Stories tagged: firefighting
Sun., April 1, 2018
Kent Woodruff: Major win for Washington wildfire fighting in congressional spending bill
Last week a major piece of congressional legislation was signed into law that will dramatically change the way we fight wildfires here in Washington. Thanks to the tireless efforts of …
UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 2:48 p.m.
Rangeland firefighting provides model for ranchers and government workers to collaborate
Rural culture takes pride in self-reliance. Bureaucracies are built on the cult of the expert from out of town. They’ve found common ground in eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, collaborating …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:18 p.m.
Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires
A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but …
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Fires are torching Montana, and the money is running out
Montana’s worst fire season in years is expected to scorch the drought-stricken landscape well into fall, long after the state’s firefighting reserves run out thanks to politicians diverting millions of …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Fire risk is high throughout West, northern plains
The threat of major U.S. wildfires will remain high throughout August in Southern California, northern Nevada and parts of the Northwest and northern Great Plains, forecasters said Tuesday.
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Rare U.S. firefighting jet stations in Montana
A rare U.S. firefighting jet that’s one of just three in existence was stationed in Helena after working on fires across Montana.
UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Yakima Training Center fire 40 percent contained
About 250 residents have been allowed to return home after a wildfire burning amid grass and sagebrush in south-central Washington state forced an evacuation.
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:40 p.m.
Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest
An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. made the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an …
Mon., April 24, 2017, 8:50 a.m.
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.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
Spokane fire engine preserved for historical significance but there’s no place to exhibit it
Tom Heckler, curator of the Spokane Fire Department museum, was recently gifted a 1977 engine to add to his collection. The problem? He doesn’t have anywhere to display it.
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says maybe now that GOP is in control, Congress will end ‘fire borrowing’
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made her final official visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, said it’s “very frustrating” that after years of pressure and …
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 …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 2:31 p.m.
Western senators push for wildfire funding change
What do baseball bats have to do with wildfire funding? The answer has to do with congressional politics – and why three western senators say they’ve got a shot this …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016, 8:47 p.m.
Goldmark: $24M more needed to battle Washington wildfires
Last year’s wildfire season was the worst in state history, and state Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark on Thursday asked the Legislature for an additional $24 million to prevent a …
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 …
Tue., Sept. 15, 2015
Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson
A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of …
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015
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 …
Thu., July 9, 2015
Early and intense, wildfire season rages amid concerns
OLYMPIA – The people managing the Department of Natural Resources Dispatch Center are acutely aware of how bad the Northwest’s wildfire season is so far, and how much worse it …
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Aero-Flite moving four airplanes to West Plains, creating 50 new jobs
A company that flies and maintains tankers that fight wildfires around the country will make its new home at Spokane International Airport. Aero-Flite Inc. will move four airplanes from Arizona …
Thu., July 24, 2014
Officials seek new funding channel for fighting wildfires
With nearly 1 million acres burned by wildfires across Washington and Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is stumping for reforms in how the federal government pays for fighting fires. Strapped …
Tue., July 22, 2014, 7:05 a.m.
Thunderstorms forecast Wednesday in Washington
SEATTLE — Forecasters say a stormy day Wednesday could bring heavy rain to Western Washington and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington where lightning could spark new wildfires and flash floods could …
Sat., Aug. 17, 2013
Growing blaze nears Ketchum, Sun Valley
BOISE – A wildfire threatening the resort cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum has become the nation’s top-priority wildfire, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced in Boise on Friday. …
Tue., July 9, 2013, 7:19 a.m.
Dozer operator dies while cutting fire line
BOISE — A Washington state logging contractor who was using a bulldozer to cut fire line in central Idaho has died of an apparent heart attack or other natural causes.
Tue., Sept. 11, 2012, 10:41 a.m.
Fire south of Spokane spreads
The Apache Pass wildfire burning about 40 miles southwest of Spokane spread overnight as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain 18,000 burning acres.
Mon., Aug. 13, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
Moscow firefighter killed fighting fire near Orofino
BOISE — A 20-year-old U.S. Forest Service firefighter died after she was struck by a falling tree in north-central Idaho, highlighting the dangerous jobs crews have as at least a …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2012, 12:55 p.m.
Forest Service gets more aggressive on small fires
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Forest Service is suspending a policy of letting small fires burn in isolated areas as several big fires in the western U.S. strain its resources.
Wed., July 4, 2012
Cabinet members warn region of early fire season
BOISE – The wildfire season has barely begun, and already hundreds of homes have burned in Colorado and 66 homes in Southern Idaho were destroyed over the weekend. The U.S. …
UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2012, 12:46 p.m.
Four crew members died in firefighting plane crash
DENVER — The military says four crew members have died in the crash of an Air Force tanker plane that was fighting a fire in the Black Hills of South …
Fri., June 25, 2010
Fire chief killed in ATV rollover
Investigators are continuing to look into the death of a rural Franklin County fire chief killed while fighting a brush fire Wednesday in Adams County.
Thu., Feb. 12, 2009
In firefighting legacy, Howerton finds personal passion
Firefighting runs in Patrick Howerton’s blood. His great grandfather retired as deputy fire chief for the city of Spokane. His uncle is the division chief of training in Spokane Valley …