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Three Idaho firefighters injured after truck hits gas can, burns

Three Idaho firefighters battling a grass and brush fire threatening homes suffered burns after their firetruck ran over a gas can, engulfing the truck in flames.


Kelli Scott: Gratitude, humility gained through fire

My family’s new house is just finished, still a mess of unpacked boxes and construction dust, but already buzzing like a good home should.


Firefighters make headway as mop-up continues

Barring wind-fanned hotspots, the region’s three big wildfires should remain mostly contained through the weekend as hundreds of firefighters on Saturday continued mop-up across more than 46,600 scorched acres in …


1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

A San Antonio firefighter was killed and two others were seriously hurt while battling a blaze at a strip mall that grew so intense that fire crews were forced to …


Fire captain battles industry’s higher cancer risk, alongside his disease

Jim Brown, an Olympia fire captain who has stage 4 lung cancer, is teaching other firefighters how to avoid what’s happened to him. He was in Spokane April 25 to …


Fire department to get body armor to boost safety

A fire department in Washington state will start using ballistic vests and tactical helmets to better protect its firefighters and paramedics.


UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Firefighters make headway on blaze near Boulder, Colorado

Firefighters made progress Sunday in battling a small wildfire that forced people to flee hundreds of homes in the mountains just outside downtown Boulder, Colorado, and ignited dead trees that …


Pennsylvania fire company turns to ‘naughty bingo’ for cash

A Pennsylvania volunteer fire company is turning to titillation to raise money. The Hometown Volunteer Fire Company in Schuylkill County is getting ready to host its second adults-only naughty bingo …


Two injured as crews battle fire at apartments in Seattle area

Authorities say two firefighters were injured as crews battled a large blaze at an apartment complex under construction north of Seattle in the suburb of Lynnwood.


Family thanks Yakima firefighters for saving them from apartment fire

A man and his granddaughter who were rescued from a fatal apartment fire took time Thursday to thank the firefighters who saved them.


Spokane fire captain contests discipline after incident with patient

A Spokane firefighter is contesting a three-shift suspension he received after being charged with assaulting a patient on a medical call.


Firefighters from across U.S. battle Appalachian wildfires

Many of the nation’s largest active wildfires Thursday were burning in the southern Appalachian mountains, where a relentless drought has turned pine trees into torches and forced evacuations in dozens …


Pullman firefighters pull man from burning apartment

An alert neighbor and quick actions by Pullman firefighters likely saved the life of a 57-year-old man this morning.


Gas explosion rocks Portland shopping district, injuring 8

Fire officials in Oregon say in a tweet that “multiple firefighters” were injured in a blast that rocked a northwest Portland neighborhood as utility workers were repairing a damaged gas …


Spokane Fire Department has hired one woman in the past 18 years, prompting calls for better recruitment

Bridget Blackmore is the only woman hired by the Spokane Fire Department in the past 18 years, a number reflective of other departments across the country as officials sound the …


1 firefighter dies, 9 other firefighters and 6 police officers hurt in NYC explosion

New York City’s fire commissioner says a blast that took the life of a battalion chief also injured nine other firefighters and six police officers.


9/11 flag believed to be lost found in Washington state

EVERETT – A U.S. flag that turned up in Washington state in 2014 is believed to be the flag that was raised by firefighters above the site of the 9/11 …


Crews battling 35 large, uncontained wildfires in the West

Thirty-five large, uncontained wildfires are burning in the West, and firefighters are making initial attacks on another 112 new fires trying to prevent them from getting big.


Stray bullets blamed for wildfire in west-central Idaho

Investigators say bullets from a gun club may have started a large wildfire in west-central Idaho.


Crews make major gains against Southern California wildfire

Firefighters were on the offensive Friday as they worked to expand significant gains against a huge wildfire that chased thousands of people from their homes in Southern California.


Crews work to protect central Idaho ghost town from wildfire

Firefighters on Friday are working on structure protection at the central Idaho ghost town of Pioneerville as a 134-square-mile wildfire approaches.


Evacuated residents in limbo as wildfire burns in California

Air tankers bombarded rugged slopes with fire retardant Thursday and a squadron of helicopters dropped load after load of water to corral a destructive wildfire threatening mountain homes 60 miles …


New wildfire spreads at staggering pace in California

Fire crews gained ground on a massive Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 175 homes, businesses and other structures and charred nearly 7 square miles, fire officials said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 1:40 p.m.

Double burnout starts to stop fire from reaching Idaho town

Firefighters have started two simultaneous burnouts trying to stop an 81-square-mile wildfire that on Friday moved to within a few miles of a small town in mountainous central Idaho.


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 …


Crews working to bolster fire lines on blaze east of Boise

Fire bosses in southwest Idaho called in retardant bombers Wednesday morning as well as additional firefighters in an attempt to strengthen containment lines on a blaze burning in grass and …


Six New Jersey firefighters exposed to chemicals, hospitalized

Six New Jersey firefighters who were exposed to a “chemical haze” pouring out of a warehouse have been taken to a hospital.


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.


Report reveals cause of Twisp fire

An investigation by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources found that tree branches rubbing on a power line started the 2015 blaze near Twisp that killed three firefighters.


Naked chimney man rescued at Iowa business

Carrie Sapp teased her husband, Brad, about being afraid of ghosts when he said he heard someone whisper “get out of here” while he was sorting cans at his Iowa …