Wildfires

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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.

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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.

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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.

What Do You Do When Your House Burns Down?

Aug 1, 2014
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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.

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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.

What Do Those Containment Numbers Mean?

Jul 29, 2014
Gila National Forest

The Carlton Complex Wildfire remains the largest in Washington’s history. As of Monday, it was 66 percent contained. But what does that number mean? It’s all about fire lines.

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Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says we can expect even more expensive fires in the years ahead.

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The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

Carlton Complex Wildfire Now 55 Percent Contained

Jul 25, 2014
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A few days of cooler, wetter weather has been helping firefighters battling one of the largest wildfires in Washington state history.

National Interagency Fire Center

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.

With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty explains.

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Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.

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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.

Firefighters Camped out in Winthrop

Jul 22, 2014
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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.

Carlton Complex Wildfire Update

Jul 22, 2014
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Firefighters battling the largest wildfire in Washington state have made significant progress since yesterday.

Here's How You Can Help Wildfire Victims

Jul 22, 2014
American Red Cross

Update 7/29: The Okanogan County Sheriff's Department says Okanogan County is no longer accepting donations of goods. They ask that people instead donate cash for the relief effort.

There are many opportunities to help those displaced by the Carlton Complex Fire in central Washington. Here are a few ways you can donate money or items.

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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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.

Wildfire Season Hits Hard And Early

Jul 21, 2014
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.

Some Of The Worst Fires In Northwest History

Jul 21, 2014
Library of Congress

The Carlton Complex Fire in Okanogan County is now the worst fire in Washington history. It has burned more than 238,000 acres of land, and is believed to have destroyed between 150 and 200 homes, killing one person. As firefighters work to contain the blaze, we’d like to take a look at some of the other fires that have raged across the Northwest to see how it compares.

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