Wildfire

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.  

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…