Wildfires

Wildfires
5:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governor Inslee: Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone

Map of current large fire locations in the Northwest.
Credit Northwest Interagency Coordination Center / Google

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington. That announcement came late Tuesday as Obama touched down in Seattle on a fundraising trip.

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Wildfires
5:41 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Firefighters Camped out in Winthrop

Some 2,100 firefighters are living in Winthrop, Wash. as they battle the Carlton Complex wildfire.
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There's a small city of firefighters camped out on the grounds of Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop. Some 2,100 firefighters are living there as they battle the wildfire known as the Carlton Complex.

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Wildfires
5:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Carlton Complex Wildfire Update

The Carlton Complex fires in Central Washington were 16 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Washington National Guard / Flickr

Firefighters battling the largest wildfire in Washington state have made significant progress since yesterday.

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Fire Shelters
6:08 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

Volunteers hang cardboard signs to point people in the direction of donation centers and shelters.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest News Network

Update: You can give to the Red Cross or volunteer to help fire victims by visiting redcross.org/ewa or calling 509-663-3907

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate this afternoon Monday. These newest evacuations come after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday. Correspondent Courtney Flatt visited donation centers in the region where people are turning for help.

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Wildfires
5:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Brewster Residents Say They Wanted More Warning about Fire

Smoke over U.S. Highway 97 near Pateros, Wash.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

Residents of the town of Brewster in Central Washington consider themselves lucky to have escaped with their lives after wildfires burned up to the edge of town Saturday.

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Wildfires
5:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Wildfire Season Hits Hard And Early

Fires have scorched thousands of acres of ranchland in southeast Oregon.
Credit Brooke Nyman / Oregon Cattleman's Association

Veteran firefighters in Washington are saying it’s the worst fire season in decades. So far, more than 150 homes have been destroyed. And in neighboring Oregon, firefighters are stretched thin by more than a dozen blazes burning at once.

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Carlton Complex Fire
6:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Central Washington Fires Shut Down Power As Uncertainty Grows

Community members file in Sunday night to a meeting in Brewster, Washington.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest News Network

The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. It’s closed most gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington. Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss. Meanwhile, in Brewster last night, incident commanders of the region’s biggest and most destructive wildfire briefed residents Sunday night. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with residents who are coping without power, and reports from that tense Brewster meeting.

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Wildfires
4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests

Smoke billows over US Highway 97 near Pateros, Wash. on Friday.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

More than a dozen wildfires in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon continue to threaten homes and cause numerous road closures.

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Wildfires
4:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before But ‘Not Like This’

A list of the fires burning in central Washington. Washington Gov. Inslee has called the Carlton Complex fire a firestorm with 100 homes destroyed.
Credit Ramella / NWPR

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in Okanogan County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. 

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Wildfires
3:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

1,000 Washington National Guardsmen To Take Crash Course in Firefighting

A portion of the Mills Canyon Complex fire in Central Washington
Credit InciWeb

The wildfire situation in Washington state is so severe that 1,000 National Guardsman will get a crash course in firefighting. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.

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