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  • Level 3 evacuations in place for Crescent Mountain fire in Okanogan County

    Level 3 evacuations in place for Crescent Mountain fire in Okanogan County

    Friday, August 17 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:56:22 GMT

    TWISP, Wash. - A level 3 evacuation order has been issued for people living along Twisp River Road west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection Friday. People living in the area should leave immediately and evacuate east toward Twisp. The Crescent Mountain Fire is currently on Snowshoe Ridge advancing down drainage toward Eagle Creek.

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    TWISP, Wash. - A level 3 evacuation order has been issued for people living along Twisp River Road west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection Friday. People living in the area should leave immediately and evacuate east toward Twisp. The Crescent Mountain Fire is currently on Snowshoe Ridge advancing down drainage toward Eagle Creek.

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  • US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

    US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-08-17 18:20:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states. 

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states. 

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  • Fire crews make quick work of brush fire near Chattaroy

    Fire crews make quick work of brush fire near Chattaroy

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:19:29 GMT

    CHATTAROY, Wash. - Aircraft fighting the Sands fire burning about 7 acres near Chattaroy Wednesday evening have been released from the fire as crews are getting a handle on it.

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    CHATTAROY, Wash. - Aircraft fighting the Sands fire burning about 7 acres near Chattaroy Wednesday evening have been released from the fire as crews are getting a handle on it.

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  • Evacuations to be lifted on Grass Valley fire in Douglas County

    Evacuations to be lifted on Grass Valley fire in Douglas County

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:53 PM EDT2018-08-15 03:53:04 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The Grass Valley fire burning in the Sims Corner area of Douglas County is 87 percent contained as of Tuesday night. The fire, which broke out Saturday afternoon and quickly grew to a 3-alarm fire due to dry conditions in the area, was 75,537 acres in size at last report.

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The Grass Valley fire burning in the Sims Corner area of Douglas County is 87 percent contained as of Tuesday night. The fire, which broke out Saturday afternoon and quickly grew to a 3-alarm fire due to dry conditions in the area, was 75,537 acres in size at last report.

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  • Firefighter injured fighting Grass Valley fire in 'satisfactory' condition

    Firefighter injured fighting Grass Valley fire in 'satisfactory' condition

    Monday, August 13 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-08-13 20:38:10 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The firefighter injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County is in satisfactory condition. 38-year-old Omak County Fire District #8 firefighter Brett Read was and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified.

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - The firefighter injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County is in satisfactory condition. 38-year-old Omak County Fire District #8 firefighter Brett Read was and another firefighter were trying to leave their work area on Saturday when the fire unexpectedly intensified.

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  • Glacier National Park expands fire evacuations

    Glacier National Park expands fire evacuations

    Monday, August 13 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-08-13 18:44:25 GMT

    WEST GLACIER, Mont. - A wildfire is forcing evacuations in the most heavily-trafficked area of Glacier National Park and has destroyed an unknown number of structures around Lake McDonald. The National Park Service said the 25-site Sprague Creek campground was being evacuated Monday, a day after the fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of 82 rooms at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.  

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    WEST GLACIER, Mont. - A wildfire is forcing evacuations in the most heavily-trafficked area of Glacier National Park and has destroyed an unknown number of structures around Lake McDonald. The National Park Service said the 25-site Sprague Creek campground was being evacuated Monday, a day after the fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of 82 rooms at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.  

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  • Extremely hot temperatures feed fire danger across the region

    Extremely hot temperatures feed fire danger across the region

    Thursday, August 9 2018 1:40 PM EDT2018-08-09 17:40:11 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Temperatures in the 100s are forecast in much of eastern Washington, raising the threat from wildfires in the region.    The state Department of Natural Resources says Thursday's high temperatures, mixed with winds and low humidity, create conditions in which wildfires can grow larger.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Temperatures in the 100s are forecast in much of eastern Washington, raising the threat from wildfires in the region.    The state Department of Natural Resources says Thursday's high temperatures, mixed with winds and low humidity, create conditions in which wildfires can grow larger.

