New contracts allow Forest Service to shift on-call planes as necessary By Marcy Stamper There are fewer aircraft dedicated exclusively to fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service this year, since more of the planes that drop water and retardant on fires are now on a “call-when-needed” basis. The reorganization of air tankers came after […]
May is Community Wildfire Preparedness Month, and Methow Valley residents are invited to participate in a number of ways. The new “Fire-Adapted Winthrop” program will offer a demonstration on May 20, clearing heavy accumulations of dead fuel from a highly visible site in the town. Details will be forthcoming. At the demonstration, pick up information […]
The U.S. Forest Service will no longer have to raid other programs to pay for firefighting, with a $2.25 billion contingency fund specifically for firefighting included in the federal omnibus appropriations act passed on March 22.
The contingency fund will end a practice that’s been termed “fire-borrowing,” where the U.S. Forest Service has had to transfer money from programs including fuels treatment and forest health to combat wildfires.
Four new lawsuits were filed last year against two utilities and two state agencies for property damage sustained in the August 2015 Twisp River Fire.
One of the four lawsuits was filed by 11 property owners for uninsured land, timber and personal property destroyed in the fire. The other three lawsuits are so-called subrogation lawsuits, filed by insurance companies seeking to recover money they paid out to policyholders for destroyed property, including homes and vehicles.
A jumbo jet that is converted to fight wildfires had to sit out most of the massive fires that raged across the West this year.
But the Boeing 747-400, which can drop 19,000 gallons of water or retardant on fires, may be able to fly more next year in the United States, after a federal agency advised …
Backcountry trails, wildlife habitat will be impacted By Ann McCreary Reconnaissance flights over the area burned by the Diamond Creek Fire, which is still burning in some places, are revealing the extent of the fire’s effects on trails, camps, habitat and structures. More assessments of the burn severity within the almost 127,498 acres burned […]
Cinder, the bear that was rescued as a cub three years ago after being badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, is healthy and behaving like any other wild bear after her release two summers ago.
The story of Cinder’s rescue, her long and painful …
After primarily burning pockets within its existing perimeter for several weeks, the Diamond Creek Fire intensified in the past 10 days, almost tripling in size to 95,000 acres.
Fire officials were prompted to issue the lowest evacuation level …
Three hundred people have filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), saying that the agency failed to suppress four small fires that resulted in the “combined inferno [that] became …
Fire officials on both sides of the border were keeping watch on the Diamond Creek Fire as it advanced northward early this week toward Canada.
“There was substantial growth” on the north end of the wildfire, which had moved to within about 3 miles of …