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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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25 years later, lessons from 1991 firestorm make a difference

The fires Oct. 16, 1991, which came collectively to be known as “Firestorm,” ravaged the Spokane area. Fueled by 60 mph winds and 41 days without rain, 92 separate blazes burned approximately 35,000 acres. More than 3,000 calls to 911 were received in 24 hours.

Glenrose neighbors work to reduce wildfire risk

The Glenrose Prairie neighborhood southeast of Spokane is taking up arms against wildfires. In this case, the arms are mowers and chain saws, deployed during periods of cool and damp weather to remove brush and trees, lessening the risk that wildfire will spread to the homes.

Fungus, pests take toll on region’s ponderosas

Patches of red needles on the ponderosa pine trees caught Kent Moline’s attention as he hiked the bluff below High Drive on Spokane’s South Hill this spring. He knew the trees should have already shed their dead needles and “I wondered if it was a pine beetle outbreak,” said Moline, a board member for the nonprofit Friends of the Bluff.

Tree-thinning project good for inmates, forest

Toppling trees at Riverside State Park is helping create a healthier forest of native ponderosa pines. The thinning project is also providing work experience for 50 inmates from Airway Heights Corrections Center while producing winter firewood for low-income families.