Cle Elum

Cle Elum Wildfire
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

DNR Files Lawsuit In Taylor Bridge Fire

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has filed a lawsuit against two companies it says caused the Taylor Bridge Fire outside Cle Elum, Wash., last summer.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has filed a lawsuit against two companies it says caused a massive wildfire outside Cle Elum, Washington, last summer.

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Northwest News
7:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

After a Wildfire, the Erosion Problem Begins

Fire bosses say a blaze in central Washington is 90 percent contained. That’s while large fires continue to burn in Idaho and California. Getting these wildfires under control marks the beginning of a new problem: soil erosion.

Extreme heat from wildfires destroys trees and ground cover. That means plants no longer keep soil from sliding down hillsides and into streams.

Residents near the Taylor Bridge Wildfire could see more sediment on roads and in creeks. They also might notice wind kicking up extra dust.

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Wildfire Donations
6:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kittitas Wildfire Prompts Overwhelming Donations

A blaze from the Kittitas wildfire.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Dramatic images of destruction from a central Washington wildfire this week haave prompted an overwhelming flood of donations to fire victims. So much that the state of Washington is urging well meaning donors to stop giving food and clothing and donate money instead. In Cle Elum, correspondent Courtney Flatt checked out the brimming donation centers.

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Cle Elum Fire
6:02 am
Mon August 20, 2012

More Good News Than Bad From Kittitas Wildfire Frontlines Today

Smoke from the Kittitas wildfire. The fire has destroyed an estimated 48 homes.
Photo courtesy Wash. Deptartment of Natural Resources

Fire bosses at the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington gave an upbeat progress report at a community briefing in Cle Elum Friday. Firefighters targeted full containment of the nearly 23,000 acre blaze by Sunday. Reporter Courtney Flatt is on the scene. She says the mood at the community briefing was more curious than anything else.

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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.