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.
Officials urged residents around the Mission Ridge ski area southwest of Wenatchee to leave their homes because of the rapid growth of the Table Mountain Fire Complex.
Many states, including Washington, are being hit hard by this season’s wildfires. State fire officials project that they will spend about $19.8 million on emergency fire suppression activities in the current fiscal year that ends next June.
Across the West, dozens of fires fueled by searing heat, dry weather and strong winds have added up to misery for weary residents who already are fed up with one of the region’s worst fire seasons in decades.
A firefighter was killed in Idaho and another firefighter in Oregon suffered burns after she had to deploy her emergency fire shelter as wildfires raged across the western United States.
Unlike the nation’s interior West, wildfire season in Washington state is forecast to get a late start and be relatively mild. But officials say that doesn’t mean the state is not in danger of destructive blazes and this week’s hot weather has already ushered in a wildfire near Chelan.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — President Barack Obama will tour wildfire-stricken Colorado Friday, where thousands of people have been displaced by out-of-control blazes. The president’s visit comes as about half of the active federal firefighting […]