wildfires http://www.kplu.org en On Tap: Cooler, Cloudier Weekend With Chance Of Showers http://www.kplu.org/post/tap-cooler-cloudier-weekend-chance-showers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159270852&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>If you love sunshine, Friday’s the day to get out and enjoy it.</p><p>The cooling trend we’ve been experiencing will continue this weekend and even bring some rain with it, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:02:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17802 at http://www.kplu.org On Tap: Cooler, Cloudier Weekend With Chance Of Showers Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill http://www.kplu.org/post/start-wildfire-expect-bill <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158128826&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.</p><p>Jeff Bonebrake is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. It's his job to investigate how a fire started. Once that’s pinned down, he figures out who pays and how much. He says the bulk of the charges are for firefighter salaries and equipment use.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 17673 at http://www.kplu.org Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire — In Tree Years, Anyway http://www.kplu.org/post/study-finds-forests-recover-quickly-after-fire-tree-years-anyway <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158127029&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. And a 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington continues to threaten houses in the area.</p><p>Fires can be devastating to people's lives. But according to new research, at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:17 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17668 at http://www.kplu.org Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire — In Tree Years, Anyway Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way http://www.kplu.org/post/report-says-lack-maps-leadership-puts-firefighters-harms-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156943542&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://ffsafetymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SMBriefingFINALnoCOV.pdf" target="_blank">scathing new report</a>&nbsp;by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group, called Safety Matters, is asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17519 at http://www.kplu.org Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way Study Finds ‘Firewise’ Homes Don’t Reduce Wildfire Costs http://www.kplu.org/post/study-finds-firewise-homes-don-t-reduce-wildfire-costs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148087759&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The federal government is already predicting this fire season will push firefighting resources almost $500 million over budget.</p><p>The cost of fighting wildfires has been steadily rising over the last two decades. And now, a new study finds a prevention tactic for fireproofing homes isn’t helping to bring those costs down.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:42:32 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16414 at http://www.kplu.org Study Finds ‘Firewise’ Homes Don’t Reduce Wildfire Costs Fire Near Leavenworth 10 Percent Contained http://www.kplu.org/post/fire-near-leavenworth-10-percent-contained <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">A wildfire burning near Leavenworth is about 10 percent contained, but firefighters are keeping a wary eye on temperatures expected to climb into the 90s.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Eagle fire covers 1,186 acres and is located about 5 miles northwest of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:41:56 +0000 The Associated Press 9723 at http://www.kplu.org Wildfire Burning Near Leavenworth Triples in Size http://www.kplu.org/post/wildfire-burning-near-leavenworth-triples-size <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">A ridge-top wildfire burning northeast of Leavenworth, Wash., tripled in size overnight and residents of 30 nearby homes have been told to evacuate. Residents of another 35 homes have been told to prepare to evacuate.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Fire spokeswoman Robin DeMario said on Wednesday morning the Eagle Fire has grown to more than 2 square miles, because of overnight fire activity and more accurate mapping.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:14:55 +0000 The Associated Press 9706 at http://www.kplu.org Wildfire Burning Near Leavenworth Triples in Size Fire Managers Increasingly Turning to Private Fire Crews http://www.kplu.org/post/fire-managers-increasingly-turning-private-fire-crews <p>With wildfires still raging across the Northwest, fire managers are turning to private firefighting crews in increasing numbers. One private industry group says contractors are responsible for a surprising 40 percent of firefighters on the ground in the region.</p><p>Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry said that figure sounds about right. But the shift didn't happen overnight; the Oregon Department of Forestry's Rod Nichols says the change started in the 80s.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 9665 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues in Wildfire Soot http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-look-climate-change-clues-wildfire-soot <p>You may know that on a hot, sunny day, it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.</p><p>The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:01:00 +0000 Anna King 9644 at http://www.kplu.org Showers Will Melt Away, but Lightning Could Spark More Fires http://www.kplu.org/post/showers-will-melt-away-lightning-could-spark-more-fires <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drizzly skies are expected to yield to warmer temperatures and some sun this weekend, because of an upper level trough over us and that’s causing upward motion and clouds, says Cliff Mass, </span>KPLU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:38:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9504 at http://www.kplu.org Showers Will Melt Away, but Lightning Could Spark More Fires Investigators name cause of Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum http://www.kplu.org/post/investigators-name-cause-taylor-bridge-fire-near-cle-elum <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has concluded that an August wildfire that caused $11 million damage was caused by sparks from welding or cutting work on a bridge southeast of Cle Elum.</p><p>The department on Monday released the results of its investigation into the Taylor Bridge Fire that destroyed 61 homes and blackened 36 square miles.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:04:55 +0000 The Associated Press 7388 at http://www.kplu.org Investigators name cause of Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies http://www.kplu.org/post/drought-wildfires-force-ranchers-look-efficiencies The people who raise cattle destined to become steak or hamburger on your dinner plate are feeling the pinch. Wildfires this summer have scorched more than a million acres of Northwest rangeland. In addition, the Midwest drought is driving up feed costs across the board.<p>Now ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term... And longer term, have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.<p>The cost of feed is by far the biggest expense on the ledgers of most Western beef farmers. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:36:00 +0000 6542 at http://www.kplu.org Drought, wildfires force ranchers to look for efficiencies After NW fires: Bring on the bugs http://www.kplu.org/post/after-nw-fires-bring-bugs Wildfires have already scorched more than one million acres across the Northwest this year. It may take years before the signs of the burns are no longer visible. But charred Northwest forests are already a-buzz with new life.<p>Burned forests are not quiet places.<p>“It’s very lively in the forest immediately after a fire," says Connie Mehmel. "Very lively. And a lot of that liveliness is insects.”<p>Mehmel studies insects for the U.S. Forest Service. She’s based in Wenatchee. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:33:34 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6541 at http://www.kplu.org After NW fires: Bring on the bugs Campers evacuated as wildfires burn across Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/campers-evacuated-wildfires-burn-across-northwest Two hunters who were reported missing during a wildfire in eastern Oregon have been located and are safe. But Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says there's new concern about a pair of hikers who are thought to be in the vicinity of the Parish Cabin Fire.<p>Palmer says the hikers are from Portland and aren't thought to be in immediate danger. But he says they could end up stranded if the fire continues to spread.<p>"We've left message on their cell phones and we've left a note on their vehicle," Palmer says. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:34:34 +0000 Chris Lehman 6139 at http://www.kplu.org Campers evacuated as wildfires burn across Northwest Wildfire in southern Idaho is growing quickly http://www.kplu.org/post/wildfire-southern-idaho-growing-quickly Though firefighters have "gained ground on a number of wildfires across the West," they're having trouble in southern Idaho, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=156522457" target="_blank">The Associated Press reports</a>.<p>There, winds have "fanned a fast-moving blaze across nearly 300 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass," the wire service says. The fire began Saturday. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:57:31 +0000 Mark Memmott 5558 at http://www.kplu.org Wildfire in southern Idaho is growing quickly