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Fire Started At Army Center Has Burned 58,000 Acres Blaze Sparked By Shooting Practice Spread Near Hanford, But No Facilities In Danger

A wildfire sparked by shooting practice at the U.S. Army’s Yakima Firing Center has burned 58,000 acres in Central Washington’s Yakima and Benton counties, officials said Friday. Crews completed fire …


Crews To Be Sent Home From West Plains Fire

About 150 firefighters are expected to be sent home today from the West Plains wildfire that started Sunday. The Washington Department of Natural Resources brought the wildfire under control late …


Central Montana Fire Takes A Turn For The Better Blaze Covers 3,200 Acres,Was Man-Caused

The Coyote Creek fire, stalled outside the town of Neihart for three days by weather and nearly 1,000 firefighters, was turning on itself Thursday. Unable to spread, the 3,200-acre fire …


Fire Forces Evacuations Wind Gusts Push Blaze To Edge Of Riverside Park

1. With only a garden hose to defend his 7212 N. Garfield home, Bill Leonetti watches the flames approach Sunday. Using water from Leonetti’s pool, crews saved his home. Photo …


Firefighters Still Battling Blazes Across Montana But Some Progress Made Against Fires Burning Timberland, Ranchland

Firefighters were trying to control four new fires Sunday near Lame Deer, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. In west-central Montana, firefighters were making difficult progress against …


2 Montana Wildfires Keep Spreading

Two stubborn wildfires in the Townsend area kept spreading Saturday despite the efforts of firefighters. Officials said they had corralled another range fire in eastern Montana, but other, smaller fires …


Fires Burn Sagebrush, Scrublands

Firefighters were battling two fires Saturday that have burned across 140,000 acres of brush land in three weeks. Fire crews were in control of 90 percent of one of the …


Arson Suspect Is 10-Year-Old

Bannock County is considering arson charges against a 10-year-old boy, after a 70-acre brush fire threatened several homes in an area east of Pocatello on Monday. Sheriff’s detective Toni Vollmer …


Western Fires Keep Crews Busy

Air tankers, helicopters and gritty crews on the ground waged war Tuesday on a 6,000-acre blaze at Reno’s outskirts. Firefighters in Utah battled 100,000 acres of flames across the west …


Homes, Vineyards Burn In California

Wildfires destroyed at least 13 homes in Northern California by Saturday, forcing more than 100 families to flee and causing nearly $2.5 million in damage to vineyards. In Utah, at …


Cooler Weather Helps Control Major Brush Fire Crews From Five Counties Converged On Columbia Basin Blaze

Firefighters, aided by mild weather, on Saturday contained a brush fire that consumed 12,000 to 14,000 acres near Quincy, Wash. “Everybody’s demobilizing,” said Penelope Christopherson of the state Emergency Operations …


Dust Halts Traffic Again On U.S. 20

Dust clouds producing zero visibility caused the closure of U.S. Highway 20 west of Idaho Falls for two hours Thursday night, and highway officials say motorists can expect more of …


Lightning-Caused Blazes Hit Montana Crow Reservation Grass Fire Burns 6,000 Acres After Storm

Fire swept across more than 6,000 acres on the Crow Indian Reservation Friday, the biggest in a swarm of lightning-caused fires across Montana. More thunderstorms were expected Friday night.


Fire Burns Two Acres Near Killarney Lake

A blaze ate through nearly two acres of grass, brush and timber after a fire started near Killarney Lake Thursday. Twenty eight firefighters from the Idaho Department of Lands battled …


Fire Chars Acreage Near Liberty Lake

Fire raced through dry weeds and timber Thursday morning, blackening about 30 acres near Liberty Lake. The fire appears to have been sparked by a welder working on a drilling …


Weather Becomes Firefighters’ Ally

Steady drizzle helped crews defeat two fires in the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, and firefighters also declared victory over a 14,400-acre fire in northern Nevada. Thanks to the wet weather, …


Fast Work Contains Range Fire Near Inel Blaze Consumed 13,000 Acres In Less Than 24 Hours

A range fire near the border of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory blackened 13,000 acres in less than 24 hours before firefighters stopped it Saturday afternoon. By earlier afternoon, the …


Fire In Bark Piles Threatens Sawmill 70 Firefighters From 13 Agencies Battle To Turn Back Flames

A firefighter with the Spirit Lake Fire Department waters down a mound of bark. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Bees, Wasps Bug Crews Fighting Fire

Bees and wasps pestered crews battling a 400-acre wildfire in Southern California on Saturday as firefighters gained ground on a separate 1,100-acre blaze. The 400-acre fire forced the evacuation of …


Juniper Blaze Won’t Inflame Experts’ Anger

If you’re too cheap to buy charcoal for your summer campouts, you’ll find plenty of it in the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area northeast of Pasco. A human-caused fire went wild …


Winds Cause Range Fire South Of Glenns Ferry To Double In Size

Hot temperatures and winds fanned a range fire south of Glenns Ferry to more than 30,000 acres Tuesday night, the Bureau of Land Management said. The Notch Butte fire was …


Crews Get Control Of Stubborn Fire

Fire crews contained a 9,200-acre range fire Monday afternoon on the southern rim of the Snake River Canyon in southwestern Idaho after successfully checking a serious flare-up during the weekend. …


Resort Area Threatened By Wildfire

An estimated 1,000 firefighters mounted an air and ground assault to protect a Southern California mountain resort from flames crackling through the dry brush Monday. Nineteen aircraft bombarded the flames …


Fire Ravages Southern California

Firefighters spent a second day in scorching heat Sunday battling wildfires that destroyed 30 buildings and burned more than 7,000 acres of Southern California brush and forestland. Several of the …


Spokane Firefighters Help Clean Up Wildfire

About 30 firefighters from Spokane County on Sunday helped clean up a wildfire that ate up more than 12,000 acres in Central Washington. The Spokane firefighters were called in by …


Cool, Rainy Weather Helps Snuff Five Alaska Wildfires

Cool, drizzly weather helped more than 2,000 firefighters battle five separate wildfires across Alaska on Monday. A blaze that swept across the communities of Big Lake and Houston last week, …


Firefighters Hope For Rain, Calm Air

Calm and clammy air Friday helped fire crews fight a huge wildfire to a standstill on Friday, but a second blaze sprang up and spread rapidly in another forest 100 …


Hundreds Fight Blaze That Tripled In Size

Hundreds of firefighters from the Lower 48 states joined the battle Thursday against a 64-square-mile wildfire that tripled in size in a matter of hours and cast smoke over Anchorage …


Fire Extinguished In New Mexico

Firefighters smothered a fast-moving wildfire Friday that burned 7,500 acres, destroyed 32 buildings in one town and threatened three other communities in six days. “It’s out,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman …


Fire Crews Block Blaze From Nuclear Lab

Hundreds of firefighters torched brush ahead of an approaching wildfire Tuesday, managing to keep flames from shooting toward a laboratory where radioactive materials are stored. About 750 firefighters working the …