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Wildfire risk causes Red Flag Warning in Spokane; burn ban in effect today

The city of Spokane may experience lightning strikes and gusty winds from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, causing elevated wildfire conditions and a Red Flag warning, issued by …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Fire weather watch issued for Tuesday; Regional outdoor burning restrictions start Wednesday

Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, a fire weather watch is in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Cities and unincorporated areas in Spokane County will have outdoor burning restrictions in place …


UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

Cold Creek fire on Hanford Reach 80% contained

The Cold Creek Fire, which has burned some 42,000 acres on the Hanford Reach National Monument since igniting Thursday, was 80% contained as of Saturday morning.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

As crews begin to contain Hanford-area wildfire, smoke’s path uncertain

Smoke from the nearly 42,000-acre Cold Creek wildfire near the Tri-Cities is not expected to reach Spokane this weekend.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Wildfire burns near Hanford, remains uncontained

The fire was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday and drew response from the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Benton County crews.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Wildfire danger in July down to normal levels

The threat of wildfire declined in July with cloudy, wet weather, but that could all change in August, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said Tuesday.


100 years ago in Spokane: William Jennings Bryan backs League of Nations in Hillyard speech

William Jennings Bryan, former presidential candidate and former secretary of state, was in town to speak at the Hillyard Chautauqua.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Northern Quest Fourth of July fireworks show halted after it sparked 5 brush fires

What was supposed to be the “largest fireworks show between Seattle and Billings, Montana” was cut short after it sparked five brush fires in the first 10 minutes.


Wildfire in Spain rages for third day amid heatwave

Firefighters and aircraft battled for a third straight day Friday to contain a major wildfire that started in a pile of chicken dung and raced across the hills of northeastern …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

Wildfire burns 3,000 acres on Colville Indian Reservation

A wildfire that burned roughly 3,000 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation was about 60% contained on Monday afternoon, and immediate evacuation orders for nearby residents had been lifted, officials …


California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state’s major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires – but only if they agree to …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Crews battling small wildfire that spread from structure fire west of Cheney

A structure fire spread into nearby trees and grass near Cheney Friday morning, prompting a response from local and state fire crews.


Brush fire sets off evacuation at California amusement park

A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, setting off panic and confusion as park visitors were first told to evacuate …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Grant County fire is nearly finished as Spokane air returns to ‘good’

The 243 Command Fire in Grant County that spewed smoke across Eastern Washington earlier this week has entered its final throes of life.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town

Sean Newsom’s senior year of high school started with typical teenage pranks, like sticking a cup to the roof of his car with magnets just to mess with people as …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some growth because of overnight winds; air returns to ‘moderate’ in Spokane

A day after it made Spokane’s air quality the worst in the country, Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some overnight growth spurred by strong westerly winds.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:33 a.m.

Washington’s first major wildfire of 2019 grows to 5,000 acres in Grant County; wind-borne smoke briefly made Spokane’s air quality worst in country

A wildfire in Grant County – Washington’s first major fire event of 2019 – near the Wanapum Dam grew to more than 5,000 acres Tuesday as it burned its way …


Smoky air so soon? Fires in northern Alberta the culprit

It’s not even summer, but it’ll soon smell like it: for the first time this year, Eastern Washington is forecast to be plagued with wildfire smoke.


Shawn Vestal: It’s almost time for our fifth season

Who’s ready for summer? Swimming, grilling, camping, coughing …


Despite prediction of average wildfire season, officials urge residents to prepare and prevent

Eastern Washington and North Idaho are set up for what officials are calling an average wildfire season this year. Exactly how bad the fire season is this year depends on …


States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife

In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Officials say the drinking water in Paradise, California, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene after a deadly wildfire last year. Experts say fixing the problem could cost $300 million …


Report: Power lines sparked massive Southern California fire

One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday.


PG&E: Company’s equipment may have ignited Camp Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have ignited the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 86 people and destroyed an entire town in Northern California.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

PG&E bankruptcy could be costly to wildfire victims

Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California’s recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion

Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires some of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Bear cub burned in Colorado wildfire released back into wild

An orphaned bear cub burned by a Colorado wildfire has been released back into the wild.


Wrecks seen as wildfire areas brace for big California storm

Days of rain and snow across California have snarled rush-hour commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads even before the most intense storm hits Wednesday, with wildfire-ravished communities bracing …


Idaho man charged in sex assault at Utah fire camp agrees to plea deal

An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

The Soberanes Fire burned its way into the record books, costing $262 million as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls an “extreme …