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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Road 11 wildfire sends smoke to Spokane

The fire in the Mansfield area of Douglas County burned 10,000 acres and briefly sent wildfire smoke along Highway 2 into the Spokane area on Saturday evening. 

House fire near Bridgeport leaves two unaccounted for

Two people escaped Sunday night when a fire tore through their home near Bridgeport, Washington, but another two residents remained unaccounted for Monday afternoon, according to Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris.

Firefighters make headway as mop-up continues

Barring wind-fanned hotspots, the region’s three big wildfires should remain mostly contained through the weekend as hundreds of firefighters on Saturday continued mop-up across more than 46,600 scorched acres in two counties.

Firefighters hold lines in Douglas County wildfires

WATERVILLE, Wash. — Firefighters are holding the lines against a couple of big wildfires burning near Waterville in central Washington. Fire spokesman Jeff Sevigney said Monday that crews kept the fires within established perimeters overnight and continued to strengthen fire lines.

Douglas County fires grow to 18,000 acres, neighborhood evacuated

Fires that started Friday evening in Douglas County have grown to nearly 18,000 acres in size and prompted a mandatory Level 3 evacuation for the Rimrock Meadows community, as of Saturday night. The fires are believed to have been started by lightning strikes Friday night, said Bill Slosson, chief deputy state fire marshal.

Evacuations ordered as wildfire approaches Douglas County community

Fires that started Friday evening in Douglas County have grown to nearly 18,000 acres in size and prompted a mandatory Level 3 evacuation for the Rimrock Meadows Community, as of Saturday night. The fires are believed to have been started by lightning strikes Friday night, said Bill Slosson, chief deputy state fire marshal.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The auto was firmly established in Spokane, as evidenced by the fact that Spokane now had 42 auto dealers and supply houses. In fact, there were so many auto businesses that a grand auto show was being planned in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel.

Northwest’s cheap power drawing bitcoin miners

When two Stanford University grads wanted to start a bitcoin company, they looked for the lowest power rates in the country. A map comparing energy rates led them to Central Washington, where hydroelectric dams churn out electricity that costs industrial customers less than 2 cents per kilowatt.

Wildfire risks to homes lessened

Evacuation notices have been lifted in the Grand Coulee area, where the Barker Canyon wildfire complex destroyed three homes and nine outbuildings since it began last weekend. Karen Ripley, spokeswoman for the Interagency Incident Management Team, said no one has been injured by the two wildfires – Barker Canyon and Leahy – that make up the Barker Canyon Complex.