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Oregon Firefighters Battle New Lightning Fires

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Lightning rolled through much of eastern Oregon on Tuesday, leaving in its wake several dozen reports of new wildfire starts.

Small Washington Town Reeling by Carlton Complex Fire

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

The Carlton Complex fire will probably go down as the biggest conflagration in Washington state history, torching about 240,000 acres and counting. Pateros, one of Washington's littlest towns, was no match for its fury. An estimated 20% of the buildings in the city, population 600 or so, have been destroyed. There is no electricity, no drinking water.

Video: WA's Watermelon Hill Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

The fire has been reduced to 10,518 acres.

Anaconda Fire Burns More Than 1,000 Acres

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Several families are back in their homes today after a wildfire in Tooele County (UT) prompted evacuations.

OR Firefighters Expect New Lightning Storms

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Forecasts call for lightning across north-central Oregon into the northeastern corner of the state, where most of the existing fires are already burning.

ID Wildfire Now 60 Percent Contained

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

The Pittsburg Fire, burning within the Hells Canyon National Recreation area, is now at 60 percent containment.

Carlton Complex Fire Now 16 Percent Contained

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Crews fighting the Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington are beginning to make progress on that fire.

Okanogan County Fire Largest in Washington History

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Even as one of Washington's wildfires became the largest in state history Monday -- burning an area 4.5 times the size of Seattle --  fire crews and aid workers are bracing for the possibility that lightning could trigger a new round of fires by midweek.

Former WA State Trooper First Casualty of Wildfires

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Rob Koczewski, 67, a former Washington State trooper, died of a heart attack while hosing down hot spots near his Okanogan County home.

OR, WA Wildfire Update: A Million Acres Burned

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Health officials in Washington and Idaho warned residents that smoke drifting eastward from the Washington wildfires would create unhealthy air.

New Fires Burning in Central Washington

Sun, Jul 20, 2014

Washington Wildfires Destroy about 100 Homes

Sat, Jul 19, 2014

Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call "Paterodise."

Idaho Firefighters Escape Wildfire; Apparatus Destroyed

Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Firefighters in Idaho had a near miss when a wildfire overran a Richfield Fire Department apparatus.

Winds Aid Crews Battling Fire in Oregon

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Crews trying to save rural dwellings in Southern Oregon got help from a natural force they usually dread when winds turned around a spreading wildfire.

NVFC Calls for Resumption of Equipment Transfers to Fight Wildland Fire

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

In June, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) halted the transfer of excess military vehicles and equipment to state foresters and local fire departments to fight wildland fire. 

Mills Canyon WA Fire Burns 18000 Acres

Sat, Jul 12, 2014

One central Washington wildfire has burned across 28 square miles in just two days while another has broken out in hot, tinder-dry conditions.

Lake Spokane (WA) Fire Threatening 58 Homes

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

New Disney Movie Incorporates Wildland Firefighting

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

A new Disney feature film being released later this month uses wildland firefighting as its backdrop.

Sheriff's Department: Cocos Fire (CA) Intentionally Set

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The Cocos Fire that scorched nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed close to 40 homes in San Marcos, was intentionally set, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has announced. 

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scaling technology, and a tool for increasing situational awareness over expansive fire scenes, such as in wildland firefighting.

Monticello Fire Burns 6,400 Acres

Tue, Jul 8, 2014