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  • Charges brought against teen in Columbia Gorge fire

    Charges brought against teen in Columbia Gorge fire

    Thursday, October 19 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-10-19 19:58:41 GMT

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Charges have been lodged against a 15-year-old boy who allegedly used fireworks to start a wildfire in Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge that burned out of control, triggering evacuations, the closing of an interstate highway and causing ash to rain down on nearby Portland. 

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Charges have been lodged against a 15-year-old boy who allegedly used fireworks to start a wildfire in Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge that burned out of control, triggering evacuations, the closing of an interstate highway and causing ash to rain down on nearby Portland. 

  • Large wildfire in Douglas County now 95 percent contained

    Large wildfire in Douglas County now 95 percent contained

    Sunday, October 1 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-10-02 01:08:15 GMT

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Update, Sunday 6:15 p.m.: Washington State Patrol says the Whitehall Fire burning near Coulee City is now 95 percent contained as of Sunday evening. State mobilization resources have been released. Additional crews will be released Monday morning. 

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Update, Sunday 6:15 p.m.: Washington State Patrol says the Whitehall Fire burning near Coulee City is now 95 percent contained as of Sunday evening. State mobilization resources have been released. Additional crews will be released Monday morning. 

  • Montana wildfires: Rain and snow help but won't end season

    Montana wildfires: Rain and snow help but won't end season

    Saturday, September 16 2017 3:51 PM EDT2017-09-16 19:51:11 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear are sought-after commodities on Montana fire lines after rain, snow and cold replaced heat and smoke following about two rainless months. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its own challenges for the crews fighting dozens of fires burning in drought-stricken Montana.

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear are sought-after commodities on Montana fire lines after rain, snow and cold replaced heat and smoke following about two rainless months. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its own challenges for the crews fighting dozens of fires burning in drought-stricken Montana.

  • Federal assistance approved for 3 more Montana wildfires

    Federal assistance approved for 3 more Montana wildfires

    Sunday, September 10 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-09-10 17:58:37 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for three large western Montana wildfires. FEMA funding is available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs for fires near Lincoln, Seeley Lake and Libby. The grants can help with expenses for fire camps, equipment, tools, materials and supplies.

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for three large western Montana wildfires. FEMA funding is available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs for fires near Lincoln, Seeley Lake and Libby. The grants can help with expenses for fire camps, equipment, tools, materials and supplies.

  • Firefighters use 'rain for rent' system to keep flames away in Montana

    Firefighters use 'rain for rent' system to keep flames away in Montana

    Saturday, September 9 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-09-09 20:27:56 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters in Montana are using sprinklers and hoses to try to protect strategic locations near some of the over two dozen wildfires burning in the state. A "rain for rent" system was being used in Glacier National Park, including around Lake McDonald Lodge, Saturday to increase humidity nearby.

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters in Montana are using sprinklers and hoses to try to protect strategic locations near some of the over two dozen wildfires burning in the state. A "rain for rent" system was being used in Glacier National Park, including around Lake McDonald Lodge, Saturday to increase humidity nearby.

  • FIRE MODE: Full list of fires burning in Washington, Idaho and Montana

    FIRE MODE: Full list of fires burning in Washington, Idaho and Montana

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 9:45 PM EDT2017-09-06 01:45:02 GMT

    WILD KHQ.COM - Wondering where all the wildfires are burning in our region and how big they are? This is a complete list of all the fires currently burning in Washington, Idaho and Montana. We will try to keep the list as updated as possible. You can also use the interactive map inside the story to see exactly where fires are burning relative to your location.

    WILD KHQ.COM - Wondering where all the wildfires are burning in our region and how big they are? This is a complete list of all the fires currently burning in Washington, Idaho and Montana. We will try to keep the list as updated as possible. You can also use the interactive map inside the story to see exactly where fires are burning relative to your location.

  • Oregon State Police search for more witnesses in Eagle Creek fire investigation

    Oregon State Police search for more witnesses in Eagle Creek fire investigation

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 7:27 PM EDT2017-09-05 23:27:29 GMT

    HOOD RIVER COUNTY, Oregon - Eagle Creek Fire investigators are asking for the public's assistance Tuesday afternoon. The investigation surrounding the 10,000 acre human-caused wildfire burning about one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon is underway. The suspect has been identified as a 15-year-old male from Vancouver, Washington. It is believed he and others may have been using firework which started the forest fire along the Eagle Creek Trail.

    HOOD RIVER COUNTY, Oregon - Eagle Creek Fire investigators are asking for the public's assistance Tuesday afternoon. The investigation surrounding the 10,000 acre human-caused wildfire burning about one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon is underway. The suspect has been identified as a 15-year-old male from Vancouver, Washington. It is believed he and others may have been using firework which started the forest fire along the Eagle Creek Trail.

  • Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire jumps river and ignites fire on Washington side

    Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire jumps river and ignites fire on Washington side

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 4:04 PM EDT2017-09-05 20:04:54 GMT

    MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. - Oregon's Eagle Creek fire grew rapidly overnight thanks to some strong winds.  The 10,000 acre blaze started Saturday about 35 miles east of Portland and is being fueled by unseasonable hot weather, dry vegetation and powerful winds. Overnight the fire sparked a fire across the river in Washington and prompted mandatory evacuations of multiple communities. 

    MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. - Oregon's Eagle Creek fire grew rapidly overnight thanks to some strong winds.  The 10,000 acre blaze started Saturday about 35 miles east of Portland and is being fueled by unseasonable hot weather, dry vegetation and powerful winds. Overnight the fire sparked a fire across the river in Washington and prompted mandatory evacuations of multiple communities. 

  • Interior, Agriculture secretaries to visit Montana wildfire

    Interior, Agriculture secretaries to visit Montana wildfire

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 5:08 PM EDT2017-08-23 21:08:27 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue plan to visit a Montana wildfire command post Thursday as dozens of blazes rage across the western U.S. Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Wednesday that the two members of President Donald Trump's cabinet will receive a briefing from firefighters battling a 50-square-mile blaze burning northwest of Missoula.

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue plan to visit a Montana wildfire command post Thursday as dozens of blazes rage across the western U.S. Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Wednesday that the two members of President Donald Trump's cabinet will receive a briefing from firefighters battling a 50-square-mile blaze burning northwest of Missoula.

  • The Latest: Burnout likely led to loss of 2 Montana homes

    The Latest: Burnout likely led to loss of 2 Montana homes

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:46:13 GMT

    LOLO, Mont. (AP) - Fire managers say a burnout set by firefighters is most likely what led to the loss of two homes and eight outbuildings in a western Montana fire. Fire information officer Mike Cole says the loss of the homes near the town of Lolo last week is unfortunate. However, he says more homes could have been lost if crews hadn't set the fire to reduce fuel as strong winds pushed the flames.

    LOLO, Mont. (AP) - Fire managers say a burnout set by firefighters is most likely what led to the loss of two homes and eight outbuildings in a western Montana fire. Fire information officer Mike Cole says the loss of the homes near the town of Lolo last week is unfortunate. However, he says more homes could have been lost if crews hadn't set the fire to reduce fuel as strong winds pushed the flames.

  • National Guard arrives at fast-growing Montana wildfire

    National Guard arrives at fast-growing Montana wildfire

    Sunday, August 20 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-08-20 17:15:40 GMT

    LOLO, Mont. (AP) - National Guard troops are now helping out at a rapidly growing wildfire in western Montana. The 155 soldiers who arrived Saturday will monitor 35 security checkpoints south of Missoula where an evacuation order is in place. The troops will relieve law enforcement officers, freeing them up so they can return to other duties.

    LOLO, Mont. (AP) - National Guard troops are now helping out at a rapidly growing wildfire in western Montana. The 155 soldiers who arrived Saturday will monitor 35 security checkpoints south of Missoula where an evacuation order is in place. The troops will relieve law enforcement officers, freeing them up so they can return to other duties.

  • Monument Hill Fire burning northeast of Quincy now fully contained

    Monument Hill Fire burning northeast of Quincy now fully contained

    Saturday, August 19 2017 3:32 PM EDT2017-08-19 19:32:24 GMT

    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefighters say the Monument Hill Fire, which burned about 6,000 northeast of Quincy is fully contained as of Saturday morning, but fire crews will remain fire lines all day Saturday checking for hot spots. Local fire crews will monitor the area in the days to come. The Monument Hill Fire broke out Wednesday evening about 6 miles northeast of the town of Quincy in Grant County.

    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefighters say the Monument Hill Fire, which burned about 6,000 northeast of Quincy is fully contained as of Saturday morning, but fire crews will remain fire lines all day Saturday checking for hot spots. Local fire crews will monitor the area in the days to come. The Monument Hill Fire broke out Wednesday evening about 6 miles northeast of the town of Quincy in Grant County.

  • Monument Hill Fire now 85% contained

    Monument Hill Fire now 85% contained

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:58:32 GMT

    QUINCY, Wash. - UPDATE: One home has been lost along with several other outbuilding in the Monument Hill Fire. The good news is that all evacuations have been downgraded to level 1.

    QUINCY, Wash. - UPDATE: One home has been lost along with several other outbuilding in the Monument Hill Fire. The good news is that all evacuations have been downgraded to level 1.

  • Residents told to leave as fire burns in central Washington

    Residents told to leave as fire burns in central Washington

    Sunday, August 13 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-08-13 17:40:37 GMT

    OTHELLO, Wash. (AP) - Authorities have told some residents to leave immediately as a wildfire threatens crops and homes in a rural area of south-central Washington. The State Fire Marshal's Office on Sunday morning said one home and one outbuilding were lost. It estimated the blaze to be nearly 16 square miles (41 square kilometers). That's about 10,000 acres.

    OTHELLO, Wash. (AP) - Authorities have told some residents to leave immediately as a wildfire threatens crops and homes in a rural area of south-central Washington. The State Fire Marshal's Office on Sunday morning said one home and one outbuilding were lost. It estimated the blaze to be nearly 16 square miles (41 square kilometers). That's about 10,000 acres.

