Wildfires

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.
Credit Famartin / Wikimedia

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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Firefighting
5:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Obama Backs Idaho, Oregon Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement . The plan is being advanced by a bipartisan team of Oregon and Idaho senators in reaction to the growing cost of massive wildfires.

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Wildfires
5:54 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Wildfire Season Not Over Yet In Pacific Northwest

InciWeb

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Wildfire season is not over yet, despite the widespread rains of the last couple weeks.

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Wildfire Aftermath
7:04 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Locals Left Behind In Sun Valley Worry About Economic Impact Of Fire

The Ketchum Grill was among the few businesses in town that stayed open throughout the evacuations. Business remains down.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Not everyone fled Sun Valley, Idaho, when a huge wildfire threatened the resort area. Many locals remained in the surrounding communities and kept the stores, restaurants and gas stations open. Now, firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The smoke is clearing. But without the return of vacationers, many locals worry the real disaster is economic – and that one is just beginning.

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Wildfires
5:50 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Beaver Creek Update: Nearly 10,000 Homes On Evacuation Alert

More resources continue to pour into Idaho’s central mountains to fight a growing wildfire that has now consumed more than 150 square miles, or roughly the size of Detroit.

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Climate Change
5:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:10 pm

You may know that on a hot, sunny day it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.

The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.

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