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Montana high school donates homecoming budget to fire relief

A Montana high school donated all of the money from its homecoming budget for fire relief in the state.


Saving Multnomah Lodge: ‘We didn’t want Oregon to lose that’

Winds swirled like little tornados just yards from the Multnomah Falls Lodge. The air alternated between hot and cold. Thick smoke boiled in, burning his eyes. Buck, the proprietor of …


No more evacuations in Hood River Valley

The arrival of rain and lower temperatures has led authorities to drop all evacuation levels in the Hood River Valley.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

Smoky air returns to Spokane, likely to stay until the weekend

Light northeasterly winds are bringing Montana wildfire smoke back into the Inland Northwest. Until winds shift Saturday, it’s likely the skies will remain hazy and unhealthy for groups sensitive to …


Rescuing endangered rabbits from fire danger

Biologists and firefighters worked together this summer to save some of the endangered pygmy rabbits the state is breeding in Central Washington.


Rain, cooler temps could ‘put a dent’ in fire season

Rain and cooler temperatures forecast for later this week may not end Montana’s fire season, but a meteorologist says “it will put a dent in it.”


Crews hold Big Elk Fire at 80 acres

Firefighters worked throughout the weekend to stop the spread of several new fires that were started Friday by lightning south of U.S. Highway 12 in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.


Wildfire smoke clearing in U.S. West as storms move through

Storms brought cooler and wetter weather into the Western and Northwestern U.S. this weekend, breaking up a temperature inversion that had blanketed much of the region with acrid smoke from …


Outside View: Gorge fire is cause for mourning

Beloved hiking trails, forests, meadows and scenic areas are engulfed in flames, leaving those who long have been inspired by the region to wonder what will remain once the damage …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Crews battle fire in vacant church near Adams and Broadway

Fire crews responded to a brush fire that spread to at least one building Friday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Here’s a list of major fires contributing to Spokane’s smoky air

Dozens of fires are burning in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Idaho bills juvenile’s parent $84,500 following wildfire

Idaho officials have sent an $84,500 bill to the parent of a juvenile after fire investigators determined the juvenile started a wildfire with mortar-style fireworks.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, noon

Fire crews make headway on Gorge fires

Fire crews worked alongside two bulldozers to construct fire lines along the Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County on Thursday, which officials estimate was about 6 percent contained.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

This U.S. wildfire season is among the worst: Here’s why

Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western forests and grassland, putting 2017 on track to be among the worst fire seasons in a decade.


Smoke chokes Montana, but dampens Glacier National Park fire

Thick wildfire smoke may be choking residents across western Montana, but it’s also helping to keep one fire burning in Glacier National Park in check.


Vancouver teen primary suspect in Eagle Creek wildfire

Oregon State Police say they are confident they’ve identified the primary suspect in starting the Eagle Creek Fire – a 15-year-old Vancouver boy – and are conducting a thorough investigation …


2017 wildfire season in U.S. West far worse than expected

A wet winter and spring in the Western U.S. brought predictions that the 2017 wildfire season would be mild. It was anything but. It ended up one of the worst …


Crews continue to fight Archer Mountain Fire

As he stood along a recently cleared access road south of Archer Mountain, Chris Werner’s eyes remained glued to a few small flames that crackled as they danced on the …


Heartbreak in Oregon: Wildfire scars beloved Columbia Gorge

The fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon’s forestland is threatening more than homes and people. It’s also devouring the heart of the state’s nature-loving identity.


Equipment stolen from crews fighting Oregon wildfire

A thief made away with thousands of dollars of firefighting equipment taken from trucks parked at a Brookings high school.


Eagle Creek fire merges with Indian Creek fires, burning 30,000 acres

The Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires have merged together, burning 30,929 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.


Idaho’s largest wildfire burning in central Idaho wilderness

Idaho’s largest wildfire is burning entirely within a rugged central Idaho wilderness area and being allowed to play its natural role.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

Wildfire near Mount Rainier National Park doubles in size

A wildfire burning near Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state has more than doubled in size.


Fire evacuation order lifted in Montana’s Seeley Lake area

The Missoula County sheriff’s office has downgraded a mandatory evacuation order for part of the western Montana town of Seeley Lake.


Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future

Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.


Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future

Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Here’s a list of major fires contributing to Spokane’s smoky air

Dozens of fires are burning in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

100 firefighters on scene as blaze west of Medical Lake grows to over 200 acres

A fire burning west of Medical Lake Sunday afternoon has quickly grew to over 200 acres in size.


New evacuation notices issued for Washington state wildfire

New evacuations notices were issued overnight Saturday because of the Jolly Mountain fire, which has burned more than 23 square miles near Cle Ellum, Washington.