Stories tagged: wildfires
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 …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 10:49 a.m.
Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze
The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has destroyed 20 homes and spread across more than …
Tue., July 26, 2016, 11:08 a.m.
Drone operator who flew over Montana wildfire under investigation
BILLINGS – Authorities are considering criminal charges against the operator of a drone that hampered firefighting efforts during a wildfire near Billings. The Billings Gazette reports that the unmanned aircraft …
Wed., July 6, 2016
Verner, Upthegrove top lands commissioner field
Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but …
Sun., July 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
Recovery is slow for families affected by Carpenter Road fire in 2015
With another fire season looming, families in Stevens County are still trying to recover from last summer’s devastating Carpenter Road wildfire.
Sun., July 3, 2016
Please obey fireworks bans
As for fireworks, those have been banned in Spokane and most of the county since for more than 20 years, and for good reason. One spark, regardless of the source, …
Sat., June 25, 2016
Senate bill takes steps to improve wildfire fight
Called the Wildfire Budgeting, Response, and Forest Management Act, it would, yet again, attempt to end the trick called “fire borrowing,” where money for forest management, fire prevention and treatment …
Thu., June 23, 2016, 11:45 p.m.
Latest California wildfire burns buildings, spurs evacuation
Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities said.
Thu., June 23, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
Agency hopes apps will keep drones away from wildfires
Federal authorities are seeking a high-tech solution for the increasing problem of hobby drones flying over active wildfires and endangering airplane and helicopter pilots trying to put out blazes.
Wed., June 22, 2016, 6:08 p.m.
More than 500 wildland firefighters training in Deer Park
More than 500 firefighters are training this week at Deer Park High School to prepare for another potentially devastating wildfire season.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
Washington firefighters helping with Fort McMurray wildfire
Twenty firefighters from federal agencies in north-central Washington are in Alberta to help with fires burning near Fort McMurray. Sixteen of the crew members are from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Wed., May 25, 2016, 7 p.m.
Landers: Most forest recreation areas open for holiday with some restrictions
Most of the region’s public lands campgrounds are opening just in time for the Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial opening of the camping season. However, some roads and trails …
Wed., May 4, 2016, 3:08 p.m.
Fuel breaks to reduce wildfire risk being built in SW Idaho
Federal officials plan to start putting in emergency fuel breaks this week in southwest Idaho to reduce wildfire risk.
Sat., April 30, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
National Arson Awareness week begins Monday
National Arson Awareness Week will run Monday through May 7 with a focus this year on preventing wildfire arson.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 5:57 a.m.
2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe
The nation’s top wildfire-fighting official says the 2016 season isn’t expected to be as bad as last year, when a record 15,800 square miles burned nationwide.
Wed., April 27, 2016, 5:14 p.m.
Record temperatures in April accelerate snow melt
Summertime temperatures in April accelerated the snow melt in Washington’s mountains, revising the outlook for summer water supplies.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
Post-wildfire closures affect fishing access in Colville Forest
Wildfires that scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in 2015 have left some northeastern Washington fishing waters inaccessible at least for the start of the 2016 fishing season.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 3 p.m.
Doug Clark: Smokey Bear getting long in the tooth, but still popular
Smokey Bear enthusiasts gathered in Coeur d’Alene this week for their semi-annual convention. Doug Clark dropped in.