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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2012, 10:34 a.m.

Central Washington wildfire burns dozens of homes

CLE ELUM, Wash. — A fast-moving wildfire burned 60 homes across about 40 square miles of central Washington grassland, timber and sagebrush.


Wildfire near Pateros grows to 2,000 acres

PATEROS, Wash. — A wildfire across the Columbia River from Pateros in Douglas County has grown to 1,000 acres in size.


Summer turning up the heat – and the wildfire risk

The Inland Northwest is heading into its hottest week since August 2009, pushing the area’s fire danger up a notch. But wildfire experts aren’t too worried yet.


Cabinet members warn region of early fire season

BOISE – The wildfire season has barely begun, and already hundreds of homes have burned in Colorado and 66 homes in Southern Idaho were destroyed over the weekend. The U.S. …


Federal officials on fire season: Get ready

The wildfire season has barely begun, and already hundreds of homes have burned in Colorado and 66 homes in southern Idaho were destroyed over the weekend. The U.S. secretaries of …


Wildfire near Mountain Home destroys 6 homes

Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire near Mountain Home burned down six homes and destroyed several outbuildings.


Wildfire becomes largest in NM history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A massive wildfire in southwestern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest is now the largest fire in state history.


Take steps now to protect your home from wildfire

Next week is Wildfire Awareness Week in Washington. It is a reminder that in the Inland Northwest, it’s not if we have a wildfire; it’s when the next one happens. …


I-90 reopens overnight after smoke triggers fatal pileup

Interstate 90 reopened in both directions overnight after smoke from a brush fire caused a fatal multiple-vehicle crash east of Ellensburg.


Fire south of Yakima leaves haze over region

Smoke from a wildfire in south-central Washington has left a haze over much of the Inland Northwest. The air quality rating today is moderate in the Spokane area, with fine …


Wildfires destroy 1,000 homes across parched Texas

More than 1,000 homes have burned in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that’s still raging out of control, …


Homes threatened by wildfire near Omak, Wash.

About 20 homes are threatened by a fire burning 5 miles west of Omak.


UPDATED: Mon., June 27, 2011, 1:41 p.m.

Los Alamos evacuation ordered as wildfire advances

Los Alamos County officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of the northern New Mexico community of Los Alamos because of the threat from a fast-moving wildfire.


Huge Arizona wildfire is third largest in state’s history

An enormous wildfire that forced the evacuation of several mountain communities in eastern Arizona grew today to more than 300 square miles, sending smoke and haze across five states and …


Home inspectors provide residents with fire protection strategy

Residents living in forested areas served by the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8 can expect to get a knock on their door this summer asking …


Chimney fire sparked conflagration that burned 18 homes

A chimney fire at White Swan is suspected of starting the wildfire that destroyed 18 homes at White Swan and blew across about 230 acres Saturday in high winds on …


Firefighters extinguish Dishman Hills wildfire

An unattended campfire grew into a small wildfire that burned the bottom of a deep ravine in the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Thursday.


Wildfires cause closures and evacuations

“Erratic, gusty winds” are fueling fires across Eastern Washington, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.


Firefighters: Brush fire easily could have threatened homes

Firefighters said homes could have been threatened Wednesday afternoon if they hadn’t moved quickly to douse a small brush fire in the Indian Trail area.


Yakima blaze fully contained

Yakima – A wildfire that started Sunday and burned across nearly 10 square miles of dry grass and sagebrush in central Washington has been fully contained.


Yellowstone fire burning 385 acres

A 385-acre wildfire is burning near the center of Yellowstone National Park. A research flight discovered the fire burning two miles south of Beach Lake on Sunday. Gusty winds helped …


Crews respond to fire near Camp Sekani

Firefighters put out a small brush fire today in the vicinity of Camp Sekani along East Upriver Drive, the second brush fire in the area this week.


Wildfire destroys home and other buildings

A wind-whipped wildfire destroyed three buildings, including a home, and several vehicles in Central Washington today.


Firefighters make progress against 2 Wash. wildfires

Firefighters have made progress on a southeast Washington wildfire that has roared across about 76 square miles of grass and brush since Friday evening, destroying a landmark restaurant near Moxee.


Crews make progress against Okanogan wildfire

OKANOGAN, Wash. — Fire crews are making progress against an 8,592-acre wildfire near Okanogan.


Okanogan fire destroys home, prompts evacuation

Wildfires near Okanogan in north central Washington have destroyed one home and are threatening 50 others, prompting a mandatory evacuation of the area.