Washington wildfires

Wildfire Damage
5:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Fire Community Bands Together For Resources, Animals, Mental Health

A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Carlton Complex fire has consumed 300 homes in north-central Washington, the Okanogan County sheriff said Friday. It’s too soon for many people to know what they lost in the fire, including homes, orchards, livestock and pets.

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Wildfire Victims
5:54 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners

This aerial photo shows structures which were destroyed by wildfires near Pateros, Wash. on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
AP Photo

Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.

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Wildfire Danger
10:57 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

Volunteers hang cardboard signs to point people in the direction of donation centers and shelters.
Courtney Flatt

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.

Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.

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Wildfire Danger
11:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs

A helicopter preparing to drop water is dwarfed by a billowing cloud of smoke from a wildfire Friday, July 18, 2014, in Twisp, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. The so-called Carlton Complex fire has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.

Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The Okanogan County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss.

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Wildfire Danger
11:57 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire

A view of smoldering home in Pateros, Washington.

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:45 pm

The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations Friday night.

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Wildfire Danger
11:57 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes

The Carlton Complex's 'dangerous nature' has made it the No. 1 fire in the country according to the Washington DNR.

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:08 pm

Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices.

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Wildfire Danger
2:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But ‘Not Like This’

Flames shoot from behind a house during a wildfire Friday, July 18, 2014, near Pateros, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in Okanogan County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes.

Inslee says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.

"We're lucky, because they are on duty and in a place they can be trained. So we are going to bring trainers from the Department of Natural Resources to train them as rapidly as possible to be available — not just now, but for the rest of the summer," he said. 

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Wildfire Danger
9:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Fire Evacuees In Pateros, Wash. Await Information On Their Town's Fate

About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington Friday morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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Wildfire Danger
10:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Central Washington

A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Residents of 860 homes have been told they should evacuate as a wildfire burns out of control in central Washington state.

The Chiwaukum Creek fire in Chelan County, believed to have been started by lightning and first detected on Tuesday, remains zero percent contained. It has now burned approximately 4,500 acres.

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wildfire
11:41 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Fire Near Leavenworth 10 Percent Contained

A wildfire burning near Leavenworth is about 10 percent contained, but firefighters are keeping a wary eye on temperatures expected to climb into the 90s.

The Eagle fire covers 1,186 acres and is located about 5 miles northwest of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth.

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wildfire
10:14 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Wildfire Burning Near Leavenworth Triples in Size

U.S. Forest Service

A ridge-top wildfire burning northeast of Leavenworth, Wash., tripled in size overnight and residents of 30 nearby homes have been told to evacuate. Residents of another 35 homes have been told to prepare to evacuate.

Fire spokeswoman Robin DeMario said on Wednesday morning the Eagle Fire has grown to more than 2 square miles, because of overnight fire activity and more accurate mapping.

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fighting wildfires
5:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Fire Managers Increasingly Turning to Private Fire Crews

With wildfires still raging across the Northwest, fire managers are turning to private firefighting crews in increasing numbers. One private industry group says contractors are responsible for a surprising 40 percent of firefighters on the ground in the region.

Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry said that figure sounds about right. But the shift didn't happen overnight; the Oregon Department of Forestry's Rod Nichols says the change started in the 80s.

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landslides
4:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Landslides Complicate Firefighting Near Wenatchee

Milepost 10 Fire, south of Wenatchee.
Washington Department of Natural Resources

Torrents of mud and debris have closed three roads near Wenatchee in central Washington. The landslides were caused by thunderstorms on Sunday, along with wildfire damage.

The mudflows have hampered firefighting efforts on the Mile Post 10 fire, which has grown to 6,000 acres since Friday. Some residents and fire trucks were stranded. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:38 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Showers Will Melt Away, but Lightning Could Spark More Fires

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Flickr

Listen to Cliff Mass' weekend forecast, plus his explanation of how weather such as lightning, wind and our record-dry July have caused and fueled recent wildfires.

Drizzly skies are expected to yield to warmer temperatures and some sun this weekend, because of an upper level trough over us and that’s causing upward motion and clouds, says Cliff Mass, KPLU’s weather expert.

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Wildfires
7:07 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lightning Strikes Spark New Wash. Wildfires

Fire crews are scrambling to respond to reports of new wildfires sparked by lightning after thunderstorms swept through central Washington.

Jim Duck is the operations coordinator for the region's Interagency Dispatch Center. He says there are reports of new wildfires in Okanogan, Douglas and Kittitas counties.

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