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Stories tagged: wildfires

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 …

Paul Lindholdt: Wildfires signal climate in calamity

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. …

Official: Raise insurance tax to help fight wildfires

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

Kurtis S. Robinson: HEAL Act targets health disparities

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

Trump signs Cantwell bill requiring new wildfire technology, smoke forecasts

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 …

PG&E: Judge’s proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

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 …

Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

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

Democrats blast Trump for threatening to cut wildfire aid to California

In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires.

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

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.

Don C. Brunell: Reducing wildfire risk is imperative

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. Federal and state lawmakers must not only address wildfire suppression, but prevention.

Rain tamps down California fire but turns grim search soggy

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

Rain hinders search but helps nearly put out California fire

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 …

Relatives, strangers offer hot meal, comfort to evacuees

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.