Washington wildfires

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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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Washington wildfire
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.

wildfires
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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Washington wildfires
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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Washington wildfires
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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Washington wildfires
4:15 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Evacuees sent home as crews get upper hand on monastery fire

More than a thousand people are fighting the Monastery Fire, burning 12 miles northeast of Goldendale, Wash.
Inciweb.org

Fire crews battling the Monastery Fire north of Goldendale, Wash., say they're gaining the upper hand. All they need now are a few more windless days.

The 42-hundred acre fire has already consumed 24 homes in the area. Crews say they're halfway to containing the blaze. More than a thousand firefighters have been called out to the incident.

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Washington wildfires
1:44 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Wildfire spreading near Satus Pass in Washington

A transportation worker stops traffic on U.S. Highway 97 north of Goldendale, Wash. on Thursday.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — More firefighters are being dispatched to the wildfire that has burned nine homes near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chuck Turley says the number of firefighters will double by Saturday to 600 as the state mobilizes resources.

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Washington wildfires
3:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

9 homes, 10 buildings burn in Washing wildfire

Three sisters from Saint Johns Monastery, about 10 miles east of Goldendale, Wash., race across Highway 97 on Wednesday. The nuns were running garden hoses across the highway to fight the fire and using rags to beat the flames down near the monastery.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — State officials say nine homes and 10 outbuildings have burnt in a wildfire near Status Pass in south central Washington.

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Washington wildfires
8:59 am
Thu September 8, 2011

100 homes evacuated near Satus Pass wildfire

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Firefighters say one unoccupied structure has burned and at least 100 homes have been evacuated because of a wildfire burning near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

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Washington wildfires
4:07 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Wildfire closes US Highway 97, forces evacuations in Wash.

YAKIMA, Wash. — A wildfire has closed U.S. Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish and is threatening about 30 homes.

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Washington wildfires
8:43 am
Wed September 7, 2011

High wildfire danger in Cascades, Olympics

As in Washington, fire conditions in Oregon are high. In this photo the Dollar Lake fire smolders Tuesday near Laurance Lake, on Mount Hood, Ore. Firefighters labored to build containment lines before windy conditions return early this morning.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service is warning of high wildfire danger over most of Washington's Cascades and Olympics.

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