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Articles tagged wildfire

Nov. 20, 2014, 1 a.m.

Protecting Northwest Forests As Bigger Wildfires Burn Longer

This summer, the Carlton Complex wildfire swept through central Washington’s Methow Valley, consuming more acres than any other fire in the state’s history. Now, ecologists are trying to prevent these large-scale fires.

Nov. 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Study: Communities Must Learn To Coexist With Wildfire

A study from a Southern Oregon University scientist says wildfire should be treated like other natural disasters, with a focus on preparation, not prevention.

Nov. 9, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

Timber Salvage After 2014 Wildfires Begins In Fits And Starts

Wildfires scorched nearly 1.5 million acres in Oregon, Washington and Idaho this year. And with increased demand for timber from lumber mills, there is a growing market for scorched trees.

Sept. 10, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Scientists Say Large Wildfires Are Likely Here To Stay

As the fire season in the Northwest winds down for this year, scientists warn that with climate change, megafires will be the new normal in the Northwest.

Aug. 14, 2014, 3:29 p.m.

Washington Wildfires Displace Deer

Wildfires have ravaged more than a million acres across the Northwest. In central Washington, the burned landscape will leave one of the state's largest deer herds without a place to go this winter.

Aug. 7, 2014, 9:09 a.m.

Wildfire No Problem For Oregon Wolf Pack

The Oregon Gulch wildfire is burning within several miles of where a pack of wolves lives in southern Oregon, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says they are not threatened.

Aug. 1, 2014, 11:18 a.m.

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter and more costly. A new report says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse -- and short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more.

July 30, 2014, 12:52 p.m.

Oregon Will Tap Catastrophic Insurance Policy To Cover Firefighting Costs

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry says it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

July 23, 2014, 7:24 a.m.

Obama Attributes Wildfires To Climate Change

President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in Washington, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.

July 15, 2014, 1:39 p.m.

Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns More than 2,000 Acres In South-Central Oregon

The Moccasin Hill wildfire has burned about 2,500 acres and destroyed up to 20 homes, forcing residents to seek shelter while waiting for federal aid to arrive.

June 9, 2014, 8:49 a.m.

Oregon Firefighters Brace For Warm Temperatures, Gusty Winds As Fire Persists

Firefighters in Central Oregon braced for warm temperatures and gusty winds Monday as they continued to battle the Two Bulls fire burning west of Bend.

March 17, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

Congress Studies New Way To Fund Massive Wildfires

Lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday to discuss the budget reform. Among the changes: a different way to secure funds for fighting massive wildfires.

March 5, 2014, 9:33 a.m.

Idaho Fish And Game Pays $30,000 To Kill 23 Wolves

Idaho wildlife officials say it cost $30,000 to kill 23 wolves last month in northern Idaho.

Dec. 20, 2013, 1 a.m.

Map: New Wildfire Data Goes Interactive

New wildfire data published for the first time this year by the U.S. Forest Service is available in an interactive map from EarthFix.

Dec. 4, 2013, 1:06 p.m.

Study: Development Along Oregon, Washington Public Forests Has More Than Doubled

Development on the edge of public forests has more than doubled since the mid 1970s in Oregon and Washington, which has a host of ecological consequences, including higher risk of wildfires and invasive species spread.

Oct. 8, 2013, 4 p.m.

How Restrictions On Rural Land Development Could Curb Wildfires

A new study out of Washington State University has found that small changes in rural land development could curb wildfires.

Oct. 1, 2013, 11 p.m.

Season Of Smoke: Changing Climate Leads To Bigger, Smokier Wildfires

By 2050, wildfire season across the western United States are expected to run a month longer and be up to twice as smoky as a result of climate change.

Oct. 1, 2013, 11:22 a.m.

Wildfires, Soil Erosion, And A 'Chocolate Brown' Creek

A creek in Central Washington ran "chocolate brown" after a recent downpour. Soil erosion was the next problem officials worried about after a wildfire was contained in the area last year.

Sept. 11, 2013, 6 p.m.

This Is Your Bill ... For Fighting Wildfires

We've spent 250 million and counting fighting wildfires in Oregon and Washington this year. And the bill is going up.

Sept. 11, 2013, 1 a.m.

A Smoky Flight To Solve Climate Change Questions

Researchers have taken to the sky in an attempt to figure out how wildfire smoke could effect climate change.

Sept. 9, 2013, 10 a.m.

The Danger Of Wildfire Continues After The Fire Is Gone

Climate experts say the Northwest is morphing into a new climate. Drier summers, less annual snowpack and hotter temperatures could mean more wildfires in the coming years. Some scientists believe states like Idaho will look very different in the next 100-years.

Aug. 27, 2013, 2:39 p.m.

Reverse Effect: Wildfire Smoke Can Cool Rivers

Wildfires typically call to mind flames, smoke, fire lines cut by firefighters in leather boots. But it turns out that wildfires may also help cool water.

Aug. 16, 2013, 8:05 a.m.

Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot

Scientists are conducting research in a small plane to collect soot from wildfires in hopes of understanding if smoke particles impact climate change.

Aug. 12, 2013, 3 p.m.

Rafters May See Firefighting On Reopened Rogue River

One of the iconic whitewater runs in the Northwest is back in business. The lower wild section of the Rogue River re-opened to rafts and kayaks Monday morning, after thunderstorms dampened the Big Windy Fire.

Aug. 8, 2013, 4 p.m.

Wildfire Smoke in Southern Oregon Leads to Emergency Room Visits

More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned in Southern Oregon. In some cities the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week straight.

