Wildfires

Kevin Mooney

Remotely monitored video cameras are replacing some human fire lookouts on mountaintops around the Northwest. 


Anna King

In Washington state, an estimated 500 to 600 cattle have been lost in dramatic wildfires this summer. Kent Stokes is a fifth-generation rancher. His family lost hundreds of head in the Carlton Complex fires near Twisp in north-central Washington.

Washington Wildfire Season Winding Down

Aug 29, 2014
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One of Washington state's most intense wildfire seasons in recent memory is winding down.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

The State of Washington and residents in Okanogan County are concerned that more small dams could be at risk of failing after three of them burst in a thunderstorm event last week near Twisp in northcentral Washington.

Wildfires Still Rage Amid Mudslides In Central Wash.

Aug 22, 2014
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The National Weather Service said slow-moving storms creeping through Central Washington could bring another round of mudslides this evening yet the same wildfires that stripped the hillsides and left them prone to slides continue to burn. Remaining crews are now dealing with both fires and flooding.

Aaron Dunlap started Friday morning with his car stuck in sand and a fish stuck in the dirt outside his cannabis farm. Dunlap is one of many people stuck digging themselves out today after landslides and flash floods near Twisp, Washington.

Oregon Congressman Pushes For Funds to Fight Wildfires

Aug 20, 2014
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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon plans to use a rare procedure to force a vote on a bill that will increase federal funding for fighting wildfires. This is happening just as the U.S. Forest Service is close to surpassing its firefighting budget for the year.

Rising Costs of Wildfires

Aug 20, 2014
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The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe fires.

Firefighters Cautiously Optimistic in Wash.

Aug 18, 2014
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Firefighters are cautiously optimistic as they make progress on the largest wildfires burning in Washington state.

Is The Northwest Fire Season Calming Down?

Aug 18, 2014
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Fire season is calming down in the Northwest. Officials have dropped their preparedness level to four. The region was at level five for 31 days, an all-time record.

Drones Cause Problems Near Wildfires

Aug 15, 2014
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Those who oversee the government’s aerial firefighting operations are asking the public to keep drones away from wildfires. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said there have been three instances this year in which drones interfered with aerial firefighting.

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Wildfires have ravaged more than 1 million acres across the Northwest. In central Washington, the burned landscape will make it difficult for one of the state’s largest deer herds to find food. Farmers worry the deer would then wander onto their fields. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt reports.

Firefighters On Alert For New Lightning Strikes

Aug 14, 2014
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Firefighters are grateful for the thunderstorms that brought some rain to the Eastern Cascades this week, but the thunderstorms also brought the threat of lightning strikes.

Wildfire Season On Track To Break Record

Aug 13, 2014
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There are 21 sizable wildfires burning across Oregon and Washington. The season is on track to break the record for acreage burned.

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Firefighters at the Chiwaukum Complex fire near Leavenworth in the eastern Cascades were happy to get the rain last night.

Keeping Safe On Hikes During Wildfire Season

Aug 11, 2014
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It’s prime hiking season in the northwest right now, but it’s also the peak of wildfire season in the west. That can lead to trouble.

This summer's active wildfire season is stretching fire crews to the limit. This week, virtually every available wildland firefighter in the Northwest is on the scene of a blaze. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

Kay Ledbetter / Texas A and M AgriLife Extension Service

Northwest cattle ranchers are struggling to get their herds out of the way of raging wildfires. Some herds have been lost, others badly injured.

Oregon Gulch Fire Stabilized

Aug 7, 2014
Liam Moriarty / Jefferson Public Radio

Fire crews battling Oregon's biggest fire have finally gotten the upper hand. Chris Cline, Oregon Department of Forestry incident commander for the Oregon Gulch fire said that crews have completed the line around the eastern tip of the fire.

Fire Forces 70 Evacuations In Columbia Gorge

Aug 6, 2014
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A fire ignited Tuesday night in the Columbia Gorge has led authorities to order evacuations for 70 homes in the Oregon community of Rowena. Officials have alerted another 100 homes to be ready for possible evacuation.

90 Percent Containment of Carlton Complex Fire

Aug 5, 2014
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Fire managers have the Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington almost fully contained.

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A wildfire near Ellensburg that started with a lightning strike on Saturday grew by 20 percent overnight.

Crews Continue To Gain Ground On Oregon Gulch Fire

Aug 5, 2014
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The large wildfire burning along the Oregon-California border is slowly being brought under control and some residents are being allowed back into their homes.

Snag Canyon Wildfire Shelters in Place

Aug 4, 2014
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About 200 firefighters are working to contain as much of the Snag Canyon wildfire as they can today before forecasted winds pick up later this week.

Crews Start To Catch Up To Oregon Gulch Fire

Aug 4, 2014
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The 36-thousand-acre Oregon Gulch Fire along the border of California is the largest wildfire currently burning in Oregon. The fire is slowing after days of rapid growth, giving crews a chance to catch up.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Firefighters are battling a lightning-strike wildfire that’s grown quite large just north of Ellensburg. It’s called the Snag Canyon Fire. It’s burned about 3,600 acres and is challenging firefighters who are trying to secure lines closest to town.

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A fire started by lightning near the Oregon-California border has burned more than 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours and is threatening 170 structures. The Oregon Gulch Fire has burned one building and forced evacuations in Pinehurst, a rural community east of Ashland.

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 Wildfire have been destroying property – and lives – across the Northwest for the past month and that got us wondering: what do you do if your home or property is damaged in a fire? Here are precautions and steps to take.

Safety First

Oregon Military Department

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains.

Daniel O'Connor / InciWeb

People in many Northwest communities are on edge Tuesday. A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days is the culprit. Those fires are now mostly contained, but the region remains very dry with another round of high temperatures expected this week.

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