firefighting

Wildfire Fighting Funds
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oregon Congressman Pushes For Funds to Fight Wildfires

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon plans to force a vote on a bill that will increase federal funding to fight wildfires.
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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.

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Wildfire Costs
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Rising Costs of Wildfires

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.
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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.

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Wildfire Update
5:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Firefighters Cautiously Optimistic in Wash.

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

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Fire Season Calms
5:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Is The Northwest Fire Season Calming Down?

Fire season is calming down in the Northwest.
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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.

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Lightning Strike Threat
5:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Firefighters On Alert For New Lightning Strikes

Thunderstorms brought the threat of lightening strikes this week, potentially causing more fires.
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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.

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Wildfire Season
5:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wildfire Season On Track To Break Record

This fire season is on track to break the record for acreage burned.
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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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Chiwaukum Complex Fire
4:52 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chiwaukum Complex Fire Update

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

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Wildfire Season Safety
5:22 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Keeping Safe On Hikes During Wildfire Season

It's prime hiking season across the northwest right now, but it's also the peak of wildfire season.
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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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Fire Evacuation Orders
5:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fire Forces 70 Evacuations In Columbia Gorge

A fire ignited Tuesday night in the Columbia Gorge has led authorities to order evacuations for 70 homes in the Oregon community of Rowena.
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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.

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Carlton Complex Fire
5:08 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

90 Percent Containment of Carlton Complex Fire

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

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