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  • Crews continue to battle Angel Springs fire near Davenport

    Crews continue to battle Angel Springs fire near Davenport

    Sunday, August 5 2018 1:08 PM EDT2018-08-05 17:08:06 GMT

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Angel Springs fire is at approximately 4,700 acres and is 0 percent contained as of Sunday morning. The fire has burned two homes and one building, while 60 structures are threatened. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team will begin managing the fire today. They are focusing on constructing and reinforcing fireline, with dozers and hand crews, along the fire's edge with the goal of preventing fire growth.

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    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Angel Springs fire is at approximately 4,700 acres and is 0 percent contained as of Sunday morning. The fire has burned two homes and one building, while 60 structures are threatened. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team will begin managing the fire today. They are focusing on constructing and reinforcing fireline, with dozers and hand crews, along the fire's edge with the goal of preventing fire growth.

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  • More than 1,000 homes destroyed in Redding fire

    More than 1,000 homes destroyed in Redding fire

    Wednesday, August 1 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-08-01 16:15:25 GMT

    REDDING, Calif. - Fire officials say a massive blaze in Northern California has torched 1,018 homes in and around the city of Redding. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that another 440 buildings including barns and warehouses have also been destroyed by the fire.

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    REDDING, Calif. - Fire officials say a massive blaze in Northern California has torched 1,018 homes in and around the city of Redding. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that another 440 buildings including barns and warehouses have also been destroyed by the fire.

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  • Kootenai County: Monday's brush fires result of 'aircraft incident'

    Kootenai County: Monday's brush fires result of 'aircraft incident'

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-07-31 12:49:37 GMT

    HAYDEN, Idaho - Kootenai County officials say the brush fires that broke out Monday afternoon appear to have been started by an aircraft. "Several small fires resulted from an aircraft incident at the Coeur d'Alene airport earlier this (Monday) afternoon," Kootenai County posted on their Facebook page.

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    HAYDEN, Idaho - Kootenai County officials say the brush fires that broke out Monday afternoon appear to have been started by an aircraft. "Several small fires resulted from an aircraft incident at the Coeur d'Alene airport earlier this (Monday) afternoon," Kootenai County posted on their Facebook page.

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  • Chelan Hills fire in Douglas County now 1,842 acres, 40 percent contained

    Chelan Hills fire in Douglas County now 1,842 acres, 40 percent contained

    Sunday, July 29 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-07-29 15:46:16 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Fire crews fighting the Chelan Hills fire continue to make progress Sunday. At last report, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the fire has burned 1,842 acres and is 40 percent contained.  Air resources are being used as needed, and boaters should avoid the Columbia river two miles north and south of the Bebee Bridge.

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Fire crews fighting the Chelan Hills fire continue to make progress Sunday. At last report, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the fire has burned 1,842 acres and is 40 percent contained.  Air resources are being used as needed, and boaters should avoid the Columbia river two miles north and south of the Bebee Bridge.

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  • Overnight rain slows growth of Chelan Hills fire in Douglas County

    Overnight rain slows growth of Chelan Hills fire in Douglas County

    Saturday, July 28 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-07-28 17:24:06 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Update July 28 10 a.m.: Fire crews battling the Chelan Hills fire in Douglas County say rain overnight helped slow the growth of the fire. At last report the fire had burned over 1,500 acres. 

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Update July 28 10 a.m.: Fire crews battling the Chelan Hills fire in Douglas County say rain overnight helped slow the growth of the fire. At last report the fire had burned over 1,500 acres. 

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  • Buckshot and L Road fires in Mattawa both nearing containment

    Buckshot and L Road fires in Mattawa both nearing containment

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:37 PM EDT2018-07-21 23:37:00 GMT

    MATTAWA, Wash. - The Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team says the Buckshot fire is now 93 percent contained Saturday afternoon. The Road L fire near the Vernita bridge is now 75 percent contained.

