Anna King

Northwest News Reporter

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.


The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.


While not on the job, Anna enjoys snowboarding, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She lives in Richland with her husband Andy Plymale.

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Controlling Taylor Bridge Fire
4:57 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Firefighters Battle Windswept Flames On Taylor Bridge Fire

Gusts of up to 30 miles per hour have made containing the Taylor Bridge Fire more difficult.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

Firefighters in Central Washington are contending with heavy winds today as they try to get control of the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum. Gusts of up to 30 miles per hour have been testing the fire lines. So far the blaze has scorched more than 23,000 acres, and crews have it 57 percent contained. More than 1,000 people are working to put out the blaze.

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Taylor Bridge Fire Containment
4:34 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Officials Expect Taylor Bridge Fire To Be Contained By Tuesday

The 23,000 acre Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

Fire crews expect to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington by Tuesday afternoon. Crews are now working in steep terrain on the northwest side of the blaze.

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Animal Rescue Effort
6:07 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Massive Animal Rescue Effort Underway For Victims Of Washington State’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Mark Kinsel, lead vet at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds in Central Washington. He's helping to treat, sort and feed animals displaced by fire.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Over a hundred volunteers are helping to evacuate, sort and care for animals burned or displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum in Washington State.

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Invesitation Into Wildfire Cause
5:27 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Investigators Look Into Whether Construction Sparked Taylor Bridge Fire

Fire officials in central Washington are investigating whether construction at a bridge near Cle Elum sparked the 23,000 acre wildfire there. Incident commanders won’t say definitively what started the fire. But they do say the blaze was human caused and it began near the bridge construction site.

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Cle Elum Residents Displaced By Fire
5:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Cle Elum Residents Wait And Wonder If Their Homes Still Stand

Lynne Fisher is a resident of Cle Elum who's been displaced from her home.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Fire officials have reduced evacuation levels for several areas around the Taylor Bridge Fire. But hundreds of displaced residents in central Washington's Kittitas County are waiting and wondering if their homes still stand. Many fled just in time. More than 70 structures have burned down.

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Fire Officials Concerned About Weather
5:06 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Weekend Weather For Cle Elum-Area Fire A Concern To Firefighters

Mick Mueller, Taylor Bridge fire information officer.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Fire officials on the Taylor Bridge blaze near the mountain town of Cle Elum, Wash., are worried about the hot weather forecast for the next few days. Correspondent Anna King reports from the scene of the fire.

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Cle Elum Fire
5:51 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Cle Elum, Wash., Continues To Battle Wildfire

An aerial view of wildfires outside Cle Elum, Washington.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Natural Resources

A large wildfire in the remote mountains of Central Washington state has burned 22 thousand acres . The Northwest News Network’s Anna King reports the fire has destroyed at least 60 structures from Cle Elum.

Nearly 800 firefighters have been battling the wind-whipped fire for several days. 18-year-old Tyler Oversby stared as giant plumes of smoke crept closer to his hometown.

Firefighters Work To Defend Homes
4:49 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Firefighters Work To Defend Homes In Central Wash.

About 900 firefighters are trying to contain the Taylor Bridge fire before it destroys more homes. It’s burning in central Washington near the town of Cle Elum.

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Families Optimistic During Wash. Wildfire
4:38 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Families Who Remain During Fire Try To Stay Optimistic

The Taylor Bridge fire near Ellensburg, Wash., has burned more than 60 structures, but some residents have not evacuated.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

The Taylor Bridge fire in central Washington is still keeping about 450 people from their homes near the town of Cle Elum. Some residents have remained, despite the heavy smoke from a fire that’s consumed 28,000 acres.

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Hanford's "Black Cells"
4:17 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Energy Secretary, Experts Take Closer Look At Hanford's Black Cells

A new research panel, which includes Secretary Steven Chu himself, is aimed at ensuring problems inside "black cells" can be detected and fixed.
Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s so-called “black cells” are getting another look from a new high-level group of experts. The announcement today from the U.S. Department of Energy comes just as the southeast Washington nuclear site implements new safety standards for non-radioactive risks.

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