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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 10:08 a.m.

Cooler temperatures, more precipitation key to fewer large wildfires, less smoke

Fewer smoke-filled days this summer showed that 2017 and 2018 may not be the new weather norm for the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

Fire crews fully contain CCC fire in Cataldo

Firefighters on Thursday fully contained a 450-acre wildfire in Cataldo, Idaho, about 30 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Lands. Burning …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Forest Fire prevention icon Smokey Bear is turning 75

There will be 75 candles on his birthday cake and Smokey Bear still hopes none of them start a forest fire.


Crews battle wildfires in Franklin County and Colville Reservation

The Sulphur Fire in Franklin County had burned 1,000 acres and the Williams Flats Fire in Ferry County in the Colville Reservation was estimated at 400 acres Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

Weather service warns of potential for wildfires to sprout heading into the weekend

A Red Flag Warning will be in affect until about 8 p.m. Friday evening, the NWS tweeted. Strong winds are expected throughout the afternoon, with gusts up to 30 mph.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 3:50 p.m.

Senators to introduce bipartisan wildfire bill

Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Crews stablize Cheney-area wildfires, expect progress

The Cheney Complex Fire, made up of four fires, is 65 percent contained as of Friday eveing, which has not changed since Thursday night.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Crews continue to fight Cheney-area wildfires that are 20% contained

Fire crews in Cheney on Thursday


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Storm brought 3,500 lightning strikes to Inland Northwest

The storm blew over trees and sparked numerous fires, most of which were quickly doused by firefighters or heavy rain.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Crews suppress Spokane County wildfire, U.S. 395 reopens

Crews put out a small wildfire near the intersection of Half Moon Road and state Highway 395 Thursday afternoon, allowing the highway’s northbound lane to reopen after a lengthy closure.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Wildfire burns 7,800 acres in Grant County

A wildfire that started Sunday near Mattawa in Grant County has burned roughly 7,800 acres of grass and sagebrush, created whirlwinds of smoke and prompted home evacuations.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Northern Quest Fourth of July fireworks show halted after it sparked 5 brush fires

What was supposed to be the “largest fireworks show between Seattle and Billings, Montana” was cut short after it sparked five brush fires in the first 10 minutes.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

As they prepare for smoke season, Spokane leaders consider adding more air monitors and protections for homeless

The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

Wildfire burns 3,000 acres on Colville Indian Reservation

A wildfire that burned roughly 3,000 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation was about 60% contained on Monday afternoon, and immediate evacuation orders for nearby residents had been lifted, officials …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Crews battling small wildfire that spread from structure fire west of Cheney

A structure fire spread into nearby trees and grass near Cheney Friday morning, prompting a response from local and state fire crews.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Grant County fire is nearly finished as Spokane air returns to ‘good’

The 243 Command Fire in Grant County that spewed smoke across Eastern Washington earlier this week has entered its final throes of life.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some growth because of overnight winds; air returns to ‘moderate’ in Spokane

A day after it made Spokane’s air quality the worst in the country, Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some overnight growth spurred by strong westerly winds.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:33 a.m.

Washington’s first major wildfire of 2019 grows to 5,000 acres in Grant County; wind-borne smoke briefly made Spokane’s air quality worst in country

A wildfire in Grant County – Washington’s first major fire event of 2019 – near the Wanapum Dam grew to more than 5,000 acres Tuesday as it burned its way …