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Crews gaining on huge Nevada wildfire visible from space

More than 600 firefighters slowed the progress Tuesday of a massive wildfire in a remote part of northern Nevada that is generating so much heat and smoke that it’s now …


Wildfire in central Washington forces evacuations

The central Washington town of Vantage has been evacuated and Interstate 90 has been closed in both directions by a fast-moving wildfire.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

Colorado wildfire destroys 3 homes as flames menace U.S. West

An erratic wildfire charging through extremely dry land in the heart of Colorado ski country destroyed three homes and forced people to flee in the middle of the night, authorities …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Man pleads guilty to arson in 2015 Central Washington fire

A 39-year-old man has admitted to setting a fire that destroyed nearly 30 homes in north-central Washington in 2015.


Winds push Wenas Valley fire; up to 75 homes evacuated

Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents whose homes were threatened by a range fire in the Wenas Valley Monday morning.


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Thousands flee as winds fan growing California wildfires

A wind-driven wildfire destroyed a dozen buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as it raced across dry brush in rural Northern California.


Evacuation orders lifted in wildfire near Vantage

Evacuation notices have been lifted for residents in about 30 homes as a wildfire burning in central Washington reaches 50 percent containment.


Fire crews contain wildfire outside of Vantage

Fire fighters contained wildfire that burned 7280 acres west of the Columbia River, near Vantage and state emergency services have begun to move out of the area.


Evacuation notices lifted in Central Washington fire

Authorities in Grant County have lifted all evacuation notices as crews work to contain a wildfire burning grass and brush in Central Washington.


State: Yakima taxpayers on hook for $157K in wildfire costs

Authorities say the city of Yakima will be held responsible for nearly $160,000 in firefighting costs related to a fire started by police officers last year.


Wildfire threatens some homes in central Washington

Authorities say a wildfire burning grass and brush in Central Washington is threatening several dozen homes and other infrastructure.


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 9 a.m.

West poised for another big fire season

The upcoming fire season will be shaped over the next several weeks as temperatures warm and forests and grasslands begin to cure.


Wildfire burns through Hanford nuclear complex

A wildfire burned about 4.4 square miles of the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington.


Wildfire burns empty Boy Scouts’ buildings in dry New Mexico

A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in northeastern New Mexico on Friday, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as …


Officials: Efforts failing to save U.S. West sagebrush land

Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Judge: Washington teen must repay $37M for starting Columbia River Gorge wildfire

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it’s unlikely the boy …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Teen who ignited massive fire may have to repay $37 million

A teenager who started a huge wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon could owe more in restitution that he will earn in a lifetime.


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.