Wildfire

Forecast: Central Oregon highest risk for wildfires

As summer approaches forecasters say Central Oregon has the highest fire risk of anywhere in the state. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the latest fire season outlook, released this week by the National Interagency Fire Center, shows above-normal fire risk running down the middle of Oregon from the Columbia River to the California border for the month of May. Meteorologist John Saltenberger, with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland, says while the risk of high-severity fire in the region is low, persistent drought in Central Oregon could lead to combustible conditions. The outlook shows above-normal fire risk spreading across the state as the season progresses.

DNR transfers surplus fire engines to Eastern Washington fire districts

Credit: DNRSPOKANE, Wash. – The Department of Natural Resources presented four Eastern Washington fire districts with surplus wildfire engines on Monday.  It is part of the agency’s effort to strengthen fire response in wildfire-prone rural areas.  The engines were given to Pend Oreille Fire District 5, Spokane Fire District 2, Stevens Fire District 10 and Stevens Fire District 5 in…

Yakima County Sheriff's Office is hiring dispatchers

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) posted on Facebook that they are now hiring dispatchers.  According to YCSO, they offer a $4,000 hiring and recruitment bonus. Officials said that "computer skills are a must," no college is…

Schneider Springs Fire containment improves with precipitation

YAKIMA, Wash. — Now 31% contained after 47 days of firefighting efforts, the Schneider Springs Fire has partially dulled thanks to cooler temperatures and recent precipitation in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This afforded fire crews an opportunity to improve containment…