Kittitas County

Sunday snow falls on Cascade mountain passes

CLE ELUM, Wash. -- Snow was falling on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes on Sunday. We're rounding up what drivers need to know, courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation, the National Weather Service offices in Seattle, Pendleton and Spokane,…

Washington snowplows with wacky names are ready for winter

Eastern Washington Tow Plow “Sir Plows-A-Lot” Source: WSDOT SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s still the middle of fall, but in the mountains of the Inland Northwest, snow is already starting to show up. That means it’s time for the snowplow crews of North Idaho and Eastern Washington to get their rigs ready to start work in just a few weeks. That…

Man killed in fatal Kittitas County crash on I-82

KITTITAS CO., Wash. -- The Washington State Patrol says Kelly Greene, 43, from Omak, Washington died Monday after he crashed on I-82 and was ejected from his car in Kittitas County. Washington State Patrol says the crash happened around 3:26…

EXPLAINER: Why it takes months to subdue some wildfires

At nearly every community meeting on firefighting efforts in the U.S. West, residents want to know why crews don’t simply put out the flames to save their homes and the valuable forests surrounding them. Wildfires managers say it’s not that simple, and the reasons are many, some of them decades in the making. The cumulative result has been an increase in gigantic wildfires with extreme and unpredictable behavior threatening communities that in some instances didn’t exist a few decades ago. Wildfire managers say putting out these fires, or labeling them “controlled,” will require cold weather combined with rain or snow. And for many states, that's weeks away.

Traffic diverted in Ellensburg after water main break

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The Ellensburg Police Department is asking you to use a different route near University Way and N Water St. after a water main break Wednesday morning as crews work to clear the area. RELATED: Schneider Springs Fire…

Storms spark wildfires across Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. —  Emergency first responders are tracking several wildfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that were caused by lightning strikes from passing storms on Tuesday night. These include the Schneider Springs Fire, which more than tripled in size since…