Wildfire

Wildfire death toll in Oregon increases to nine

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The number of fatalities from Oregon’s recent wildfires has increased to nine people, the state’s Office of Emergency Management confirmed Monday. Fires continued to rage across the West Coast Monday. The Pacific Northwest Region of the…

Tree on power line apparent start for Malden fire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden…

Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames

Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state say they are constantly on the verge of exhaustion. They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of time when the sun is blotted out by smoke. And they sometimes have to run for their lives from advancing flames. Many fire teams are trying to protect the same communities where they live. Each home or barn lost is a mental blow for firefighters trained to protect lives and property.

DNR reopens Eastern Washington recreation lands

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will reopen all recreation lands east of the Cascades to recreation starting Friday. Eastside recreation was closed on September 8 due to critical wildfire danger. Fire danger has decreased slightly,…

Wind, smoke may affect Washington's apple crop this year

WENATCHEE, Wash. -- The wildfires and strong windstorms that hit Washington recently may end up affecting more than just our health or our infrastructure. According to the Washington Apple Commission, the most recent estimate predicts a 5-10% reduction in crop…