Stories tagged: wildfires
UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 2:32 p.m.
A new federal law aims to protect wildland firefighters by requiring agencies to outfit crews with GPS locators and deploy drones to scout out and map blazes. U.S. Sen. Maria …
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:38 p.m.
Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere …
Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 11:17 a.m.
In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires.
Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 1:17 p.m.
Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.
Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 4:20 p.m.
California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says.
Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 12:04 a.m.
While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. Federal and state lawmakers must not only address wildfire suppression, but prevention.
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 5:48 p.m.
The catastrophic wildfire in Northern California is nearly out after several days of rain, but searchers are still completing the meticulous task of combing through now-muddy ash and debris for …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 3:47 p.m.
Rain is helping to extinguish a deadly wildfire in Northern California’s Gold Rush country, but the moisture is also turning ash into thick paste and hindering the hunt for telltale …
Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 2:42 p.m.
Hannah Crenshaw hosts a Thanksgiving dinner each year, cooking turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes – her favorite – for up to 15 guests at her home in Magalia.
Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 7:36 p.m.
Authorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results …
Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 2:37 p.m.
Finland’s president isn’t sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country’s routine for managing its substantial forests.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those …
Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 5:48 p.m.
Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’
Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 5:54 p.m.
Rich or not, famous or not, there was little reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest …
Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 12:32 p.m.
The Los Angeles Rams have canceled practice after a wildfire forced about 20 players and coaches to evacuate their homes. The Rams will cram their normal Friday preparations into a …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:43 p.m.
A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 3:17 p.m.
Two sagging Pacific Gas & Electric power lines made contact, sparked and ignited a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and injured a firefighter, officials said Tuesday.
Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:19 p.m.
A swift Utah wildfire fanned by high winds has more than doubled its size as it burns through dry terrain and forces evacuations of hundreds of homes, the U.S. Forest …
Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 2 p.m.
A major interstate that connects California and Oregon reopened Monday after a wildfire roared along the roadway and forced a six-day closure while burned trees and charred vehicles were removed.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:15 p.m.
Authorities say an avid hiker who was missing in western Washington state after becoming disoriented by hazy wildfire smoke has been located.
Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
It’s tough enough getting ready for high school football season, but harder still when coaches are prohibited from putting their teams on the field outdoors for practice. The poor air …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 11:35 p.m.
Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the “hazardous” range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 1:56 p.m.
The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has …
Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.
Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 4 p.m.
Yosemite National Park reopened its scenic valley Tuesday after a nearly three-week closure due to nearby wildfires but advised visitors to expect smoky air, limited lodging and food services at …
Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 4:30 a.m.
Car tab fees would be used to pay for paving of dirt road to small, historic neighborhood near Kendall Yards
City officials and neighbors say paving a 900-foot stretch of dirt road is necessary due to the threat of uncontrollable fires and stormwater runoff. But a citizens board tasked with …
Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing …