wildfires

Fighting Fires
11:28 am
Mon July 1, 2013

How Wildfires Get Out Of Control

In Washington, we're accustomed to forest fires every summer. Already this year crews had to fight the C-Line fire in Capitol State Forest, which was first reported on May 4.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Natural Resources

  Nineteen firefighters died fighting a wildfire in Arizona yesterday. The Arizona forestry department is still investigating how the crew died, but many suspect that the blaze was just too quick and unpredictable. Washington state has also lost firefighters to fast spreading wildfires in the past. In 2001, four firefighters died in the Thirty Mile Fire in the Okanogan National Forest. Ross Reynolds talks to Peter Goldmark, the Commissioner of Public Lands at the Department of Natural Resources, about how wildfires get out of control so quickly.

Federal Sequester Budget Slash
12:02 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

How Will Federal Budget Cuts Affect Forest Firefighting In Washington State This Season?

Flickr Photo/US Department of Agriculture (CC-BY-NC-ND)

 State officials are predicting another challenging wildfire season this year. Fighting those fires may be more difficult due to the federal sequester, which slashed nearly 8 percent from the Forest Service’s budget. Ross Reynolds interviews Washington State’s Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.

Above Average Temperatures
8:55 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year

Zane Brown InciWeb

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:05 pm

Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend.

Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season.

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Fire Investigation Report
10:32 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Likely Caused By DOT Contractors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:07 pm

A massive fire that burned 61 homes in Central Washington was likely caused by Department of Transportation contractors. That’s the upshot of a report issued Monday by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.

The aptly named Taylor Bridge Fire started August 13 right after transportation contractors did some welding work on that bridge. It happened near the mountain town of Cle Elum.

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News
5:21 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Washington Governor Extends Burn Ban, Declares State of Emergency

Ongoing Washington wildfires and dry conditions have resulted in a statewide burn ban.
(Flickr photo/Washington Department of Natural Resources))

Dryer than normal conditions prompted Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to declare a state of emergency and extend a ban on outdoor fires. Outdoor burning is banned in all counties until October 15. The state is experiencing a rare stretch of dry weather.

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