Wildfire

Washington politicians commend federal wildfire relief

OLYMPIA, Wash. — It was recently announced that the Biden Administration is approving Washington state's Major Disaster Declaration request for nine counties and two tribes impacted by the 2020 wildfires across Eastern Washington. With this approval, crucial FEMA resources and…

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.