Wildfires

Wildfires
5:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Brewster Residents Say They Wanted More Warning about Fire

Smoke over U.S. Highway 97 near Pateros, Wash.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

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.

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Wildfires
5:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Wildfire Season Hits Hard And Early

Fires have scorched thousands of acres of ranchland in southeast Oregon.
Credit 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.

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Worst Northwest Fires
9:02 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Of The Worst Fires In Northwest History

The Big Burn of 1910 devastated northern Idaho. This is the result of a wildfire "hurricane" in a heavy stand of Idaho white pine on Little North fork of St. Joe River, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1910.
Credit 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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Carlton Complex Fire
6:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Central Washington Fires Shut Down Power As Uncertainty Grows

Community members file in Sunday night to a meeting in Brewster, Washington.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest News Network

The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. It’s closed most gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington. Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss. Meanwhile, in Brewster last night, incident commanders of the region’s biggest and most destructive wildfire briefed residents Sunday night. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with residents who are coping without power, and reports from that tense Brewster meeting.

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Northwest Fires
7:51 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire

    The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations last night (Friday night). Sheriff's deputies urged residents around some edges of a sprawling fire in Okanogan County to leave. 

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Wildfires
4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests

Smoke billows over US Highway 97 near Pateros, Wash. on Friday.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

More than a dozen wildfires in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon continue to threaten homes and cause numerous road closures.

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Wildfires
4:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before But ‘Not Like This’

A list of the fires burning in central Washington. Washington Gov. Inslee has called the Carlton Complex fire a firestorm with 100 homes destroyed.
Credit Ramella / NWPR

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in Okanogan County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. 

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Wildfires
3:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

1,000 Washington National Guardsmen To Take Crash Course in Firefighting

A portion of the Mills Canyon Complex fire in Central Washington
Credit InciWeb

The wildfire situation in Washington state is so severe that 1,000 National Guardsman will get a crash course in firefighting. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.

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Wildfires
6:03 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Towns Told To Evacuate As Fires Continue

A view of the Bridge 99 Complex fire along Green Ridge near the Lookout and east of Camp Sherman and the Metolius River.
Credit Steve Ziel / InciWeb

Update from Sueann Ramella 3:56pm 7/18

Washington residents are urged to listen to emergency officials and evacuate as the Carlton Complex Fire and Chiwaukum Creek Fire continue to threaten homes. So far, more than 900 residents near Leavenworth were told to evacuate, and residents in the town of Pateros were also told to evacuate as these two large fires continue to grow destroying 100 hundred homes. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says:

“The first step is to listen to authorities and pack up and move out as quickly as you can, the next step is to contact your insurer if you’ve been asked to evacuate your home,” said Kenton Brine,PCI assistant vice president. “Generally, homeowners and auto insurance policies will cover property lost or damaged due to a wildfire, but it’s important to make that initial contact with your insurer to begin the recovery process if your home is destroyed by a wildfire.”

Update from Jessica Robinson 10:36 a.m. 7/18 

About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington this morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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Wildfires
6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

U.S. Highway 26 near Mitchell, Ore. has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Wildfires continue to blaze around the region. Washington state has declared a state of emergency for 20 of its eastern counties. In Oregon, more than a dozen fires are burning right now, with the biggest concentration in the center of the state.

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