  • Fire crews knock down brush fire near Highway 195 and Thorpe

    Fire crews knock down brush fire near Highway 195 and Thorpe

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 8:45 PM EDT2017-08-09 00:45:05 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Department of Natural Resources crews say a fire near Highway 195 and Thorpe has been knocked down Tuesday evening. The fire was brought under control quickly and was only about 4 acres in size. It was called out as a second alarm fire so resources from several fire districts responded. Initially about five homes were threatened but structure protection crews were able to keep the houses safe.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Department of Natural Resources crews say a fire near Highway 195 and Thorpe has been knocked down Tuesday evening. The fire was brought under control quickly and was only about 4 acres in size. It was called out as a second alarm fire so resources from several fire districts responded. Initially about five homes were threatened but structure protection crews were able to keep the houses safe.

  • Fire crews continue to make progress on Hayes Road fire in Douglas County

    Fire crews continue to make progress on Hayes Road fire in Douglas County

    Saturday, August 5 2017 9:32 PM EDT2017-08-06 01:32:03 GMT

    BRIDGEPORT, Wash. -  Update, 6:30 p.m.: Fire crews continue to make progress on the Hayes Road Fire in Douglas County. At last report the fire was 3,000 acres and 50 percent contained as of Saturday evening. All evacuations in the area have been reduced to level 1. That means those in the area should be ready for potential evacuation and aware of the fire activity in the area.

    BRIDGEPORT, Wash. -  Update, 6:30 p.m.: Fire crews continue to make progress on the Hayes Road Fire in Douglas County. At last report the fire was 3,000 acres and 50 percent contained as of Saturday evening. All evacuations in the area have been reduced to level 1. That means those in the area should be ready for potential evacuation and aware of the fire activity in the area.

  • Evacuations notices in place for fire north of Malden

    Evacuations notices in place for fire north of Malden

    Thursday, August 3 2017 1:27 AM EDT2017-08-03 05:27:46 GMT

    MALDEN, Wash. - State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Malden Fire, which is about one mile north of the town of Malden in Whitman County. The fire, burning in grass, brush, standing wheat and timber, started at about 3:40 p.m. The cause is under investigation.

    MALDEN, Wash. - State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Malden Fire, which is about one mile north of the town of Malden in Whitman County. The fire, burning in grass, brush, standing wheat and timber, started at about 3:40 p.m. The cause is under investigation.

  • Heat and winds damage air quality in Eastern Washington

    Heat and winds damage air quality in Eastern Washington

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 10:21 PM EDT2017-08-03 02:21:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - High temperatures and winds will combine to damage air quality in much of Eastern Washington for the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Ferry counties through noon on Saturday.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - High temperatures and winds will combine to damage air quality in much of Eastern Washington for the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Ferry counties through noon on Saturday.

  • Firefighter killed fighting Lolo Peak fire in Montana

    Firefighter killed fighting Lolo Peak fire in Montana

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-03 00:27:14 GMT

    LOLO, Mont. - Missoula County Sheriff McDermott announced Wednesday that a firefighter assigned to the Lolo Peak fire in Montana was killed Wednesday afternoon. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is conducting a coroner's investigation. Further details about the firefighter's death were not immediately available Wednesday pending the completion of the investigation and notification of the firefighter's family.

    LOLO, Mont. - Missoula County Sheriff McDermott announced Wednesday that a firefighter assigned to the Lolo Peak fire in Montana was killed Wednesday afternoon. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is conducting a coroner's investigation. Further details about the firefighter's death were not immediately available Wednesday pending the completion of the investigation and notification of the firefighter's family.

  • Laurel fire north of Chattaroy triggers evacuations; contained at about 50 acres

    Laurel fire north of Chattaroy triggers evacuations; contained at about 50 acres

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-07-26 02:14:57 GMT

    CHATTAROY, Wash. - Update: 6:45 p.m.: Fire crews say the Laurel Fire is contained at approximately 50 acres Tuesday evening. About 50 homes in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated. Highway 2 will remain closed for the next few hours while crews continue to monitor the fire. A detour is in place.

    CHATTAROY, Wash. -  Update: 6:45 p.m.: Fire crews say the Laurel Fire is contained at approximately 50 acres Tuesday evening. About 50 homes in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated. Highway 2 will remain closed for the next few hours while crews continue to monitor the fire. A detour is in place.

  • Evacuation orders lifted for Bissell fire near Hunters in Stevens County

    Evacuation orders lifted for Bissell fire near Hunters in Stevens County

    Monday, July 24 2017 10:13 PM EDT2017-07-25 02:13:53 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Update 7:10 p.m.: Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol reports the Bissell fire near Hunters, Washington, is 411 acres and 10 percent contained as of Monday night. All evacuation orders for residents in the vicinity have been lifted Monday night according to Stevens County Emergency Management.

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Update 7:10 p.m.: Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol reports the Bissell fire near Hunters, Washington, is 411 acres and 10 percent contained as of Monday night. All evacuation orders for residents in the vicinity have been lifted Monday night according to Stevens County Emergency Management.

  • Residents deal with power outages from Bissell Fire

    Residents deal with power outages from Bissell Fire

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:47 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:47:09 GMT

    HUNTERS, Wash. - While there are families under level two and level three evacuation notices because of the Bissell Fire, there are also a lot of families who don't have electricity in their homes because of the fire. The power outage currently affects people who live in Gifford all the way down Highway 25 to about where the Two Rivers Casino is.

    HUNTERS, Wash. - While there are families under level two and level three evacuation notices because of the Bissell Fire, there are also a lot of families who don't have electricity in their homes because of the fire. The power outage currently affects people who live in Gifford all the way down Highway 25 to about where the Two Rivers Casino is.

  • Those near Bissell fire thankful for firefighters, community

    Those near Bissell fire thankful for firefighters, community

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:33:44 GMT

    HUNTERS, Wash. - Those who live around Hunters can see the difference in the air as firefighters make good progress on the Bissell fire. But, level 2 and 3 evacuation notices are still in place for those who live adjacent to the fire. Rachel Hiskey got the notice Sunday night when she first heard a helicopter, and then noticed smoke. “Our peace has gone for a while, yes,” she says.

    HUNTERS, Wash. - Those who live around Hunters can see the difference in the air as firefighters make good progress on the Bissell fire. But, level 2 and 3 evacuation notices are still in place for those who live adjacent to the fire. Rachel Hiskey got the notice Sunday night when she first heard a helicopter, and then noticed smoke. “Our peace has gone for a while, yes,” she says.

  • Crews continue to fight brush fire near Highway 195

    Crews continue to fight brush fire near Highway 195

    Saturday, July 22 2017 7:50 PM EDT2017-07-22 23:50:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports the Snag fire burning south of Spokane is 50 percent contained as of Saturday evening. Crews are expected to be on the scene of the fire through the night Saturday.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports the Snag fire burning south of Spokane is 50 percent contained as of Saturday evening. Crews are expected to be on the scene of the fire through the night Saturday.

  • UPDATE: Redford Canyon Fire near Keller now at 500 acres

    UPDATE: Redford Canyon Fire near Keller now at 500 acres

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 2:11 PM EDT2017-07-18 18:11:57 GMT

    KELLER, Wash. - DNR says the Redford Canyon Fire burning near Keller is now at 500 acres and 10% contained. Timber, grass and sage are the primary fuels burning, also single tree torching was observed. Fire crews on Monday held the western flank in place and constructed fire line along the southern and southeast flanks of the fire.

    KELLER, Wash. - DNR says the Redford Canyon Fire burning near Keller is now at 500 acres and 10% contained. Timber, grass and sage are the primary fuels burning, also single tree torching was observed. Fire crews on Monday held the western flank in place and constructed fire line along the southern and southeast flanks of the fire.

  • Favorable conditions help crews battling Snake River Fire; 3100 acres, 70% contained

    Favorable conditions help crews battling Snake River Fire; 3100 acres, 70% contained

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-07-18 17:58:17 GMT

    POMEROY, Wash. - Nature helped crews battling the Snake River Fire on Monday by providing calmer winds and a cool night. Because of the favorable conditions, the focus on Tuesday will be hot spots and the fire footprint to grid and secure. The team is now sending people and equipment home as work diminishes. 

    POMEROY, Wash. - Nature helped crews battling the Snake River Fire on Monday by providing calmer winds and a cool night. Because of the favorable conditions, the focus on Tuesday will be hot spots and the fire footprint to grid and secure. The team is now sending people and equipment home as work diminishes. 

  • Canyon Creek Fire burning near Carlton at 1,000 acres; One home and one outbuilding destroyed

    Canyon Creek Fire burning near Carlton at 1,000 acres; One home and one outbuilding destroyed

    Sunday, July 16 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-07-17 01:07:57 GMT

    CARLTON, Wash. - Okanogan Emergency Management says the Canyon Creek Fire burning near Carlton is estimated to be about 1000 acres and has destroyed one abandoned home. The fire is still very active and Level 3 evacuations are still in place from Carlton to Benson Creek and Carlton up Texas Creek. Level 2 evacuation still in place from Benson Creek to Lower Beaver Creek. Fire personnel will reevaluate Sunday morning. 

    CARLTON, Wash. - Okanogan Emergency Management says the Canyon Creek Fire burning near Carlton is estimated to be about 1000 acres and has destroyed one abandoned home. The fire is still very active and Level 3 evacuations are still in place from Carlton to Benson Creek and Carlton up Texas Creek. Level 2 evacuation still in place from Benson Creek to Lower Beaver Creek. Fire personnel will reevaluate Sunday morning. 

  • New technology is changing the way crews fight fires

    New technology is changing the way crews fight fires

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 7:50 PM EDT2017-07-11 23:50:24 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. - New technology is changing the way wild land firefighters are doing their jobs. Attacking a fire today is as much about computers and labs as it is about hoses a shovels. If firefighters are the James Bonds in the war on wildfires, then the scientists are the Qs. Those scientists invent the gadgets used to beat the bad fires.

    MISSOULA, Mont. - New technology is changing the way wild land firefighters are doing their jobs. Attacking a fire today is as much about computers and labs as it is about hoses a shovels. If firefighters are the James Bonds in the war on wildfires, then the scientists are the Qs. Those scientists invent the gadgets used to beat the bad fires.

  • Evacuation orders in place for wildfire burning in Grant County wildlife refuge

    Evacuation orders in place for wildfire burning in Grant County wildlife refuge

    Sunday, July 9 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-07-10 00:08:31 GMT

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports level 3 evacuations are in place because of a large wildfire burning in the Upper Goose Lake recreation area north of Othello. Level 3 evacuations mean leave immediately.

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports level 3 evacuations are in place because of a large wildfire burning in the Upper Goose Lake recreation area north of Othello. Level 3 evacuations mean leave immediately.

  • Spokane County issues burn restriction

    Spokane County issues burn restriction

    Friday, July 7 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-07-07 20:12:37 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - This might affect your weekend.  Spokane County has issued a burning restriction effective Friday at 5:00 p.m. The restriction will remain in effect until further notice for any currently unauthorized "open burning" and recreational fires within the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.  

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - This might affect your weekend.  Spokane County has issued a burning restriction effective Friday at 5:00 p.m. The restriction will remain in effect until further notice for any currently unauthorized "open burning" and recreational fires within the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.  

  • Fire crews fight Coulee Hite fire in Spokane County

    Fire crews fight Coulee Hite fire in Spokane County

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-07-05 04:07:56 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Update: 8:55 p.m.: At last report, the Coulee Hite fire was about 70 to 80 percent contained and crews had a line around the whole fire. Firefighters say the fire was about 8 acres Tuesday. 

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Update: 8:55 p.m.: At last report, the Coulee Hite fire was about 70 to 80 percent contained and crews had a line around the whole fire. Firefighters say the fire was about 8 acres Tuesday. 

  • Wildfire burning in Washington near Hanford site

    Wildfire burning in Washington near Hanford site

    Monday, July 3 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-07-03 21:59:20 GMT

    KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site. KING-TV reports that all non-essential employees north of the Wye Barricade were sent home due to heavy smoke in the area, which impacted visibility. Rae Moss, a Hanford spokesperson, says the fire started Sunday at a firing range in Yakima County.

    KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site. KING-TV reports that all non-essential employees north of the Wye Barricade were sent home due to heavy smoke in the area, which impacted visibility. Rae Moss, a Hanford spokesperson, says the fire started Sunday at a firing range in Yakima County.

  • Wildfire near Yakima grows to about 500 acres

    Wildfire near Yakima grows to about 500 acres

    Sunday, July 2 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-07-02 20:44:31 GMT

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire is threatening homes and power lines in an area west of Yakima, Washington. The fire started late Saturday night and had grown to about 500 acres in grass, brush and standing timber by Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze started at milepost 188 on State Route 12 and has since moved up the ridge.

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire is threatening homes and power lines in an area west of Yakima, Washington. The fire started late Saturday night and had grown to about 500 acres in grass, brush and standing timber by Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze started at milepost 188 on State Route 12 and has since moved up the ridge.

  • All evacuations lifted for fires burning in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties

    All evacuations lifted for fires burning in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties

    Saturday, July 1 2017 3:25 PM EDT2017-07-01 19:25:17 GMT

    Firefighters continue to fight three wildfires in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties Saturday. Evacuation orders for all fires were lifted on Saturday, but crews warn to be safe this weekend with the approaching 4th of July holiday and hot, dry weather expected.

    Firefighters continue to fight three wildfires in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties Saturday. Evacuation orders for all fires were lifted on Saturday, but crews warn to be safe this weekend with the approaching 4th of July holiday and hot, dry weather expected.

  • Sutherland Canyon Fire near Quincy grows to 47,500 acres; 20% contained

    Sutherland Canyon Fire near Quincy grows to 47,500 acres; 20% contained

    Thursday, June 29 2017 6:07 PM EDT2017-06-29 22:07:02 GMT

    QUINCY, Wash. - Crews say the Sutherland Canyon Fire, burning near Quincy, WA has grown to 47,500 acres and is 20 percent contained. "Crews reported limited effectiveness of water and retardant drops due to the dense grass and brush conditions," the latest update said.

    QUINCY, Wash. - Crews say the Sutherland Canyon Fire, burning near Quincy, WA has grown to 47,500 acres and is 20 percent contained. "Crews reported limited effectiveness of water and retardant drops due to the dense grass and brush conditions," the latest update said.

  • Insurance agent: Document your home in case of fire

    Insurance agent: Document your home in case of fire

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:35 PM EDT2017-05-24 18:35:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you ever wondered what you would do if your house burned down? KHQ spoke with an insurance agent who says it's extremely important to document your items and even some items you might not even think about.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you ever wondered what you would do if your house burned down? KHQ spoke with an insurance agent who says it's extremely important to document your items and even some items you might not even think about.

  • Yale Road Fire: restoring power, putting out hot spots

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 11:12 AM EST2016-11-22 16:12:59 GMT

    VALLEYFORD, Wash. - Thursday, crews spent a lot of time on Latah Creek Road in Valleyford, WA securing power poles and making sure trees that are still standing won't come down Saturday when the region is expected to get strong winds.

    VALLEYFORD, Wash. - Thursday, crews spent a lot of time on Latah Creek Road in Valleyford, WA securing power poles and making sure trees that are still standing won't come down Saturday when the region is expected to get strong winds.

  • Brush fire starts in Washington and spreads into Idaho

    Brush fire starts in Washington and spreads into Idaho

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 11:12 AM EST2016-11-22 16:12:58 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters battled a brush fire near the Washington-Idaho state line on Monday. The fire burned near Trent and Idaho Road with several agencies responding to the scene around noon. Crews were able to get the flames contained fairly quickly before it got out of control.

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters battled a brush fire near the Washington-Idaho state line on Monday. The fire burned near Trent and Idaho Road with several agencies responding to the scene around noon. Crews were able to get the flames contained fairly quickly before it got out of control

  • Family rebuilding from the ashes one month after Yale Road Fire

    Family rebuilding from the ashes one month after Yale Road Fire

    Tuesday, September 20 2016 9:51 PM EDT2016-09-21 01:51:33 GMT

    VALLEYFORD, Wash. - Jessica Reinbold and her husband moved onto East Stoughton Road three years ago to help take care of her widowed mother-in-law. The couple lives in a mobile home on Reinbold’s parent’s property. Because there isn’t a whole lot of room for storage, they kept everything in the barn.

    VALLEYFORD, Wash. - Jessica Reinbold and her husband moved onto East Stoughton Road three years ago to help take care of her widowed mother-in-law. The couple lives in a mobile home on Reinbold’s parent’s property. Because there isn’t a whole lot of room for storage, they kept everything in the barn.

  • Crews continuing to battle Grand Coulee and Elmer City fires

    Crews continuing to battle Grand Coulee and Elmer City fires

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 12:22 AM EDT2016-09-13 04:22:58 GMT

    GRAND COULEE, Wash. - Two fires burning on both sides of the Columbia River broke out Sunday and crews are working around the clock to contain them. Evacuation orders are at level one for one of the fires, but that could change so people in the area are on alert. One fire called the 230 Switch Yard fire is burning in Grant County.

    GRAND COULEE, Wash. - Two fires burning on both sides of the Columbia River broke out Sunday and crews are working around the clock to contain them. Evacuation orders are at level one for one of the fires, but that could change so people in the area are on alert. One fire called the 230 Switch Yard fire is burning in Grant County.

  • State resources ordered for two fires burning near Elmer City and Grand Coulee

    State resources ordered for two fires burning near Elmer City and Grand Coulee

    Monday, September 12 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-09-12 21:39:00 GMT

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Fire officials say the 230 Switch Yard Fire is estimated to be a little more than 500 acres and growing. The fire is still threatening the city of Grand Coulee and powerlines in the area. Evacuation orders have been lifted, however, and State Route 155 remains partially closed. 

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Fire officials say the 230 Switch Yard Fire is estimated to be a little more than 500 acres and growing. The fire is still threatening the city of Grand Coulee and powerlines in the area. Evacuation orders have been lifted, however, and State Route 155 remains partially closed. 

  • After 2 bad fire years, this fire season light in Northwest

    After 2 bad fire years, this fire season light in Northwest

    Saturday, September 3 2016 12:13 PM EDT2016-09-03 16:13:04 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington state, this fire season has been very light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this year, thanks to a heavy winter snowpack and some rain in the spring and summer months.

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington state, this fire season has been very light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this year, thanks to a heavy winter snowpack and some rain in the spring and summer months.

  • Community impacted by Yale Road Fire rally for one another

    Community impacted by Yale Road Fire rally for one another

    Friday, September 2 2016 1:15 AM EDT2016-09-02 05:15:11 GMT

    ROCKFORD, Wash. – Hundreds gathered on the Freeman High School football field Thursday night to share food, stories, and stand together. 

    ROCKFORD, Wash. – Hundreds gathered on the Freeman High School football field Thursday night to share food, stories, and stand together. 

  • YALE ROAD FIRE UPDATE: 99% contained

    YALE ROAD FIRE UPDATE: 99% contained

    Monday, August 29 2016 3:05 PM EDT2016-08-29 19:05:22 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Sunday, firefighters continued to focus efforts on mop-up activities, suppression repair and pulling equipment off the fire lines. The Wellesley Fire is 100% contained and is expected to stay within its perimeters. The Yale Fire is 99% contained – a 4% percent increase from yesterday with minimal fire activity. 

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Sunday, firefighters continued to focus efforts on mop-up activities, suppression repair and pulling equipment off the fire lines. The Wellesley Fire is 100% contained and is expected to stay within its perimeters. The Yale Fire is 99% contained – a 4% percent increase from yesterday with minimal fire activity. 

  • Cayuse Mountain/Hart Road Update: Fire lines hold; containment up

    Cayuse Mountain/Hart Road Update: Fire lines hold; containment up

    Sunday, August 28 2016 3:44 PM EDT2016-08-28 19:44:18 GMT

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - Fire lines on the Hart Road and Cayuse Mountain fires burning in Lincoln and Stevens County held strong through the red flag warning Saturday. 

