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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Spokane angler fighting Australian fires by tying flys

Firefighters battling continent-wide blazes in Australia have a new ally.

UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019

Crews douse two small new blazes, expect Cheney fires to be fully contained Sunday

Crews fighting four wildfires southwest of Cheney kept the fire 65% contained Saturday and expect them to be fully contained on Sunday.

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Timber men ask president to send troops to help fight fires

Area timbermen asked President Woodrow Wilson to send troops to North Idaho and western Montana to fight the raging wildfires, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

Woman accused of lighting multiple fires in Spokane Valley

Angel M. Garton appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Friday, and her bond was set at $1,000. She faces two counts of second-degree arson.

UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

U.S. safety agency opens probes into Hyundai and Kia fires

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has decided to open two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles after getting complaints of more than 3,100 fires and 103 …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018

Pullman police arrest Greek Row arson suspect in Cheney

Pullman police arrested a 19-year-old Cheney man Monday for allegedly starting several fires on Washington State University’s Greek Row.

Colville National Forest Reducing Fire Restrictions

As rain and cooler temperatures move into the area, fire managers are reducing fire restrictions and firewood cutting restrictions that have been in place since July 17, 2017.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018

Hunters, recreationists urged to think ahead with fires raging in Washington, Idaho

With fires still roaring across the West, hunters and recreationists may find themselves out of luck when they head out. For hunters, the most important consideration is whether the land …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

West Coast officials tell tourists not to worry about fires

Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors’ fear of wildfires, California’s state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018

Air quality predicted to stay in moderate-to-unhealthy range Wednesday

Northeast winds dispersed much of the smoke that hung over Spokane on Sunday and Monday, but the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency predicts a directional change could bring more smoke …

Arson linked to deaths in Greek town built like ‘fire trap’

Greek authorities said Thursday there were serious indications that a deadly wildfire that gutted a vacation resort near Athens was started deliberately, while experts warned that the devastated coastal town …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018

For firefighters, bitter weather creates its own hazards

A cold snap that has plunged much of the nation into a deep freeze for weeks has also created a potentially deadly combination for firefighters: More fires caused by space …

Ford recalls big vans; wiring issue could cause fires

Ford is recalling over 73,000 full-sized vans in North America to fix a wiring problem that could cause fires and other electrical issues.

In brief: Conrad Anker presents climbing film to benefit wildfire relief

Although the climbing movie MERU has already played in Spokane, there are several good reasons to see it again when it screens tonight (Oct. 19) , 7 p.m., at the …

New fires in empty Rohingya village challenge Myanmar claims

Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts that were left on the ground. That …

Interior, Agriculture secretaries to visit Montana wildfire

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue plan to visit a Montana wildfire command post Thursday as dozens of blazes rage across the western U.S.

Areas around Central Washington remain closed due to wildfires

Closures continue across Central Washington as officials monitor and fight several wildfires from Union Creek to Cle Elum.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

Montana wildfire grows, destroys 2 homes

A wildfire has destroyed two homes in Montana after jumping control lines.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Authorities confirm Oregon father killed wife, kids

Oregon’s Marion County investigation into the deaths of a family of five has confirmed the father was solely responsible for all of them.

Air pollution advisory extended until Friday

An air pollution advisory for Portland has been extended until noon Friday as haze from Northwest wildfires remains in the region.

Wildfires tear across French island of Corsica and Greece

Wildfires are threatening homes south of Athens and a famed hikers’ route in Corsica as high winds and unusually hot weather hits many areas of Europe.

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.

Craig Mountain Complex efforts winding down

Fire managers are beginning to scale back forces devoted to suppressing the Craig Mountain Complex that has burned nearly 50,000 acres south of Lewiston.

UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

Reinforcements arrive to help with destructive Montana fires

Massive wildfires burning in eastern Montana have destroyed at least a dozen homes and led ranchers to cut escape routes in fences for cattle as the powerful blazes jump rivers, …

Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says

The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Hell and high water: Northern California is besieged again

Five months ago, it was fears over flooding. Now it’s flames.

UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

Town near Colorado ski resort welcomes visitors despite fire

The historic mountain town near Breckenridge Ski Resort welcomed visitors who help drive its economy despite a nearby wildfire Friday that forced residents to be ready to flee in case …

UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Crews try to stop fire from reaching Colorado resort homes

Firefighters were working Thursday to keep a wildfire that’s forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from spreading toward homes near Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort and the nearby historic town.