oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, citing risks of …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 6:08 p.m.
More than 500 wildland firefighters training in Deer Park
More than 500 firefighters are training this week at Deer Park High School to prepare for another potentially devastating wildfire season.
Sun., May 29, 2016, 6 a.m.
Washington lands commissioner race draws crowd of Democrats
This fall’s race for Washington’s commissioner of public lands – an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land – is hotly contested since …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Man in critical condition after shooting at gun range
A man is in critical condition after a shooting incident at an informal gun range near Nine Mile Falls Friday afternoon.
Fri., April 8, 2016
Editorial: Editorial Roundup: Take care with controlled burns
The success of this program hinges on DNR conducting its due diligence and working with weather forecasters to avoid smoke drifting into cities.
Mon., April 4, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
Washington studying if prescribed burns help prevent wildfires
SEATTLE ) – Washington officials are conducting a pilot program to weigh the benefits of prescribed burns in preventing wildfires. The Seattle Times reported that the state Department of Natural …
Sun., Nov. 1, 2015
Editorial: State must prepare for more big fires
Manpower, training and equipment inadequate for long, hot fire seasons.
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 …