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Residents back, U.S. 12 reopens near Lolo fire

LOLO, Mont. – Fire managers at the Lolo Creek Complex of fires near the town of Lolo have reopened U.S. Highway 12 and allowed residents to return to about 250 …


Weather: Little relief seen for tinder-dry conditions

Very dry conditions in the western U.S. have been one reason why the wildfire season has been tough for many firefighters. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, extreme …


Wildfires across West burn homes, close roads

Two lightning-caused fires burning west of the community of Lolo, Mont., grew rapidly Monday, burning homes, closing U.S. Highway 12, and leading authorities to issue evacuation notices and warnings to …


Beaver Creek fire forces more Idaho residents out

HAILEY, Idaho – A wildfire stoked by strong winds made a push to the north Saturday and forced more people from their homes outside the posh central Idaho ski town …


Nespelem fire an accident

A fire that destroyed the Colville Reservation’s headquarters in Nespelem on Monday was an accident, the tribal chairman said fire investigators have ruled. “The best scenario is that it was …


Wildfire burns toward Kittitas County wind farm

WENATCHEE – A wildfire that has burned across 109 square miles of grass, sagebrush and timber in two Central Washington counties churned to the southwest Wednesday, burning to the edge …


Blaze near Wenatchee burns two structures

WENATCHEE – A Saturday morning brush fire burning south of Wenatchee has destroyed a mobile home and another structure. The fire burning on about 1.5 square miles at Colockum Pass …


Crews gain on Lake Wenatchee fire

Officials say a wildfire at Lake Wenatchee is 35 percent contained, a day after burning four vacation homes and charring six acres. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Mick Mueller said the …


Power restored in Winthrop, Twisp after wildfire

OKANOGAN, Wash. — A spokesman for the Okanogan Public Utility District says power has been restored in Winthrop and Twisp.


Officials see need to restrict exploding targets on public lands

Careless shooters blamed for starting wildfires have prompted federal land managers and most state agencies to restrict or ban the use of exploding targets on public lands in Idaho, Washington …


Wildfires becoming more erratic, massive

BOISE – Early morning is a frenetic time at a wildfire command post. Biologists, meteorologists, foresters and firefighters hustle into tents and grab laptops to review overnight reports, prepping for …


Helicopter crews, firefighters practice their skills near Colville

COLVILLE – Fast-strike helicopter fire crews got a chance to hone their skills Wednesday just in time for wildfire season in the Inland Northwest. The Washington Department of Natural Resources …


Drones won’t be used to fight fires

SEATTLE – As the dry weather sets in and the wildfire season beckons, Washington state won’t have an aerial drone to help combat the expected blazes. Earlier this year, the …


Rain delaying Northwest fire season

BOISE – Rain and cooler temperatures mean the wildfire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana will start later than initially predicted, officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said …


Dry winter increases wildfire risk

BOISE – Two small but unseasonably early fires burning in northern California’s wine country and another wind-whipped blaze farther south likely are harbingers of a nasty summer fire season across …


Forest residences boost blaze costs

YAKIMA – The reddish-orange stain on the boulders lining their long rural driveway reminds Susan and Al Maza just how close they came to losing their home to wildfire. The …


High Drive Bluff group needs help finishing work

It’s been a long, dry fire season in the Inland Northwest, putting us at risk for a major fire event. The 1991 firestorm, our region’s worst urban fire event, occurred …


Wildfire threatens Indian school near Omak

A wildfire fanned by gusty winds is threatening an Indian boarding school on the Colville Reservation east of Omak in north central Washington.


Firefighters see progress tackling Washington fires

WENATCHEE – Firefighters are making progress keeping several major wildfires in Washington state at bay as a lull in weather has helped temper new fire growth, authorities said Sunday. There …


Firefighters making progess in central Washington

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress keeping several major wildfires in Washington state at bay, as a lull in weather has helped tempered new fire growth, authorities said …


Wildfire crews wary of lightning

WENATCHEE – Firefighters battling large blazes in Central Washington were on alert Saturday, as possible dry lightning storms and erratic winds had the potential to ignite new blazes or whip …


State sends 22,000 respirators

State health officials have sent about 22,000 respirator masks to areas choked with wildfire smoke in Central and Eastern Washington.


Smoke from wildfires posing health threat

Wildfires burning about 150 miles west of Spokane continue to pollute the city with smoke. Conditions are not expected to improve significantly in the next couple of days, according to …


Wildfire smoke settles in Spokane

Smoke continued to settle across the Inland Northwest throughout Wednesday evening and this morning as wildfires spread.


Hundreds told to evacuate as two wildfires converge

YAKIMA – The rapid growth of Central Washington wildfires prompted more evacuation notices Wednesday as two fire complexes burned closer to each other. Officials urged residents around the Mission Ridge …


Landers: Wolf issue as fiery as woods

Wildfires have smoked out the Inland Northwest hunters and recreationists in many significant areas this month. But before we assess some of the impacts, let’s visit the gray wolf front, …


Fire conditions ripe

A temperature inversion moved into the Wenatchee area Sunday evening, holding smoke close to the ground in a region where 1,700 people are fighting a complex of wildfires burning on …


Inversion holds in smoke at central Wash. fires

SPOKANE — An inversion moved into the Wenatchee area Sunday evening, holding smoke in the region where 1,700 people are fighting a complex of wildfires burning on about 51 square …


Smoky air to continue midweek

Several large wildfires in Idaho and Washington continued to burn while smoky conditions persisted across the Palouse on Saturday, extending the air quality advisory from the National Weather Service office …


Wildfire risks to homes lessened

Evacuation notices have been lifted in the Grand Coulee area, where the Barker Canyon wildfire complex destroyed three homes and nine outbuildings since it began last weekend. Karen Ripley, spokeswoman …