Washington

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.

North America's highest mountain has a new name. Or rather, an old one. President Obama has announced that Alaska's Mount McKinley will now be called Denali, which is what natives call the peak.

The incident command for Washington’s biggest wildfire requested a mental health team to help people in Okanogan County. A national nonprofit called Green Cross has responded to the call.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Three firefighters have been killed battling a wildfire in North Central Washington.

The US military will provide 200 active duty Army troops to help fight wildfires.  The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise announced Monday the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will begin training Wednesday and could be ready as soon as Sunday. 

It’s the first time in nine years that active duty troops have been called on to help with fire efforts.  New, large fires across the West have stretched resources unusually thin. 

Ken Frederick, a spokesman with the fire center, says fire managers are even looking overseas for help.

The Wolverine Fire in north central Washington has burned up more than 30,000 acres. Hotshot crews are now trying to save a small Lutheran religious retreat center called Holden Village near Lake Chelan.

U.S. Geological Survey

Members of Washington’s Congressional delegation were in Seattle Monday to push for expanded funding for an earthquake emergency warning system.

Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer toured the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.

The fate of Washington’s 2016 presidential primary could hinge on a vote Tuesday. That’s when the state’s Presidential Primary Committee will meet to decide whether to move the primary up from May to March.

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The Obama administration set carbon dioxide limits for electric power plants Monday. The objective is to combat climate change by clamping down on power plant pollution, especially coal-fired electricity.

Seattle PI

The King County prosecutor says he will no longer seek the death penalty in the trial of a former Carnation woman accused of killing her family on Christmas Eve 2007.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg explained the decision Wednesday in the state's case against Michele Anderson.

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