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Fire near Clayton destroys rental home

A fire burning between Clayton and Loon Lake, Washington, shut down Highway 395 for several hours Wednesday afternoon before the highway reopened around 6 p.m. The fire began in a …


UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2015, 5:58 p.m.

Highway 395 near Clayton open after brush fire

A fire burning between Clayton and Loon Lake shut down Highway 395 for several hours Wednesday afternoon before reopening around 6 p.m.


Newman Lake fire out with assist from weather

A small brush fire broke out near the intersection of Starr Road and East Newman Lake Drive on Tuesday afternoon, briefly threatening two homes. Newman Lake Fire and Rescue was …


Douglas County fires grow to 18,000 acres, neighborhood evacuated

Fires that started Friday evening in Douglas County have grown to nearly 18,000 acres in size and prompted a mandatory Level 3 evacuation for the Rimrock Meadows community, as of …


UPDATED: Sat., July 11, 2015, 11:33 p.m.

Evacuations ordered as wildfire approaches Douglas County community

Fires that started Friday evening in Douglas County have grown to nearly 18,000 acres in size and prompted a mandatory Level 3 evacuation for the Rimrock Meadows Community, as of …


Wildfire bill passes in U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says a piece of wide-ranging legislation she helped push through the House of Representatives will help federal forestland rebound after devastating wildfires.

“It seems like …


Parts of Farragut State Park reopen as fire threat subsides

Farragut State Park in North Idaho is reopening facilities that were closed due to the Cape Horn fire, with the Eagle Boat Launch reopened Wednesday, day-use and beach areas opening …


Firework risks add edge to July Fourth celebrations

If ever there was a year to be extra careful with fireworks, this is it, fire officials say. Extremely dry conditions and more hot days ahead have them nervously watching …


Check your property to minimize fire risk

I am hoping the old adage that the third time is the charm doesn’t come to fruition in my neighborhood this summer. In the past three weeks, the Painted Hills …


UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2015, 8:47 p.m.

Homes threatened in wildfire east of Cheney

A fast-moving wildfire this afternoon near Fish Lake County Park east of Cheney threatened several homes.


Tour Deshais: Descending through history

COLVILLE – After I crested one of the highest strips of pavement in Washington, I descended into history. My speed reached 25 mph, 30, 35 mph, and I went back …


National Weather Service issues red-flag fire warning

Extremely low humidity and wind gusts of up to 30 mph will create perfect conditions for wildfires Friday in Eastern Washington, according to the National Weather Service in Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., June 9, 2015, 9:47 p.m.

State Highway 291 back open after fire contained

Officials have closed state Highway 291 near Ford as a result of a wildfire.


Balkan War survivor battling wildfires to give back to U.S.

He’s survived the brutality of war. Now he’s ready to fight fires. This week Faton Sadiku, who goes by Tony, took part in the annual wildfire training program “Guard School” …


Hot forecast portends fire danger

An impending heat wave could put the Northwest in more fire danger. Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd said a heat wave will hit Sunday through Tuesday. In general, temperatures …


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discusses wildfire strategy

Collaborating with ranchers is essential to fighting wildfires as climate change increases fire danger, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell said Tuesday at an event in Boise. “2015 could be …


Wildfire on Colville Forest 50 percent contained

An 85-acre fire burning on the Colville National Forest is about 50 percent contained, according to the Forest Service.


Grant will fund work to reduce wildfire risk in northeast Washington

Steve Parker had two reactions to last summer’s wildfires in Central Washington: a deep empathy for the people who lost homes and businesses, followed by the thought, “What if that …


Mild winter yields low snowpack, water reserves

OLYMPIA – There’s a big downside to the relatively mild winter with more rain than snow that most of Washington experienced, and it’s not for skiers and snowboarders. Parts of …


University of Idaho president proposes pay increase, tuition freeze

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben made waves in Boise last week by asking lawmakers to fully fund the 3 percent raises proposed for university employees next year – and …


Central Washington residents say Natural Resources failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

OLYMPIA – Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday. While …


Report offers restoration plans for forests in Washington, Oregon

More than 9 million acres of forest in Washington and Oregon should be selectively logged and burned to make the remaining trees more resistant to wildfire, disease and drought, according …


Spokane Valley fire threatens eight homes

Eight homes are threatened by a wildfire that broke out this afternoon south of Spokane Valley.


Colvilles ask feds to boost forests’ fire safety

The dry forest north of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation used to burn every five to 20 years, resulting in open stands of ponderosa pine. But a century …


Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill

A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Fifty new forest fires were blazing in the Clearwater and St. Joe regions of Idaho.


Hobbyists flying drones threaten firefighting efforts

BOISE – Folks flying unauthorized drones near wildfires are getting in firefighters’ way, prompting the National Interagency Fire Center to ask operators to cut it out. Drones “could cause serious …


Editorial: FEMA aid denied, neighbors care for Carlton Complex fire victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may not be up to the task of helping fire victims, but their neighbors are. In fact, local and state capacity to assist those who …


More arson suspects arrested in Okanogan fires

Two more arrests were made in Okanogan County for helping spread the devastating fire that scorched much of the Methow Valley last month, bringing the total number of people in …


Five buildings burned in Snake River fire

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Five structures have been destroyed by a wildfire burning in northern Idaho and fire managers on Thursday planned a burnout operation to halt the fire’s northeast …