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    MATTAWA, Wash. - The Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team says the Buckshot fire is now 93 percent contained Saturday afternoon. The Road L fire near the Vernita bridge is now 75 percent contained.

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  • Update: Upriver Beacon Fire reaches 100% containment

    Update: Upriver Beacon Fire reaches 100% containment

    Saturday, July 21 2018 3:41 PM EDT2018-07-21 19:41:26 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters on the front lines of the Upriver Beacon fire are making progress on the 115-acre fire that started Tuesday evening.  Megan Hill, Public Information Officer for the fire, tells KHQ the fire is 20 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters on the front lines of the Upriver Beacon fire are making progress on the 115-acre fire that started Tuesday evening.  Megan Hill, Public Information Officer for the fire, tells KHQ the fire is 20 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.

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  • Crews working to line Boylston fire, evacuation notices lifted

    Crews working to line Boylston fire, evacuation notices lifted

    Saturday, July 21 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-07-21 18:20:29 GMT

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says that there are no evacuation notices for the Boylston Fire Saturday morning. The fire has reached 70,000 acres. Washington DNR says a total of 300 firefighter personnel are making good progress on the fire and hoping to completely line it today.

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    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says that there are no evacuation notices for the Boylston Fire Saturday morning. The fire has reached 70,000 acres. Washington DNR says a total of 300 firefighter personnel are making good progress on the fire and hoping to completely line it today.

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  • Crews nearing containment of Old CC Fire near Colville

    Crews nearing containment of Old CC Fire near Colville

    Friday, July 20 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-07-20 22:29:05 GMT

    COLVILLE, Wash. - The Old CC Fire is nearing full containment, reaching 80 percent in the Northeast Washington Interagency's final update on the fire southwest of Colville. Crews are working towards 100% containment, planning to mop up and patrol the fire through Saturday. There are approximately 150 personnel assigned to the fire. The fire began Wednesday evening and has grown to 29 acres. The cause is under investigation.

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    COLVILLE, Wash. - The Old CC Fire is nearing full containment, reaching 80 percent in the Northeast Washington Interagency's final update on the fire southwest of Colville. Crews are working towards 100% containment, planning to mop up and patrol the fire through Saturday. There are approximately 150 personnel assigned to the fire. The fire began Wednesday evening and has grown to 29 acres. The cause is under investigation.

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  • Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-18 17:48:19 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

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  • Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Thursday, July 12 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-12 17:48:43 GMT

    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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  • UPDATE: Soap Lake Fire at 90% containment

    UPDATE: Soap Lake Fire at 90% containment

    Thursday, June 14 2018 1:35 AM EDT2018-06-14 05:35:12 GMT

    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office has cancelled all evacuation notices for the Soap Lake Fire. At last update, the fire was still estimated to be approximately 2000 acres and 50 percent contained.

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    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office has cancelled all evacuation notices for the Soap Lake Fire. At last update, the fire was still estimated to be approximately 2000 acres and 50 percent contained.

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  • Teen who started Columbia River Gorge fire last summer ordered to pay $37 million in restitution

    Teen who started Columbia River Gorge fire last summer ordered to pay $37 million in restitution

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-05-22 15:11:27 GMT

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - A Vancouver, Washington teenager who admitted to throwing fireworks in Eagle Creek Canyon last summer, causing a major wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge, has been ordered to pay nearly $37 million in restitution. It's unlikely the boy, whose identity has not been released by authorities, will ever cover the entire $37 million.

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    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - A Vancouver, Washington teenager who admitted to throwing fireworks in Eagle Creek Canyon last summer, causing a major wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge, has been ordered to pay nearly $37 million in restitution. It's unlikely the boy, whose identity has not been released by authorities, will ever cover the entire $37 million.

