Wildfires

National Interagency Fire Center

Fire season in the Northwest is winding down for this year.

But scientific models suggest that with climate change, the region can expect more large wildfires in the future.

Anna King

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to 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.

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