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9 Western WA counties now recommend mask use indoors

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in more than a half-dozen western Washington counties are now recommending mask-wearing in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status because of a rise in COVID-19 cases and the highly infectious delta variant. Public Health…

Craig Fire burns 25 acres near Airway Heights, fully contained

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — The Department of Natural Resources has been dispatched to a new wildfire burning near Airway Heights. The fire has been dubbed the Craig Fire, and has burned around 25 acres. Fire crews have fully contained the fire. There are no injuries or structure damage reported. The fire that started near Craig Rd. is now contained to…

3 arrested in fatal shooting of Washington deputy

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have arrested three people in connection with the fatal shooting of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy. The Columbian reports that 46-year-old Detective Jeremy Brown was shot in his vehicle late Friday while conducting surveillance at a Vancouver…

Firefighters responding to wildfire near Silverwood, prompting evacuations

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho — Firefighters are responding to a wildfire burning near Silverwood Theme Park and it has prompted evacuations. Kootenai County Fire & Rescue Chief Chris Way said the fire has burned fives acres and is moving fast. Evacuations are in place for people living in the area of Brunner and Neighbor Roads. Jordan Carter, director of marketing and…

Citing delta variant, Washington state urges indoor masks

Washington state’s top epidemiologist is recommending that everyone wear a mask or face covering in crowded indoor places because of the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant -- even if they have been vaccinated. Dr. Scott Lindquist said Friday the state is seeing a “fifth wave” of the new coronavirus that is sending more people to the hospital. The state saw 2,572 new cases reported for Wednesday, July 21, compared with 750 seven days earlier. The state Department of Health reports that about 350 people statewide are hospitalized with COVID-19, which is roughly half the figure for earlier waves of the pandemic.