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  • Charges brought against teen in Columbia Gorge fire

    Charges brought against teen in Columbia Gorge fire

    Thursday, October 19 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-10-19 19:58:41 GMT

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Charges have been lodged against a 15-year-old boy who allegedly used fireworks to start a wildfire in Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge that burned out of control, triggering evacuations, the closing of an interstate highway and causing ash to rain down on nearby Portland. 

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    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Charges have been lodged against a 15-year-old boy who allegedly used fireworks to start a wildfire in Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge that burned out of control, triggering evacuations, the closing of an interstate highway and causing ash to rain down on nearby Portland. 

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  • Washington Wildfires

    • Community impacted by Yale Road Fire rally for one another

      ROCKFORD, Wash. – Hundreds gathered on the Freeman High School football field Thursday night to share food, stories, and stand together. 

    • YALE ROAD FIRE UPDATE: 99% contained

      SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Sunday, firefighters continued to focus efforts on mop-up activities, suppression repair and pulling equipment off the fire lines. The Wellesley Fire is 100% contained and is expected to stay within its perimeters. The Yale Fire is 99% contained – a 4% percent increase from yesterday with minimal fire activity. 

    • Woman who lost everything in Cayuse Mountain Fire is grateful for donations

      WELLPINIT, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain Fire burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation is now at least 50 percent contained. It's burned more than 18,000 acres and least 14 homes have been destroyed.

    • Firefighters battling Spokane Complex Fire near Beacon Hill and Valleyford

      SPOKANE, Wash. - Beacon Hill Fire: Update 2:50 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports all evacuations for the Wellesley Fire (formerly known as the Beacon Hill fire) have been cancelled Monday afternoon. They tell drivers to drive cautiously in the area as firefighters will remain on scene to monitor the fire.

    • American Red Cross opens evacuation shelter

      KHQ.com - The American Red Cross says that they are working with emergency management on all fires that are currently giving evacuations.They are taking the lead on an evacuation shelter at the Davenport Fairgrounds, and are on standby to open other shelters as needed. Anyone ordered to evacuate is welcome to take shelter at a Red Cross shelter. You...

    • Spokane County Fairgrounds opened as emergency animal shelter

      SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Fairgrounds has now opened for emergency animal sheltering due to area fire activity in Spokane County. The small and large animal emergency shelter is now activated for current fires within Spokane County. Sheltering is currently open and located at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

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  • Idaho Wildfires

    • Kaniksu Complex (Tower Fire) at 26,119 acres; 80% contained

      UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. September 19: Fire crews assessed containment strategies on the Kaniksu Complex Fire Saturday, which resulted in some changing numbers on the fire.
    • Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex at 82,243 acres; 95% contained

      KAMIAH, Idaho - UPDATE: Wednesday September 2, 2015 1:00 p.m. The Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex has burned a total of 83,243 acres and is 75% contained.
    • Brush fire contained near Ramsey and Brunner Road near Athol

      ATHOL, Idaho - Update 6:00 p.m.: Jim Lyon with the Northern Lakes Fire District says a brush fire that broke out just afternoon near Athol has been contained. No evacuations occurred and no homes are threatened.
    • Clark Fork Complex fire in Idaho, Montana at 13,762 aces

      CLARK FORK, Idaho - UPDATE: August 27, 3:30 p.m.: The Clark Fork Complex Fire is burning 6 miles northeast and 9 miles south of Clark Fork, Idaho.
    • Soldiers trade fatigues for fire gear

      PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - On Monday dozens of firefighters worked clearing brush from homes in the Priest Lake area. But most of these firefighters have never done anything like this before."This is something new, something I've never had a chance to do before," says Sgt. David Graves. That's because they're not firefighters, they're soldiers.
    • Red Cross shelters struggling to keep up this fire season

      STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters in Stevens County say that two large wildfires have merged into one.  They've put the Coyote Canyon Fire and the Carpenter Road Fire together, and it's now called the Carpenter Road Fire. It's burning in Stevens County, and on part of the Spokane Tribe Reservation.
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