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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.


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 …