Wildfires

Tribal Land Wildfires
5:26 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Stretches Tribal Resources Thin

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Forestry Crew battled the massive Waterfalls 2 wildfire in Oregon this year.
Inciweb

Fire crews are pushing back against a new blaze near Omak, Wash. The 5,000-acre wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation has already destroyed two homes and forced other residents to evacuate. The Northwest’s busy fire season has taken a toll on tribal lands this year.

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Effects Of Northwest Smoke
4:09 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Northwest Smoke Makes Air In Some Areas Worse Than L.A.

Experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects from the wildfire smoke.
Vince Patton OPB

About a dozen wildfires are still burning in the Northwest, keeping the air hazy and unhealthy. But experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Fires Affect Hunting Season
5:19 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Overlapping With Hunting Season

Wildfires have closed some prime hunting grounds in the Northwest.
Dennis Stern USFS Gila National Forest

Evacuation notices around the Northwest have subsided as fire crews beat back the threat of wildfire to homes and subdivisions.

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Progress On Washington Wildfires
4:09 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Central Wash. Fire Crews Begin To Head Home

Crews are beginning to head home from the biggest wildfires in central Washington.
Michael Pennavaria InciWeb

Crews are beginning to head home from the biggest wildfires that have been burning for the last two weeks in central Washington. But there are still more than 4,000 people working to contain the blazes on the east slopes of the Washington Cascades. That’s down about 800 from the peak workforce last weekend.

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Progress On Northwest Fires
4:55 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On Northwest Fires

Successful burnout operations reduced the ground fuels, but maintained larger trees in near Sisters, Ore.
Tom Iraci InciWeb

Firefighters are making progress on several massive blazes around the Northwest. In Oregon, the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters is around 70 percent contained. Crews in central Washington are getting the upper hand on the 53,000-acre Wenatchee Complex, where another blaze flared up yesterday. And in Idaho fire bosses report minimal activity at the Mustang Complex along the Idaho-Montana border.

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Schools Cope With Smoke
6:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Surrounded By Wildfires, Schools Try To Keep Smoke Out

Wildfire smoke is becoming the “new normal” for some parts of the Northwest. In central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside. Bad air has forced at least one school district to take some unusual measures to keep class in session.

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Smoky Skies
4:50 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Smoke Creating Vicious Cycle In Northwest Skies

Smoke from wildfires can create some spectacular sunsets, like this one near Boise, Idaho.
Jim Larson Flickr

The fight against numerous large fires in central Washington is turning the corner. Since the weekend, fire bosses have been able to release nearly 400 firefighters from the blazes near Wenatchee. But forecasters say it may be a while before the Inland Northwest sees clear, blue skies again.

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Wildfire Smoke
5:51 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Thousands Of Face Masks Distributed In Smoke-Weary Central Wash.

American Red Cross volunteers help to distribute respirator masks in Wenatchee, Wash.
Kyle Miller Red Cross

Washington state's Department of Health has shipped more than 20,000 face masks to central Washington towns blanketed by wildfire smoke. Air pollution monitors in Wenatchee, Ellensburg and nearby towns are consistently showing the air is hazardous to breathe.

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Central Washington Wildfires
5:27 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Progress In Wildfire Fight, But Stagnant, Smoky Air Lingers

Heavy smoke from multiple wildfires continues to fill valleys on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

In central Washington, fire commanders report progress securing fire lines and limiting the spread of wildfires in the direction of threatened homes. But smoky air continues to stress thousands of people in Wenatchee, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan.

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Central Wash. Wildfires
4:13 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central Wash. Fires Grow, Smoke Still A Major Problem

The Wenatchee Complex Information Officer discusses fire behavior and strategies while a smoke column from the Poison Canyon Fire is visible in the background.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

The wildfire situation in central Washington continues to worsen. A complex of lightning-sparked fires north of Ellensburg has grown to more than 30,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place near Liberty, Wash., along Highway 97.

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