Aug. 5, 2013, 5:48 p.m.

Wildfire Smoke in Southern Oregon Triggers Health Problems

The Red Cross has handed out about 20,000 respirator masks so far in Southern Oregon communities plagued by smoke from wildfires burning near the Rogue River.

Aug. 1, 2013, 10:47 p.m.

Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

On any given day, there's a wildfire burning somewhere in the U.S. — and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many western forests have evolved with fire. But scientists are discovering that some trees in the West are now losing their ability to survive with fire.

July 30, 2013, 4:44 p.m.

Wildfires On Private Forests Press Loggers Into Firefighting Duty

Private timber companies are experiencing losses from the wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Southern Oregon, the Douglas Complex fire is still barely contained. And burning a jumbled mix of private and public timber land.

July 30, 2013, 12:56 p.m.

Smoke Raises Air Quality Concerns

Smoke from wildfires is turning air unhealthy in some areas of the Northwest. It's especially severe in southwestern Oregon, where wildfires are raging.

Feb. 19, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

Idaho Closer to Citizen Rangeland Firefighters

BOISE, Idaho -- An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires.

Dec. 28, 2012, 7:18 a.m.

Burned Bear Cub Recovering

An Idaho wildlife sanctuary official says a black bear cub burned in a wildfire is recovering and may be released in June.

Dec. 17, 2012, 2:43 p.m.

Taylor Bridge Fire Likely Caused By DOT Contractors

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

Oct. 31, 2012, 11:58 a.m.

Oregon Rancher And Son Sentenced In Rangeland Fires

An Eastern Oregon rancher and his adult son, who were found guilty of setting fires on federal rangeland, have been given sentences far below the mandatory minimum.

Oct. 12, 2012, 10:11 a.m.

Podcast: Concerns About Possible End To Wind Subsidies, Coal Export Update, Spawning Salmon Post-Wildfire And More

This week EarthFix brings you stories about coal export plans in the Northwest, wildfires and spawning salmon, energy-efficient football fans and threats to wind subsidies.

Sept. 17, 2012, 4:41 p.m.

Wildfire Smoke Continues To Plague Inland NW

The persistent smoke from wildfires has gotten so bad in the Wenatchee and Ellensburg areas that county health departments are telling _everyone_ to stay indoors if possible. Firefighters continue to defend rural homes and subdivisions on the east slopes of the Cascades.

Sept. 17, 2012, 8:32 a.m.

Will Fires Send Wildlife Into Neighborhoods?

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Wildlife officials say Wenatchee residents may have some unexpected visitors this fall and winter as deer displaced by the wildfires come into their yards looking for food.

Aug. 31, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

Scientists Look For Ways To Restore Northwest's Sick Forests

This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100 percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem.

Aug. 22, 2012, 5:36 p.m.

After a Wildfire, the Erosion Problem Begins

Fire bosses say a blaze in central Washington is 90 percent contained. That’s while large fires continue to burn in Idaho and California. Getting these wildfires under control marks the beginning of a new problem: soil erosion.

July 18, 2012, 8:39 a.m.

Ranchers Struggle In The Aftermath Of Fires

Two giant wildfires in Eastern Oregon have killed hundreds of cattle and jeopardized many ranchers’ livelihoods. The Long Draw and Miller Homestead fires have burned more than 1,000 square miles of sage brush and juniper.

July 15, 2012, 8:13 p.m.

Oregon Ranchers Size Up Their Wildfire Losses

After the massive fires that swept across hundreds of miles of grazing lands, ranchers face the grim chore of assessing their losses and aiding their injured livestock.

July 15, 2012, 5:38 p.m.

Wildfires Leave Wake Of Damage For Wildlife

The loss of livestock and other personal property are biggest concerns surrounding the huge fires that raged in southeastern Oregon. But the damage is also taking a toll on habitat for the already-dwindling population of sage grouse and other wildlife.

July 12, 2012, 10:35 p.m.

The Importance of Burls and 4 Other Surprises From The Biscuit Fire

On July 13, 2002, lightning storms sparked a series of wildfires in southwest Oregon. It was one of the largest recorded fires in the Northwest. From trees that can literally resurrect themselves to vanishing soil, here are five surprising lessons ecologists have learned from the Biscuit Fire and recovery.

July 2, 2012, 1 a.m.

First Forest Health Hazard Warning For Wash. Expected

June 15, 2012, 1 a.m.

A Global Look At Rising Fire Risks

A new study released this week finds strong evidence there could be a major increase in wildfires over the next century in places across the globe, including the western United States.

April 26, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Mild Fire Season Predicted For Much Of Northwest

Some hard-to-read global weather patterns are making this year’s fire season difficult to forecast. That’s according to experts at federal agencies that track wildfires. But as best they can tell, the Northwest is in for a milder season than other fire-prone parts of the country.

Dec. 20, 2011, 3:43 p.m.

Researchers Find More Carbon Storage Lost From Forest Thinning Than Wildfires

Sept. 20, 2011, 11:18 a.m.

'Big Burn' Author Says After-Effects of 1910 Fire Still Being Felt Today

Aug. 29, 2011, 1 p.m.

Crews Battle Fires On Warm Springs Reservation

Aug. 2, 2011, 5:19 a.m.

Study: 'Intensive' Thinning Necessary To Effectively Cut Wildfire Risk

The Northwest's forests become tinderboxes when allowed to grow too dense with trees, the new U.S. Forest Service report concludes.

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