Wildfires

Wildfires and Cattle
7:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It’s Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington’s Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. Stokes was only able to save some of his valuables before the Carlton Complex fires burnt down his place. Stokes estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Credit 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.

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Wildfires
4:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Washington Wildfire Season Winding Down

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center reports the biggest wildfires in the state are now either 100 percent contained, or very close to it.
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One of Washington state's most intense wildfire seasons in recent memory is winding down.

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Twisp Dam
6:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Wildfires, Dams Fail In North Central Washington

Water from thunderstorms last week ran down barren hillsides and funneled into the canyons below.
Credit 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.

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Wildfires Amid Mudslides
6:25 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Wildfires Still Rage Amid Mudslides In Central Wash.

Crews build a fire line at the Carlton Complex.
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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.

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Twisp Mudslide
6:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Houses In Mud, Fish On Land After Twisp Landslides

Aaron Dunlap found his car stuck in the sand after flash floods hit his cannabis farm Thursday near Twisp, Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:26 pm

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.

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Wildfire Fighting Funds
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oregon Congressman Pushes For Funds to Fight Wildfires

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon plans to force a vote on a bill that will increase federal funding to fight wildfires.
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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.

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Wildfire Costs
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Rising Costs of Wildfires

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.
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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.

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Wildfire Update
5:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Firefighters Cautiously Optimistic in Wash.

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

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Fire Season Calms
5:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Is The Northwest Fire Season Calming Down?

Fire season is calming down in the Northwest.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Drones Impede Firefighting
4:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Drones Cause Problems Near Wildfires

Those overseeing the government’s aerial firefighting operations ask the public to keep drones away from wildfires.
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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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