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Wildfires still a threat

YAKIMA – Firefighters dug fire lines and lit backfires Wednesday in an effort to contain several large wildfires burning across 170 square miles of Eastern Washington after cooler weather overnight …


Fires still burning throughout the region

Three wildfires have burned about 100,000 acres west of Spokane, keeping hundreds of firefighters busy trying to corral the blaze and protect homes and other buildings. Smoke-filled skies prompted health …


Fire south of Spokane spreads

The Apache Pass wildfire burning about 40 miles southwest of Spokane spread overnight as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain 18,000 burning acres.


Lightning sparks fires across middle of state

The Wenatchee River Ranger District reported 12 fires started by lightning early Sunday. Most of the fires are in the lower Wenatchee Valley, but some are also near Lake Wenatchee, …


Taylor Bridge fire altered lives, land

CLE ELUM – Walking through the ash and debris that was once her home, Cris Ellingson tries to recall what it once held. Amid the twisted, melted, scorched remains, she …


Kittitas fire may be sign of future

SEATTLE – Even before the evacuations, before the trees went up in bursts of red and orange, before lightning-fast flames flashed through dry grasses and reduced 63 homes and buildings …


Taylor Bridge fire 25 percent contained

Interstate 90 remained open Wednesday as crews battled the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash., but sections of other roads were closed. “It will remain open right now,” Megan …


Evacuated residents returning to convent today

Residents evacuated from a northwest Spokane convent on Monday due to a brush fire will be allowed to return today.


Wildfire grows in Idaho forest

BOISE – Firefighters on Sunday faced the possibility of a long battle against a wildfire burning in heavy timber 50 miles east of Boise after an intense effort a day …


Forest thinning kept brush fire small

A forest-thinning project helped contain a wildfire in northern Stevens County last month, preventing the blaze from spreading through a rural neighborhood, state officials said. The May 6 blaze occurred …


Normal fire season predicted for our area, but stay tuned

For more than a decade, scientists and land managers have worked together to produce fire season forecasts for the Western United States. They take into account fuel conditions, like dry …


Dangerous fire season looms

DENVER – The West’s 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. It took a …


NW Today: Officials brace for dangerous wildfire season

DENVER — A prolonged drought and record-breaking temperatures have many Western states preparing for another active — and dangerous — wildfire season.


Forest lover helped wildfires study take root in North Idaho

Harry Gisborne was an irascible man – irritable, demanding and brilliant. For nearly three decades, he sought to understand how weather and topography affect the spread of wildfires. Most of …


Hangman Valley fire spares dozen homes

Crews from multiple agencies battled a brush fire that threatened several homes near the Hangman Valley Golf Course on Saturday afternoon. Twelve houses were threatened by the blaze, which officials …


Heat likely to keep Washington wildfires burning

Warm, dry weather is forecast to continue at least through the weekend in Washington, where firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has burned nine homes and 10 outbuildings …


Oregon wildfires grow; Hood blaze jumps line

PORTLAND – Hot, dry weather complicated efforts Saturday to fight wildfires across Oregon as crews ordered the evacuation of recreation areas near Sisters and a blaze near Mount Hood jumped …


Crews slow Silver Peak fire near gondola and homes

A fire that burned 20 to 25 acres south of Kellogg on Wednesday is suspicious in origin. The fire, reported about 2 p.m. just south of town, burned south toward …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 17, 2011, 8:56 p.m.

30-acre fire burning in south Spokane County

Multiple agencies are responding to a 30-acre fire near Long Road in south Spokane County at the Whitman County line.


Holiday comes on opening of fire season

SEATTLE – The National Weather Service says Washington residents will soon forget the cool, wet spring they’ve been complaining about, because they are forecasting a warm, dry summer for the …


West may see longer fire season

The U.S. Forest Service said earlier this month that the West may be in for “a severe wildfire season.” The wet winter and spring has resulted in a “bumper crop …


Quiet wildfire season expected in NW

OLYMPIA – The La Niña weather pattern might be responsible for everything from flooding along the Mississippi to violent tornadoes in the South and Midwest. One thing it will be …


Widely used fire retardant gets federal scrutiny

BOULDER, Colo. – Lost in the images of aircraft dropping giant red plumes of retardant on a Colorado wildfire last week is the fact that the practice may not be …


Crews gain footing on central Idaho wildfires

A wildfire burning on about 1,300 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in central Idaho was mostly contained today, but crews remained cautious with warmer temperatures expected later this week.


Fire crews get weather’s help in Idaho

BOISE – Fire crews on Saturday gained the upper hand on some fires thanks to cooler weather in Idaho. Most of the fires were touched off by lightning strikes. The …


Cooler weather helps control Washington wildfires

Cooler temperatures and calmer winds today are helping firefighters control wildfires that flared up across Eastern Washington in Thursday’s hot, gusty winds.


Fires blaze across Inland Northwest

Bone-dry conditions throughout the Inland Northwest, combined with “erratic, gusty winds,” fueled fires across the region Thursday, charring thousands of acres and destroying at least two homes. By 9:30 p.m., …


Wildfire evacuations ordered in central Idaho

Authorities in central Idaho today asked Valley County residents living in homes or condominiums at the Tamarack Resort to clear out as firefighters battle the wind-fanned flames of a nearby …


Winds, wildfire danger in Eastern Washington

Forecasters say a cold front blowing through the Northwest today is bringing winds that increase the wildfire danger in Eastern Washington.


Examining the legacy of the 1910 fires

One hundred years after the nation’s largest wildfires blazed across the Northern Rockies, blackening hillsides as far as the eye could see, the question lingers: Could the Big Burn happen …