Fire crews have been making progress on the Rutter Canyon fire, burning just north of the Spokane city limits. The 150 acre fire was 25 percent contained by Thursday morning.

Another Fire Threatening Spokane Area

Aug 12, 2015
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Fire crews are again battling a wildfire just north of the Spokane city limits. The 150-acre fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon near the Little Spokane River.

Crews believe they are making progress, but the weather could create problems.

The Rutter Canyon fire broke out in difficult-to-access terrain. The heavily wooded area is the site of many homes. About 30 residences remain on a level two evacuation notice Wednesday, meaning residents should be ready to leave on a moments notice.

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There is promising news on the Little Spokane fire burning just north of Spokane, even as the region is braced for dry lightning and winds in the weather forecast.

Muslim leaders and Christian clergy in Spokane are asking for a federal hate crime investigation into anti-Muslim graffiti discovered on the Fourth of July. Someone scrawled the phrase “Death to Islam” on the side of a Bosnian heritage center.

Public health officials are concerned about several major athletic events in the Northwest this weekend.

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A man sentenced to decades in prison for the shotgun slaying of a Spokane pizza delivery driver won’t go free – at least for now. A Washington sentencing board announced Monday that Daniel Paul Delgado is more likely than not to commit a new crime.

Spokane police say they believe a former Pasco, Washington, police officer accused of a 1986 homicide may have assaulted other women.

A former police officer from Pasco, Washington, has been charged with a homicide from nearly three decades ago.

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Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area.

It’s the first measles outbreak in Spokane in two decades. Both cases are in unvaccinated adults. Both are recovering.

But the potential infection of infants before the cases were discovered is especially worrisome, says Dorothy MacEachern . She’s an epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional Health District. The infants were too young to be vaccinated -- the measles vaccine is usually done at 12 months -- and MacEachern says measles in babies can lead to ear infections, pneumonia …

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More students are complying with state law in the Spokane School District when it comes to immunizations.

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.

The Spokane School District started enforcing that rule in earnest this week.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said a number of students were sent home on Monday, for at least one classroom period.