5:55 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Study Finds ‘Firewise’ Homes Don’t Reduce Wildfire Costs

A new study finds a prevention tactic for fire proofing homes isn’t helping to bring those costs down.
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The study is by the think tank Headwaters Economics, based in Bozeman, Mont. Researchers looked at what are known as “firewise” communities. Rural homeowners are encouraged to do things like clear brush around their homes and replace wood shingles with a metal roof.

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5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Wildfire Season Officially Starts Tuesday in Wash.

Wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state
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It may be hard to believe, but wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state. In Oregon and Idaho, there's a rolling start to fire precaution rules depending on local conditions. 

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5:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Obama Backs Idaho, Oregon Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement . The plan is being advanced by a bipartisan team of Oregon and Idaho senators in reaction to the growing cost of massive wildfires.

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5:54 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Wildfire Season Not Over Yet In Pacific Northwest


Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Wildfire season is not over yet, despite the widespread rains of the last couple weeks.

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Wildfire Aftermath
7:04 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Locals Left Behind In Sun Valley Worry About Economic Impact Of Fire

The Ketchum Grill was among the few businesses in town that stayed open throughout the evacuations. Business remains down.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Not everyone fled Sun Valley, Idaho, when a huge wildfire threatened the resort area. Many locals remained in the surrounding communities and kept the stores, restaurants and gas stations open. Now, firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The smoke is clearing. But without the return of vacationers, many locals worry the real disaster is economic – and that one is just beginning.

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5:50 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Beaver Creek Update: Nearly 10,000 Homes On Evacuation Alert

More resources continue to pour into Idaho’s central mountains to fight a growing wildfire that has now consumed more than 150 square miles, or roughly the size of Detroit.

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Climate Change
5:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:10 pm

You may know that on a hot, sunny day it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.

The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.

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4:57 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Lightning Starts More Wildfires In Northwest

The view from the Grant County Regional Airport of the Grouse Mountain Fire burning near John Day, Ore.
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Nearly a dozen wildfires continue to send up plumes of smoke across the Northwest.

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Wildfire Smoke
8:05 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Leads to Emergency Room Visits in Southern Oregon

A NASA Earth observatory image of mile marker 28 in the Simcoe Mountains northeast of Goldendale, Washington where eight major wildfires have burned through forests and grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon

A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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8:19 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Governor Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service work together to manage wildfires in Oregon
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Governor Kitzhaber and both Oregon US senators received a briefing Saturday in Glendale on the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon. Local, state, and federal agencies informed community members and state legislators on the status of the Douglas Complex Fires.

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