Wildfire

Kittitas County brush fires close Vantage Highway

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — Local authorities are urging travelers to avoid Vantage Highway east of Kittitas due to multiple brush fires in the area. Emergency first responders arrived on the scene in the afternoon to contain the spread of…

Crews battle two fires Sunday in Burbank

BURBANK, Wash. -- Fire crews on land and in the air battled two wildfires Sunday afternoon along the Hanson Loop in Burbank. Franklin County Fire District 3 tweeted photos from the scene just before 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The smoke…

Evacuations lifted for northeast WA fire; 80 acres burned

Shot from video sent by Kent HendersonSPOKANE, Wash. — All evacuations have been lifted for the Janes Fire burning in northwest Spokane. At last check, the fire – which is burning on W. Janes Lane near Airway Heights – had burned 80 acres. About six structures were threatened, but none ended up damaged. Nearly 80 firefighters from several districts across…

POLL: Are you prepared for wildfire season?

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Gov. Inslee visits Ellensburg to talk about wildfire season

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee met with emergency management officials Tuesday in Ellensburg to discuss preparations for the upcoming wildfire season. "We’ve got this horrendous fire problem that’s facing our state," Inslee said. According to the National Interagency Fire…

Senate passes bill to prevent and fight wildfires

A bill to create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington has unanimously passed the state Senate. The bill passed Friday in Olympia. It would provide $125 million every two years to boost wildfire response, accelerate forest restoration and support community resilience. House Bill 1168 now heads back to the House, which will accept or reject the changes made in the Senate. The bill follows a destructive 2020 fire season in Washington, during which over 1,250 square miles burned and 298 homes were destroyed. For two of the past three years, Washington has experienced the worst air quality in the world due to wildfires.