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Helicopters to drop wood mulch on scorched Oregon land

Seven months after Baker County fought its largest wildfire ever, a helicopter has returned to the region - this time with wood instead of water.


Crews fight brush fire near Indian Canyon Golf Course

A brush fire Thursday afternoon near Indian Canyon Golf Course sent clouds of smoke into the sky during rush-hour traffic as flames towered just on the edge of Greenwood Memorial …


Grant will fund work to reduce wildfire risk in northeast Washington

Steve Parker had two reactions to last summer’s wildfires in Central Washington: a deep empathy for the people who lost homes and businesses, followed by the thought, “What if that …


Air Force plane crashes battling forest fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A military cargo plane from North Carolina has crashed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota, but there’s no official word on death or injuries.


90-acre blaze reported on Colville Forest

Fire crews battled steep terrain, gusty winds and heavy timber in a blaze that burnt 90 acres as of Wednesday evening on Rogers Mountain, five miles west of Aladdin, Wash., …


Big Burn, great losses

The Big Burn of 1910, the largest forest fire in United States’ history, inflicted a terrible toll on Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Western Montana. Precise reporting is difficult because …


Stricter fire restrictions coming

BOISE – Idaho still has the most wildfires in the nation, but Montana is catching up quickly. And all of North Idaho – the Panhandle so far has been spared …


Fire Out Of Control In Parched Amazon 3-Month-Old Blaze Threatens Yanomami

A fire rages at the entrance to the Yanomami Indian reservation in northern Brazil. Photo by Associated Press


Lightning Touches Off Two Range Fires

Two lightning-caused range fires kept Bureau of Land Management firefighters busy on Labor Day, burning at least 1,650 acres. The 150-acre Fossil Beds Fire just southwest of Hagerman was contained …


Wind-Fanned Fire Threatens 100 Homes Near Kennewick

A 5,100-acre grass fire threatened more than 100 homes near this south-central Washington city Tuesday evening, state officials said. A state of emergency was declared in Benton County. “It’s out …


Rain Helps Chattaroy Fire Crews Burning Barrel At Rifle Range Likely Cause; Mop-Up Continues

A 120-acre fire near Chattaroy that spawned several flaming, 50-foot-high whirlwinds was still being mopped up on Sunday. Firefighters were aided by rain and cool weather, but it could be …


Firefighters Control 120-Acre Blaze In Chattaroy Fire Ignited Fears Of Disaster As Flames Threatened 20 Homes

It took over 100 firefighters to battle a fire that burned more than 120 acres here Saturday afternoon. A thick, gray pillar of smoke hovered for three hours as flames …


Firefighters Control 120-Acre Chattaroy Blaze Blaze Ignites Fears Of Disaster As Flames Threatened 20 Homes

Katy Owen soaks an outbuilding at her in-laws’ place on Regal Road in Chattaroy late Saturday afternoon when a 120-acre fire threatened the property. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Bring On The Rain Blaze At Canfield Mountain Base Latest In Dried Out Region

Firefighters from Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County and the state Department of Lands swarmed a brush fire at the base of Canfield Mountain Wednesday. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


A Tent Town At Tum Tum Firefighters Work 1,200-Acre Blaze From Temporary Settlement

Sooty and sweaty Heading to dinner at the Long Lake Campground, firefighter Richard Long washes 12 hours of soot and dirt from his face on Monday evening. Photo by Colin …


Firefighting Expenses Reach $1.2 Million

The cost of fighting two wildfires near Spokane has met the $1 million threshold to qualify for Federal Emergency Man agement Agency assistance. With suppression costs now estimated at $1.2 …


Criminal Charge Due In Tum Tum Fire Two More Homes Found Burned, Bringing Total To 5; Crews On Newkirk Road Fire May Go Home Tuesday

A 1,200-acre fire near Tum Tum was started by a person burning weeds behind a trailer home, a fire investigator said Sunday. No criminal charges have been filed against the …


Man Says He’s Sorry For Newkirk Road Fire 2 Wildfires Near City Contained; Cause Of 2nd Fire Undetermined

(fire scene, File/The Spokesman-Review)


Firebreak At Burned House Saves Other Homes

An early morning blaze consumed a Spirit Lake home Saturday, along with two vehicles parked in the garage. Elsewhere in the Panhandle, firefighters got a reprieve from blazes that threatened …


Five Mile Fire Blamed On Arson

A 17-acre fire on Five Mile Prairie Thursday was arson, according to Spokane fire investigators. “We found some evidence at the place where the fire started,” said Capt. Ernie Nye. …


Natural Area Scorched By Wildfire Dishman Hills Blaze Burns 4 Acres

A Department of Natural Resources PBY dumps a load of water on a wildfire in the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Monday. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Lightning Strikes Ignite 10 Fires

Ten lightning-sparked fires continued to burn Wednesday in the Colville National Forest from Republic to the Salmo Priest Wilderness Area. The largest has burned about one acre near McMann Creek …


Progress Made On Montana Fire

Containment of a 60-acre wildfire northeast of here was expected Monday night after about 130 people were assigned to fight it. Two helicopters dumped buckets of water on parts of …


Crews Gain In Fight Against 2 Wildfires

Firefighters battling triple-digit temperatures, poison oak and rattlesnakes began to gain the upper hand on wildfires across Southern California on Sunday, as new blazes erupted elsewhere in the region. In …


Damage Mounts In California Fires Arson The Cause Of One Out-Of-Control Fire; 11 Homes, 30 Cars Burn, And Tanker Crashes

Richard Eckerle surveys the charred remains of his three-story house and car. Photo by Associated Press


Lawn Mower Blamed In Deadly Fire

A spark from a lawn mower is believed to have ignited a fire that killed a woman and destroyed nine mobile homes as it scorched 377 acres. Tempest V. Arvickson, …


Firefighters Face Wildfires With More Money, Tools Congress Allocates $210 Million Up Front; Technology Improving With New Computer Programs, Helicopter Tactics

After the worst wildfire season in 25 years, firefighters are looking to new technology and a bigger budget to help them keep catastrophic blazes in check this summer. While it …


300 Acres Burn Near Shelton

A Mason County wildfire that charred about 300 acres near Lake Limerick was 80 percent contained Tuesday afternoon, state officials said. The blaze, which started Monday, spread quickly through wetlands, …


Fire Potential

Here are the fire severity potentials for the geographic regions of the West through June 8 as forecast by the National Interagency Fire Center. Alaska: Low to high. Temperatures have …


New California Wildfires Chase Residents

Firefighters battle a new wildfire north of San Bernardino, Calif., in Sunday. Photo by Associated Press