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On the eve of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, Ray Kresek says the origins of what he calls the world’s largest Smokey Bear collection – which exists in a crowded but neatly arranged room in the basement of his home on the far North Side of Spokane – can be traced back to 1950.
Eastern Washington and North Idaho are set up for what officials are calling an average wildfire season this year. Exactly how bad the fire season is this year depends on how many get started in the first place, said Laurie Nisbet, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Spokane.
Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.
Simplifying Washington’s fishing regulations is the goal of 13 proposals that will be presented at public meetings across the state by Fish and Wildlife Department fish managers.
WILDFIRES -- A sigh of relief came from fire fighters through the cool damp air on Monday. The rain enabled agencies responsible for managing lands and providing wildland fire protection in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area to lift fire restrictions for the Idaho Panhandle. The...
The world of forest fires and fire prevention offers a lifetime of high adventure from a hiker’s point of view. Some of the best viewpoints in the region are accessed by fire lookout trails.
Washington’s governor says he’s concerned about President Donald Trump’s stated intention of slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget as well as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s skepticism about the cause of climate change.
FIRE PREVENTION -- A free Firewise Communities Workshop will be offered May 17-18 in Spokane by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County Conservation District and Washington State University Extension. The sessions will offer advice on how to adapt to living with wildfire and...
North Idaho forests are burning this year, and despite controversy over management of federal lands, the fires are paying no attention to whether it’s private, state or federal land they gobble up. In fact, two of the state’s most destructive fires, the Cape Horn fire that burned six homes near Bayview and the Clearwater Complex that destroyed 42 homes in Kamiah, have burned largely on private, tribal or state land – in the Cape Horn case, land owned by a private timber company, Stimson Lumber.
It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you. Kitchen fires can be frightening. They can be costly. And they can be deadly. And they happen all the time.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s just a saying, but the Spokane Fire Department, the Red Cross and students from Gonzaga University think it could save lives. This weekend, volunteers from those organizations will canvas the Logan neighborhood, knocking on doors and checking for homes without smoke detectors. Their work is part of National Fire Prevention Week, and if they find a home in need of a detector, they’ll either install it then or come back in a couple of weeks to install one, free of charge.
Idaho's two GOP senators joined with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden today to launch a new bipartisan push to use the fall budget negotiations in Congress to reform the way the nation funds wildfire prevention.