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - Fire lines on the Hart Road and Cayuse Mountain fires burning in Lincoln and Stevens County held strong through the red flag warning Saturday. The Hart Road Fire, burning north of Davenport, is now 95 percent contained, jumping nearly 20 percent since Saturday's update. It did not grow overnight and remains at just under 5,000 acres in size. 

  • Fire east of Leavenworth burns at least 330 acres

    Fire east of Leavenworth burns at least 330 acres

    Sunday, August 28 2016 12:58 PM EDT2016-08-28 16:58:36 GMT

    LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - Chelan County Emergency Management says a fire burning a few miles east of Leavenworth has burned at least 330 acres as of Sunday morning. State mobilization has also been approved for the fire, known as the Suncrest Fire, which means resources from across the state will be arriving on the scene to help fight the fire.

    LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - Chelan County Emergency Management says a fire burning a few miles east of Leavenworth has burned at least 330 acres as of Sunday morning. State mobilization has also been approved for the fire, known as the Suncrest Fire, which means resources from across the state will be arriving on the scene to help fight the fire.

  • Coeur d'Alene firefighters put out two brush fires on I-90

    Coeur d'Alene firefighters put out two brush fires on I-90

    Saturday, August 27 2016 7:16 PM EDT2016-08-27 23:16:35 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police and firefighters worked together to put out two simultaneous brush fires that broke out along Interstate 90 Saturday morning. Coeur d'Alene Police report law enforcement responded to the fires around 11:30 a.m. Both fires were on north roadside of I-90 at mile marker 12, both at the off ramp to Highway 95 and the on-ramp to I-90 from Highway 95.

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police and firefighters worked together to put out two simultaneous brush fires that broke out along Interstate 90 Saturday morning. Coeur d'Alene Police report law enforcement responded to the fires around 11:30 a.m. Both fires were on north roadside of I-90 at mile marker 12, both at the off ramp to Highway 95 and the on-ramp to I-90 from Highway 95.

  • Firefighters quickly knock down brush fire in Cheney

    Firefighters quickly knock down brush fire in Cheney

    Saturday, August 27 2016 4:47 PM EDT2016-08-27 20:47:47 GMT

    CHENEY, Wash. - Fire crews were able to quickly knock down a brush fire that broke out in Cheney, Washington Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out in the area of S. Rock Lake Road and Martin Road just after noon. It was the first test for firefighters who are prepared for gusty winds Saturday. The Inland Northwest is under a Red Flag Warning until 9 p.m. Saturday night.

    CHENEY, Wash. - Fire crews were able to quickly knock down a brush fire that broke out in Cheney, Washington Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out in the area of S. Rock Lake Road and Martin Road just after noon. It was the first test for firefighters who are prepared for gusty winds Saturday. The Inland Northwest is under a Red Flag Warning until 9 p.m. Saturday night.

  • DEEP NORTH FIRE UPDATE: 596 acres in size; 40 percent contained

    DEEP NORTH FIRE UPDATE: 596 acres in size; 40 percent contained

    Saturday, August 27 2016 3:36 PM EDT2016-08-27 19:36:01 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Fire crews continue to make progress on the Deep North Fire nearly a week after it broke out about eight miles southeast of the town of Northport. The fire is now 596 acres and 40 percent contained Saturday.

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Fire crews continue to make progress on the Deep North Fire nearly a week after it broke out about eight miles southeast of the town of Northport. The fire is now 596 acres and 40 percent contained Saturday.

  • Pickens North fire in Okanogan County now 80 percent contained

    Pickens North fire in Okanogan County now 80 percent contained

    Saturday, August 27 2016 3:18 PM EDT2016-08-27 19:18:48 GMT

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Fire crews report the Pickens North fire burning about 5 miles north of the town of Tonasket in Okanogan County is roughly 700 acres in size Saturday and 80 percent contained.

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Fire crews report the Pickens North fire burning about 5 miles north of the town of Tonasket in Okanogan County is roughly 700 acres in size Saturday and 80 percent contained.

  • Grocery store donates food to fire crews, victims of Cayuse Mountain Fire

    Grocery store donates food to fire crews, victims of Cayuse Mountain Fire

    Friday, August 26 2016 9:49 PM EDT2016-08-27 01:49:57 GMT

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - Dozens of volunteers in Wellpinit helped unload trucks filled to the brim with donations that was collected in Spokane on Thursday. 

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - Dozens of volunteers in Wellpinit helped unload trucks filled to the brim with donations that was collected in Spokane on Thursday. 

  • Woman who lost everything in Cayuse Mountain Fire is grateful for donations

    Woman who lost everything in Cayuse Mountain Fire is grateful for donations

    Friday, August 26 2016 8:52 PM EDT2016-08-27 00:52:25 GMT

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain Fire burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation is now at least 50 percent contained. It's burned more than 18,000 acres and least 14 homes have been destroyed.

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain Fire burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation is now at least 50 percent contained. It's burned more than 18,000 acres and least 14 homes have been destroyed.

  • Brush fire near Pines and Indiana quickly extinguished

    Brush fire near Pines and Indiana quickly extinguished

    Friday, August 26 2016 7:11 PM EDT2016-08-26 23:11:55 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters in Spokane Valley responded to a brush fire in the area of Mirabeau Park Thursday afternoon. Crews on scene told KHQ they requested air drop support due to the rocky terrain the fire was burning in, but ultimately they didn't need and were able to put the fire out quickly. It's total size was about 150 by 100 feet. 

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters in Spokane Valley responded to a brush fire in the area of Mirabeau Park Thursday afternoon. Crews on scene told KHQ they requested air drop support due to the rocky terrain the fire was burning in, but ultimately they didn't need and were able to put the fire out quickly. It's total size was about 150 by 100 feet. 

  • Brush fire at Washington/Idaho state line

    Brush fire at Washington/Idaho state line

    Friday, August 26 2016 6:32 PM EDT2016-08-26 22:32:40 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County firefighters are fighting a brush fire near the Washington/Idaho state line at Beck and Seltice.  There is no word on size yet, but we have a crew heading to the scene and we will update this story as soon as we confirm additional details. 

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County firefighters are fighting a brush fire near the Washington/Idaho state line at Beck and Seltice.  There is no word on size yet, but we have a crew heading to the scene and we will update this story as soon as we confirm additional details. 

  • Crews preparing for high fire danger this weekend

    Friday, August 26 2016 12:40 AM EDT2016-08-26 04:40:00 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Crews have been working around the clock to get one step ahead of the wildfires burning in Eastern Washington, but their work is far from over.

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Crews have been working around the clock to get one step ahead of the wildfires burning in Eastern Washington, but their work is far from over.

  • Donations flood in for those affected by Cayuse Mountain Fire

    Donations flood in for those affected by Cayuse Mountain Fire

    Thursday, August 25 2016 11:30 PM EDT2016-08-26 03:30:35 GMT

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain fire burning on the Spokane Tribe Reservation is 40 percent contained. It's burned more than 18,000 acres and 14 homes have been destroyed because of it.

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain fire burning on the Spokane Tribe Reservation is 40 percent contained. It's burned more than 18,000 acres and 14 homes have been destroyed because of it.

  • Crews tackle timber fire near Newport by land and air

    Crews tackle timber fire near Newport by land and air

    Thursday, August 25 2016 8:59 PM EDT2016-08-26 00:59:02 GMT

    NEWPORT, Wash. - Fire crews responded to a two-acre timber fire near Newport Thursday afternoon. The exact location of the fire is in the 600-block of Scotia Road just off of Highway 2 and Gray Road. 

    NEWPORT, Wash. - Fire crews responded to a two-acre timber fire near Newport Thursday afternoon. The exact location of the fire is in the 600-block of Scotia Road just off of Highway 2 and Gray Road. 

  • PHOTOS: KHQ's Ryan Overton covering Hart Road & Yale Road Fires

    Thursday, August 25 2016 6:15 PM EDT2016-08-25 22:15:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - This has been a tough week for a lot of people as wildfire season arrived with a vengeance over the weekend. People have lost their homes and brave men and women are on the front lines, working tirelessly to prevent any further damage. When the fires broke out on Sunday, our very own Ryan Overton was one of the first to run out and cover them. 

    SPOKANE, Wash. - This has been a tough week for a lot of people as wildfire season arrived with a vengeance over the weekend. People have lost their homes and brave men and women are on the front lines, working tirelessly to prevent any further damage. When the fires broke out on Sunday, our very own Ryan Overton was one of the first to run out and cover them. 

  • Farmers find themselves on the front lines of Yale Road Fire

    Farmers find themselves on the front lines of Yale Road Fire

    Thursday, August 25 2016 2:19 AM EDT2016-08-25 06:19:27 GMT

    FREEMAN, Wash. - In his nearly five decades of living in the freeman area, Mark LaShaw says he's never seen anything like what hit on Sunday. "We got word, 'Hey if you you can bring a tractor and a disc, go that direction.' So we did right away. Got there as soon as we could, headed to Valleyford, and boy it was intense," Mark says.

    FREEMAN, Wash. - In his nearly five decades of living in the freeman area, Mark LaShaw says he's never seen anything like what hit on Sunday. "We got word, 'Hey if you you can bring a tractor and a disc, go that direction.' So we did right away. Got there as soon as we could, headed to Valleyford, and boy it was intense," Mark says.

  • Donations to be collected in Spokane for Wellpinit fire victims; Donations also being accepted for Yale Road Fire

    Donations to be collected in Spokane for Wellpinit fire victims; Donations also being accepted for Yale Road Fire

    Thursday, August 25 2016 12:27 AM EDT2016-08-25 04:27:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A donation drive will be held in downtown Spokane on Thursday for the victims of the Cayuse Fire near Wellpinit.  So far the fire has burned more than 17,000 acres and 13 homes have been lost.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A donation drive will be held in downtown Spokane on Thursday for the victims of the Cayuse Fire near Wellpinit.  So far the fire has burned more than 17,000 acres and 13 homes have been lost. As of Wednesday morning, the town of Wellpinit, the hub of the Spokane Reservation, remains under a Level 2 evacuation.

