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Sunday, November 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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A year after deadly fire, Paradise pauses to remember

One year after the most devastating wildfire in California history mostly destroyed the town, local officials in Paradise, California, are asking people to pause for 85 seconds beginning at 11:08 …


Overnight fire burns garage in the Shadle neighborhood of north Spokane

A fire in the 5000 block of North Stevens Street destroyed a garage and parked car, but no injuries were reported Sunday.


Spokane Valley apartment fire injures two, kills a dog on Saturday night

A ladder company was needed to ventilate the roof at 210 S. Farr Road just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Six units were damaged in the blaze, believed to have been …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Fire at Wendy’s restaurant in north Spokane causes $50,000 in damage on Saturday

Crews found black smoke billowing from the fast food restaurant at 9114 N. Newport Highway at 4 p.m., but credited emergency plans from a lack of injuries and further damage.


BNSF train engine fails, catches fire in Cheney

A BNSF train caught fire in Cheney Saturday afternoon, closing nearby roads for hours as firefighters responded, KHQ reported.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Fire destroys grain elevator in Whitman County; crews let it burn

The Colfax Fire Department said crews were letting the large blaze burn due to high winds.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Fire destroys Spokane Valley apartment unit, damages another

A fire destroyed a Cedar Chateau Estates apartment unit and damaged another Thursday afternoon. The residents of the damaged Spokane Valley apartment units were evacuated and investigators were working to …


Firefighters taming Southern California blaze as winds fade

Firefighters aided by diminishing winds are taming a Southern California wildfire that damaged or destroyed 30 structures along the northern edge of the city.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Attic fire extinguished in Bemiss neighborhood Thursday evening

Firefighters were called to a home in the 400 block of East Kiernan Avenue shortly after 6:40 p.m. No injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Dozens of Lime scooters damaged in Spokane Valley warehouse fire

Dozens of damaged Lime scooters were piled outside of a Spokane Valley warehouse Monday morning following a fire that blackened the signature green frames and melted the plastic housing that …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Fire chief: Luck saved man accused of setting fire at gas station and hiding in beer cooler during police standoff in downtown Spokane

A routine traffic stop Monday night led to an hours-long armed standoff and fire that reportedly started with a bag of Doritos lit on fire and destroyed a Devine’s gas …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

After 5-hour standoff, SWAT team arrests man inside downtown Spokane gas station he’s accused of setting on fire

Fire engulfed a downtown Spokane gas station after police used gas grenades to try to force the surrender of an armed man barricaded inside.


Bottoms up, fire’s out: German man douses fire with beer

A German motorist is being credited for his quick thinking after his engine caught fire on the Autobahn. He turned to a slightly different foam extinguisher to douse the flames: …


WDFW lifts many fire restrictions

With cooler temperatures and high humidity, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fire restrictions on most department-managed lands in Eastern Washington, according to a news release.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Man suspected of starting fires on the South Hill arrested

Alexander C. L. Menko was booked into Spokane County Jail on two counts of wreckless burning.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Spokane Valley firefighters respond to separate fires at Oxford Suites, manufactured home Sunday night

More than 40 Spokane Valley Fire Department vehicles and a Spokane County Fire District 9 engine were dispatched between two full-response fires at a hotel and a manufactured home on …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Spokane firefighters respond to garage fire early Sunday that spread to two cars, caused explosions

Spokane firefighters kept a large garage fire in the 2500 block of North Sycamore Street from spreading to nearby homes just before 5 a.m. Sunday.


Spokane County burn restrictions to be lifted Friday

Burn restrictions in Spokane County and the Spokane metropolitan area will be lifted Friday. The Spokane Metro Area Fire Marshals are lifting restrictions put in place on July 24 due …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019

Fire at marijuana growing warehouse prompts evacuation; no one hurt

A fire at a marijuana growing warehouse has been deemed accidental but the specific cause remains unknown, a Spokane Valley Fire Department spokesman said Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Spokane mayor releases initial 2020 budget, including money for 20 new police hires and $220 million in construction

Mayor David Condon’s final budget proposal for the City of Spokane includes funding for an additional 20 police officials, roadwork designed to ease congestion on the crowded Hamilton arterial and …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Injured Okanogan firefighter remains in critical condition

Christian Johnson, assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District No. 3, was injured while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire that grew quickly to 142 acres on Sunday afternoon southwest of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Officials: Fire blocked escape for 34 divers asleep on boat

Authorities say flames roared through a boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Okanogan County firefighter seriously injured, burned while battling wildfire on Sunday

Christian Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday evening after receiving extensive second- and third-degree burns while battling a 142-acre wildfire southwest of Okanogan.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

I-90 reopens after hay-truck fire closes interstate west of Vantage

A hay truck fire led to a brief closure of all lanes of Interstate 90 six miles west of Vantage on Wednesday afternoon.


American Life in Poetry: ‘California Hills in August’

Let’s hope that by the time this column appears, all fires in California have been extinguished. I wanted to offer you a poem that shows us what that beautiful but …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

One person escapes Spokane Valley house fire

One person safely escaped a house that caught fire on the corner of East Sinto Avenue and North Greenacres Road in Spokane Valley on Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

‘One of the most iconic houses in Wallace’ burns down

A historic home at 301 Cedar St. in Wallace, Idaho, burned down after catching fire Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Fire crews fully contain CCC fire in Cataldo

Firefighters on Thursday fully contained a 450-acre wildfire in Cataldo, Idaho, about 30 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Lands. Burning …


Information sought on Hazard Creek fire

The U.S. Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Team is looking for information related to the cause of a two-acre fire that was detected on Tuesday near the Priest Lake …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Sunday rain set daily precipitation record in Spokane

Weekend storms brought much-needed rain to the Inland Northwest over the week.