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Caught in the crossfire: Hunters fired near Aussie firefighters battling Miriam Fire

Federal authorities said two hunters were cited after they entered a closed area and fired their rifles in the direction of firefighters who were battling a wildfire near the White …


Fallen firefighters memorial offers solemn remembrance, as 9/11 anniversary approaches

Deputy Chief Kirk Carpenter of the Nampa Fire Department told the crowd at the annual Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony on Friday that he’s a third-generation firefighter, following in the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

UI study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

An online survey that drew some 400 firefighters mostly identified mental and physical fatigue as the primary cause of injuries to firefighters who are often confronted with a changing, dangerous …


Rehab units help firefighters with overexertion, dehydration

Rehabilitation units provide both a mandated and a vital service for firefighters – giving them respite from the heat and weather, fluids and energy snacks, and medical evaluations before going …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Quick response saves burning house from ruin; one firefighter injured

An early morning house fire displaced a family and damaged a house Sunday at 808 E. Bridgeport Ave.


Elite Native American crew fights fires, serves community

Members of the Warm Springs Hotshots were getting ready to head home when the radio buzzed – a wildfire had started – and the elite crew launched into motion to …


Hanford fire captains say their paychecks have been shortchanged

A dozen current or former Hanford fire captains or platoon sergeants are suing their employer over pay.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

All-female firefighter crew is a milestone for Fire District 10

Spokane County Fire District 10 has been trying to organize an all-female crew for months. Last week, it pulled it off.


Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in …


Two firefighters killed, 3 injured in West Virginia accident

Two West Virginia firefighters were killed and three others were injured when a volunteer fire department’s truck flipped while responding to a call about a highway accident that also had …


2 firefighters killed, 3 injured trying to reach fatal wreck

Two West Virginia firefighters were killed and three others were injured when a volunteer fire department’s truck flipped while responding to a call about a highway accident that also had …


Colorado firefighters pluck baby foxes from storm drain

Firefighters in Colorado plucked eight animals they thought were puppies from a storm drain, only to find out later they were young red foxes.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Firefighters battling wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska

Firefighters are battling dozens of wildfires in Kansas and Nebraska that have erupted since the weekend, even as calmer winds on Wednesday helped contain or extinguish most of them.


Legislature votes to ban cancer-causing foam used to fight fires

Cancer-causing chemicals like the ones threatening West Plains water supplies would be banned for firefighters starting in 2020.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Boy seeking toy climbs into arcade claw machine. Firefighters save the day.

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville, Florida, Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

For firefighters, bitter weather creates its own hazards

A cold snap that has plunged much of the nation into a deep freeze for weeks has also created a potentially deadly combination for firefighters: More fires caused by space …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 7:52 a.m.

Investigation underway after contaminants found in Spokane Fire Department air compressors

The state is investigating Eastern Washington’s largest fire department after contaminants reportedly were found in firefighters’ air tanks.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

California fire crews, homeowners brace for return of winds

After a welcome lull in powerful winds that drove Southern California’s massive wildfire, crews and homeowners were bracing Wednesday for the return of potentially dangerous gusts that could revive the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

Flames threaten coastal communities as firefighters mourn

Firefighters trying to prevent one of the biggest fires in California’s history from consuming homes in Santa Barbara and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito were hoping less powerful wind …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become normal in California

A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 2:16 p.m.

Idaho firefighters heading to California to help with fires

Idaho fire departments are sending firefighters to help with blazes in Southern California.


Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review

Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of …


Fire District 3 sends crew, engine to help in California

In response to a call for assistance, Clark County Fire District 3 on Friday afternoon sent an engine to respond to the fires ravaging Northern California.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

State resources approved to battle Whitehall Fire burning south of Coulee City

State resources were approved Saturday to battle the so-called Whitehall Fire burning about eight miles southwest of Coulee City in Douglas County.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Montana firefighting costs approach $400M

The cost of fighting wildfires in Montana is approaching $400 million at the tail end of the state’s worst wildfire season in two decades.


Union: Thousands of firefighters didn’t work during Harvey

Thousands of Houston firefighters were told to stay home at the height of Harvey’s flooding even as calls for help overwhelmed 911 dispatchers, the president of the city’s firefighters union …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Firefighters battle large fire in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood

Lower Manhattan has filled with acrid smoke from a large fire in a building just a few blocks from the World Trade Center.


Firefighters make slow progress against Oregon’s big blazes

Firefighters in southern Oregon on Tuesday gained a toehold on a fire burning near the coastal town of Brookings but new evacuations were ordered after a flare-up on a different …


Three firefighters injured in fire-engine crash

Authorities say three firefighters working on a blaze southwest of Medford were injured when a fire engine crashed.