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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.


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.