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Rain Helps Turn Back One Wildfire Other Fires Dying Down

Vicki Harrop could feel the heat and hear the roar of flames as a wind-whipped wildfire bore in on her house. Then rain began to fall and a cheer rose …


Firefighters Race To Beat Return Of Winds

Firefighting planes bombed hot spots and ground crews raced to snuff out embers of wildfires across Southern California on Thursday, anticipating a return of dangerous Santa Ana winds this weekend. …


California Fires Only Half-Contained

Fleets of helicopters and airplanes roared through Southern California canyons on Tuesday, dropping water on erratic, wind-blown wildfires that have burned more than 100 houses and injured six firefighters. Helter-skelter …


Thousands Flee Fire Near Los Angeles

Fire fueled by strong winds marched from the hills near Los Angeles towards the Malibu shore Monday, sending thousands fleeing from a 2-mile-wide wall of flames that made the ocean …


Wildfire Threatens California Forests

A 300-acre wildfire along California’s scenic Big Sur coastline sent vacationers and residents packing Saturday, closing two state parks and parts of Highway 1. About 900 firefighters battled the blaze …


Fire Crews Battle Big Sur Blaze

Fire crews set backfires hoping to thwart a 9,500-acre wildfire that was expected to double in size Sunday in the steep slopes of the southern Big Sur. The backfires were …


Old Grenade Halts Boise Foothills Fire Cleanup

The discovery of a live, World War II-era short-range rifle grenade high on the Boise Front has put most fire rehabilitation work on hold. Officials decided Friday evening to temporarily …


Brush Fire Near Ellensburg Declared Under Control

A 3,000-acre grass and brush fire seven miles northwest of town was controlled early Sunday, a state Department of Natural Resources official said. The Crinklewood fire, reported at 11 a.m. …


Volunteers Help Burned Out Couple Rebuild Friends, Co-Workers From Ccs Turn Out To Help

Cor van der Meer watches a stream of friends, neighbors and co-workers from Community Colleges of Spokane work at his homesite on the West Plains Sunday. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The …


Fire At Standstill For Third Day

The Shepard Mountain fire huffed and puffed billows of heavy smoke Sunday, but more than 800 firefighters and friendly weather held it to a standstill for a third day. Fire …


Crews Gain Ground On Shepard Mountain Fire Weather Allows Firefighters To Make Progress On Montana Blaze

Montana fire bosses woke Saturday morning cautiously optimistic that they might finally have a crack at subduing the 18,500-acre Shepard Mountain fire. By day’s end, they declared progress. “The weather …


Lakeview Fire Called ‘Confined,’ 20-Person Crew Remains On Site

The 270-acre Lakeview fire was declared confined Thursday morning. Helicopters that were dropping buckets of water on the blaze on the west side of Lake Pend Oreille, stopped their work …


Wildfire Strikes Montana Forest Cooler Weather Helps Crews Fighting Other Western Blazes

A fast-moving wildfire raced across thousands of acres of the Custer National Forest, burning as many as 20 summer homes, injuring two firefighters and prompting an appeal for reinforcements. Elsewhere …


Weed Eradication Led To Wildfire

A planned burn that ignited the Elba wildfire last week was the climax of three years of plotting the eradication of the noxious weed medusa head, Cassia County’s weed supervisor …


Family May Be Billed For Lakeview Fire Costs Rain Gives Firefighters A Break As Cost Of Suppression Tops $500,000

A 9-year-old Post Falls boy is suspected of starting a fire on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille that has burned almost 270 acres of forest, injured one firefighter, threatened …


New Fires Flare Up As Wind Whips Northwest Most Holiday Weekend Campers Will Be Forbidden To Light Up

Brisk winds helped fan new fires Friday near Wenatchee, Goldendale and just across the border in Lewiston as firefighters continued their battle against Washington’s largest wildfire, the Timberline blaze near …


E. Idaho Range Fire Explodes All Of Idaho Under Red Warning Due To Predicted Winds, No Rain

Marine Corps Sgt. Bone Braitwaite pulls himself under an emergency fire shelter Friday at Camp Pendleton, where about 550 Marines have been training to join firefighters today in northeastern Oregon’s …


Fire Danger High, Campers Warned Forest Workers Fear Human-Caused Fires In Region Over Labor Day Weekend

Forest Service employees visiting Squaw Creek campground Wednesday along the St. Joe River came across a campfire at an abandoned campsite. “Someone had gone and left their fire going,” said …


Batt Wants Answers On Foothills Fire

Gov. Phil Batt on Thursday questioned why an off-duty Idaho National Guardsman was allowed to use a military rifle and tracer bullets that accidentally started a wildfire in the Boise …


Public Invited To Wildfire Meeting Tonight

Facing more wildfires each year and having less money to fight them, state Department of Natural Resources officials are thinking of revamping their wildfire protection program. A private firm hired …


Air War Stepped Up On Colville Fire More Than 50 Percent Contained, Blaze Has Burned 12,000 Acres

A woman covers her face from smoke as she runs down a street in northeast Boise. The 12,000-acre fire was turned back Tuesday after damaging one home and threatening others. …


Wildfires Pour Smoke Into Region 39 Major Fires Consume 320,000 Acres Across West

Precarious conditions. Nathan Hunt, left, and Tainya Adamson battle a wall of flames with towels Tuesday after a fire raced uphill from Interstate 90 toward Post Falls homes. Photo by …


Sobbing Homeowners Visit Fire Scene Busloads Of Residents Tour Area Devastated By Oregon Wildfire

Masonry work and a wood stove are all that remain of a home destroyed by fire while a neighboring home in the Sundance subdivision, eight miles southeast of Bend, Ore., …


Wildfires Char 10,000 Acres

Two wildfires were raging out of control Sunday night on the Colville Indian Reservation in north-central Washington. The fires combined to burn about 10,000 acres but were not threatening any …


Oregon Fire Forces Evacuations

A fast-moving brush and forest fire swept into a residential area near this south-central Oregon city Saturday, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate and apparently igniting some homes. The 2,000-acre …


Wildfire Near Omak Forces Evacuations

Emergency crews and firefighters in Okanogan County battled two large fires in the Colville Indian Reservation east of here Saturday. The wildfires had grown to about 600 acres and 2,000 …


Oregon Wildfire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations

Nineteen homes burned to the ground Saturday when a wildfire swept through a residential area in the sagebrush southeast of Bend. Three trailers also were destroyed and five more homes …


Valley Fire Assisted On West Plains Blaze

Valley Fire sent 39 firefighters - including six officers - and seven trucks over a four-day period to help battle the West Plains fire that burned nearly 3,000 acres earlier …


Humidity Helps Clear Lake Firefighters 77,000-Acre Blaze Threatens 400 Buildings Around Lake

A damp morning that had firefighters shivering provided the break exhausted crews needed Tuesday to get the jump on a 77,000-acre fire threatening 400 structures around Northern California’s Clear Lake. …


Wildfires Move At Blistering Pace Blazes Hit Spokane Indian Reservation, Montana Grasslands

Dustin Darkenwald of Billings, Mont., frantically pounds out flames after a lightning strike ignited tall grass over the weekend. Photo by Associated Press