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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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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, …