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Firefighters taming Southern California blaze as winds fade

Firefighters aided by diminishing winds are taming a Southern California wildfire that damaged or destroyed 30 structures along the northern edge of the city.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

‘It was a whole curtain of fire’: Authorities order 100,000 evacuated in California wildfire


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

Even with the winds kicking up dangerously, California’s biggest utility is facing gripes and second-guessing for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires


Power outages begin in California amid hot, windy weather

California’s biggest utility shut off electricity to more than a million people Wednesday for what could be days on end, in the most sweeping effort in state history to prevent …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

California utility cuts power to 21,000 customers amid fire danger

California’s largest utility began cutting power to 21,000 northern customers Monday evening as fall brings back dangerous weather conditions and the company tries to head off wildfires sparked by electrical …


PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing most of the claims from Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 as …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Injured Okanogan firefighter remains in critical condition

Christian Johnson, assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District No. 3, was injured while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire that grew quickly to 142 acres on Sunday afternoon southwest of …


High-level Brazilian envoys in US to discuss Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that his son and the country’s foreign minister are in the United States to discuss possible U.S. aid amid devastating fires in the Amazon …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Respiratory ailments hit in Amazon as Brazil spurns G-7 aid

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Brazil will only accept international aid for Amazon if Macron apologizes.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro causes global outrage over Amazon fires

The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged $20 million to help Amazon countries fight fires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said rich countries were treating the region like …


American Life in Poetry: ‘California Hills in August’

Let’s hope that by the time this column appears, all fires in California have been extinguished. I wanted to offer you a poem that shows us what that beautiful but …


100 years ago in Spokane: Twin Lakes Hotel burns, as does North Idaho forest

The Twin Lakes Hotel at Dellar’s Landing burned to the ground in a fire around breakfast time, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

Williams Flats Fire 90% contained; smoke expected to linger

Firefighters have mostly contained the Williams Flats Fire, which had burned 44,515 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation as of Wednesday, making it the largest wildfire in the state this …


Thousands flee from ‘monster’ wildfire on Canary Islands

A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain’s Canary Islands was throwing flames 160 feet into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 18, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Wind-driven wildfire burns 25 acres on Spokane Tribe of Indians reservation

Officials canceled evacuation notices just after 5:30 p.m. for Spokane Tribe of Indians and Stevens County residents near a 25-acre, wind-driven wildfire that started on the 4700 block of Reservation …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

Fire crews fully contain CCC fire in Cataldo

Firefighters on Thursday fully contained a 450-acre wildfire in Cataldo, Idaho, about 30 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Lands. Burning …


Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve

More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Rain slows spread of Stevens County wildfires, also triggers flooding

Thunderstorms dropped heavy rain on two wildfires in Colville on Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, slowing the blazes, along with fire personnel, in their tracks.


Fire crews prepare for heavy rain Saturday at Williams Flats Fire

Up to a quarter of an inch of rain could fall on recent burn scars from the fire, according to forecasts, and that could create dangerous flash flooding conditions. Mud …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 9:43 p.m.

Rain helps firefighters at Williams Flats Fire

An hourslong rain shower helped firefighters stifle the Williams Flats Fire in the Colville Reservation on Friday. But it was not enough to put it out.


Spokane owner of world’s largest Smokey Bear collection is ready to celebrate icon’s 75th birthday

On the eve of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, Ray Kresek says the origins of what he calls the world’s largest Smokey Bear collection – which exists in a crowded but …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

200 acre fire burning southeast of Coeur d’Alene

Fire crews were battling a fire about 27 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene on Thursday that has burned about 200 acres since Wednesday, according to a news release from the …


Fire closes section of Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path

A wildfire north of Cataldo Idaho has closed the popular Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

Crews work to stop Colville Reservation fire from jumping the Columbia, prepare for the possibility it will

The main source of Spokane’s smoky air, the Williams Flats Fire, reached the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt on Thursday morning. As of noon, it had burned 34,178 acres and was …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

More evacuations ordered on Colville Reservation due to wildfire that’s expanding, making Spokane air unhealthy

Temperatures soared in Spokane on Wednesday to 98 degrees, the highest recorded temperature this summer, as wildfire smoke settled across the region. That made air quality unhealthy. And conditions are …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

Smoke from regional wildfires settles in Spokane amid region’s hottest weather

Smoke from regional wildfires settled into Spokane on Monday evening.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Forecast is hot and hazy early this week as crews battle large wildfire on Colville Reservation

Spokane got its first whiff of the 2019 wildfire season Saturday night, and wind could continue to bring widespread haze south from a wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation in …


Two years after devastating fire, rebuilding of Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park nears completion

After one of the most iconic buildings in Glacier National Park was destroyed by fire in 2017, the Sperry Chalet restoration project is expected to finish on time and under …


Crews battle wildfires in Franklin County and Colville Reservation

The Sulphur Fire in Franklin County had burned 1,000 acres and the Williams Flats Fire in Ferry County in the Colville Reservation was estimated at 400 acres Friday afternoon.


Meteorologist: Russia wildfires linked to climate change

The head of Russia’s meteorological service says he sees global climate change as a factor behind the wildfires blazing throughout Siberia and the country’s Far East.