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State taking positive steps to stem wildfires

The DNR plan points to prescribed burns, thinning and the steady harvesting of small-diameter trees to help restore forest health.

California wildfire insurance claims top $3.3 billion

Property damage claims from a series of deadly October wildfires now exceed $3.3 billion, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday.

Gianforte calls for lawsuit reform, more money for wildfires

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte says blocking frivolous lawsuits and boosting emergency spending on wildfires would help restore Montana’s forests to better health.

Flames wane but wildfire hazards remain for hikers, hunters

While the flames have been doused in most areas, Northwest wildfires continue to impact mountain access for hikers and hunters.

Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.

California fires razed 8,400 buildings, evacuees check homes

Some Northern California residents who fled their houses nearly two weeks ago as wildfires threatened them started returning home Friday to see what is still standing. Authorities raised the number …

In brief: Conrad Anker presents climbing film to benefit wildfire relief

Although the climbing movie MERU has already played in Spokane, there are several good reasons to see it again when it screens tonight (Oct. 19) , 7 p.m., at the …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.

Massive Oregon wildfire may help fight against tree disease

BROOKINGS, Ore. – Usually the parking lot at Brookings’ harbor is filled with boat trailers, rusty pickup trucks and tourists. But this day in late August is not a usual …

Crew completes stabilization efforts on Montana dormitory

The efforts to stabilize the remains of a historic Montana dormitory that was severely damaged by an Aug. 31 wildfire are done.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

Wildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left others missing in the country’s second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

Lighter winds help crews gain on California wildfires

With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

California firefighters say they’re gaining the upper hand

With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they were finally getting the upper hand against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the …

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

Fire District 3 sends crew, engine to help in California

In response to a call for assistance, Clark County Fire District 3 on Friday afternoon sent an engine to respond to the fires ravaging Northern California.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

Rising winds fanned the Northern California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state’s fabled wine country and destroying more buildings.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Teams report first progress against wine country wildfires

Communities in Northern California prepared for another day under siege Friday, despite being driven to exhaustion by evacuations, destruction and danger in the deadliest week of wildfires the state has …

Goodman: Trump lies as global warming’s victims die

Legendary independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone often cautioned, “All governments lie.” But even Izzy would have been dizzy with the deluge of lies pouring out of the Trump administration, including …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

Searchers look for bodies in California’s charred ruins

Search-and-rescue teams, some with cadaver dogs, started looking for bodies Thursday in parts of California wine country devastated by wildfires, authorities said, sounding a warning that more dead were almost …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Ashes and stinging smoke mark devastation in wine country

Newly homeless residents of California wine country awoke to shattered lives Tuesday, a day after wildfires killed at least 15 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

Wine country wildfires torch California homes

Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes and businesses burned in wine …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Cool, damp weather brings relief to U.S. wildfire outlook

Cool, damp weather has brought relief from wildfires in the northwestern U.S., North Idaho and Western Montana, but the fall fire season is getting underway in Southern California, forecasters said …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Holden Village finds new beginning after test of fire, massive mine cleanup

A wildfire and a massive mine cleanup tested Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades. About 4,000 people visit the village each year, which operates in a …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Montana firefighting costs approach $400M

The cost of fighting wildfires in Montana is approaching $400 million at the tail end of the state’s worst wildfire season in two decades.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Western senators say fire-funding fix must be ‘on the next bill’ Congress passes

Western senators, led by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, are launching a full-court press to get a fix for the nation’s wildfire funding system through Congress …

Wildfires delay efforts to return fishers to North Cascades

A state-led effort to return the weasel-like fishers to Washington’s North Cascades has been delayed because of the massive wildfires in British Columbia.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

Montana wildfires: Rain and snow help but won’t end season

Rain snow and cold have replaced heat and smoke after about two dry months on Montana’s fire lines, leaving crews scrambling for extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling wildfires around the country – a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire …

Columbia Gorge trails might be closed for months

Authorities say trails affected by an Oregon wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge might be closed for months.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

FEMA approves disaster assistance for 2 more Montana fires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for two wildfires on northwestern Montana.