Stories tagged: wildfires
Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:48 a.m.
Climate change could burn a hole in Forest Service’s budget
Climate change appears to be fueling more wildfires as forest service officials are increasingly concerned they don’t have the funds to effectively handle another devastating season.
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:57 p.m.
U.S. plan to improve firefighter shelters falters
Crews who battle wildfires will have to wait at least another year before getting better fire shelters than those that failed to save 19 firefighters trapped by flames in Arizona …
Sat., April 22, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
Controlled burns planned for east slope of Cascade Range
Federal officials are planning controlled burns on 9,000 acres (3642 hectares) on the east slope of the Cascade Range in Washington state in an effort to reduce the threat of …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 5 a.m.
Washington looking to save 1 million acres from wildfires
State will look for ways to save timberlands from catastrophic wildfires.
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes
Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:47 p.m.
Homeless fund could help prevent wildfires in northeast Washington
Residents in Washington’s northeast counties would get help preparing their homes to withstand wildfires through a fund set up to help the homeless.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5:11 a.m.
Cause of most U.S. wildfires traced to people, study finds
People have triggered five out of six wildfires in the U.S. over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers asks that wildfire fighters be exempted from hiring freeze
In a letter sent a day after Donald Trump’s administration announced exemptions to a hiring freeze would be made for seasonal employees, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and other lawmakers requested …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says maybe now that GOP is in control, Congress will end ‘fire borrowing’
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made her final official visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, said it’s “very frustrating” that after years of pressure and …
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Two juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14
Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 2,400 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Congress nears decision on help to fight wildfires
After months of suggesting different ways the federal government could do a better job of helping fight wildfires, Congress may approve two of them before quitting for the year.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 7:23 a.m.
Recovery begins as rains help put out Tennessee wildfires
After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their …
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 8:50 a.m.
Raging wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee
Raging wildfires fueled by high winds forced the evacuation of thousands of people and were believed to have wiped out an entire resort of more than 100 buildings in the …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 11:10 a.m.
Relentless smoke spreads fear at edge of southern wildfires
Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter, making people breathe in tiny bits …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 11:56 a.m.
Forest Service to hire 1,000 seasonal workers in Northwest
The U.S. Forest Service says it will hire 1,000 temporary workers in the Pacific Northwest for spring and summer jobs.
Sat., Oct. 15, 2016
Habib, McLaughlin for state offices
In the primary races for lieutenant governor and lands commissioner, the editorial board selected candidates who didn’t advance to the general election. The following are our reassessments in those contests. …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Study: Climate change doubles acreage burned in western fires
Human-caused climate change has increased the acres burned in western forest, but it isn’t solely responsible for the incendiary wildfires of recent years, a new study says. Natural climate trends …
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
Sawmill is part of the Colville Tribes’ strategy for a warming climate
As the Confederated Colville Tribes prepare for a hotter, drier future, with more wildfires, they’re planning to reopen a sawmill that will process ponderosa pine.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Yellowstone allows campfires again
Campers in Yellowstone National Park can enjoy campfires again.
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 1:26 p.m.
Yellowstone open for Labor Day weekend, but campfires banned
All major Yellowstone National Park tourist attractions, entrances and roads are open for the long Labor Day weekend despite four wildfires, but visitors will be prohibited from making campfires and …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 11:58 a.m.
Five fires burning in Yellowstone continue to grow
An expected increase in winds along with warm, dry weather has firefighters bracing for more active wildfire growth in Yellowstone National Park.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
Business use of drones takes off as new rules kick in
Unmanned aircraft are transforming natural resource management in the West. Industry officials expect the use of drones to accelerate after the Federal Aviation Administration relaxes the rules for who can …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 9:27 a.m.
Spokane’s air should clear on Wednesday
The air in Spokane is unhealthy all people, officials say, as strong winds continue pushing wildfire smoke across the region.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:44 p.m.
Inslee to get briefing on area fires
Gov. Jay Inslee will visit the operation center Tuesday morning for a briefing on the fires burning in Spokane and around Eastern Washington.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 10:32 p.m.
Southern California wildfire evacuees allowed to return home
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove thousands from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return. …
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 9:37 p.m.
California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog
A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights. …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 11:27 a.m.
Fire roars into California town, wiping out 100-plus homes
A wind-whipped wildfire roared through a Northern California town threatened by a devastating blaze nearly a year ago, wiping out more than 100 homes and businesses and forcing thousands of …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016, 2:44 p.m.
Northern California wildfire forces 4,000 to evacuate
A wildfire destroyed at least 10 homes and forced some 4,000 people to flee their homes in two Northern California towns Sunday as flames jumped a road and moved into …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 10:22 a.m.
Double burnout planned to protect Idaho town from wildfire
Firefighters have set up sprinkler systems on homes in a central Idaho town and also plan to start two simultaneous burnouts Thursday to stop a 78-square-mile wildfire from coming down …
Sun., July 31, 2016, 5:54 p.m.
Fight continues against Big Sur fire; new blaze near Fresno
Crews battled a massive wildfire near California’s Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth day, while a much newer fire in Fresno County …