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.
A study from a Southern Oregon University scientist says wildfire should be treated like other natural disasters, with a focus on preparation, not prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Idaho wildlife officials say it cost $30,000 to kill 23 wolves last month in northern Idaho.
New wildfire data published for the first time this year by the U.S. Forest Service is available in an interactive map from EarthFix.
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.
A new study out of Washington State University has found that small changes in rural land development could curb 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.
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.
We've spent 250 million and counting fighting wildfires in Oregon and Washington this year. And the bill is going up.
Researchers have taken to the sky in an attempt to figure out how wildfire smoke could effect climate change.
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.
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.
Scientists are conducting research in a small plane to collect soot from wildfires in hopes of understanding if smoke particles impact climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoke from wildfires is turning air unhealthy in some areas of the Northwest. It's especially severe in southwestern Oregon, where wildfires are raging.
BOISE, Idaho -- An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires.
An Idaho wildlife sanctuary official says a black bear cub burned in a wildfire is recovering and may be released in June.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Northwest's forests become tinderboxes when allowed to grow too dense with trees, the new U.S. Forest Service report concludes.