Washington wildfires

Washington Wildfires
5:19 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Smoke continues to create haze in central Washington

This infrared satellite image shows smoke rising from several fires in central Washington. Image by National Weather Service

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 3:37 pm

Smoke continues to create a haze over central Washington. Several wildfires are burning near Wenatchee.

I’m standing at the top of Blewett Pass, west of Wenatchee on Highway 97. The elevation here is about 4,100 feet. But the air here is just clogged with this peach colored smoke.

Just looking off into the forest, you can barely see more than a 100 yards in the distance. And the trees just sort of fade away into the smoke.

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Washington wildfires
9:27 am
Thu September 13, 2012

E. Wash. fire smoke drifts west, prompts 911 calls

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state officials say smoke from dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires is not only blanketing much of central and eastern Washington, it's drifting into parts of western Washington, where alarmed residents are calling 911.

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Washington Wildfires
4:06 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Smoke, haze cover central Washington

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash. Photo by teresia via Flickr

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 3:15 pm

A smoky haze is covering much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee.

About 150 homes have been evacuated there, along with another 40 near the town of Cashmere. Fire managers have told even more people to be ready to flee.

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Washington wildfires
4:01 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

No rain makes it to Washington wildfires

Flames burn at one end of a wildfire today near Wenatchee.
The Associated Press

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Crews in central Washington are working to protect homes wildfires as a destructive fire season stretches into September with no relief expected from the weather anytime soon.

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Washington wildfires
7:15 am
Thu September 6, 2012

New Washington wildfires burn near Columbia River Gorge

WHITE SALMON, Wash. — Fire crews plan to work through the night to construct containment lines around two fast-moving new wildfires threatening dozens of homes in south-central Washington along the Columbia River Gorge.

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4:34 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Campers evacuated as wildfires burn across Northwest

A view of the Cabin Parish fire in eastern Oregon. Photo by USFS

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 4:18 pm

Two hunters who were reported missing during a wildfire in eastern Oregon have been located and are safe. But Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says there's new concern about a pair of hikers who are thought to be in the vicinity of the Parish Cabin Fire.

Palmer says the hikers are from Portland and aren't thought to be in immediate danger. But he says they could end up stranded if the fire continues to spread.

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Washington wildfires
7:50 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire 100 percent contained

CLE ELUM, Wash. – Firefighting officials say a stubborn wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in central Washington has been completely contained after a two-week fight.

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12:04 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Last stretch of Taylor Bridge fire hard to contain; local economy boosted

The Taylor Bridge Fire was 90 percent contained as of Tuesday night.
Jessica Payne Washington DNR

Fire crews in central Washington say they’ll need a couple more days to contain the last 10 percent of the Taylor Bridge fire.

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1:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wildfires in Washington, Idaho continue challenging crews

Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire is burning more than 90,000 acres in the forests east of Boise.
Zane Brown/inciweb.org

High winds are challenging crews battling the Taylor Bridge fire in central Washington; and crews fighting the Trinity Ridge fire in Idaho are in a standoff with that fire, waiting for it to reach lower ground.

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Washington wildfires
12:40 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Taylor Bridge fire 47 percent contained; donations surge

This photo combination shows a house on a hillside above Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash., surrounded by flames on Aug. 14, top, and on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, bottom. the house survived the fire because of the defensible space around the structure.
The Associated Press

CLE ELUM, Wash. – Firefighters are hoping to reach containment Tuesday on a fire that has burned dozens of homes east of the Cascades.

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8:37 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Evacuated residents return at Washington wildfire

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Many of the residents who had to run for their lives from a central Washington wildfire are being allowed back into the evacuation area Friday to see whether their homes are still standing.

A spokesman at the fire command center in Cle Elum, Mick Mueller, says residents are returning to the south and east side of the 35-square mile burn zone.

He says utility crews also are working to restore power in the area, even as firefighters continue to put out hot spots.

4:06 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Hot spell heats up Northwest wildfire activity

The Springs Fire is is about two miles east of Banks along Highway 17. Photo via InciWeb

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:32 pm

Prolonged hot and dry weather is amping up wildfire activity across the inland Northwest. At the Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center in Portland, spokeswoman Carol Connolly says here in early August we're at a turning point in fire season.

"Typically, we'll see these grass fires in early summer. We're right on target for the kind of crossover. We still see those range and grass fires, but I think we're going to start seeing those timber fires as we continue to get more lightning activity."

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8:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Neighbors help rebuild after Goldendale Monastery fire

Klickitat County Commissioner Rex Johnston and his wife Donna, stand near the spot where a fire broke out that later became known as the Monastery Complex Fire near Goldendale, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – This year’s Northwest fire season has been relatively calm. But that’s little solace to the small mountain town of Goldendale, Wash. Residents there are just starting to rebuild and cleanup after a wildfire obliterated about 20 structures earlier this month .

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11:16 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Fire crews reach 80 percent containment on Satus Pass fire

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Fire crews are estimating a wildfire north of Goldendale is 80 percent contained.

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Washington wildfires
5:06 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

New team to take over Satus Pass fire near Goldendale

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Firefighters continued work to control a wildfire that has burned more than 100 structures north of Goldendale.

Fire incident spokesman Chuck Turley says the blaze is 70 percent contained.

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