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Music drifted over a Spokane Valley backyard as Sage Butler walked down the stairs in a gown, smiling at her fiancé, Jason Hoover, who tearfully looked back at her.
Children play among lush green pine trees as hikers come off the John Wayne Trail to pick up lunch and a U.S. Postal Service truck rumbles by – that’s what leaders in the Malden recovery effort dream a typical summer day will look like a few years down the road.
Climate change has made fire season longer and fires burn more quickly in the western U.S., leaving many to wonder how these communities can protect themselves.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 9, 2021
WASHINGTON – After the sun set on Memorial Day, the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol was lowered, folded and mailed from the D.C. office of Sen. Patty Murray to the mayor of Malden.
The rural town of Malden didn’t have much to offer when it came to amenities, but it had decades of history and a quiet sense of community.
Last Labor Day, a line of cars rushed through smoke, fire looming on both sides of the road, as residents evacuated Malden and Pine City.
A town that rose and fell on the railroads, much of the evidence of Malden's brief booming period in the early 20th century was swept away by the Labor Day fire of 2020.
Jim Jacobs lived with his wife, Joy, in Malden for 26 years. Then the fire of Labor Day 2020 threatened their future.
The morning of Sept. 7, 2020, lived up to the red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service.
Tami Van Dyke froze outside her front door as a wall of flames 30 feet high leaped off the top of the small bridge across Pine Creek just 600 yards away.
Fri., Sept. 3, 2021