Wildfires

Wildfires
4:21 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts

A view of the Mills Canyon fire, north of Wenatchee, Washington.
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Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle a large wildfire in central Washington. The Mills Canyon blaze covers about 28 square miles north of Wenatchee. It's threatening hundreds of structures and has led to periodic closures of US Highway 97A. Keith Vradenburg is mayor of the small town of Entiat . He says the town is thick with both firefighters and smoke.

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Northwest Wildfires
6:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Northwest Wildfire Season Heats Up

The Mills Canyon fire started near Entiat, Washington, north of Wenatchee.
Credit InciWeb

The Northwest is in the grip of a heat wave and this weekend it could push temperatures into the triple digits in parts of the region. That could make things difficult for firefighters battling flames on the front lines.

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Forest Recovery
5:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire, In Tree Years Anyway

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA.
Credit Philip Higuera / University of Idaho

Fire season has come alive here in the Northwest. On Monday 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Wash., continues to threaten houses in the area. Fires can be devastating to people's lives, but according to new research at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.

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Wildfire Fines
5:48 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill

Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.
Credit Josh O'Connor - USFWS / Flickr

Northwest wildfire managers are keeping an eye on the weather with temperatures expected to peak in the triple digits in some areas over the next few days. Thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans.

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Firefighting Safety
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report: Lack Of Maps, Leadership Put Firefighters In Harm’s Way

Fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho, in 2012.
Credit Boise National Forest

A scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. They're asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.

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Wildfires
4:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fire Season Starts Slowly In The Northwest, Nationally

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to that 10 year average.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

The wildfire season is off a slow start in the U.S. and in the Northwest. Numbers from fire mangers show total fires and the number of acres burned are well below the 10 year average.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to the 10 year average.

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Wildfires
5:53 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

When Wildfire Smoke Gets Bad - Ways To Stay Healthy

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: thick, acrid smoke.

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Wildfires
4:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up East Of The Cascades

A 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

Workers in the Tri-Cities, Wash. area got notice Wednesday of tinder-dry conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and were advised to practice fire safety at work and at home. It’s about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire-weather alerts and a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.

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Wildfires
5:55 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Study Finds ‘Firewise’ Homes Don’t Reduce Wildfire Costs

A new study finds a prevention tactic for fire proofing homes isn’t helping to bring those costs down.
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The study is by the think tank Headwaters Economics, based in Bozeman, Mont. Researchers looked at what are known as “firewise” communities. Rural homeowners are encouraged to do things like clear brush around their homes and replace wood shingles with a metal roof.

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Wildfires
5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Wildfire Season Officially Starts Tuesday in Wash.

Wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state
Credit InciWeb

It may be hard to believe, but wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state. In Oregon and Idaho, there's a rolling start to fire precaution rules depending on local conditions. 

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