Wildfires

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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.

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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.

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