Wildfires

Snag Canyon Blaze
4:33 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Weather Window For Fire Crews Fighting Snag Canyon Blaze

A wildfire near Ellensburg grew by 20 percent overnight.
Credit US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

A wildfire near Ellensburg that started with a lightning strike on Saturday grew by 20 percent overnight.

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Oregon Gulch Fire
4:31 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Crews Continue To Gain Ground On Oregon Gulch Fire

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.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

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.

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Snag Canyon Shelters
6:04 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Snag Canyon Wildfire Shelters in Place

About 200 firefighters are working to contain as much of the Snag Canyon wildfire as they can today.
Credit Famartin / Wikimedia

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.

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Oregon Gulch Fire
5:51 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Crews Start To Catch Up To Oregon Gulch Fire

The Oregon Gulch Fire slows, allowing crews a chance to catch up.
Credit John H. Kim / Flickr

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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Snag Canyon Fire
6:37 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Wildfire Near Ellensburg, Wash., Grows

The Snag Canyon Fire is sending plumes of smoke mixing with storm clouds above tinder-dry hillsides just outside of Ellensburg, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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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Fire Threatens Buildings
5:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Buildings Threatened As Fire Grows Near Oregon-California Border

A fire started by lightning near the Oregon-California border has burned more than 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours.
Credit US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

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.

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Fire Recovery
8:44 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Do You Do When Your House Burns Down?

A fire - whether it be a house fire or a wildfire - can cause insurmountable damage to buildings.
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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

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Wildfire Planning
6:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit 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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Northwest News
5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Wildfires Continue To Have Northwest Residents On Edge

A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days has many Northwest communities on edge today.
Credit Daniel O'Connor / InciWeb

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.

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Fire Containment
6:07 am
Tue July 29, 2014

What Do Those Containment Numbers Mean?

A fire fighter burns out fuel to create a containment line. Burning fuel that fires could use to spread is one of several methods to create a fire line, including digging wide trenches.
Credit 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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