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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 …


Flash flood warning for north central Washington

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The National Weather Service says heavy rain is falling Thursday morning over north central Washington, including areas left bare by recent wildfires.


Rain falls on some Eastern Washington wildfires

SPOKANE — The National Weather Service says up to a half inch of rain fell in the overnight storm on the east slopes of the North Cascades, including some parts …


Thunderstorms may cool off hot Northwest

SEATTLE — Forecasters say near-record temperatures Monday in the Northwest will likely be followed by thunderstorms Tuesday that could spark more wildfires.


Fires char 256,000 acres, leave little winter food for deer

Washington’s largest deer herd will have to be reduced by hunting and winter feeding is planned for the survivors in the aftermath of wildfires torching the Methow Valley. Wildlife managers …


Inslee files request for federal fire disaster aid

OLYMPIA – Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a request to the federal government. …


State seeks major disaster aid for fires

Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover the losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee says in a request to the federal government.


Evacuations ordered as new fire flares in Methow Valley

WINTHROP, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee flew to the Methow Valley to talk with local officials about recovering from last week’s fires that are slowly being contained in Central Washington. …


During Inslee visit, new wildfire flares near Winthrop

As Gov. Jay Inslee’s small turboprop plane touched down at the Methow Valley airport, a new wind-whipped blaze, started by sparks from the rim of a flattened trailer tire dragged …


Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. — A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated.


Officials seek new funding channel for fighting wildfires

With nearly 1 million acres burned by wildfires across Washington and Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is stumping for reforms in how the federal government pays for fighting fires. Strapped …


Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control. With more rain in the forecast, …


Thunderstorms forecast Wednesday in Washington

SEATTLE — Forecasters say a stormy day Wednesday could bring heavy rain to Western Washington and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington where lightning could spark new wildfires and flash floods could …


Forecast brings firefighters hope

Cooler weather and calmed winds aided firefighters attempting to corral the largest wildfire in Washington state history. With more than 240,000 acres of the scenic Methow Valley area blackened and …


UPDATED: Sat., July 19, 2014, 9:29 p.m.

Fast growing fire near Fishtrap Lake

There is a large, fast growing fire near Fishtrap Lake in Lincoln County that is rapidly spreading east into Spokane County. Fire engines have responded from Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman …


UPDATED: Fri., July 18, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

Up to 100 homes lost in Washington wildfire

A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said. Okanogan County Sheriff …


Washington wildfires prompt state of emergency declaration

OLYMPIA — A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires that threaten several hundred homes.


Area wildfires break out amid hot, dry conditions

Crews are battling spreading wildfires in Central Washington as dry, breezy and hot conditions raise concerns.


Inslee: Fires will worsen without emission control

OLYMPIA – With wildfire season approaching, Gov. Jay Inslee used an annual exercise to push for more controls on carbon emissions, saying forest fires will get worse in Washington if …


Scientists fight logging of fire-ravaged forests

RENO, Nev. – More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws …