Natural Disaster

Trinity Ridge Fire
6:17 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Trinity Ridge Fire Gets Closer To Featherville

More than a thousand fire fighters in Idaho are working to protect homes as a massive wildfire moves closer to the mountain communities of Pine and Featherville. Sadie Babits reports.

The Trinity Ridge fire burning 100 miles northeast of Boise remains the state’s number one firefighting priority. That’s because the wildfire continues to threaten hundreds of homes in Pine and Featherville. Mary Christensen – a fire information officer – says thick smoke lifted and now the wildfire has picked up.

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Unsafe Fire Tactics
6:14 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Report: ‘Extremely Unsafe’ Tactics At Blaze That Killed Firefighter

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died earlier this month fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

Managers at a blaze in north Idaho were warned about hazardous conditions the day before a 20-year-old firefighter died on the job. That’s according to an informal report by the head of a federal hotshot crew, which refused to work on the fire. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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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.

Firefighter Deaths
5:58 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Firefighting Still Dangerous, But For Different Reasons

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died Sunday fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in Idaho on Sunday as 20-year-old Anne Veseth, of Moscow, Idaho. She was struck by a falling tree at the Steep Corner Fire southeast of Coeur d’Alene. As Jessica Robinson reports, firefighting deaths fluctuate from year to year, but the biggest source of that danger has shifted.

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Earthquake Risk
5:54 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Earthquake Study Raises Risk Potential Around Central Washington Dams

Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Central Washington was considered at low risk for earthquakes back when big hydropower dams went up on the Columbia River many decades ago. But a recently completed seismic hazard assessment has found greater earthquake potential for the area than previously thought. Now the dam owners have to figure out how to respond. Seismic retrofits could cost ratepayers across the region hundreds of millions of dollars. Correspondent Tom Banse has this exclusive report.

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