natural disasters

Oregon Fire Relief
6:25 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Southeast Oregon Ranchers Still Waiting For Aid, Six Months After Massive Fire

Six months ago Tuesday, Jan 8, a lightning strike ignited one of the largest fires in Oregon’s history. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports, ranchers who lost cattle and grazing land still haven’t received federal disaster aid.

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Tsunami Warning Siren
6:24 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Tsunami Warning Sirens Phased Out In Coastal Oregon County

A tsunami warning sign in Seaside, Oregon.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Most of the tsunami warning sirens in one Oregon coastal county will go silent in the New Year. Communities up and down the West Coast are phasing in more modern forms of emergency alerts. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Tsunami Debris
6:23 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Lull Or Tail End Of Japanese Tsunami Debris?

Chuck Matthews (left) and Curt Hart of WA Dept. of Ecology consult about flotsam that -- like most found on Long Beach – is impossible to trace to a specific origin.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse

It’s been more than four months since the last confirmed piece of Japanese tsunami debris washed ashore on the Pacific Northwest coast. Even sightings of suspected disaster debris have tapered way off in recent months. Does that mean we’re just in a lull or past the worst of it? Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the coast.

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Washington Wildfires
6:11 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County last week has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Central Washington Wildfires
6:16 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Residents Report Central Washington Smells Like Smoke

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash
Photo by user Teresia Flickr

The smell of smoke hangs in the air across much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee, making the skies hazy. Vicky Cibcki works at the Anjou Bakery near the town of Cashmere.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
6:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

Firefighters have contained the Taylor Bridge wildfire in Central Washington.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A damaging wildfire in central Washington has been declared 100 percent contained, this more than two weeks after it ignited. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
6:11 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Firefighters Get Handle On Central Washington’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Trees burn in the Taylor Bridge Fire.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Ecology

Firefighters are getting a better handle on the Taylor Bridge fire burning in central Washington State. Fire crews say they have the fire 90 percent contained. So far the blaze has destroyed more than 50 homes and displaced many residents and livestock. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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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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