Washington’s winter snowpack set a new record low for the month of April, setting the stage for low water supplies and perhaps more devastating wildfires later this year.
Triple-digit heat and lightning have made firefighters’ jobs even more difficult across the Northwest, where two dozen large wildfires are already burning.
15 fires are burning more than 565 square miles in Oregon.
Temperatures this weekend expected in the 80s to lower 90s in Western Washington and 90s to triple digits in Eastern Washington.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources expects the wildfire season will be worse than average
Global warming is already altering Northwest forest landscapes, increasing wildfire risks and threatening coastal communities
After going through a record $122 million fighting big wildfires this year, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking the Legislature for an extra $40 million to cover its 2013 costs and for greater spending authority next year.
The Department of Natural Resources says nearly 700 wildfires this year in Washington burned a total of more than 15 square miles.
Unusual late-summer rains are helping crews battle wildfires in southwestern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge — and even driving some from soaked tents to bed down indoors.
Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.