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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Heavy rain, floods lash eastern Australia, help with fires

Heavy rains are lashing parts of the wildfire and drought-stricken Australian east coast


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Crews battling Australia’s wildfires say they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather.


Australians leave homes as heat, winds escalate fire danger

Thousands of people fled their homes and helicopters dropped supplies to towns at risk of nearby wildfires as hot, windy conditions Friday threatened already fire-ravaged southeastern Australian communities.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Australians leave homes as heat, winds escalate fire danger

Communities across Australia’s fire-ravaged southeast were bracing for a long day of mounting danger on Friday as thousands abandoned their homes for evacuation centers and military helicopters dropped emergency supplies …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Australians on SE coast urged to flee as fire risk escalates

Residents in the path of wildfires razing southeast Australia were urged to evacuate on Thursday if they don’t intend to defend their homes as hot and windy conditions are forecast …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

U.S. sends more firefighters to help battle Australia blazes

The U.S. is planning to send at least 100 more firefighters to Australia to join 159 already there battling blazes that have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes.


Australia bush fires generate vast areas of violent weather

Among the many apocalyptic scenes from the Australian bush fires has been the presence of explosive, towering clouds appearing in the skies above the fire zones of southeastern Australia. These …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Australia to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to fight wildfires

Australia’s government said Monday it was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country.


2 more missing in Australian wildfires as rain brings relief

Two more people are missing in remote parts of New South Wales state as rain and cooler temperatures brought some measure of relief today to Australian communities battling wildfires.


Australian prime minister is jeered in wildfire-ravaged zone

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was confronted by angry residents who cursed and insulted him Thursday as he visited a wildfire-ravaged corner of the country.


Australia sending aid to wildfire towns as death toll rises

Australia has deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

New Year’s fireworks OK’d in Sydney as wildfire risk worsens

Sydney will set off its iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks after being granted an exemption to a total fire ban Monday, with other Australian cities canceling their celebrations due to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Wildfires cause turmoil in California property insurance market

Thousands of California homeowners have lost their insurance policies as insurers pull out of areas that are at risk of fire damage or stop insuring homes altogether.


Survivors fear smaller payouts from PG&E with each fire

California utility’s bankruptcy means newest wildfire victims could leap-frog ahead of longstanding claims from some of the worst fires in state history.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Dangerous fire weather conditions return Sunday to Southern California

Red flag warnings will be in place Sunday for a broad stretch of Southern California, from Ventura County through Orange County, the Inland Empire and most of San Diego County, …


Vast bush fires race across Australia, destroying 150 homes and killing 3

Raging fires stretching across a distance half the length of the California coastline killed at least three people and destroyed more than 150 homes in Australia over the weekend. Senior …


2 dead, dozens injured as Australia wildfires raze homes

Two people have died, several are missing, more than 30 are injured and over 100 homes destroyed by wildfires razing Australia’s drought-stricken east coast


How do wildfires get their names?

Their names are seared into the collective consciousness of California: The Griffith Park fire of 1933. The Bel-Air fire of 1961. The Tunnel fire of 1991. The Camp fire of …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

Utility says power lines may have started 2 California fires

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, the utility said Monday, even though widespread blackouts were …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

New evacuations, power outages near California wildfire

Authorities have ordered at least 50,000 residents to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state’s largest utility has announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 …


Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

Authorities Saturday said three people are now confirmed dead at the scene of wildfires in Southern California, including two in Riverside County.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Forest at famed Idaho ski area facing wildfires, insects

The forest in and around one of the nation’s top ski destinations is in trouble from an ongoing combination of unusually warm temperatures, drought, wildfires, insect invaders and pathogens. The …



UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Brazilian troops deploy in the Amazon to help fight fires that have swept parts of the region.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to send army to contain Amazon fires

Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes.


Forces of nature: Doctors linking environment, climate change to health issues

A small but growing number of physicians are discussing publicly their concerns about climate change and environmental factors impacting people’s health. They include some physicians in Spokane seeing impacts from …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Alaska wildfire poses unique challenges for Spokane firefighters called to assist

While it never grew more than 400 acres, the Montana Creek Fire threatened the historic town of Talkeetna and drew a large response from firefighters around the Northwest continental United …


Historically wet U.S. Northwest faces growing wildfire threat

Experts say global warming is changing the wet climate of the Pacific Northwest in ways that will make its forests more likely to burn.


100 years ago in Spokane: New twists in a baffling case of attempted suicide or murder

The Peter Olson Mystery Case, as The Spokesman-Review called it, took a new turn. Olson was a farm worker from Minnesota who was discovered by a passerby, lying in a …


Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles of terrain in the West. The …