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File photo of a firefighter spraying water while fighting a fire near an Indian reservation. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Ore. Forestry Officials Seek $40M To Pay Record Wildfire Costs

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.

CBS Seattle–11/22/2013

File photo of a wildfire. (Photo by RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/GettyImages)

700 Wildfires Burned 9,900 Acres In Washington

The Department of Natural Resources says nearly 700 wildfires this year in Washington burned a total of more than 15 square miles.

CBS Seattle–09/19/2013

File photo of a firefighter spraying water while fighting a fire near an Indian reservation. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Showers Help Crews Tamp Down Oregon Wildfires

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.

CBS Seattle–08/26/2013

A brush fire burns a forest near Highway 101 and Calabasas on Aug. 18, 2013 north of Los Angeles, Calif. (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Feds Running Out Of Wildfire Money

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.

08/22/2013

File photo of a wildfire.  (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Hot, Dry Summer Pushes Wildfire Spending Past $1B

Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

08/20/2013

File photo of a wildfire. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Wildfires Near The Dalles Still Threatening Homes

Dozens of homeowners near The Dalles remain on alert as crews battle the Government Flat Complex of wildfires.

08/19/2013

File image of a wildfire (Photo by Jeff T. Green/Getty Images)

Oregon Fires Prompt Evacuations; 2 Percent Contained

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Erin Rightbower was not surprised to see the sheriff’s deputy pull up to the driveway with an evacuation notice. She was expecting him. The family had started gathering their belongings — […]

CBS Seattle–07/30/2013

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Firefighters Making Progress on Wildfires in Eastern WA

Thousands of firefighters are still battling five major wildfires in Eastern Washington that have burned a total of 186 square miles, but managers are increasingly confident they’re gaining control.

09/27/2012

Air Quality Suffers From Southern California Brush Fires

Improvement In Air Quality Across Fire-Stricken Areas

People are breathing easier in parts of central Washington, where for the first time in nearly two weeks there are no reports of hazardous air conditions.

CBS Seattle–09/25/2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Continues To Burn In Washington State

Large Fires In Central Washing Could Soon Merge

A lightning storm set to hit the region Saturday could ignite even more blazes and bring little to no rain. Smoke from the current fires across the central part of the state has already prompted some schools to relocate weekend sporting events. Central Washington University has moved its Saturday football game against Azusa Pacific from Ellensburg to the Seattle suburb of Bothell.

CBS Seattle–09/21/2012

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