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Louisiana floods kill three; thousands rescued

Over 1,000 rescues were made after a deluge swamped parts of Louisiana, submerging roads, cars and homes.


Double burnout planned to protect Idaho town from wildfire

Firefighters have set up sprinkler systems on homes in a central Idaho town and also plan to start two simultaneous burnouts Thursday to stop a 78-square-mile wildfire from coming down …


Questions linger after courthouse evacuation; letters sent by felon’s wife

Police have evacuated the Spokane County Courthouse. Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said there was “potential hazmat substance in one of the courtrooms.”


Latest California wildfire burns buildings, spurs evacuation

Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities said.


Fort McMurray residents to start return to wildfire-damaged city

A phased return of more than 80,000 residents of the fire-damaged oil sands city Fort McMurray will begin Wednesday as planned, Alberta’s premier announced Tuesday.


Fire evacuation orders lifted north of Fort McMurray

Alberta officials on Saturday lifted mandatory evacuation orders in some areas north of Fort McMurray, where a raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people and the …


Spain evacuates 9,000 from massive tire fire near Madrid

Spanish officials ordered 9,000 people evacuated Friday night from a large apartment complex after a raging fire at a sprawling tire dump sent spectacular, toxic clouds of black smoke into …


Devastating Alberta wildfire continues to spread

Canadian officials hoped to complete the mass evacuation of work camps north of Alberta’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray on Saturday, fearing a growing wildfire could double in …


Wildfire in Alberta grows to 210,035 acres

A massive, raging wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta has moved south, forcing three more communities to evacuate and an emergency operations center to move again – taking it …


20 Arkansas homes evacuated because of Civil War landmine

Police in Hot Springs, Arkansas, have evacuated about 20 homes after a man mistook a Civil War-era landmine for a cannonball and took it home.


Twisp blaze kills three firefighters as towns evacuate

WINTHROP, Wash. – Three firefighters were killed and four others injured Wednesday as raging wildfires advanced on towns in north-central Washington. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the deaths in …


Firefighters were overtaken by fire after vehicle crash

WINTHROP, Wash. - The U.S. Forest Service closed a large chunk of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River drainage Wednesday due to a forecast of hazardous fire weather and because …


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2015, 2:25 p.m.

Another threat forces evacuation of University High School

University High School was evacuated for the second time this week after a threat was received earlier today.


Evacuations ordered for wildfires north of Keller

Wildfires on Colville tribal lands touched off by weekend lightning have forced six families to seek shelter in Keller, Washington.


Area wildfires break out amid hot, dry conditions

Crews are battling spreading wildfires in Central Washington as dry, breezy and hot conditions raise concerns.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2013, 1:01 p.m.

Pop bottle explosions cause Spokane school evacuation

Two pop bottles exploded this morning inside Spokane’s Ferris High School, prompting officials to evacuate the school. The first bottle blew up near the start of the school day today …


Deer Park students evacuated for bomb threat

A student’s discovery of a bomb threat inside a Deer Park High School bathroom on Wednesday morning sent students home for the day.


33,000 fleeing Guatemala volcano eruption

GUATEMALA CITY — A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions today, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two …


Wildfire threatens scores of homes near Wenatchee

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Firefighters working overnight to protect homes from a 500-acre wildfire near Wenatchee prevented any more structures from being lost, a dispatcher said early this morning. One outbuilding …


Wash. residents return after wildfire evacuations

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Many of the residents who had to flee from a central Washington wildfire are being allowed back into the evacuation area today, not knowing what they’ll …


Firefighters trying to contain Washington wildfire

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Calmer winds have firefighters hoping they can make progress today containing a wildfire that has burned about 70 homes and more than 40 square miles in …


Evacuated residents returning to convent today

Residents evacuated from a northwest Spokane convent on Monday due to a brush fire will be allowed to return today.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2012, 10:34 a.m.

Central Washington wildfire burns dozens of homes

CLE ELUM, Wash. — A fast-moving wildfire burned 60 homes across about 40 square miles of central Washington grassland, timber and sagebrush.


Water line break brings flood

When a water main broke Monday afternoon under West Houston Avenue, the pressure shattered asphalt like glass, broke a gas line and opened a 10-foot-wide crater in the road. Water …


Lake City High School “all clear” following bomb threat

Lake City High School was declared “all clear” by police around 3 p.m. following a bomb threat discovered by school officials this morning.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 26, 2011, 11:25 a.m.

Irene evacuations, transit shutdown ordered in NYC

Nearly 300,000 New York City residents were told today to get out of their homes in a first-ever mandatory evacuation as officials ordered an unprecedented shutdown of the city’s mass …


Japan nuclear emergency workers to return to plant

Emergency workers forced to retreat from a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return Wednesday night after emissions dropped to safer levels.


Radiation level soars after Japan nuke plant fire

Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors today after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the …


Former Spokane residents say they’re safe in Egypt

Former Spokane residents living in Cairo reported they were safe on Thursday despite reported attacks on foreigners and journalists by pro-government groups. The violent turn, however, has forced the Rev. …


Former Spokane residents will leave Cairo

Former Spokane residents living in Cairo reported they were safe on Thursday despite reported attacks on foreigners and journalists by pro-government groups. The violent turn, however, has forced the Rev. …