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.
Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.
Dozens of homeowners near The Dalles remain on alert as crews battle the Government Flat Complex of wildfires.
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 — […]
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.
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.
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.