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Lake Spokane wildfire now tops 900 acres

A hundred firefighters from around the state drew a literal line in the sand Thursday in southern Stevens County in what appeared to be a successful ploy to contain the …


Federal money pledged toward Lake Spokane firefighting costs

Federal authorities will help bankroll the cost of fighting the Lake Spokane wildfire that’s already charred hundreds of acres across Stevens County.


Ford wildfire hits 550 acres, threatens 60 homes

Evacuations were ordered in southern Stevens County as a wildfire that started early Wednesday evening rapidly grew to about 700 acres. The fire, near the intersection of state Highways 231 …


Eye on Boise: Former GOP Chairman Peterson confirms Thorpe’s exit

BOISE – Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed Friday that he’s changed the locks at the state party offices and …


UPDATED: Tue., May 13, 2014, 10:11 p.m.

Firefighters getting control of San Diego wildfire

A wildfire roaring through Southern California forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on Tuesday.


Wildfires should lead to FEMA funding, lawmakers say

BOISE – Catastrophic wildfires should be no less a priority for federal funds than hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other natural disasters, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday. They joined …


Idaho senators want wildfire funding to focus on prevention

BOISE – Three Western senators met in fire-ravaged Idaho on Tuesday to announce a push to reform the way the nation funds fire prevention and firefighting. Idaho’s two Republican senators …


Senators say wildfire prevention system needs ‘bold reforms’

Idaho’s two GOP senators joined with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden today to launch a new bipartisan push to use the fall budget negotiations in Congress to reform the way …


More crews arrive to help battle Idaho wildfire

HAILEY, Idaho — A wildfire stoked by strong winds made a push to the north Saturday and forced more people from their homes outside the posh central Idaho ski town …


Firefighters face another tough day in Idaho

HAILEY, Idaho — Fire crews on Saturday faced another challenging day battling a rapidly growing wildfire burning closer to two posh, central Idaho resort communities, while other blazes in the …


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. …


Wildfire destroys 5 homes near Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — A wildfire fire burning south of Wenatchee in the Colockum Pass area has burned five houses since breaking out Saturday.


Goldendale fire doubles in size to 4,600 acres

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — A wildfire burning near Satus Pass doubled in size to about 4,600 acres or about 7 square miles, a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said Friday.


Fire near Superior grows to 7 square miles

SUPERIOR, Mont. — Crews battling the West Mullan Fire have made good progress in keeping it from burning into Superior, but some structures still remain threatened on the northwestern part …


Fire rages, Colo. town braces for long evacuation

A colossal wildfire near a popular summer retreat in southern Colorado continues to be driven by winds and fueled by dead trees in a drought-stricken area, authorities said today.


Federal fire agencies face budget cuts

BOISE – With a “difficult” fire season looming, across-the-board budget cuts are now hitting federal firefighting agencies. The result: There will be hundreds fewer firefighters deployed to battle wildfires across …


Budget cuts hit as tough fire season looms

BOISE - With a “difficult” fire season looming, firefighters are facing budget cuts that will result in 500 fewer firefighters for the Forest Service alone and 50 fewer engines available, …


Wildfire closes road, casts haze over area

Smoke from a three-alarm wildfire on the north side of Spokane Valley filled the air around Spokane with a haze Friday afternoon. Air quality dropped into the moderately polluted category …


Leahy fire destroys three homes

A wildfire near Grand Coulee has destroyed three homes and nine outbuildings. Another fire in the same complex also destroyed two power switching stations for the Coulee Dam.


Local firefighters battle blazes across state

Firefighters from across Washington have been summoned to fight five fast-growing wildfires ignited over the weekend. The flames have forced evacuations, burned thousands of acres and threaten to raze hundreds …


Wildfire threatens scores of homes near Wenatchee

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Firefighters working overnight to protect homes from a 500-acre wildfire near Wenatchee prevented any more structures from being lost, a dispatcher said early this morning. One outbuilding …


Idaho wildfire forces evacuations

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Lehmi County Sheriff in eastern Idaho issued an evacuation order early Sunday for residents along U.S. Highway 93 from Quartz Creek to North Fork threatened …


Burned in wildfire, Idaho bear cub healing well

BOISE — A four-month-old bear with paws burned in an Idaho wildfire is healing faster than expected.


Kittitas County opens help center for fire victims

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Kittitas County has opened a one-stop help center for victims of the Taylor Bridge Fire at Central Washington University.


Firefighter’s death raises safety issues

BOISE – The death of an Idaho firefighter has spurred safety questions among top state officials about battling wildfires. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden noted concerns about communications and coordination by …


Grim Idaho officials hear report on fire, death

A grim Idaho state Land Board heard a report this morning from the state Department of Lands on the ongoing destructive wildfires in the state, a day after a report …


Wash. residents return after wildfire evacuations

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Many of the residents who had to flee from a central Washington wildfire are being allowed back into the evacuation area today, not knowing what they’ll …


Idaho declares statewide fire disaster, mobilizes Guard

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statewide disaster declaration due to wildfires, allowing Idaho National Guard troops to be mobilized to help fight fires burning across the state.


Firefighters trying to contain Washington wildfire

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Calmer winds have firefighters hoping they can make progress today containing a wildfire that has burned about 70 homes and more than 40 square miles in …


Spokane County issues burn ban

With dry conditions and temperatures soaring into the 90s, officials have issued a burn ban for Spokane County until further notice.