fire season

Mopping Up The Forest Floor

Oct 5, 2016

At the end of every wildfire, firefighters make sure burned areas are safe to leave. The process of cleaning up burned land is known as mopping up.

It is a long process - usually spanning several days - that ensures parts of a fire are completely extinguished. Firefighters do this in any area the fire already burned through, even if the fire is still active somewhere else.

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It was a warm winter in the Northwest this year. It certainly rained, and it was plenty gray, but there wasn’t much snow. And that means low snowpack. The Washington Department of Ecology says Washington snowpack is at 21 percent of normal levels.

Oregon Congressman Pushes For Funds to Fight Wildfires

Aug 20, 2014
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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon plans to use a rare procedure to force a vote on a bill that will increase federal funding for fighting wildfires. This is happening just as the U.S. Forest Service is close to surpassing its firefighting budget for the year.

Rising Costs of Wildfires

Aug 20, 2014
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The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe fires.

Firefighters Cautiously Optimistic in Wash.

Aug 18, 2014
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Firefighters are cautiously optimistic as they make progress on the largest wildfires burning in Washington state.

Is The Northwest Fire Season Calming Down?

Aug 18, 2014
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Fire season is calming down in the Northwest. Officials have dropped their preparedness level to four. The region was at level five for 31 days, an all-time record.

Firefighters On Alert For New Lightning Strikes

Aug 14, 2014
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Firefighters are grateful for the thunderstorms that brought some rain to the Eastern Cascades this week, but the thunderstorms also brought the threat of lightning strikes.

Wildfire Season On Track To Break Record

Aug 13, 2014
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There are 21 sizable wildfires burning across Oregon and Washington. The season is on track to break the record for acreage burned.

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Firefighters at the Chiwaukum Complex fire near Leavenworth in the eastern Cascades were happy to get the rain last night.

Keeping Safe On Hikes During Wildfire Season

Aug 11, 2014
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It’s prime hiking season in the northwest right now, but it’s also the peak of wildfire season in the west. That can lead to trouble.

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A wildfire near Ellensburg that started with a lightning strike on Saturday grew by 20 percent overnight.

Crews Continue To Gain Ground On Oregon Gulch Fire

Aug 5, 2014
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The large wildfire burning along the Oregon-California border is slowly being brought under control and some residents are being allowed back into their homes.

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 Wildfire have been destroying property – and lives – across the Northwest for the past month and that got us wondering: what do you do if your home or property is damaged in a fire? Here are precautions and steps to take.

Safety First

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People in many Northwest communities are on edge Tuesday. A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days is the culprit. Those fires are now mostly contained, but the region remains very dry with another round of high temperatures expected this week.


The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

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The wildfire season is off a slow start in the U.S. and in the Northwest. Numbers from fire mangers show total fires and the number of acres burned are well below the 10 year average.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to the 10 year average.