  • Family loses everything in Yale Road fire

    Family loses everything in Yale Road fire

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 11:43 PM EDT2016-08-25 03:43:38 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A morning football practice at Freeman High School and it seems things are starting to get back to normal for those who live near the Yale Road Fire. But for DeLila Hoff and her family, the whirlwind is only beginning.

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A morning football practice at Freeman High School and it seems things are starting to get back to normal for those who live near the Yale Road Fire. But for DeLila Hoff and her family, the whirlwind is only beginning.

  • Hart fire flames within feet of one family's home

    Hart fire flames within feet of one family's home

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 11:21 PM EDT2016-08-25 03:21:07 GMT

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Hart fire destroyed 13 homes and 26 outbuildings, fire officials say, as of Wednesday morning. Kathi Kennedy lives near the river off of Cayuse Cove in Lincoln County, and she’s now looking at what the burned landscape looks like around her home. Sunday was too close a call for her and her husband.

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Hart fire destroyed 13 homes and 26 outbuildings, fire officials say, as of Wednesday morning. Kathi Kennedy lives near the river off of Cayuse Cove in Lincoln County, and she’s now looking at what the burned landscape looks like around her home. Sunday was too close a call for her and her husband.

  • Kitchen crews help power the fire fight

    Kitchen crews help power the fire fight

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 11:19 PM EDT2016-08-25 03:19:41 GMT

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - While the firefighters are on the fire lines taking care of us and our homes, who’s taking care of them at fire camp? The kitchen crew is just one of those groups looking after them and getting them the energy they need. Shane Pegram has managed kitchens at wildfires for seven years. “We’ve got some pork chops we're getting ready to cook tonight,” he says.

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - While the firefighters are on the fire lines taking care of us and our homes, who’s taking care of them at fire camp? The kitchen crew is just one of those groups looking after them and getting them the energy they need. Shane Pegram has managed kitchens at wildfires for seven years. “We’ve got some pork chops we're getting ready to cook tonight,” he says.

  • Fire officials hold informational meeting on Yale Road Fire

    Fire officials hold informational meeting on Yale Road Fire

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 10:01 PM EDT2016-08-25 02:01:01 GMT

    FREEMAN, Wash. - Fire officials held a public information meeting Wednesday night to answer questions about the Yale Road Fire at Freeman High School. Fire management personnel was available to explain the current state of the Yale Road Fire suppression efforts and answer questions.

    FREEMAN, Wash. - Fire officials held a public information meeting Wednesday night to answer questions about the Yale Road Fire at Freeman High School. Fire management personnel was available to explain the current state of the Yale Road Fire suppression efforts and answer questions.

  • Firefighters getting an unexpected helping hand from state inmates

    Firefighters getting an unexpected helping hand from state inmates

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 2:14 AM EDT2016-08-24 06:14:38 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - During mealtimes at the fire camp at the Spokane County Fairgrounds you'll see worn out firefighters headed back from 12 to 14 hour days. Those crews are hoping for a hot meal and a good night's sleep. And you'll see people in red shirts serving those hot meals.

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - During mealtimes at the fire camp at the Spokane County Fairgrounds you'll see worn out firefighters headed back from 12 to 14 hour days. Those crews are hoping for a hot meal and a good night's sleep. And you'll see people in red shirts serving those hot meals.

  • Some families counting blessings after Hart fire spared homes

    Some families counting blessings after Hart fire spared homes

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 12:26 AM EDT2016-08-24 04:26:25 GMT

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Hart Fire is continuing to burn in Lincoln County near Davenport. The latest from officials is that it’s 20 percent contained after burning 4,200 acres. With an estimate of up to 15 structures lost in this fire, some families are counting their blessings. Diane Ritzman never thought she’d see her animals again.

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Hart Fire is continuing to burn in Lincoln County near Davenport. The latest from officials is that it’s 20 percent contained after burning 4,200 acres. With an estimate of up to 15 structures lost in this fire, some families are counting their blessings. Diane Ritzman never thought she’d see her animals again.

  • Cayuse fire turns personal for some firefighters

    Cayuse fire turns personal for some firefighters

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 10:40 PM EDT2016-08-24 02:40:14 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - At last report at least 13 homes had burned in the Cayuse Mountain Fire burning in Stevens County. One of those homes had been in a volunteer firefighter's family for more than 40 years. The family thought it was in the clear, but then the flames returned. "Everything around it was burning, but the house wasn't on fire. We thought it was good," Keyland Brown said.

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - At last report at least 13 homes had burned in the Cayuse Mountain Fire burning in Stevens County. One of those homes had been in a volunteer firefighter's family for more than 40 years. The family thought it was in the clear, but then the flames returned. "Everything around it was burning, but the house wasn't on fire. We thought it was good," Keyland Brown said.

  • Man ignores evacuation orders to defend home from Cayuse Mountain Fire

    Man ignores evacuation orders to defend home from Cayuse Mountain Fire

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 9:42 PM EDT2016-08-24 01:42:08 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain Fire is burning in Stevens County on the north side of the Spokane River and at last report was over 12,000 acres in size and 30 percent contained.

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Cayuse Mountain Fire is burning in Stevens County on the north side of the Spokane River and at last report was over 12,000 acres in size and 30 percent contained.

  • Yale Road Fire losses add up for homeowners

    Yale Road Fire losses add up for homeowners

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 8:55 PM EDT2016-08-24 00:55:28 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - One Spokane County family was packed up and ready to go when the fire approached their home. "All of a sudden it had just lit up and within a few minutes it had climbed up here and was in the grass field."

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - One Spokane County family was packed up and ready to go when the fire approached their home. "All of a sudden it had just lit up and within a few minutes it had climbed up here and was in the grass field."

  • Family suits up to protect land from Yale Road fire

    Family suits up to protect land from Yale Road fire

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 8:14 PM EDT2016-08-24 00:14:29 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Paul Dashiell and his son Joe are exhausted. "I got an hour of sleep last night," Joe explained. Since this weekend they've been fighting the Yale Road fire, with practically no breaks.

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Paul Dashiell and his son Joe are exhausted. "I got an hour of sleep last night," Joe explained. Since this weekend they've been fighting the Yale Road fire, with practically no breaks.

  • Kahlotus fire 60 percent contained; evacuation orders lifted

    Kahlotus fire 60 percent contained; evacuation orders lifted

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 7:19 PM EDT2016-08-23 23:19:13 GMT

    KAHLOTUS, Wash. - Update: August 23, 4:15 p.m.: Fire crews battling the Kahlotus Fire in Franklin County say the fire has burned nearly 6,000 as of Tuesday afternoon. The fire has burned an estimated 5,900 acres and is 60 percent contained at last report.

    KAHLOTUS, Wash. - Update: August 23, 4:15 p.m.: Fire crews battling the Kahlotus Fire in Franklin County say the fire has burned nearly 6,000 as of Tuesday afternoon. The fire has burned an estimated 5,900 acres and is 60 percent contained at last report. No injuries have been reported and no homes have been burned, however three outbuilding were destroyed in the fire. 

  • Spokane County Emergency Management not seeking fire volunteers

    Spokane County Emergency Management not seeking fire volunteers

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 5:38 PM EDT2016-08-23 21:38:22 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Greater Spokane Emergency Management reports that since the fires within Spokane County broke out Sunday there have been many citizens who would like to help. They say at this time they have not identified a role for citizens that are not already volunteering with local or national organizations.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Greater Spokane Emergency Management reports that since the fires within Spokane County broke out Sunday there have been many citizens who would like to help. They say at this time they have not identified a role for citizens that are not already volunteering with local or national organizations.

  • Gov. Jay Inslee declares emergency in 20 counties

    Gov. Jay Inslee declares emergency in 20 counties

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 2:44 PM EDT2016-08-23 18:44:33 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - While in Spokane on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 20 counties after wildfires erupted in eastern Washington over the past few days. 

    SPOKANE, Wash. - While in Spokane on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 20 counties after wildfires erupted in eastern Washington over the past few days.  The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Yakima, Walla Walla and Whitman counties.

  • Air quality diminishes as smoke blankets eastern Washington

    Air quality diminishes as smoke blankets eastern Washington

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 10:40 AM EDT2016-08-23 14:40:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Are your eyes burning a little bit today? Did you wake up this morning, walk outside and take a deep breath, only to feel like you're in a campfire or a 1970's dive bar? You're not alone. 

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Are your eyes burning a little bit today? Did you wake up this morning, walk outside and take a deep breath, only to feel like you're in a campfire or a 1970's dive bar? You're not alone.  Smoke from area wildfires settled in Tuesday morning and blanketed Spokane. Both the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency and AirNow list our area air quality as "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups."

  • Out of state reinforcements arriving to help battle Spokane fires

    Out of state reinforcements arriving to help battle Spokane fires

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 2:25 AM EDT2016-08-23 06:25:33 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - More than 500 firefighters from all over the region will be sleeping at a makeshift tent city while they fight the Spokane Complex fire, made up of the Yale Road and Wellesley Fires.  On Monday night, more and more crews continued arriving from all over Washington, Oregon and Idaho, bringing in much needed resources to fire crews already stretched thin.

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - More than 500 firefighters from all over the region will be sleeping at a makeshift tent city while they fight the Spokane Complex fire, made up of the Yale Road and Wellesley Fires.  On Monday night, more and more crews continued arriving from all over Washington, Oregon and Idaho, bringing in much needed resources to fire crews already stretched thin.

  • Family thankful to firefighters who saved home from Wellesley fire

    Family thankful to firefighters who saved home from Wellesley fire

    Monday, August 22 2016 10:45 PM EDT2016-08-23 02:45:05 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - At last check for the Wellesley fire near Beacon Hill, two homes burned down and the fire has burned about 300 acres. "I'm driving out of the driveway and I turn back to look and I just see flames right behind the house and I took a picture and I thought, 'This is the last time.'

    SPOKANE, Wash. - At last check for the Wellesley fire near Beacon Hill, two homes burned down and the fire has burned about 300 acres. "I'm driving out of the driveway and I turn back to look and I just see flames right behind the house and I took a picture and I thought, 'This is the last time.'

