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Montana company offering wildfire protection to some Spokane home, farm owners

Wildfire Defense Systems, a Bozeman-based company that deploys trained and certified firefighters to several states in the West, has teamed up with State Farm to provide protection services to policyholders in Washington state. Spokane-area policyholders were notified of the new agreement, which took effect April 1, by a mailing from the company earlier this month. 

Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives alleging neglect

A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric's rickety electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility's former executives and board members for alleged dereliction of their duty to ensure the equipment wouldn't kill people.

State video highlights underappreciated, embattled Washington shrub-steppe

Driving by at 60 mph it looks like little more than a dry blur.Washington's eastern desert. But, if you stop and look there is a smorgasbord of life between the Cascades and Spokane: wildflowers, golden eagles, mule deer, burrowing owls, too many grasses to count and, of course, shrubs.

Franz announces proposed legislation for wildfire fighting, prevention

The legislation would create a funding source of $125 million each biennium dedicated to wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience. It's similar to legislation Franz has pushed in the past, but after a fire season as devastating as this last one, Franz has hope that this is the year for it to pass. 

Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic

This year's vast wildfires in far northeastern Russia were linked to broader changes in a warming Arctic, according to a report Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

California fire danger remains high even as winds ease

Fire danger remained high Friday amid unpredictable wind gusts and dry conditions in Southern California, as crews made progress against blazes that burned several homes and injured two firefighters.

Wildfire destroys, damages 20 homes in Reno neighborhood

A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed or damaged about 20 homes in a Reno neighborhood and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Wednesday. It was one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border.

Wind a risk as California fires keep tens of thousands away

Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state.

Utility says its equipment might have sparked California blaze

A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.

Trump changes course, approves California relief for six fires

President Donald Trump's administration this week rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent wildfires among the siege of deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state.