Tag Archives: Washington

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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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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Washington Unveils Plan to Better Prevent and Respond to Wildfires

Additional firefighters and helicopters in the state     By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state is months away from wildfire season, but Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ...

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