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Touring the Columbia River Gorge seven months after a devastating fire

All it took was a firecracker, tossed by a teenager on impulse.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

State readies air attack for wildfire season

Washington Department of Natural Resources prepares its fleet of Hueys for wildfire season.


Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas facing tornado and wildfire threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Remains of damaged Glacier chalet hold up under record snows

A conservation group says the stone walls of a historic chalet at Glacier National Park that were severely damaged in a wildlfire last summer are holding up despite record snowfalls.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

Men indicted following central Oregon wildfire

Three men will now face felony charges for starting a central Oregon wildfire by shooting at exploding targets, according to prosecutors.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Columbia River Gorge wildfire

A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday in …


$15M lawsuit filed over wildfire that threatened Hanford

Lower Yakima Valley cattle ranchers have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense for nearly $15 million for damage to their land and livelihood after a 2016 wildfire.


A year in review: 14 big stories of 2017

No quick list could adequately sum up the awesome, horrifying, beautiful and frustrating events of 2017. But some stories stand out for their scale and impact on the city, the …


Trail advocates assess damage from massive Oregon wildfire

The newly charred landscape near Babyfoot Lake, on the edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness about 10 miles southwest of Selma, will be the target of the club’s restoration efforts beginning …


Wildfire burns beloved burros in South Dakota’s Custer park

Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota’s Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it’s not known if all of them will survive, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

Southern California firefighters contained part of the fifth-largest fire in the state’s history but warned coastal communities Wednesday that they’re still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and …


Lodge reopening signals Gorge’s resilience

Foremost among the continuing issues will be the regenerative power of nature and the notion of justice for the Vancouver teen accused of sparking the blaze.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

California communities under siege from wind-driven fires

Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.


Forest Service: Multnomah Falls Lodge to reopen this week

The U.S. Forest Service said the historic 92-year-old Multnomah Falls Lodge, closed for months by a fast-moving wildfire, is ready to open sometime this week.


Idaho man ordered to pay $1.7 million following wildfire

An eastern Idaho man who started a wildfire with illegal fireworks near the eastern Idaho city of Idaho Falls has been ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution.


Charges brought against teen in Columbia Gorge fire

SALEM – A 15-year-old boy who allegedly started a wildfire by tossing fireworks along a hiking trail in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, with the blaze causing evacuations, the closing …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Review: ‘Only the Brave’ is a touching tribute

Joseph Kosinski’s “Only the Brave” is a deeply moving recounting of the events leading up to the death of 19 firefighters, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, while trying to …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

Montana homeowners offer summer houses to wildfire victims

Homeowners in a northwestern Montana town are offering their summer residences to displaced victims of California wildfires.


Washington firefighters to help fight California wildfires

Some 65 firefighters and seven wildland fire engines from Washington’s Department of Natural Resources are traveling to northern California to help in the effort to contain wildfires that have killed …


Evacuation warning in place as wildfire spreads near Cle Elum

A level three evacuation notice has been issued for residents near Cle Elum in Kittitas County in response to a growing wildfire in the area.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

State resources approved to battle Whitehall Fire burning south of Coulee City

State resources were approved Saturday to battle the so-called Whitehall Fire burning about eight miles southwest of Coulee City in Douglas County.


National Bison Range roundup postponed due to fire danger

The annual bison roundup at the National Bison Range will happen a bit later than usual this year, and will have less public access.


Redwoods burned by wildfire in southwest Oregon

One of the last groves of Oregon redwoods was burned by the large wildfire that struck the Wheeler Creek Natural Area near Brookings.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Western senators say fire-funding fix must be ‘on the next bill’ Congress passes

Western senators, led by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, are launching a full-court press to get a fix for the nation’s wildfire funding system through Congress …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Montana dormitory stabilization efforts to begin next month

Stabilization efforts on the remains of a historic Montana dormitory that was severely damaged by an Aug. 31 wildfire are expected to get underway next month.


Eye on Boise: Idaho breathing easier now on fire bills

Although the fire season seemed downright awful, with heavy smoke choking much of the state, Idaho is coming out of it without any pressing bills.


Researchers launch study to learn effects of wildfire smoke

Scientists are studying the effects hazardous smoke had on residents in and around Seeley Lake due to wildfires that raged in the area.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Geologists warn of landslides in wildfire-scarred Gorge

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.


Montana’s average temperature continues to increase, study shows

A Montana climate study found the state’s average temperature continues to increase, winter snowpack is decreasing and the fire and growing seasons are lasting longer while drought conditions are expected …


Some campfire restrictions lifted due to rain, cool temperatures

Rain and cooler temperatures prompted officials to life campfire restrictions on some National Forest lands in Washington state.