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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 …


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 …