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Intentional burning of underbrush and dead trees – “prescribed fire” to those who practice it – is increasingly regarded as the key tool in making combustible forests fire-resistant and heading off “megafires.” But the technique is rarely used in the West, and prescribed fire rates actually decreased in the Northwest over the past two decades, one study showed.
The fire that broke out Thursday east of Medical Lake has been fully contained and state-mobilized fire crews have been sent home, the Department of Natural Resources reported Sunday.
Friday fire crews mapped and continued fighting a wildfire that erupted in grass near Medical Lake on Thursday afternoon, destroying a residence and three outbuildings.
A 165-acre wildfire on the West Plains burned several structures, forced the closure of State Route 902, and led to the evacuation of homes and parts of Fairchild Air Force Base before crews brought it under some control Thursday evening.
Four fires, all less than 10 acres in size, were reported burning near the two lakes southwest of Cheney in Spokane County on Sunday evening.
Climate change, potential over-regulation and preventing wildfires are among the top issues debated by six candidates competing to be Washington’s commissioner of public lands.
Washington state campgrounds will close this week to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while day-use areas and trails will remain open.
A 102-year-old man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it’s time to go.”
Inslee’s proposed $273 million in spending on programs to potentially impact climate change this century. His supplemental budget request for protecting children and teachers in seismically unsafe schools is $10 million. And that’s only 40% of what Chris Reykdahl, state superintendent of public instruction, requested in his letter to the governor.
The state Board of Natural Resources on Tuesday adopted a long-term conservation plan for the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that has been protected under a controversial interim plan for almost two decades.
Over 60 people crowded into a little log building at the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Friday night to hear Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz layout her plan to improve the state’s forest health.
The fire was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday and drew response from the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Benton County crews.
At least three fires measuring less than 25 acres required firefighter response throughout the Inland Northwest on Sunday afternoon, one of which sent a gray plume of smoke up over the Mirabeau Park area in Spokane Valley.
Many of Washington’s public schools are at risk of serious damage in an earthquake, with the older buildings among the most vulnerable, a new study ordered by the Legislature said.
A structure fire spread into nearby trees and grass near Cheney Friday morning, prompting a response from local and state fire crews.
Right now, our congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, has the chance to support public lands, outdoor recreation and our Inland Northwest region by voting yes on S. 47, the bipartisan Natural Resources Management Act that recently cleared the U.S. Senate 92-8.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed the biggest conservation bill in years. The Natural Resources Management Act of 2019, S. 47, swells with more than 100 combined pieces of legislation related to public lands, water and natural resources. Many environmentalists are happy: Wins for public lands and wildlife have been scarce in recent years under an alternately hostile and sclerotic GOP-controlled Congress. The bill is expected to sail through the House.
An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending is needed as the Western states put greater pressure on shared resources to fight the larger fires occurring within their borders.
Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. was the successful bidder on a timber sale aimed at making 604 acres of the Colville National Forest more resilient to wildfires.
After three days and 11 miles, the Silver Lake fire that burned 340 acres along Interstate 90 near Cheney is nearly burnt out.