firefighting

Rosalyn Pratt

Firefighters have been battling a blaze east of Leavenworth since Saturday afternoon. The fire crept toward downtown and forced many people to evacuate immediately. The fire has burned 330 acres. 

Crews Say Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts

Aug 1, 2016

A wildfire in southeast Washington has grown to 70,000 acres between Yakima and the Tri-Cities. More than 100 crew members are working to keep the Range 12 Fire from spreading.

But they say something could slow that work down: drones.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Consumer drones look like child's play after you get a gander at the unmanned, water-dropping helicopter that was pitched to the federal government Wednesday. The K-MAX chopper is the largest of several remotely-piloted firefighting aircraft to get a tryout this year.

Northwest No Longer Top National Firefighting Priority

Sep 2, 2015
Alan Barbian

The Northwest is no longer the number one firefighting priority in the nation. With cooler temperatures and precipitation this week, fire activity has tapered off some in Oregon and Washington.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

President Obama’s emergency declaration for Washington unlocks federal firefighting tools. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell applauded the declaration during a stop in Spokane Friday, but says the state still needs aerial resources.

Firefighting: A Dangerous Profession

Aug 21, 2015
AP Images

Three firefighters died Wednesday in Washington state when flames apparently overtook their vehicle after it crashed. Four other firefighters were hurt.

Wind Could Shift Direction Of Chelan Complex Fires

Aug 21, 2015

Wind is continuing to whip up wildfires burning in north central Washington state. After a dry cold front blew through this morning, another strong surge of wind Friday could cause trouble.

As firefighters work to contain the Canyon Creek Complex wildfire, high winds and hot temperatures mean the fire keeps growing.

Wildfires are burning across nearly 600 square miles of Washington state and the forecast today calls for strong winds in the most affected areas.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Army is deploying 200 soldiers to help fight wildfires that are burning through about 1.1 million acres across the Western United States. That's according to a press release from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

"It's been nine years since wildfire was so widespread all at once that active military troops joined firefighters battling blazes," NPR's Howard Berkes reports. "Four military C-130 cargo planes are also in use as air tankers."

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
Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

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
Bureau of Land Management / Wikimedia Commons

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
Bo Insogna / Flickr

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
Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

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

Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

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.

Fire Forces 70 Evacuations In Columbia Gorge

Aug 6, 2014
Hux / Wikimedia

A fire ignited Tuesday night in the Columbia Gorge has led authorities to order evacuations for 70 homes in the Oregon community of Rowena. Officials have alerted another 100 homes to be ready for possible evacuation.

90 Percent Containment of Carlton Complex Fire

Aug 5, 2014
V. H. Hammer / Flickr

Fire managers have the Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington almost fully contained.

US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

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
Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

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.

Snag Canyon Wildfire Shelters in Place

Aug 4, 2014
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About 200 firefighters are working to contain as much of the Snag Canyon wildfire as they can today before forecasted winds pick up later this week.

Crews Start To Catch Up To Oregon Gulch Fire

Aug 4, 2014
John H. Kim / Flickr

The 36-thousand-acre Oregon Gulch Fire along the border of California is the largest wildfire currently burning in Oregon. The fire is slowing after days of rapid growth, giving crews a chance to catch up.

US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

A fire started by lightning near the Oregon-California border has burned more than 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours and is threatening 170 structures. The Oregon Gulch Fire has burned one building and forced evacuations in Pinehurst, a rural community east of Ashland.

Carlton Complex Wildfire Now 55 Percent Contained

Jul 25, 2014
The National Guard / Flickr

A few days of cooler, wetter weather has been helping firefighters battling one of the largest wildfires in Washington state history.

Wildfire Season Hits Hard And Early

Jul 21, 2014
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.

Courtesy of WSDOT

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

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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