Washington wildfires

Wildfire Danger
2:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Even Campfires At Washington Campgrounds Banned Through September

Plumes of smoke rise from the Devil's Elbow Complex fire on the Colville Indian Reservation.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4

Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires.

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Wildfire Danger
12:32 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Wildfire Growing On Colville Reservation As Threat Of Lightning Looms

Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4

The wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation continues to grow. The Devil's Elbow Complex, which has topped 19,000 acres, is only 4 percent contained.

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Wildfire Damage
11:52 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Wash. Gov. Seeks Federal Aid For Wildfire Victims

A line of fire snakes along a hillside at dusk Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Obama for a Major Disaster Declaration to deal with devastating wildfires in eastern Washington.

A declaration would provide federal assistance to help families, business owners and local governments recover from the wildfires.

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Wildfire Danger
10:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Wildfire Threatening Structures On Colville Indian Reservation

Three small fires believed sparked by lightning have now converged into what is being called the Devil’s Elbow Complex on the Colville Indian Reservation.

The blaze, which spans 2,500 acres, is threatening about 50 structures on the reservation 10 miles north of the town of Keller. 

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Wildfire Damage
1:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Carlton Complex Fire Now 90 Percent Contained

This aerial photo shows the smoke rising from the Carlton Complex wildfire.
U.S. Forest Service

The Carlton Complex, the largest fire in Washington state history, is now approximately 90 percent contained, according to fire officials. 

Fire information officer Andy Lyon says officials do have concerns about wind in the forecast, though they are hopeful full containment will come soon. He adds the containment lines, which run nearly 200 miles around the 255,000-acre blaze, are very extensive.

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Wildfire Danger
11:49 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Lightning-Sparked Wildfire In Central Washington Grows

The Snag Canyon Fire is sending plumes of smoke mixing with storm clouds above tinder-dry hillsides just outside of Ellensburg, Washington.
Anna King

Firefighters are battling the lightning-sparked Snag Canyon Fire that has grown quite large just north of Ellensburg.

The blaze, which has burned nearly 2,000 acres, is challenging firefighters who are trying to secure lines closest to town.

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Wildfire Damage
10:30 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Winds Blowing Ellensburg-Area Wildfire Away From Homes

This map shows wildfires active in Washington state as of 2 p.m. Sunday.
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

Kittitas County Commissioner Obie O’Brien said he fears about a dozen homes have been lost to a fast-growing wildfire in the foothills north of Ellensburg, Washington. Those losses have not been confirmed.

State Department of Natural Resources regional manager Todd Walker said hundreds of firefighters have been called in to corral the fire.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:58 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Plenty Of Sun For Seafair, But Lightning Threat Spells Increasing Wildfire Danger

Four of the six members of the Blue Angels, flying U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets, billow vapor trails as they arrive at Boeing Field Monday, July 28, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

There will be plenty of sunshine for Seafair weekend, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, but dry conditions and a chance of lightning could mean trouble for firefighters.

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Wildfire Damage
5:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Power Outages Persist In Fire-Swept North-Central Washington

A view of a smoke plume from the Cougar Flat Fire from Liberty Bell High School south of Winthrop, Washington.
Inciweb

The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north-central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

As of Monday about 900 customers remain in the dark as a result of the state’s largest wildfire.

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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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