Tag Archives: Washington

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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Report: Firefighter Hit by Truck was in Unmarked Area

Washington firefighter run over during Woolsey Fire     By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A firefighter who was run over by a pickup truck during last month’s deadly Southern California wildfire was sleeping in an unmarked ...

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Washington Commissioner Seeks Millions for Wildfires

Franz is asking for $55 million     TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner wants lawmakers to increase the amount of money that the state spends to fight wildfires and prevent future blazes. Hilary Franz, who oversees the ...

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Hunters Cited for Firing Rifles Near Firefighters in Washington

Firefighting halted when gunfire was detected     SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities say two hunters were cited after they entered a closed area and fired their rifles in the direction of firefighters who were battling a wildfire near Washington’s ...

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Wildfire Brings Unhealthy Air to Seattle

Much of August this year has been clouded by wildfire smoke     SEATTLE (AP) — Wildfire haze has returned to the Pacific Northwest, affecting air quality in parts of the Seattle region once again. The National Weather Service’s air ...

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More Mandatory Evacuations in Washington Wildfire

Wildfire has burned 41 square miles     TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation notices for homes under threat from a wildfire in northcentral Washington west of Twisp. The Okanogan County Emergency Management Center says the Crescent ...

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