4:41 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Carlton Complex Wildfire Now 55 Percent Contained

Officials say the Carlton Complex Fire, in Central Washington, is now about 55 percent contained.
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A few days of cooler, wetter weather has been helping firefighters battling one of the largest wildfires in Washington state history.

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5:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Wildfire Season Hits Hard And Early

Fires have scorched thousands of acres of ranchland in southeast Oregon.
Credit Brooke Nyman / Oregon Cattleman's Association

Veteran firefighters in Washington are saying it’s the worst fire season in decades. So far, more than 150 homes have been destroyed. And in neighboring Oregon, firefighters are stretched thin by more than a dozen blazes burning at once.

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4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests

Smoke billows over US Highway 97 near Pateros, Wash. on Friday.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

More than a dozen wildfires in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon continue to threaten homes and cause numerous road closures.

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4:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before But ‘Not Like This’

A list of the fires burning in central Washington. Washington Gov. Inslee has called the Carlton Complex fire a firestorm with 100 homes destroyed.
Credit Ramella / NWPR

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in Okanogan County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. 

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3:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

1,000 Washington National Guardsmen To Take Crash Course in Firefighting

A portion of the Mills Canyon Complex fire in Central Washington
Credit InciWeb

The wildfire situation in Washington state is so severe that 1,000 National Guardsman will get a crash course in firefighting. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.

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6:03 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Towns Told To Evacuate As Fires Continue

A view of the Bridge 99 Complex fire along Green Ridge near the Lookout and east of Camp Sherman and the Metolius River.
Credit Steve Ziel / InciWeb

Update from Sueann Ramella 3:56pm 7/18

Washington residents are urged to listen to emergency officials and evacuate as the Carlton Complex Fire and Chiwaukum Creek Fire continue to threaten homes. So far, more than 900 residents near Leavenworth were told to evacuate, and residents in the town of Pateros were also told to evacuate as these two large fires continue to grow destroying 100 hundred homes. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says:

“The first step is to listen to authorities and pack up and move out as quickly as you can, the next step is to contact your insurer if you’ve been asked to evacuate your home,” said Kenton Brine,PCI assistant vice president. “Generally, homeowners and auto insurance policies will cover property lost or damaged due to a wildfire, but it’s important to make that initial contact with your insurer to begin the recovery process if your home is destroyed by a wildfire.”

Update from Jessica Robinson 10:36 a.m. 7/18 

About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington this morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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Firefighting Safety
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report: Lack Of Maps, Leadership Put Firefighters In Harm’s Way

Fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho, in 2012.
Credit Boise National Forest

A scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. They're asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.

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5:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Obama Backs Idaho, Oregon Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement . The plan is being advanced by a bipartisan team of Oregon and Idaho senators in reaction to the growing cost of massive wildfires.

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Northwest Fires
6:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Fire Managers Increasingly Turn To Private Fire Crews To Fight Blazes

Crews monitor burnout operations in the area of the Colockum Tarps Fire.
Credit Len DIaz / Washington Interagency Incident Management Team

With wildfires still raging across the Northwest, fire managers are turning to private fire-fighting crews in increasing numbers. One private industry group says private contractors are responsible for a surprising 40 percent of fire-fighters on the ground in the region.

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Northwest Fires
7:06 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Idaho Fire Nation’s Top Priority

A massive wildfire burning in Idaho has become the nation’s top firefighting priority. The 125 square mile blaze is threatening hundreds of homes and hundreds of people have been asked to leave.

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