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New bill would help rural communities devastated by wildfires that currently do not qualify for federal aid.
The smoke is long gone from the wildfires that closed much of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness last summer, but concerns linger for hikers, hunters and horse groups.
With another fire season looming, families in Stevens County are still trying to recover from last summer’s devastating Carpenter Road wildfire.
The Cape Horn Fire near Bayview, Idaho, was sparked one year ago this week and quickly blew up into a dangerous and fast-moving wildfire. With smoke and flames bearing down on their idyllic neighborhood overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, a group of homeowners chose not to evacuate. They stayed for days to help save their homes.
The residents of Bayview and homeowners along Cape Horn Road have waited a year for answers to what nearly was a catastrophic wildfire for the community on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille.
PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest has begun reforestation efforts following the 2015 wildfires, the worst recorded in Washington. Crews are packing thousands of seedlings into burned areas as the snow recedes and specialized crews are applying straw and wood mulch from a helicopter...
In a pilot project that has attracted national attention – and some controversy – the Colville National Forest has turned to a timber company to help it restore the forest.
Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark used charred hillsides from the Rutter Canyon Fire north of Spokane Wednesday as the backdrop to announce a $24 million proposal to strengthen state and local wildland firefighting efforts.
WILDFIRES -- As fall rains help extinguish the last of the Tower Fire across the Washington-Idaho border between the Pend Oreille and Priest River drainages, the Forest Service is lifting area closures but keeping road and trail closures in place. Keeping roads and trail closed...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denies aid to individual homeowners burned out by last summer’s wildfires in Eastern Washington.
OLYMPIA – The federal government will reimburse some, but maybe not all, local governments and tribes for a portion of their costs fighting this summer’s record wildfires.
Some counties and the Colville tribe will get disaster aid to cover part of the costs of this summer’s historic wildfires.
PUBLIC LANDS -- Wildfires that stormed through the Colville Indian Reservation toward Republic this summer leaped through some prized Forest Service campgrounds and Long Lake, a fly-fishing only trout fishery. But not all was lost. "The campgrounds at Swan, Long and Ferry all received low...
Poor forest conditions leave areas prone to disease and wildfire, which results in more severe fire seasons. But this year, as it has eight times in the last 13 years, the Forest Service was forced to borrow from its thinning and forest-preservation programs to pay for firefighting.
PUBLIC LANDS -- Wildfire activity has decreased allowing more access to a portion of the Kettle Crest in northeastern Washington today. However, fire activity has increased in North Idaho, prompting new road and trail closures in the Coeur d'Alene River drainage. Read on for Forest...
A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of damage to 18 primary residences, the natural resources and surrounding communities during a very dry summer,” said Marcella Teters, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ superintendent for the Spokane Indian Reservation, in a statement released jointly by the bureau and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
A wildfire that has scorched nearly 64,000 acres of land in Stevens County and on the Spokane Indian reservation was started by an arsonist, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday.