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State lands commissioner talks conservation, climate change at Dishman Hills

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Wildfire burns near Hanford, remains uncontained

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.

UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Many schools in Washington at risk from earthquakes

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.

UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Crews battling small wildfire that spread from structure fire west of Cheney

A structure fire spread into nearby trees and grass near Cheney Friday morning, prompting a response from local and state fire crews.

Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Vaagen Brothers wins state contract for restoration work on the Colville National Forest

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.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

Silver Lake fire near Cheney is almost burnt out

After three days and 11 miles, the Silver Lake fire that burned 340 acres along Interstate 90 near Cheney is nearly burnt out.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018

Silver Lake fire near Cheney enters mop-up stage

The worst of the Silver Lake fire burning along Interstate 90 near Cheney is likely over as residents return home and firefighters focus Tuesday on mopping up hotspots.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Evacuations ordered for residents near Silver Lake fire along I-90

A fast-moving brush fire quickly grew to 100 acres and its smoke forced brief closures on Interstate 90 in both directions near the Cheney exit as fire officials called for …

UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018

Fire near Spokane dies down, but conditions remain primed for more activity this week

Fire officials say a small wildfire that sparked near Valleyford on Saturday afternoon is unlikely to grow in size.

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018

Red flag warning and burn ban goes into affect

Amid read flag warnings and a burn ban for Central and Eastern Washington, several fires sparked around Spokane Friday afternoon and evening.

UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018

Fire crews prevent large fire in Kittitas County from threatening town of Vantage

Fire crews were able to contain a large fire burning north of Interstate 90 in Kittitas County from threatening structures in the town of Vantage.

‘Challenging’ fire season predicted for Washington

Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.

State must replace hundreds more culverts to save salmon

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a decision that put Washington on the hook for replacing hundreds of culverts in an effort to save salmon while refusing to order federal government …

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

State readies air attack for wildfire season

Washington Department of Natural Resources prepares its fleet of Hueys for wildfire season.

State taking positive steps to stem wildfires

The DNR plan points to prescribed burns, thinning and the steady harvesting of small-diameter trees to help restore forest health.

Judge sides with developers of Washington coal terminal

A judge says Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought by developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington.

Fire danger still high despite recent rain

Fire danger is still listed as high in most of Eastern Washington despite the welcome rain that has been falling this week.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017

100 firefighters on scene as blaze west of Medical Lake grows to over 200 acres

A fire burning west of Medical Lake Sunday afternoon has quickly grew to over 200 acres in size.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

Evacuations for brush fire near Colville canceled

A fast moving brush fire near Colville briefly prompted a Level 3 evacuation notice for residents on Gold Creek Loop Road Friday, but the notice was canceled.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Authorities searching for inmates who escaped fire crew near Oregon border

Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped a fire work crew near Goldendale, near the Oregon border about 70 miles south of Yakima.

Noisy Creek Fire near Sullivan Lake grows to about 1,700 acres; no structures threatened

A fire burning far north of Spokane in Pend Oreille County near Sullivan Lake grew to about 1,700 acres Monday night.

UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017

Snag Fire burning along U.S. Highway 195 south of Spokane mostly contained, fire crews say

The Snag fire burning south of Spokane along U.S. Highway 195 is mostly contained, fire crews said Sunday.

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017

Brush fire threatens home in Stevens County

A wind driven brush fire was threatening one home near Addy in Stevens County Tuesday evening.

Washington looking to save 1 million acres from wildfires

State will look for ways to save timberlands from catastrophic wildfires.

Review of fatal Twisp fire calls for more training, possible change to policy on protecting rural homes

High temperatures and drought created an explosive fire season in Washington in 2015. Fires across the state raged out of control, including one outside of Twisp that killed three U.S. …

Washington DNR deciding whether to add aquatic land to Cherry Point reserve

The state of Washington is deciding whether to protect 45 acres of aquatic lands that had been set aside for a proposed coal-export shipping terminal at Cherry Point.

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 …

Habib, McLaughlin for state offices

In the primary races for lieutenant governor and lands commissioner, the editorial board selected candidates who didn’t advance to the general election. The following are our reassessments in those contests. …

Washington officials seek large expansions of two conservation areas

Washington state officials want to expand two conservation areas with financial assistance from the U.S. Navy, which has concerns about development hampering underwater research.