  • High School offers shelter to Wellpinit residents during wildfire

    High School offers shelter to Wellpinit residents during wildfire

    Monday, August 22 2016 8:04 PM EDT2016-08-23 00:04:10 GMT

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - A level 3 evacuation in Stevens County has forced Wellpinit residents to leave their homes. The Hart Road Fire is burning in Lincoln and Stevens Counties and has scorched 10,000 acres and destroyed at least 10 homes.

    WELLPINIT, Wash. - A level 3 evacuation in Stevens County has forced Wellpinit residents to leave their homes. The Hart Road Fire is burning in Lincoln and Stevens Counties and has scorched 10,000 acres and destroyed at least 10 homes.

  • Family gets first look at home destroyed by Yale Road Fire

    Family gets first look at home destroyed by Yale Road Fire

    Monday, August 22 2016 7:10 PM EDT2016-08-22 23:10:33 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - It's the longest walk of Jodi James' life. The walk to see if her home could withstand the Yale Road Fire. "I never thought it was going to come from there to here that fast," her husband said.

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - It's the longest walk of Jodi James' life. The walk to see if her home could withstand the Yale Road Fire. "I never thought it was going to come from there to here that fast," her husband said.

  • Man picking up the pieces after shop burned in Wellesley fire

    Man picking up the pieces after shop burned in Wellesley fire

    Monday, August 22 2016 6:18 PM EDT2016-08-22 22:18:36 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Wellesley fire torched everything in its path, including outbuildings and two homes. Ken Lewis is looking at what’s left in his workshop. The fire got inside when his neighbor’s home burned to the ground.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Wellesley fire torched everything in its path, including outbuildings and two homes. Ken Lewis is looking at what’s left in his workshop. The fire got inside when his neighbor’s home burned to the ground.

  • Firefighters battling Spokane Complex Fire near Beacon Hill and Valleyford

    Firefighters battling Spokane Complex Fire near Beacon Hill and Valleyford

    Monday, August 22 2016 5:54 PM EDT2016-08-22 21:54:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Beacon Hill Fire: Update 2:50 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports all evacuations for the Wellesley Fire (formerly known as the Beacon Hill fire) have been cancelled Monday afternoon. They tell drivers to drive cautiously in the area as firefighters will remain on scene to monitor the fire.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Beacon Hill Fire: Update 2:50 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports all evacuations for the Wellesley Fire (formerly known as the Beacon Hill fire) have been cancelled Monday afternoon. They tell drivers to drive cautiously in the area as firefighters will remain on scene to monitor the fire.

  • American Red Cross opens evacuation shelter

    American Red Cross opens evacuation shelter

    Sunday, August 21 2016 11:20 PM EDT2016-08-22 03:20:30 GMT

    KHQ.com - The American Red Cross says that they are working with emergency management on all fires that are currently giving evacuations.They are taking the lead on an evacuation shelter at the Davenport Fairgrounds, and are on standby to open other shelters as needed. Anyone ordered to evacuate is welcome to take shelter at a Red Cross shelter. You...

    KHQ.com - The American Red Cross says that they are working with emergency management on all fires that are currently giving evacuations.They are taking the lead on an evacuation shelter at the Davenport Fairgrounds, and are on standby to open other shelters as needed. Anyone ordered to evacuate is welcome to take shelter at a Red Cross shelter. You...

  • Spokane County Fairgrounds opened as emergency animal shelter

    Spokane County Fairgrounds opened as emergency animal shelter

    Sunday, August 21 2016 11:15 PM EDT2016-08-22 03:15:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Fairgrounds has now opened for emergency animal sheltering due to area fire activity in Spokane County. The small and large animal emergency shelter is now activated for current fires within Spokane County. Sheltering is currently open and located at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Fairgrounds has now opened for emergency animal sheltering due to area fire activity in Spokane County. The small and large animal emergency shelter is now activated for current fires within Spokane County. Sheltering is currently open and located at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

  • Crews make progress on Bodie fire; now 25 percent contained

    Crews make progress on Bodie fire; now 25 percent contained

    Sunday, August 21 2016 3:24 PM EDT2016-08-21 19:24:41 GMT

    NORTHPORT, Wash. - Fire crews battling the Bodie fire south of Northport, say they're making progress Sunday.  Additional resources from fire districts in Stevens County joined the fight Saturday, helping to increase containment. In addition, crews were able to get a more accurate picture of the fire with GPS on the ground.

    NORTHPORT, Wash. - Fire crews battling the Bodie fire south of Northport, say they're making progress Sunday.  Additional resources from fire districts in Stevens County joined the fight Saturday, helping to increase containment. In addition, crews were able to get a more accurate picture of the fire with GPS on the ground.

  • Crews mopping up 41-acre Bodie Fire near Northport

    Crews mopping up 41-acre Bodie Fire near Northport

    Saturday, August 20 2016 3:33 PM EDT2016-08-20 19:33:03 GMT

    NEWPORT, Wash. - Crews on the fire line for the 41-acre Bodie Fire say the fire did not grow overnight and they will work Saturday to strengthen lines around the fire. The fire started on Thursday afternoon in an active logging area about five miles south of Newport, near Onion Creek on Bodie Mountain. 

    NORTHPORT, Wash. - Crews on the fire line for the 41-acre Bodie Fire say the fire did not grow overnight and they will work Saturday to strengthen lines around the fire. The fire started on Thursday afternoon in an active logging area about five miles south of Newport, near Onion Creek on Bodie Mountain. 

  • Statewide burn ban issued on all DNR-protect lands

    Statewide burn ban issued on all DNR-protect lands

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 4:33 PM EDT2016-08-17 20:33:19 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Citing the "most dangerous fire weather of the year," Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark expanded a statewide burn on Wednesday to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through September 30, 2016. 

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Citing the "most dangerous fire weather of the year," Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark expanded a statewide burn on Wednesday to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through September 30, 2016.  “After a relatively mild summer, we are entering a period of critical fire weather on both sides of the Cascades,” said Goldmark.

  • Crews battling brush fire in Eloika Lake area

    Crews battling brush fire in Eloika Lake area

    Tuesday, August 16 2016 10:59 PM EDT2016-08-17 02:59:22 GMT

    ELOIKA LAKE, Wash. - Update: Crews seem to be getting a handle on a brush fire burning in the Eloika Lake area. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon. With the help of air craft and crews on the ground, firefighters now have a line around the fire, which should keep flames from spreading while they work to put the fire out. Air resources were released from the fire Tuesday evening.

    ELOIKA LAKE, Wash. - Update: Crews seem to be getting a handle on a brush fire burning in the Eloika Lake area. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon. With the help of air craft and crews on the ground, firefighters now have a line around the fire, which should keep flames from spreading while they work to put the fire out. Air resources were released from the fire Tuesday evening.

  • Crews battling fire near the River Bluff Ranch community in Mead

    Crews battling fire near the River Bluff Ranch community in Mead

    Sunday, August 14 2016 10:51 PM EDT2016-08-15 02:51:12 GMT

    MEAD, Wash. - Update 7:30 p.m.: Crews battling the Lookout Mountain fire that burned about 25 acres in the Mead area Sunday afternoon are getting a handle on the fire Sunday night. There is no word on official containment numbers yet, but firefighters in the area don't anticipate an active fire as the sun sets on Sunday.

    MEAD, Wash. - Update 7:30 p.m.: Crews battling the Lookout Mountain fire that burned about 25 acres in the Mead area Sunday afternoon are getting a handle on the fire Sunday night. There is no word on official containment numbers yet, but firefighters in the area don't anticipate an active fire as the sun sets on Sunday.

  • Firefighters contain 1,000-acre brush fire near Royal City

    Firefighters contain 1,000-acre brush fire near Royal City

    Thursday, August 11 2016 12:20 AM EDT2016-08-11 04:20:12 GMT

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters in Grant County say a brush fire that burned 1,000 acres near Royal City is contained Wednesday evening. Crews from several fire districts, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management worked together to contain the Division Road fire, which was burning on State Route 26 and Division Road.

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters in Grant County say a brush fire that burned 1,000 acres near Royal City is contained Wednesday evening. Crews from several fire districts, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management worked together to contain the Division Road fire, which was burning on State Route 26 and Division Road.

  • Medical Lake brush fire presented unique challenges to firefighters

    Medical Lake brush fire presented unique challenges to firefighters

    Sunday, August 7 2016 10:13 PM EDT2016-08-08 02:13:04 GMT

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Firefighters fought more than flames during the wildfire out in Medical Lake Saturday. That fire burned 35 acres off of Hallett Road, destroying four outbuildings and nearly two dozen cars. Mike Moravec was the incident commander on the fire from Spokane County Fire District 3.

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Firefighters fought more than flames during the wildfire out in Medical Lake Saturday. That fire burned 35 acres off of Hallett Road, destroying four outbuildings and nearly two dozen cars. Mike Moravec was the incident commander on the fire from Spokane County Fire District 3.

  • 2,000 acre fire near Lyons Ferry in Columbia County sparked by lightning

    2,000 acre fire near Lyons Ferry in Columbia County sparked by lightning

    Sunday, August 7 2016 6:44 PM EDT2016-08-07 22:44:08 GMT

    LYONS FERRY, Wash. - Fire officials say a new brush fire is burning in the area of Fletcher Road near Lyons Ferry in Columbia County, Washington. State mobilization was authorized to assist with the fire around 10:45 Sunday morning.

    LYONS FERRY, Wash. - Fire officials say a new brush fire is burning in the area of Fletcher Road near Lyons Ferry in Columbia County, Washington. State mobilization was authorized to assist with the fire around 10:45 Sunday morning.

  • Kewa fire in Ferry County now 45 percent contained

    Kewa fire in Ferry County now 45 percent contained

    Sunday, August 7 2016 4:17 PM EDT2016-08-07 20:17:24 GMT

    FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - Update 1:15 p.m., Sunday: Fire crews fighting the Kewa fire say it is now 45 percent contained Sunday. The south side of the fire is in patrol status, meaning firefighters are patrolling the fire and watching for hot spots. Mop up operations continue on the east and north sides of the fire.

    FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - Update 1:15 p.m., Sunday: Fire crews fighting the Kewa fire say it is now 45 percent contained Sunday. The south side of the fire is in patrol status, meaning firefighters are patrolling the fire and watching for hot spots. Mop up operations continue on the east and north sides of the fire.

