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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Forest managers: Fire mitigation efforts could fall behind if federal shutdown continues

Washington’s forest managers are waiting anxiously for the federal government to reopen.


Idaho man charged in sex assault at Utah fire camp agrees to plea deal

An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.


Thousands of calls and 43 years later, fire Capt. Greg Borg ready to hang up uniform

For 43 years, Spokane Fire Department Capt. Greg Borg, 68, has answered the call –actually thousands of calls.


Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Idaho’s state firefighting bills come to $17 million for season

The fire season bills are in for the state of Idaho, and it looks like the state’s net firefighting expenses this year will be just over $17 million.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Police arrest man suspected of starting California wildfire

Homes burned as a fast-moving wildfire forced an entire Southern California mountain town to evacuate Wednesday, while tourists emptied from the heart of Yosemite National Park so firefighters could battle …


Kent Woodruff: Major win for Washington wildfire fighting in congressional spending bill

Last week a major piece of congressional legislation was signed into law that will dramatically change the way we fight wildfires here in Washington. Thanks to the tireless efforts of …


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

Rangeland firefighting provides model for ranchers and government workers to collaborate

Rural culture takes pride in self-reliance. Bureaucracies are built on the cult of the expert from out of town. They’ve found common ground in eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, collaborating …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but …


Fires are torching Montana, and the money is running out

Montana’s worst fire season in years is expected to scorch the drought-stricken landscape well into fall, long after the state’s firefighting reserves run out thanks to politicians diverting millions of …


Fire risk is high throughout West, northern plains

The threat of major U.S. wildfires will remain high throughout August in Southern California, northern Nevada and parts of the Northwest and northern Great Plains, forecasters said Tuesday.


Rare U.S. firefighting jet stations in Montana

A rare U.S. firefighting jet that’s one of just three in existence was stationed in Helena after working on fires across Montana.


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Yakima Training Center fire 40 percent contained

About 250 residents have been allowed to return home after a wildfire burning amid grass and sagebrush in south-central Washington state forced an evacuation.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest

An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. made the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an …


Fire department to get body armor to boost safety

A fire department in Washington state will start using ballistic vests and tactical helmets to better protect its firefighters and paramedics.


Spokane fire engine preserved for historical significance but there’s no place to exhibit it

Tom Heckler, curator of the Spokane Fire Department museum, was recently gifted a 1977 engine to add to his collection. The problem? He doesn’t have anywhere to display it.


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says maybe now that GOP is in control, Congress will end ‘fire borrowing’

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made her final official visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, said it’s “very frustrating” that after years of pressure and …


After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest

After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …


Western senators push for wildfire funding change

What do baseball bats have to do with wildfire funding? The answer has to do with congressional politics – and why three western senators say they’ve got a shot this …


Goldmark: $24M more needed to battle Washington wildfires

Last year’s wildfire season was the worst in state history, and state Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark on Thursday asked the Legislature for an additional $24 million to prevent a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2015, 10:57 p.m.

Washington official asks for millions more to boost firefighting efforts

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark used charred hillsides from the Rutter Canyon Fire north of Spokane Wednesday as the backdrop to announce a $24 million proposal to strengthen state …


Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of …


Airway Heights Corrections Center crew finds firefighting rewarding on several levels

The morning after a brush fire off Geiger Boulevard burned a few acres near the highway, the men of Heights 43 got to work. Wearing heavy black boots and green …


Early and intense, wildfire season rages amid concerns

OLYMPIA – The people managing the Department of Natural Resources Dispatch Center are acutely aware of how bad the Northwest’s wildfire season is so far, and how much worse it …


Aero-Flite moving four airplanes to West Plains, creating 50 new jobs

A company that flies and maintains tankers that fight wildfires around the country will make its new home at Spokane International Airport. Aero-Flite Inc. will move four airplanes from Arizona …


Officials seek new funding channel for fighting wildfires

With nearly 1 million acres burned by wildfires across Washington and Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is stumping for reforms in how the federal government pays for fighting fires. Strapped …


Thunderstorms forecast Wednesday in Washington

SEATTLE — Forecasters say a stormy day Wednesday could bring heavy rain to Western Washington and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington where lightning could spark new wildfires and flash floods could …


Growing blaze nears Ketchum, Sun Valley

BOISE – A wildfire threatening the resort cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum has become the nation’s top-priority wildfire, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced in Boise on Friday. …


Dozer operator dies while cutting fire line

BOISE — A Washington state logging contractor who was using a bulldozer to cut fire line in central Idaho has died of an apparent heart attack or other natural causes.


Fire south of Spokane spreads

The Apache Pass wildfire burning about 40 miles southwest of Spokane spread overnight as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain 18,000 burning acres.