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UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for and the death toll from the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century climbed to 76, authorities said Saturday, hours after President Donald Trump surveyed …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:23 p.m.

Cal-Stanford Big Game postponed because of wildfire smoke

The annual Big Game between Stanford and California that had been scheduled for Saturday was postponed two weeks because of the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area resulting from …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Fire death toll now reaches 63 and counting in Northern California

Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California’s deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the …


Vancouver Red Cross volunteer heads to Camp Fire front lines

Vancouver Red Cross volunteer Ron Burby starts work helping those displaced by the lethal Camp Fire in Northern California today, after he was deployed to the wildfire-ravaged state Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Southern California’s huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area even as many neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled its advance last week.


Harrowing escapes, heartbreaking loss in Northern California

In the days since a ferocious, wind-whipped wildfire began tearing through this Northern California town, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

2 killed in Southern California fire that’s doubled in size

A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in Southern California’s hills and canyons has killed two people and had more than doubled in size by Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

The air thick with smoke from a ferocious wildfire that was still burning homes Saturday, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 12:08 p.m.

Southern California fires force evacuation of Malibu

The entire city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California’s wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Wildfire destroys most of California town of Paradise

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Months after California wildfire, pets and owners reunited

Embers falling on their heads, Venesa Rhodes and her husband had seconds to rush their two beloved cats into their SUV before a wildfire last summer would overtake them all.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Lands commissioner seeks $55M for wildfires, forests

Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner wants lawmakers to increase the amount of money that the state spends to fight wildfires and prevent future blazes.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Fire burns 35 acres near Cheney, evacuates trailer park

A fire sparked just outside of Cheney Tuesday afternoon, burning close to trailer parks at the edge of town.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Fires produce elk food as nutritious as alfalfa, Bitterroot Valley study shows

Mountain fires can spark the growth of new vegetation that, for several years, can provide as much nutrition to elk as irrigated agricultural fields.


Wyoming wildfire destroys more than 40 homes; highway closed

A wildfire in Wyoming has destroyed more than 40 homes, and firefighters have closed a highway while they set their own fires to try to stop the main fire’s spread.


Wildfire burns at Hanford nuclear reservation

A wildfire burned an estimated 3,000 acres on the Hanford nuclear reservation early Saturday morning, and a larger fire was burning uncontained on Saddle Mountain.


Wildfire that closed key California highway doubles in size

A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon border has nearly doubled in size overnight.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Wildfire closes key California highway through the weekend

A stretch of a major highway near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a roaring wildfire burning on both sides of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the …


California wildfire shuts I-5, prompts new evacuations

A fast-growing wildfire in Northern California prompted officials Wednesday to close both directions of Interstate 5 connecting California and Oregon and issue evacuations.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Idaho reviews prison fire crews after inmate accused of rape

Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged with raping a woman working at a remote Utah firefighting base …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Idaho prisoner helping fight fire in Utah accused of rape

An Idaho prisoner sent to help fight a wildfire in Utah raped a woman who also was working to support firefighters, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Once the flames are out, Yakima County fire investigator Chris Pedersen gets busy figuring out why the fire started

Yakima County Fire Marshal Chris Pedersen is the local equivalent to Sherlock Holmes, with two key differences: She investigates fires, not crimes; and she doesn’t have a Watson – at …


Fire near Grandjean scorches 4,000 acres, continues to burn

A wildfire burning near Grandjean has burned 4,000 acres, one cabin, four outbuildings and continues to grow.


Public warned: Stay away from Miriam Fire area

Fire officials are reminding people to observe closures in the area around the Miriam Fire after two hunters disrupted fire operations.


Sue Lani Madsen: Log it, graze it or watch it burn

Three million acres burning, smoky skies blotting out the sun, businesses closed as people stay indoors to escape wind-driven emissions from a thousand small fires.


Wind-whipped wildfire burns in Maui ahead of hurricane

A wildfire on Maui has likely incinerated homes near the tourist town of Lahaina while forcing people from an evacuation center opened as Hurricane Lane nears the island, officials said …


Huge wildfire southwest of Berlin sets off WWII arms blasts

Firefighters struggled Friday to tame a wildfire southwest of Berlin but had to maneuver carefully as the blaze set off old World War II ammunition that is still buried in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Crescent Mountain fire continues to grow, spewing smoke across the state

One of Washington’s largest and longest-burning wildfires continues to grow in central Washington, forcing evacuations and spewing spires of smoke into the atmosphere.