Tag Archives: Washington

Washington Commissioner Proposes Fund to Fight Wildfires

Bill would be largest investment ever made     By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and ...

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USFA: Washington On-Duty Death

Okanogan assistant chief was burned in a wildfire     The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Assistant Fire Chief Christian Dean Johnson, 55, of Okanogan Fire Department/Okanogan County Fire District 3 on October 2, 2019. ...

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Burned Washington Firefighter Faces ‘Long Recovery’

Johnson was severely burned fighting a wildfire     SEATTLE (KOMO) — The wife of an Okanogan County firefighter says her family is taking each day at a time as he recovers from severe burns to more than 50% of ...

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Washington Firefighter Seriously Burned in Blaze

Firefighter suffered second- and third-degree burns to most of his body     SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An Okanogan County firefighter has been airlifted to Seattle for medical treatment after suffering extensive burns while fighting a wildfire south of Okanogan. ...

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Crews Work to Keep Wildfire from Jumping Columbia River

Fire on Reservation was likely started by lightning     SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to prevent a fast-growing wildfire from jumping the Columbia River. The fire on the Colville Indian Reservation was likely started by lightning last ...

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U.S. Northwest Unprepared as Wildfire Risk Grows

Last year, 40% of Washington’s wildfires were on its wetter western side     By TOM JAMES Associated Press ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Nestled in the foothills of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely ...

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Washington Wildfire Grows, Threatens Homes

Partial evacuation in Mattawa     MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) — State resources have been called out to battle a wildfire in central Washington state that has grown to 7.8 square miles (20.2 square kilometers) and threatens homes, crops and a ...

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Seattle to Open Smoke Shelters for ‘New Normal’ Summer Fires

2018 saw 24 days with hazardous air quality levels due to wildfire smoke     By TOM JAMES The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle ...

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Wildfire Prompts Mandatory Evacuation of Washington Town

Wildfire is burning near the Wnanapum Dam     BEVERLY, Wash. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in central Washington state has grown to 5.4 square miles, prompting the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to order hundreds of nearby residents to evacuate. ...

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Washington Official: Raise Insurance Tax to Help Fight Wildfires

Increase to raise nearly $63M to pay for suppression and prevention     By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — With an increasing number of forest fires scorching portions of Washington each year, the Legislature is considering ...

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