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Wildfire burns at Hanford nuclear reservation

A wildfire burned an estimated 3,000 acres on the Hanford nuclear reservation early Saturday morning, and a larger fire was burning uncontained on Saddle Mountain.


Wildfire that closed key California highway doubles in size

A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon border has nearly doubled in size overnight.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Wildfire closes key California highway through the weekend

A stretch of a major highway near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a roaring wildfire burning on both sides of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the …


California wildfire shuts I-5, prompts new evacuations

A fast-growing wildfire in Northern California prompted officials Wednesday to close both directions of Interstate 5 connecting California and Oregon and issue evacuations.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Idaho reviews prison fire crews after inmate accused of rape

Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged with raping a woman working at a remote Utah firefighting base …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Idaho prisoner helping fight fire in Utah accused of rape

An Idaho prisoner sent to help fight a wildfire in Utah raped a woman who also was working to support firefighters, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Once the flames are out, Yakima County fire investigator Chris Pedersen gets busy figuring out why the fire started

Yakima County Fire Marshal Chris Pedersen is the local equivalent to Sherlock Holmes, with two key differences: She investigates fires, not crimes; and she doesn’t have a Watson – at …


Fire near Grandjean scorches 4,000 acres, continues to burn

A wildfire burning near Grandjean has burned 4,000 acres, one cabin, four outbuildings and continues to grow.


Public warned: Stay away from Miriam Fire area

Fire officials are reminding people to observe closures in the area around the Miriam Fire after two hunters disrupted fire operations.


Sue Lani Madsen: Log it, graze it or watch it burn

Three million acres burning, smoky skies blotting out the sun, businesses closed as people stay indoors to escape wind-driven emissions from a thousand small fires.


Wind-whipped wildfire burns in Maui ahead of hurricane

A wildfire on Maui has likely incinerated homes near the tourist town of Lahaina while forcing people from an evacuation center opened as Hurricane Lane nears the island, officials said …


Huge wildfire southwest of Berlin sets off WWII arms blasts

Firefighters struggled Friday to tame a wildfire southwest of Berlin but had to maneuver carefully as the blaze set off old World War II ammunition that is still buried in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Crescent Mountain fire continues to grow, spewing smoke across the state

One of Washington’s largest and longest-burning wildfires continues to grow in central Washington, forcing evacuations and spewing spires of smoke into the atmosphere.


Mandatory evacuations over wildfire near Twisp

Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in eastern Washington state as a wildfire continues to spread.


Yakima city settles with utility over fire started by police

A city in eastern Washington state has agreed to a settlement with a power company after a large fire started last year during a gun-shooting training exercise for local police …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.

Evacuations ordered at Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Residents along a 4-mile stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in west-central Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 6:17 p.m.

Wildfires spreading in North Idaho

Using firefighting airplanes, crews are working to suppress two of the biggest fires growing in North Idaho – Cougar Fire and Surprise Creek Fire.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

UPDATE: Kennewick residents can return home while fire continues to threaten Finley

After burning four to five houses in south Kennewick, a wind-driven wildfire was threatening Finley homes Saturday night. Benton County deputies were going to homes, warning them of the approaching …


Sue Lani Madsen: Wildfire – reading between the lines

The dry reports of fire management can’t capture the flurry and swelter of the reality on the ground.


Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to smoke

Wildfire smoke in southern Oregon is forcing organizations that are dependent on tourist dollars to scramble for other options.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 11 a.m.

Still raging: Largest wildfire in California history grows

Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The places and names change, but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Crews continue to fight fire near Davenport

The Angel Springs fire near Davenport is 15 percent contained, with crews from local, state and federal agencies working to contain it.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 1:59 p.m.

Crews battle fire in eastern Washington, Idaho

Crews continued to battle a wildfire in eastern Washington state Sunday that has burned two structures and threatens about 60 others.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Central Idaho wildfire enters remote, mountainous terrain

A central Idaho wildfire grew to 100 square miles on Saturday and entered remote, mountainous terrain.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Angel Springs fire north of Davenport continues to grow Saturday; evacuation orders remain in place

The Angel Springs fire 7 miles northeast of Davenport continued to burn throughout Friday night, and remains active Saturday, having increased in size and claimed an additional structure.


Central Idaho man charged with starting large wildfire

A central Idaho man authorities say started a wildfire by shooting exploding targets is facing charges and could ultimately have to pay the cost of fighting the fire that grew …


Feline and hen become fast fire friends

A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as it awaited rescue from the heat and flames.


Oregon wildfire grows rapidly; structures threatened

A new blaze in a wildfire-plagued area of Oregon nearly tripled in size overnight.


National Guard, Black Hawk helicopters assist fire crews in Eastern Washington

National Guard employs two Black Hawks to help fight wildfires in Eastern Washington.