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Humans caused nearly half of fires in Idaho Panhandle

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...

Firewise workshop in Spokane May 17-18

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...

Tough Idaho fire season destroys state, federal land

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.

Fire prevention targets Gonzaga student housing

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.