  • Containment of Snake River fire continues to rise

    Containment of Snake River fire continues to rise

    Sunday, August 7 2016 1:49 PM EDT2016-08-07 17:49:10 GMT

    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash - Update 10:45 a.m. Sunday: Fire officials say the Snake River fire burning north of Pomeroy is now 85 percent contained and residents in the area can expect to see a marked decrease in firefighter presence as state mobilized fire crews begin heading home.

    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash - Update 10:45 a.m. Sunday: Fire officials say the Snake River fire burning north of Pomeroy is now 85 percent contained and residents in the area can expect to see a marked decrease in firefighter presence as state mobilized fire crews begin heading home.

  • Evacuations lifted for Lower Crab Creek fire in Grant County

    Evacuations lifted for Lower Crab Creek fire in Grant County

    Sunday, August 7 2016 1:34 PM EDT2016-08-07 17:34:38 GMT

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Update: 10:30 a.m. Sunday: The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports all evacuation orders issued because of the Lower Crab Creek fire near Mattawa have been lifted as of Sunday morning.

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Update: 10:30 a.m. Sunday: The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports all evacuation orders issued because of the Lower Crab Creek fire near Mattawa have been lifted as of Sunday morning.

  • Medical Lake brush fire destroys several buildings, cars

    Medical Lake brush fire destroys several buildings, cars

    Saturday, August 6 2016 6:45 PM EDT2016-08-06 22:45:43 GMT

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Spokane County firefighters are on the scene of a brush fire in the Medical Lake area that sent heavy black smoke into the sky Saturday afternoon. Fire crews at the fire near W. Hallett Road say the blaze is about 15 acres in size.

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Spokane County firefighters are on the scene of a brush fire in the Medical Lake area that sent heavy black smoke into the sky Saturday afternoon. Fire crews at the fire near W. Hallett Road say the blaze is about 15 acres in size.

  • Deputies: Campers may have accidentally started Whitman County wildfire

    Deputies: Campers may have accidentally started Whitman County wildfire

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 2:48 PM EDT2016-08-03 18:48:27 GMT

    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Whitman County Sheriff's Office told KHQ Local News reporter Liz Burch that some campers may have accidentally started the Snake River Fire. Deputies say they are still trying to determine an exact cause, but witnesses told them two men in their 20's were camping in the area where the fire started.

    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Whitman County Sheriff's Office told KHQ Local News reporter Liz Burch that some campers may have accidentally started the Snake River Fire. Deputies say they are still trying to determine an exact cause, but witnesses told them two men in their 20's were camping in the area where the fire started.

  • UPDATE: Road 10 Fire north of Moses Lake under control

    UPDATE: Road 10 Fire north of Moses Lake under control

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 11:07 AM EDT2016-08-03 15:07:42 GMT

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Officials say they have the Road 10 fire near Moses Lake under control. Evacuation orders are still in place for threatened homes in the area. Crews estimate the fire to be 4,000 to 5,000 acres. Officials say there was at least one home destroyed in the fire. 

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Officials say they have the Road 10 fire near Moses Lake under control. Evacuation orders are still in place for threatened homes in the area. Crews estimate the fire to be 4,000 to 5,000 acres. Officials say there was at least one home destroyed in the fire. 

  • Wildfire burning in Ferry County at 2500 acres

    Wildfire burning in Ferry County at 2500 acres

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 1:46 AM EDT2016-08-03 05:46:26 GMT
    Smoke seen from the fire in Ferry County (PHOTO: Kari Peters)Smoke seen from the fire in Ferry County (PHOTO: Kari Peters)

    FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - The wildfire burning in Ferry County is about 2500 acres in size and 0 percent contained. There are level 3 evacuations in place, but it only affects three homeowners at this time. 24 structures are threatened. Fire officials say it appears the fire was sparked when high winds blew over a power line. 

    FERRY COUNTY, Wash. - The wildfire burning in Ferry County is about 2500 acres in size and 0 percent contained. There are level 3 evacuations in place, but it only affects three homeowners at this time. 24 structures are threatened. Fire officials say it appears the fire was sparked when high winds blew over a power line. 

  • DNR: Spokane Co. brush fire now contained

    DNR: Spokane Co. brush fire now contained

    Monday, August 1 2016 12:08 PM EDT2016-08-01 16:08:38 GMT
    A viewer sent us this picture of the fire burning near South Bank RoadA viewer sent us this picture of the fire burning near South Bank Road

    Washington State Department of Natural Resources says a brush fire in Spokane County was burning about two acres south of Long Lake near South Bank Road. They say they have multiple resources including a helicopter on scene to control the fire. DNR 100% contained.   According to DNR multiple homes were threatened, but are not anymore.

    Washington State Department of Natural Resources says a brush fire in Spokane County was burning about two acres south of Long Lake near South Bank Road. They say they have multiple resources including a helicopter on scene to control the fire. DNR 100% contained.   According to DNR multiple homes were threatened, but are not anymore.

  • Blackrock fire now more than 20,000 acres

    Blackrock fire now more than 20,000 acres

    Monday, August 1 2016 12:08 PM EDT2016-08-01 16:08:10 GMT
    Courtesy: Lincoln County Sheriff's OfficeCourtesy: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

    Update 7/31/16: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the Blackrock Fire is now 27,825 acres in size, and not contained. Three outbuildings have burned in total, however no homes were lost. Firefighters are working around the clock to contain the fire, and there are still no level three evacuations as of Sunday morning. The sheriff's office says their main concern right now is building a containment line before high winds tomorrow.

    Update 7/31/16: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the Blackrock Fire is now 27,825 acres in size, and not contained. Three outbuildings have burned in total, however no homes were lost. Firefighters are working around the clock to contain the fire, and there are still no level three evacuations as of Sunday morning. The sheriff's office says their main concern right now is building a containment line before high winds tomorrow.

  • Blackrock Fire Burns Around Man's Home

    Monday, August 1 2016 12:07 PM EDT2016-08-01 16:07:03 GMT

    ODESSA, Wash. - Firefighters are working to contain and mop up hotspots for the Blackrock Fire burning in Grant and Lincoln counties. The latest estimate shows it's burned 23,600 acres and is 40 percent contained. 

    ODESSA, Wash. - Firefighters are working to contain and mop up hotspots for the Blackrock Fire burning in Grant and Lincoln counties. The latest estimate shows it's burned 23,600 acres and is 40 percent contained. 

  • Fire destroys house in Spokane

    Fire destroys house in Spokane

    Monday, August 1 2016 12:06 PM EDT2016-08-01 16:06:24 GMT

    Saturday afternoon around one p.m. firefighters responded to a house fire in Spokane on Conklin Street and 5th Avenue. They say the fire started in a house and then spread next door.

    Saturday afternoon around one p.m. firefighters responded to a house fire in Spokane on Conklin Street and 5th Avenue. They say the fire started in a house and then spread next door.

  • One Year Later: Cape Horn Fire cause not yet determined

    One Year Later: Cape Horn Fire cause not yet determined

    Friday, July 15 2016 1:58 PM EDT2016-07-15 17:58:54 GMT

    BAYVIEW, Idaho - It's been one year since the Cape Horn Fire in Bayview burned more than 1300 acres and destroyed several homes. On Friday, the Idaho Department of Lands released their report on their investigation into the blaze, and we don't know much more than we did last year. 

    BAYVIEW, Idaho - It's been one year since the Cape Horn Fire in Bayview burned more than 1300 acres and destroyed several homes. On Friday, the Idaho Department of Lands released their report on their investigation into the blaze, and we don't know much more than we did last year. 

  • Brush fire along I-90 on Sunset Hill

    Brush fire along I-90 on Sunset Hill

    Friday, June 3 2016 2:15 PM EDT2016-06-03 18:15:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One lane of westbound I-90 was blocked while firefighters work to extinguish a brush fire along Sunset Hill Friday morning. It is unknown how the fire was started, but crews were able to knock it down fairly quickly. Traffic along I-90 was affected briefly. 

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One lane of westbound I-90 was blocked while firefighters work to extinguish a brush fire along Sunset Hill Friday morning. It is unknown how the fire was started, but crews were able to knock it down fairly quickly. Traffic along I-90 was affected briefly. 

  • Evacuations lowered to level 1 in 50 acre Chelan County wildfire

    Evacuations lowered to level 1 in 50 acre Chelan County wildfire

    Monday, May 9 2016 9:12 AM EDT2016-05-09 13:12:20 GMT

    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - UPDATE: According to the Chelan County Emergency Management, evacuations in the Chelan County wildfire burning in the Ribbon Cliff area have been lowered to level 1. At last check, the fire had burned 50 acres but they say they should have an update later this morning from the Department of Natural Resources.

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    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - UPDATE: According to the Chelan County Emergency Management, evacuations in the Chelan County wildfire burning in the Ribbon Cliff area have been lowered to level 1. At last check, the fire had burned 50 acres but they say they should have an update later this morning from the Department of Natural Resources.

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  • Free 'Firewise' workshop in Spokane May 17 and 18

    Free 'Firewise' workshop in Spokane May 17 and 18

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 12:08 PM EDT2016-05-03 16:08:19 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire season is coming whether we like it or not and being prepared for the worst is important. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Spokane County Conservation District, and Washington State University Extension will offer a free Firewise Communities Workshop in Spokane on May 17 and 18. 

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire season is coming whether we like it or not and being prepared for the worst is important. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Spokane County Conservation District, and Washington State University Extension will offer a free Firewise Communities Workshop in Spokane on May 17 and 18. 

  • Feds plan $1 million on forest restoration in northern Idaho

    Feds plan $1 million on forest restoration in northern Idaho

    Monday, November 23 2015 7:10 PM EST2015-11-24 00:10:40 GMT
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is spending just over $1 million in northern Idaho to shore up areas scorched by massive wildfires last summer.    The agency on Monday announced the plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests aimed at stabilizing roads and trails, preventing erosion, keeping out invasive species and removing hazard trees.

