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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 …


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 …


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 …