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Congress seeks ways to change wildfire funding as feds shift additional $250M to fight fires

With a vicious fire season forcing federal officials to use up most of the Forest Service’s budget on firefighting, the Obama administration urged Congress this week to treat the blazes …


Fire weather watch returns for Sunday

The National Weather Service today has posted a fire weather watch for warm temperatures, low humidity and gusting winds on Sunday afternoon.


Paying for wildfire fight needs new tack, Washington congressman says

The nation needs to find a better way to pay for fighting fires and stop borrowing from money set aside for forest thinning and rehabilitation, said a Washington congressman whose …


Tough Idaho fire season destroys state, federal land

North Idaho forests are burning this year, and despite controversy over management of federal lands, the fires are paying no attention to whether it’s private, state or federal land they …


Heat, wildfires impact play at area golf courses

Smoke was so thick in Colville on certain days, Dominion Meadows golf pro Andy Hite couldn’t see the cart shed located about 30 yards away. Hite didn’t need perfect vision …


Fire danger shuts down access to North Idaho forests

Access to thousands of acres of public forestland in North Idaho will closed beginning Sunday as a result of extreme fire danger.


Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas

Drought and wildfires in the Inland Northwest are raising havoc with fish and wildlife as well as with hunters, hikers, boaters and other recreationists who consider August a prime month …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015, 5:10 p.m.

Spokane region sees better afternoon air

A pall of smoke hung over the Inland Northwest again on Monday, creating unhealthy air quality as wildfires continued to rage across the region. Three of the past four days …


Strategy to reseed burned land takes shape

BOISE – Even as fires ravage landscapes across the West, restoration crews already are on the ground amid the smoke, starting work on plans to reseed and rehabilitate the burned …


Out & About: Some trails reopen at Little Spokane River

OUTBLAZED – Hikers and paddlers are regaining most, but not all, access to the Little Spokane River Natural Area after trails and a trailhead were closed by a 176-acre wildfire …


Wildfires in the region affect campers and outdoor recreation

An expanding fire that recently broke out in Glacier National Park is a prime example of why hikers and campers need to call ahead, browse the Web and stay tuned …


Firefighters camp at Priest Lake will be used for regionwide deployments

Firefighters will be a common sight in Priest Lake this summer, with the creation of a camp that will dispatch crews to wildfires throughout the region. The facilities set up …


UPDATED: Mon., July 13, 2015, 8:46 a.m.

Firefighters hold lines in Douglas County wildfires

WATERVILLE, Wash. — Firefighters are holding the lines against a couple of big wildfires burning near Waterville in central Washington. Fire spokesman Jeff Sevigney said Monday that crews kept the …


Early and intense, wildfire season rages amid concerns

OLYMPIA – The people managing the Department of Natural Resources Dispatch Center are acutely aware of how bad the Northwest’s wildfire season is so far, and how much worse it …


Smoke advisory issued for North Idaho; Spokane air ‘moderate’

Two of Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s monitors are down for repairs, but five others are still providing a comprehensive look at how smoke from wildfires across the region is …


Canadian wildfires lead to evacuations, smoke in U.S.

Canadian soldiers were arriving Tuesday to battle raging wildfires on the country’s west coast, where about 13,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality …


UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2015, 1:31 p.m.

Chelan sheriff seeks help finding pickup seen near start of fire

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help finding a pickup seen near the start of the Sleepy Hollow Fire on June 28.


Crews battle flames near Colville, Springdale

As forest fires continued to burn in Stevens County and across Eastern Washington, officials banned fireworks and open burning. Hot temperatures and winds led to red flag warnings.


Drought conditions drive water restrictions

It’s been nearly six weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across Washington, and experts say conditions are getting worse. In its most recent forecast, the U.S. Drought …


Washington leaders warn of another bad wildfire season

OLYMPIA – With Washington in a drought and facing another difficult fire season, Gov. Jay Inslee and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark held their annual exercise that emphasizes fire preparedness and …


Gov. Inslee declares drought emergency throughout Washington state

OLYMPIA – Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead some farmers to go without water for their crops and some small water districts to look at reductions …


Drought emergency for all of Washington

OLYMPIA — Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead to some farmers going without water for their crops and some small water districts looking at reductions for …


In brief: Controlled fires cease in Upper Coeur d’Alene River area

Controlled burning that started earlier this week should be finishing today, relieving any impacts to hikers and anglers in the Upper Coeur d’Alene River area. Firefighters from the Idaho Panhandle …


Summer fires, dust storms expected due to low snowpack

OLYMPIA – Residents of Eastern and Central Washington should prepare for dust storms as well as wildfires this spring and summer, state officials warned Wednesday. Gov. Jay Inslee and other …


Legislative committee takes on testy wolves and wildfire bills

OLYMPIA – Two of the most contentious issues in rural Eastern Washington, wildfires and wolves, are generating demands for change and a stream of legislative proposals. After a hearing on …


Aero-Flite moving four airplanes to West Plains, creating 50 new jobs

A company that flies and maintains tankers that fight wildfires around the country will make its new home at Spokane International Airport. Aero-Flite Inc. will move four airplanes from Arizona …


Wildfire region reaches out to visitors after tourism hit

Shortly after a wildfire blew up in north-central Washington in July, cancellations started pouring in to Sun Mountain Lodge. In short order, the resort near Winthrop had 800 cancellations – …


Central Washington residents rebuilding after wildfires, flood

TWISP – As summer turns to fall in Central Washington, residents are preparing to fight the third “F” disaster of 2014. First fires. Then flood. Now FEMA. The Methow Valley …


In brief: Recreation areas reopen to public after wildfires

As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry …


Cost of fighting wildfires has doubled since 1998

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how …