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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Lands commissioner seeks $55M for wildfires, forests

Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner wants lawmakers to increase the amount of money that the state spends to fight wildfires and prevent future blazes.


Outdoor burning on DNR land banned statewide

The state Department of Natural Resources will prohibit outdoor burning statewide effective Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Authorities issue search warrant for Mead man suspected in several fires since 2015

Authorities have issued a search warrant for a 22-year-old Mead man suspected of setting a number of fires over the past three years, including a 2015 fire that cost $2 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Small fire contained off Aubrey L. White Parkway

Fire crews responded to a fire in the vicinity of Aubrey L. White Parkway just west of intersection with Rifle Club Road Wednesday evening.


Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says

The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.


Wildfires in central Washington cover more than 6,000 acres

Two wildfires burning in north central Washington have consumed more than 6,000 acres.


Spurred by Oso landslide, Washington puts topo maps online

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is following through with a key safety recommendation that arose in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide, as it starts to post intricate topographical maps …


Brush fire near Spokane Valley YMCA quickly extinguished

A brush fire behind the Spokane Valley YMCA was put out quickly Friday after a heavy response by the Spokane Valley Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources.


Fire danger now high in Spokane and Okanogan counties

The fire danger has increased to “high” in Spokane and Okanogan Counties, leading the Department of Natural Resources to ban campfires at Leader Lake Campground in Okanogan County.


Verner, Upthegrove top lands commissioner field

Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but …


2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe

The nation’s top wildfire-fighting official says the 2016 season isn’t expected to be as bad as last year, when a record 15,800 square miles burned nationwide.


The John Wayne Pioneer Trail on track for a state park strategic plan

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail – the eastern portion of a cross-state abandoned Milwaukee railway purchased by the state in 1981 – is on track for a state park strategic …


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 …


Burning banned on all Washington state forestland

Burning is now banned on all Washington State owned land.


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 …


Airway Heights prisoner dies clearing DNR land

An Airway Heights prison inmate died today while clearing land for the state Department of Natural Resources.


Crash involving DNR truck diverts traffic for three hours

A two-vehicle collision involving a Department of Natural Resources vehicle blocked State Route 291 for several hours Tuesday afternoon.


Wash.’s new Discover Pass slow to be discovered by masses

Despite statewide media reports for the past several months, people are still showing up at Washington state parks with no clue that a Discover Pass has been required for vehicles …


County receives conservation list

Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program may get a new, narrower target for acquiring public open-space land.


Park planned near Long Lake

It was Scott Chaney of Suncrest who first eyed the 40 acres of state Department of Natural Resources land just a short walk from where he lives on the shore …