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is spending just over $1 million in northern Idaho to shore up areas scorched by massive wildfires last summer.    The agency on Monday announced the plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests aimed at stabilizing roads and trails, preventing erosion, keeping out invasive species and removing hazard trees.

  • Report examines events in fatal Washington state wildfire

    Report examines events in fatal Washington state wildfire

    Saturday, November 21 2015 5:54 PM EST2015-11-21 22:54:07 GMT
    SEATTLE (AP) - An initial report looking into the deaths of three firefighters told to abandon home protection and retreat to safety from a rapidly expanding wildfire in Washington state says their fire engine crashed on a winding dirt road on the way out and was engulfed in flames.

    SEATTLE (AP) - An initial report looking into the deaths of three firefighters told to abandon home protection and retreat to safety from a rapidly expanding wildfire in Washington state says their fire engine crashed on a winding dirt road on the way out and was engulfed in flames.

  • FEMA rejects Wash. appeal for wildfire victim aid

    FEMA rejects Wash. appeal for wildfire victim aid

    Friday, October 23 2015 7:16 PM EDT2015-10-23 23:16:50 GMT
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says he's disappointed by the federal government's denial of Washington's request for aid to individuals affected by this summer's wildfires. This is the second time over two years that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state this type of assistance following massive fires.
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says he's disappointed by the federal government's denial of Washington's request for aid to individuals affected by this summer's wildfires. This is the second time over two years that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state this type of assistance following massive fires.
  • Crews contain 60-acre brush fire in Cheney

    Crews contain 60-acre brush fire in Cheney

    Saturday, October 10 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-10-10 23:13:59 GMT
    CHENEY, Wash. - High winds caused a brush fire burning in the area of Lance Hill Road in Cheney to quickly grow to 60 acres Saturday afternoon. Firefighters with Spokane Fire District 3 and other agencies fought the fire, which broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.Crews battled the blaze from the air and ground for most of the afternoon, but firefighters say the fire is contained.
    CHENEY, Wash. - High winds caused a brush fire burning in the area of Lance Hill Road in Cheney to quickly grow to 60 acres Saturday afternoon. Firefighters with Spokane Fire District 3 and other agencies fought the fire, which broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.Crews battled the blaze from the air and ground for most of the afternoon, but firefighters say the fire is contained.
  • Crews fight brush fire south of Long Lake in Lincoln County

    Crews fight brush fire south of Long Lake in Lincoln County

    Saturday, October 3 2015 9:25 PM EDT2015-10-04 01:25:14 GMT
    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters are working to put out a brush fire in Lincoln County Saturday afternoon with multiple agencies on scene including air support from a Fire Boss plane and a helicopter.Crews say the 25-acre brush fire off of Devil's Gap Road south of Long Lake was initially wind driven.
    LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters are working to put out a brush fire in Lincoln County Saturday afternoon with multiple agencies on scene including air support from a Fire Boss plane and a helicopter.Crews say the 25-acre brush fire off of Devil's Gap Road south of Long Lake was initially wind driven.
  • Idaho County: Volunteer firefighters need more training

    Idaho County: Volunteer firefighters need more training

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 3:46 PM EDT2015-09-23 19:46:49 GMT
    Lawmakers from Idaho and Oregon say they are renewing efforts to change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, arguing that agencies should be using natural disaster dollars rather than money set aside for fire prevention.Lawmakers from Idaho and Oregon say they are renewing efforts to change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, arguing that agencies should be using natural disaster dollars rather than money set aside for fire prevention.
    Idaho County officials say there are plenty of volunteers when fire breaks out, but they want to make sure responders have the right equipment and training for the job.The Lewiston Tribune reports that relying on volunteer firefighters could put the county at legal risk if they don't have proper training.
    Idaho County officials say there are plenty of volunteers when fire breaks out, but they want to make sure responders have the right equipment and training for the job.The Lewiston Tribune reports that relying on volunteer firefighters could put the county at legal risk if they don't have proper training.
  • Carpenter Road Fire now 100 percent contained

    Carpenter Road Fire now 100 percent contained

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:06 PM EDT2015-09-19 20:06:17 GMT
    UPDATE: September 19, 2015 1:00 p.m.: As of Saturday afternoon the Carpenter Road Fire has been declared 100 percent contained at 63,972 acres. Officials report thousands of hours of hard work have been invested to bring the Carpenter Road Fire to the point that it can be turned back to the local agencies for management through the end of the fire season.
    UPDATE: September 19, 2015 1:00 p.m.: As of Saturday afternoon the Carpenter Road Fire has been declared 100 percent contained at 63,972 acres. Officials report thousands of hours of hard work have been invested to bring the Carpenter Road Fire to the point that it can be turned back to the local agencies for management through the end of the fire season.
  • Kaniksu Complex (Tower Fire) at 26,119 acres; 80% contained

    Kaniksu Complex (Tower Fire) at 26,119 acres; 80% contained

    Saturday, September 19 2015 3:23 PM EDT2015-09-19 19:23:30 GMT
    UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. September 19: Fire crews assessed containment strategies on the Kaniksu Complex Fire Saturday, which resulted in some changing numbers on the fire.
    UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. September 19: Fire crews assessed containment strategies on the Kaniksu Complex Fire Saturday, which resulted in some changing numbers on the fire. At last report the Kaniksu Complex fire was 26,119 acres and 80 percent contained, but fire officials stress the change in containment percentage was not due to significant fire activity.
  • North Star Fire at 217,619 acres; 85% contained

    North Star Fire at 217,619 acres; 85% contained

    Saturday, September 19 2015 2:03 PM EDT2015-09-19 18:03:23 GMT
    UPDATE: September 19, 2015 11:00 a.m.: As of Saturday morning, the North Star Fire is 217,619 acres and 85 percent contained. The Tunk Block Fire is now 165,918 acres and 97 percent contained. Crews on both fires have started suppression repair operations.
    UPDATE: September 19, 2015 11:00 a.m.: As of Saturday morning, the North Star Fire is 217,619 acres and 85 percent contained. The Tunk Block Fire is now 165,918 acres and 97 percent contained. Crews on both fires have started suppression repair operations.
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  • Soldiers trade fatigues for fire gear

    Soldiers trade fatigues for fire gear

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 11:15 AM EST2016-11-22 16:15:56 GMT
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - On Monday dozens of firefighters worked clearing brush from homes in the Priest Lake area. But most of these firefighters have never done anything like this before."This is something new, something I've never had a chance to do before," says Sgt. David Graves. That's because they're not firefighters, they're soldiers.
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - On Monday dozens of firefighters worked clearing brush from homes in the Priest Lake area. But most of these firefighters have never done anything like this before."This is something new, something I've never had a chance to do before," says Sgt. David Graves. That's because they're not firefighters, they're soldiers.
  • Idaho fire restriction

    Idaho fire restriction

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 11:15 AM EST2016-11-22 16:15:55 GMT
    A stage one fire restriction has been put into place on all Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Forest Service members say this year has, so far, been the driest its been in North Idaho in 20 years. The restriction limits recreational burning to only designation National Forest campgrounds and also limits the smoking of cigarettes to enclosed buildings. The restrictions have done little to lift the fears of Beauty Creek campground host Roberty Dury.Its scary is what it is, says Dury.
    A stage one fire restriction has been put into place on all Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Forest Service members say this year has, so far, been the driest its been in North Idaho in 20 years. The restriction limits recreational burning to only designation National Forest campgrounds and also limits the smoking of cigarettes to enclosed buildings. The restrictions have done little to lift the fears of Beauty Creek campground host Roberty Dury.Its scary is what it is, says Dury.
  • Kaniksu Complex (Tower Fire) at 26,119 acres; 80% contained

    Kaniksu Complex (Tower Fire) at 26,119 acres; 80% contained

    Saturday, September 19 2015 3:23 PM EDT2015-09-19 19:23:30 GMT
    UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. September 19: Fire crews assessed containment strategies on the Kaniksu Complex Fire Saturday, which resulted in some changing numbers on the fire.
    UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. September 19: Fire crews assessed containment strategies on the Kaniksu Complex Fire Saturday, which resulted in some changing numbers on the fire. At last report the Kaniksu Complex fire was 26,119 acres and 80 percent contained, but fire officials stress the change in containment percentage was not due to significant fire activity.
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  • Update: Donations collected in Spokane Valley for fire victims

    Update: Donations collected in Spokane Valley for fire victims

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 11:21 AM EST2016-11-22 16:21:04 GMT
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Wildfires around the Inland Northwest have hit communities in every corner of the region, and now some local veterans are pitching in to help the victims. Veteran's Community Response is a local team of firefighters and veterans that works to better the community. The founder, Darrin Coldiron, says community service is a huge part of their effort.
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Wildfires around the Inland Northwest have hit communities in every corner of the region, and now some local veterans are pitching in to help the victims. Veteran's Community Response is a local team of firefighters and veterans that works to better the community. The founder, Darrin Coldiron, says community service is a huge part of their effort.
  • Community impacted by Yale Road Fire rally for one another

    Community impacted by Yale Road Fire rally for one another

    Friday, September 2 2016 1:15 AM EDT2016-09-02 05:15:11 GMT

    ROCKFORD, Wash. – Hundreds gathered on the Freeman High School football field Thursday night to share food, stories, and stand together. 

    ROCKFORD, Wash. – Hundreds gathered on the Freeman High School football field Thursday night to share food, stories, and stand together. 

  • YALE ROAD FIRE UPDATE: 99% contained

    YALE ROAD FIRE UPDATE: 99% contained

    Monday, August 29 2016 3:05 PM EDT2016-08-29 19:05:22 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Sunday, firefighters continued to focus efforts on mop-up activities, suppression repair and pulling equipment off the fire lines. The Wellesley Fire is 100% contained and is expected to stay within its perimeters. The Yale Fire is 99% contained – a 4% percent increase from yesterday with minimal fire activity. 

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On Sunday, firefighters continued to focus efforts on mop-up activities, suppression repair and pulling equipment off the fire lines. The Wellesley Fire is 100% contained and is expected to stay within its perimeters. The Yale Fire is 99% contained – a 4% percent increase from yesterday with minimal fire activity. 

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