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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Arsonist gets six months in jail for 2016 fires north of Spokane

The fires were small but diverted firefighters and resources from two much larger blazes that erupted on the same day in Spokane and Valleyford, destroying homes, crops and other property.


Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. But …


Washington public lands commissioner pitching new home, auto insurance charge to pay for wildfire efforts

The new charges would go into effect in 2021, if passed, and provide the state a stable source of money for timber treatment, the purchase of new firefighting equipment and …


Wildfire burning in California mountains grows

A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

California’s wildfire, blackout crisis: Who’s to blame?

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk …


‘Unprecedented’ number of emergency-level wildfires scorch eastern Australia

An “unprecedented” outbreak of emergency-level bush fires has scorched a vast area of Australia’s southeastern state of New South Wales during the past few days, with fire weather only beginning …


California burning: Welcome to the Golden State’s war without end

You smell it, or think you do. Like a bonfire on a beach. Then you see it in your headlights. Ash. Or maybe insects? The signs are coy at first, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Maria fire in Ventura County erupts to more than 8,000 acres

A fast-moving brush fire whipped by lingering Santa Ana winds exploded to more than 8,000 acres overnight in Ventura County, burning at least one home and forcing mandatory evacuations.


Disabled California seniors in complex left behind in outage

At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were essentially trapped, in the dark, in a low-income apartment complex in Northern California during a two-day power shut-off aimed at warding …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Wildfires outside L.A. threaten homes, spare Reagan library

A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles is threatening thousands of homes and horse ranches and forcing the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs. The flames narrowly bypassed …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Anger rises as California utility imposes more blackouts

Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California as the state’s biggest utility began another round of fire-prevention blackouts Tuesday that could leave millions of people without electricity, some for five …


Avista would not use California blackout strategy to prevent wildfires

Avista is watching the California wildfires in hopes of gaining insight on how to prevent or contain such problems in the Northwest.


California declares state of emergency over fires, winds

SANTA ROSA, California – California’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday after officials ordered nearly 200,000 people to leave their homes as hurricane-force winds drove multiple wildfires through bone-dry vegetation. …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Bigger, longer blackouts could lie ahead in California

A wildfire in California wine country that may have been caused by a high-voltage transmission line called into question Pacific Gas & Electric’s strategy of selectively cutting off power in …


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …