Wildfires

Wildfires
7:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Falling Tree Kills Firefighter In Central Oregon

Shadow Lake Wildfire located 15 miles west of Sisters. The fire began August 28th and burning entirely within the Mt. Washington Wilderness. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2011, from Mt. Washington pullout off Highway 20.
Credit Mary R Bernsen

Authorities are identifying the wildland firefighter who was killed Thursday outside the town of Sisters as John Hammack of Central Oregon. Another firefighter was injured in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. 

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Washington Wildfire
4:19 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Fire Near Goldendale, Wash. Blackens Thousands Of Acres

A column of smoke rises from the Mile Marker 28 Fire near Goldendale, Wash.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

A wildfire near Goldendale, Wash., is blackening grasslands, shrubs and forests along Highway 97. It’s called the Mile Marker 28 Fire.

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Northwest Fires
4:40 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Fire On Warm Springs Reservation Expected To Grow

Warm Springs' Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa remains closed today as firefighters continue battle a large wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian reservation. 

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Northwest Fires
4:59 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Northwest Firefighters Spreading Out After Lightning Storms

Northwest firefighters are keeping busy Wednesday attending to roughly a dozen new fires sparked by lightning storms.

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Exploding Targets
4:35 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Forest Service, BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest

Tannerite is a consumer grade exploding target
Credit Rik Rose / Flickr

Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.

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Fire Season
4:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Goodbye Rain, Hello Northwest Fire Season

Boise National Forest

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:33 pm

Say goodbye to the rain. The Northwest and parts of Canada are about to see an abrupt shift from unseasonably cool weather to record-breaking temperatures, in some areas. Triple-digit highs are expected to settle over the region for the next week.

According to federal forecasters, it's going to be a tough wildfire season in the West. But here in the Northwest, it's been hard to see that prediction through all the rain.

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Wildfire Season
6:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wildfire Season Looks Bad For Central Idaho, Easier In Southern Part Of The State

Where you are in Idaho will determine your wildfire risk this summer. Fire officials gave their predictions Tuesday on what fire seasons will be like around the state. If you’re in southern Idaho you shouldn’t see the type of catastrophic wildfires we had last year.

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Northwest Wildfires
5:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year

Zane Brown InciWeb

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:05 pm

Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend.

Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season.

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Burgess Road Fire
5:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Early Start To Central Oregon Fire Season

Fire season appears to be off to an early start in Central Oregon. Fire crews spent the weekend battling a wildfire near La Pine.

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Fighting Fires
4:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

U.S. Forest Service Moves Away From 'Fight All Fire' Policy

Barry Point Fire of 2012
Credit Oregon News Service

The U.S. Forest Service is reversing its policy to aggressively fight all wildfires. This change was announced in a letter from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell last month.

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