natural disasters http://nwpr.org en Central Washington Fires Shut Down Power As Uncertainty Grows http://nwpr.org/post/central-washington-fires-shut-down-power-uncertainty-grows <p>The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. It’s closed most gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington. Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss. Meanwhile, in Brewster last night, incident commanders of the region’s biggest and most destructive wildfire briefed residents Sunday night. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with residents who are coping without power, and reports from that tense Brewster meeting. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:31:56 +0000 Courtney Flatt 49341 at http://nwpr.org Central Washington Fires Shut Down Power As Uncertainty Grows New Wave of Suspected Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore http://nwpr.org/post/new-wave-suspected-tsunami-debris-washes-ashore <p>A new wave of suspected debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is washing up on Northwest shores. The latest noteworthy object to arrive, a large skiff coated with sea life, was found Thursday near Moclips, Wash.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 01:32:59 +0000 Tom Banse 46717 at http://nwpr.org New Wave of Suspected Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore Washington Schools Face Multiple Threats From Natural Disasters http://nwpr.org/post/washington-schools-face-multiple-threats-natural-disasters <p></p><p>The Oso landslide appears to rank as the third deadliest natural disaster in Washington history – after the 1910 Stevens Pass avalanche and the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. But what if there had been a school in the path of the debris field? A new hazard report from the state shows dozens of Washington schools potentially sit in slide zones. But at least one of those schools doesn’t have to worry.</p><p>Holmes Elementary in Spokane is about three blocks from the Spokane River. The new report says it’s one of 28 Washington schools near a slope with a high risk of failure.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 01:16:07 +0000 Austin Jenkins 45217 at http://nwpr.org Washington Schools Face Multiple Threats From Natural Disasters For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card? http://nwpr.org/post/disaster-preparedness-pack-library-card In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped the storm's victims turn a new page. Librarians helped thousands of people fill out relief forms, connect to the Internet and make plans to rebuild.<p>The New Dorp branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island wasn't damaged during Sandy. But just a few blocks away, houses were inundated with as much as 16 feet of water. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:06:00 +0000 editor 32397 at http://nwpr.org For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card? Goldendale Area Wildfire Grows Over Weekend http://nwpr.org/post/goldendale-area-wildfire-grows-over-weekend <p>Over the weekend the wildfire burning near Goldendale, in southeast Washington, grew to more than 17,000 acres. Firefighters are battling flames in grass, brush and timber. So far, no homes have burned, but the fire has closed a highway that runs between the towns of Toppenish and Goldendale. The blaze called the Mile Marker 28 fire is moving toward the town of Bickelton, Washington and is about 25 percent contained. More than 1,200 firefighters are working about 78 miles of fire line. Steve Derry is a fire crew chief. He was just getting ready to head back out.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:54:35 +0000 Anna King 31690 at http://nwpr.org Goldendale Area Wildfire Grows Over Weekend New Research And Maps Highlight Need For Earthquake, Tsunami Prep http://nwpr.org/post/new-research-and-maps-highlight-need-earthquake-tsunami-prep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The earthquake and tsunami threat to the Northwest from the offshore Cascadia fault was in the news in multiple ways Thursday. Canadian researchers have reconstructed a prehistoric record of great earthquakes on that shared fault. It reconfirms that we're due for another Big One. Coincidentally in Oregon, tsunami preparedness is getting a renewed look.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:53:03 +0000 Tom Banse 29311 at http://nwpr.org New Research And Maps Highlight Need For Earthquake, Tsunami Prep Wildfire Season Looks Bad For Central Idaho, Easier In Southern Part Of The State http://nwpr.org/post/wildfire-season-looks-bad-central-idaho-easier-southern-part-state <p>Where you are in Idaho will determine your wildfire risk this summer. Fire officials gave their predictions Tuesday on what fire seasons will be like around the state. If you’re in southern Idaho you shouldn’t see the type of catastrophic wildfires we had last year.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:55:20 +0000 29189 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Closer To Realizing Citizen Rangeland Firefighters http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-closer-realizing-citizen-rangeland-firefighters <p>An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:33:14 +0000 Aaron Kunz 23029 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Closer To Realizing Citizen Rangeland Firefighters Southeast Oregon Ranchers Still Waiting For Aid, Six Months After Massive Fire http://nwpr.org/post/southeast-oregon-ranchers-still-waiting-aid-six-months-after-massive-fire <p>Six months ago Tuesday, Jan 8, a lightning strike ignited one of the largest fires in Oregon’s history. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports, ranchers who lost cattle and grazing land still haven’t received federal disaster aid. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:25:14 +0000 Amelia Templeton 20855 at http://nwpr.org Tsunami Warning Sirens Phased Out In Coastal Oregon County http://nwpr.org/post/tsunami-warning-sirens-phased-out-coastal-oregon-county <p>Most of the tsunami warning sirens in one Oregon coastal county will go silent in the New Year. Communities up and down the West Coast are phasing in more modern forms of emergency alerts. Correspondent Tom Banse reports. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:24:49 +0000 Tom Banse 20395 at http://nwpr.org Tsunami Warning Sirens Phased Out In Coastal Oregon County