Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires Tuesday morning.
With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark expanded the statewide burn ban effective Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30.
The effort to contain three fires in southeastern Washington farm country last month included fire crews from Klickitat County.
The Bingen–White Salmon Police Department expanded last month, with the addition of two new police officers.
Traffic was routed around State Route 141A Tuesday morning following a log truck accident which blocked both lanes of travel.
Firefighting aircraft at Dallesport’s Columbia Gorge Regional Airport are here to stay for the 2016 fire season.
Fire District No. 3’s new brush engine, ordered in September 2015, arrived well ahead of the upcoming fire season.
Klickitat County’s Sheriff and his deputies made their presence known in Glenwood on Tuesday, April 19, with extra officers in the area showing support for the residents of Glenwood.
Smoke and flames rose into the sky on April 7, west of Glenwood, as the Mt. Adams Resource Stewards ignited a controlled burn on a portion of the Mt. Adams Community Forest.
Klickitat County Commissioners, Prosecutor David Quesnel and Sheriff Bob Songer have been meeting over several months now with the BIA, Yakama Nation representatives, Yakama Tribal Police, an assistant US Attorney, Yakima County Sheriff, the Yakima County Prosecutor, police chiefs from Union Gap, Wapato and Toppenish, along with the FBI and other officials in regards to retrocession.
The pursuit of a wanted felon for parole violations that began in The Dalles Wednesday ended in a high speed chase and wreck in Washington.
Just after 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, deputies were dispatched to a popular Hood River County recreation site on a report of suspicious activity.
Shortly after noon on Sunday, a fast-moving grass fire was reported in the area of Oak Creek Road in the Dallesport area. The fire quickly grew and spread east toward the town of Wishram.
Monday, Aug. 31, saw the turnover of Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (WAIIMT5) to Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3). WAIIMT5 had been managing the Cougar Creek Fire since Aug. 12. A lightning strike on Aug. 10 sparked the fire.
Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are stretched thin across the state, according to wildfire experts at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
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