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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 …


Evacuations ordered for wildfires north of Keller

Wildfires on Colville tribal lands touched off by weekend lightning have forced six families to seek shelter in Keller, Washington.


Strong winds bring blackouts and blocked roads to the Inland Northwest – again

The Inland Northwest was flung back into storm cleanup mode Sunday after being clobbered by high winds for a second time in 10 days. Thunderstorms packing gusts of 40 to …


EWU authorizes aid for students affected by fire

Eastern Washington University students affected by the largest wildfire in state history could get some financial relief this fall. The school has authorized $250,000 in aid and begun fundraising efforts …


Carlton Complex fire 52 percent contained

OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday.


Weather helps firefighters in Methow Valley

Favorable weather Tuesday helped more than 2,100 firefighters begin to contain the devastating wildfire in Okanogan County. The blaze, known as the Carlton Complex fire, has scorched 250,136 acres, or …


Watermelon Hill fire likely to be contained today

Mike Barker gazed out across Fishtrap Lake Resort amazed at his property’s narrow escape from the 10,500-acre Watermelon Hill fire. Wildfires are an annual summer sight, but “none of them …


Firefighters trying to contain Carlton Complex fire

Many of the more than 1,600 firefighters battling the massive Carlton Complex wildfire that has scorched more than 300 square miles of the scenic Methow Valley will focus their efforts …


Carlton Complex fire’s shift signals relief in Washington’s Methow Valley

BREWSTER, Wash. – The devastating wildfire that has displaced hundreds of people and burned about 150 homes in north-central Washington slowly moved away from populated areas Sunday, allowing for a …


Fire near Fishtrap Lake no longer threat to homes

A fast-moving wildfire burning across rangeland southwest of Cheney grew to about 13,000 acres Sunday but no longer was threatening homes. About 280 firefighters were working the Watermelon Hill fire …


Relief effort begins in charred Methow Valley

The devastating wildfire that has displaced hundreds of people and burned 150 to 200 homes in north-central Washington slowly moved away from populated areas today, allowing for a massive relief …


Fire near Cheney grows to 13,000 acres

A fast-moving wildfire burning across rangeland southwest of Cheney grew to about 13,000 acres Sunday but no longer was threatening homes.


Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds …


City of Pateros told to empty as blaze enters town

Okanogan County’s sheriff has issued an urgent evacuation notice for the wildfire-threatened small town of Pateros and officials are also evacuating a hospital in a nearby town.


UPDATED: Thu., July 17, 2014, 7:55 p.m.

Air quality alert issued for wildfire smoke

Air quality has worsened dramatically this afternoon after the National Weather Service posted an air quality alert for much of the Inland Northwest as winds drive Central Washington wildfire smoke …


Drone will be used to monitor wildfires

With a nasty wildfire season at hand, Washington can now send in backup without further endangering firefighting crews on the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the state to operate …


Dry lightning expected in central Washington

Lighting forecast for central Washington tonight and into Monday could spark more wildfires across the region.


Lake Spokane campground closed during wildfire

State officials have closed Spokane Lake Campground, its day-use area and boat launch to the public while a nearby wildfire blazes in Stevens County.


Lake Spokane fire 30 percent contained, firefighters say

Three hundred firefighters from various agencies are working to contain a fire that broke out earlier this week near Ford, Washington, and Long Lake Dam.