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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.

Winds fanning wildfire near Wenatchee

A wildfire about 10 miles north of Wenatchee continued to burn through dry grass Monday morning with the forecast of gusty winds.

Grant, Douglas county fires doused

Two fires encompassing thousands of acres in Grant County and Douglas County were extinguished Monday. A home, a shop, an outbuilding and several vehicles were confirmed destroyed in the McConihe …

More Wash. wildfires but fewer acres burned in 2009

The state Department of Natural Resources says firefighters fought more blazes on state-protected land this year, but fewer acres burned.

40,000-acre fire destroys cafe near Yakima

A wildfire that raged across at least 62 1/2 square miles has destroyed a well-known cafe east of Yakima.

Wildfires burn across region

Wildfires near Okanogan in north-central Washington destroyed at least two homes and prompted a temporary evacuation Saturday. The Oden Road fire has burned more than 6,000 acres, and about 200 …

Grant County wildfires no longer threaten homes

EPHRATA — Firefighters from across Washington have arrived in central Washington’s Grant County and a complex of four wildfires there no longer threatens homes.

Washington fire crews brace for new storms

YAKIMA – Fire crews across Washington continue to fight numerous fires, as they prepare for a new round of thunderstorms that could bring additional lightning.

British Columbia on wildfire alert

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Almost 3,000 people have been evacuated since Sunday and 85 percent of British Columbia remains on high alert as lighting strikes and tinder-dry forests continue to fuel …

Firefighters gaining control of Chelan wildfire

CHELAN — A wildfire that had threatened more than 100 homes near Chelan laid down in cooler weather overnight.

Crews gain ground on wildfire near Chelan

CHELAN — Firefighters gained some ground Wednesday on a wildfire threatening homes near Chelan in north-central Washington, as more firefighters arrived to the scene.

Crews work about 40 fires across region

A six-acre fire north of Spokane Valley near Arbor Crest winery was surrounded by bulldozer lines early this morning, and state firefighters were mopping up the blaze, which is in …

Crews gain upper hand over Ephrata fire

EPHRATA — More than 50 firefighters are battling a 120-acre wildfire near Ephrata in central Washington.

Wildfire risk in drying Eastern Washington

The state fire marshal’s office says projected dry conditions will lead to above-normal wildfire danger this summer in parts of Eastern Washington.

Wildfire crews head Down Under

Dozens of wildfire specialists from around the West, including a soil erosion expert from Moscow, Idaho, have headed to Australia to help combat massive fires. Multiple blazes have charred more …

Wildfires, tax breaks don’t mix

The West is in the middle of another devastating fire season, with flames threatening posh communities like Sun Valley and smoke filling the valleys of Montana. So far, knock on …

Fires no threat to tourist areas

BOISE – Despite the destructive fire season, Idaho officials say most of the state’s tourist areas haven’t been affected – even if people think they have. “Many of the wildfires …

Tonasket-area fire grows beyond 8,000 acres

The Tunk Grade fire, south of Tonasket, Wash., escalated to more than 8,000 acres Monday afternoon, prompting authorities to call for state mobilization. Meanwhile, smaller fires are burning on the …