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Flash flood warning for north central Washington

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The National Weather Service says heavy rain is falling Thursday morning over north central Washington, including areas left bare by recent wildfires.


Rain falls on some Eastern Washington wildfires

SPOKANE — The National Weather Service says up to a half inch of rain fell in the overnight storm on the east slopes of the North Cascades, including some parts …


Thunderstorms may cool off hot Northwest

SEATTLE — Forecasters say near-record temperatures Monday in the Northwest will likely be followed by thunderstorms Tuesday that could spark more wildfires.


Fires char 256,000 acres, leave little winter food for deer

Washington’s largest deer herd will have to be reduced by hunting and winter feeding is planned for the survivors in the aftermath of wildfires torching the Methow Valley. Wildlife managers …


Inslee files request for federal fire disaster aid

OLYMPIA – Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a request to the federal government. …


State seeks major disaster aid for fires

Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover the losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee says in a request to the federal government.


Evacuations ordered as new fire flares in Methow Valley

WINTHROP, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee flew to the Methow Valley to talk with local officials about recovering from last week’s fires that are slowly being contained in Central Washington. …


During Inslee visit, new wildfire flares near Winthrop

As Gov. Jay Inslee’s small turboprop plane touched down at the Methow Valley airport, a new wind-whipped blaze, started by sparks from the rim of a flattened trailer tire dragged …


Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. — A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated.


Officials seek new funding channel for fighting wildfires

With nearly 1 million acres burned by wildfires across Washington and Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is stumping for reforms in how the federal government pays for fighting fires. Strapped …


Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control. With more rain in the forecast, …


Thunderstorms forecast Wednesday in Washington

SEATTLE — Forecasters say a stormy day Wednesday could bring heavy rain to Western Washington and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington where lightning could spark new wildfires and flash floods could …


Forecast brings firefighters hope

Cooler weather and calmed winds aided firefighters attempting to corral the largest wildfire in Washington state history. With more than 240,000 acres of the scenic Methow Valley area blackened and …


UPDATED: Sat., July 19, 2014, 9:29 p.m.

Fast growing fire near Fishtrap Lake

There is a large, fast growing fire near Fishtrap Lake in Lincoln County that is rapidly spreading east into Spokane County. Fire engines have responded from Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman …


UPDATED: Fri., July 18, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

Up to 100 homes lost in Washington wildfire

A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said. Okanogan County Sheriff …


Washington wildfires prompt state of emergency declaration

OLYMPIA — A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires that threaten several hundred homes.


Area wildfires break out amid hot, dry conditions

Crews are battling spreading wildfires in Central Washington as dry, breezy and hot conditions raise concerns.


Inslee: Fires will worsen without emission control

OLYMPIA – With wildfire season approaching, Gov. Jay Inslee used an annual exercise to push for more controls on carbon emissions, saying forest fires will get worse in Washington if …


Scientists fight logging of fire-ravaged forests

RENO, Nev. – More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws …


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 …