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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 …


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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 …


Fire closes stretch of Highway 21

The Idaho Department of Transportation closed an 11-mile section of state Highway 21 in central Idaho due to a wildfire near the road in the Salmon-Challis National Forest on Saturday.


Q-and-A: Author Stephen Pyne

Stephen Pyne, a history professor at Arizona State University, has written extensively about the 1910 Fire. His books include “Fire in America” and “Year of the Fires,” which describe how …


Pulaski’s legacy alive in standard fire tool

Every soot-smudged wildland firefighter knows the name pulaski – even if they don’t know the man Pulaski. That’s because Ed Pulaski cemented his legacy when he welded the head of …


Homes remain largely untouched by blazes

• A fire started by lightning that threatened some homes in a subdivision near East Wenatchee, Wash., rapidly burned through about 3 square miles of grass, brush and wheat. A …


Lightning-sparked fires in WA prompt smoke warning

Even as many wildfires seemed to be winding down, the Washington Department of Ecology warned Monday that smoke from blazes in the north-central part of the state was spreading throughout …


Winds hamper battles against three wildfires

CASHMERE, Wash. – Three wildfires were burning in north-central Washington on Saturday as firefighters battled high winds.


Fast-moving wildfire prompts evacuations near Cashmere

A fast-moving northcentral Washington wildfire has prompted an evacuation order for at least 20 homes in a grassy canyon in the Cashmere area.


Southwest Idaho fires threaten homes

At least three homes were damaged and dozens more evacuated as a wind-whipped grassfire northwest of Idaho’s capital city expanded to thousands of acres and threatened rural subdivisions.


Yellowstone fire grows to 515 acres

Nearly 170 firefighters are battling a 515-acre wildfire burning in the backcountry near the center of Yellowstone National Park.


Yellowstone fire burning 385 acres

A 385-acre wildfire is burning near the center of Yellowstone National Park. A research flight discovered the fire burning two miles south of Beach Lake on Sunday. Gusty winds helped …


Burning banned on Washington state lands for summer

The state Department of Natural Resources is banning outdoor burning from July 15 through Sept. 30 on state-protected lands to help prevent wildfires.