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September 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Northwest leads nation in wildfires in 2014

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The Northwest led the nation in wildfires this year. Citing federal statistics, The Oregonian reported Thursday that the number of wildfires in Oregon and Washington is down — 3,270 — but the area burned is higher than any other region of the country — a total of nearly 1.3 million acres. Northwest Interagency…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires

September 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Inslee asks feds to reconsider aid for wildfire homeowners

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government to reconsider providing federal aid to people hurt by the state’s largest wildfire. Inslee said Wednesday that more homes were destroyed or damaged than initially thought. The governor wrote to President Obama, saying temporary housing assistance from the federal government is needed for a full economic recovery. He says hundreds…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: disaster relief, federal aid, Gov. Jay Inslee

August 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Wildfire update: biggest fire almost entirely contained

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m. |  After several days of rain and cooler weather, the campfire ban for camp sites in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area has been lifted. The ban was implemented when resources for containing any escaped fire were severely taxed by the many fires burning in the vicinity. For camping, hiking and fire information visit the North Cascades…

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Comments | Topics: Carlton Complex, Central Washington, wildfires

August 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Drones a threat to firefighters, wildfire managers say

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho  — Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year, at least three drones have flown within or near restricted airspace intended for wildfire fighting aircraft. The center on…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: drones, Washington, wildfires

August 13, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Overnight rainfall should help firefighters in Central Washington

The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The National Weather Service says up to a half inch of rain fell in the overnight storm on the east slopes of the North Cascades, including some parts of Okanogan and Chelan counties where wildfires have been burning. Meteorologist Jeremy Wolf in the Spokane office says while that should help firefighters,…

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August 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Pateros mayor steps down after losing house to wildfire

The Wenatchee World Pictured here being comforted by a friend the day after she lost her house to a wildfire, Pateros Mayor Libby Harrison is stepping down. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) PATEROS — The Carlton complex fires hit some families harder than others. Pateros Mayor Libby Harrison not only lost her house, but…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Carlton Complex, mayor, Pateros

August 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Bear burned in wildfire on the mend at Lake Tahoe

Cinder, the small bear rescued after burning her paws in the Carlton complex wildfire, is doing well at a rescue facility in Lake Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care) The 37-pound young bear whose paws were badly burned in the Carlton complex wildfires is doing great, according to caretakers at Lake Tahoe Wildlife…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: bear, Cinder, cub

August 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Monday’s lightning starts 17 fires; all but 2 are contained

Thunderstorms rolled across the state on Monday night. Orhun Uygur shot this photo from Alki. Monday night’s lightning storms led to 17 fires in Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Information Officer Jean Nelson-Dean said the fires burned about 1,370 acres. As of Tuesday morning 15 fires were contained, Nelson-Dean said. Fire fighters are still trying…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Ellensburg, lightning, Olympia

August 12, 2014 at 7:58 AM

White House OKs funds for wildfire infrastructure repairs

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s office says the Obama administration has approved federal assistance for Okanogan County and the Colville confederated tribes to help repair or replace public infrastructure lost in this summer’s wildfires. That assistance is one part of a federal disaster declaration request Inslee made last week. The administration has not yet…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: FEMA, Okanogan, wildfires

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