Wildfire

Green Ridge Fire remains at 39,235 acres; now 35% contained

PENDLETON, Ore. -- Firefighters are continuing to make progress on containing the Green Ridge Fire and Lick Creek Fires this weekend. Both fires maintained their size overnight, according to an update released by the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black…

EXPLAINER: Why it takes months to subdue some wildfires

At nearly every community meeting on firefighting efforts in the U.S. West, residents want to know why crews don’t simply put out the flames to save their homes and the valuable forests surrounding them. Wildfires managers say it’s not that simple, and the reasons are many, some of them decades in the making. The cumulative result has been an increase in gigantic wildfires with extreme and unpredictable behavior threatening communities that in some instances didn’t exist a few decades ago. Wildfire managers say putting out these fires, or labeling them “controlled,” will require cold weather combined with rain or snow. And for many states, that's weeks away.

Yakima air turns 'hazardous'

YAKIMA, Wash. — The air quality in Yakima went from "good" to "hazardous" in a matter of hours on Thursday as the Schneider Springs Fire blew up in size. The Yakima Health District reports air quality on Thursday afternoon in…

Oregon National Guard deployed to aid wildfire efforts

PORTLAND, Ore. — Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing have been deployed out of Portland to assist with wildfire containment and suppression efforts across the state. According to an alert from the Oregon Military Department, 22 airmen…

Umatilla National Forest continues to reopen in Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. -- Umatilla National Forest will continue to reopen as firefighters work to contain wildfires, according to a press release from the Forest Service with the United States Department of Agriculture. Forest officials said starting Friday, August 13th, most of…