Stories tagged: wildfires
Wed., June 5, 2019
Horizons already are cloudy. Wildfires from Canada are inundating Spokane skies with smoke. How do we make sense of it all? The Fourth Annual Climate Assessment offers an able explanation. …
Sat., April 13, 2019, 12:32 p.m.
With an increasing number of wildfires scorching portions of the state each year, officials want to create a new state fund to battle the blazes.
UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
I am urging Washington state’s House of Representatives to vote “yes” to environmental justice and pass the HEAL Act, in order to ensure healthy environments for ALL.
UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 2:32 p.m.
A new federal law aims to protect wildland firefighters by requiring agencies to outfit crews with GPS locators and deploy drones to scout out and map blazes. U.S. Sen. Maria …
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:38 p.m.
Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere …
Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 11:17 a.m.
In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires.
Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 1:17 p.m.
Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.
Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 4:20 p.m.
California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says.
Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 12:04 a.m.
While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. Federal and state lawmakers must not only address wildfire suppression, but prevention.
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 5:48 p.m.
The catastrophic wildfire in Northern California is nearly out after several days of rain, but searchers are still completing the meticulous task of combing through now-muddy ash and debris for …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 3:47 p.m.
Rain is helping to extinguish a deadly wildfire in Northern California’s Gold Rush country, but the moisture is also turning ash into thick paste and hindering the hunt for telltale …
Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 2:42 p.m.
Hannah Crenshaw hosts a Thanksgiving dinner each year, cooking turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes – her favorite – for up to 15 guests at her home in Magalia.
Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 7:36 p.m.
Authorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results …
Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 2:37 p.m.
Finland’s president isn’t sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country’s routine for managing its substantial forests.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those …
Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 5:48 p.m.
Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’
Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 5:54 p.m.
Rich or not, famous or not, there was little reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest …
Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 12:32 p.m.
The Los Angeles Rams have canceled practice after a wildfire forced about 20 players and coaches to evacuate their homes. The Rams will cram their normal Friday preparations into a …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:43 p.m.
A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 3:17 p.m.
Two sagging Pacific Gas & Electric power lines made contact, sparked and ignited a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and injured a firefighter, officials said Tuesday.
Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:19 p.m.
A swift Utah wildfire fanned by high winds has more than doubled its size as it burns through dry terrain and forces evacuations of hundreds of homes, the U.S. Forest …
Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 2 p.m.
A major interstate that connects California and Oregon reopened Monday after a wildfire roared along the roadway and forced a six-day closure while burned trees and charred vehicles were removed.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:15 p.m.
Authorities say an avid hiker who was missing in western Washington state after becoming disoriented by hazy wildfire smoke has been located.
Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
It’s tough enough getting ready for high school football season, but harder still when coaches are prohibited from putting their teams on the field outdoors for practice. The poor air …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 11:35 p.m.
Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the “hazardous” range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 1:56 p.m.
The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has …
Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.