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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Wenaha trails get TLC after 2015 wildfires

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.

In Cape Horn fire, band of residents helped save neighborhood

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.

Wildfire reforestation underway on Colville National Forest

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...

Tower Fire closure lifted, but some roads, trails still blocked

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...

Hopeful news about fire-scorched Colville campgrounds south of Republic

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...

Fire-related access restrictions change in Kettle Range, CdA drainage

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...

Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson

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.