Washington wildfires http://www.kplu.org en Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters http://www.kplu.org/post/fire-evacuees-find-help-donation-centers-shelters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159821151&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 style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:57:53 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17837 at http://www.kplu.org Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs http://www.kplu.org/post/most-destructive-wildfire-wash-leaves-thousands-without-ac-gas-atms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159673392&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>The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. The so-called Carlton Complex fire has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.</p><p>Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The Okanogan County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:16:23 +0000 Courtney Flatt 17825 at http://www.kplu.org Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire http://www.kplu.org/post/pateros-residents-try-make-sense-destruction-left-wildfire <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_CarltonSpotFIXED_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations Friday night. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:57:39 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17816 at http://www.kplu.org Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes http://www.kplu.org/post/okanogan-county-residents-look-remnants-lives-burned-homes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_Rubble_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:57:07 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17815 at http://www.kplu.org Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But ‘Not Like This’ http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-evacuees-have-dealt-fires-not <p>Gov. Jay&nbsp;Inslee&nbsp;says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in&nbsp;Okanogan&nbsp;County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes.</p><p><img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/martha/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" />Inslee&nbsp;says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:08:51 +0000 Jessica Robinson & Tom Banse 17809 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But ‘Not Like This’ Fire Evacuees In Pateros, Wash. Await Information On Their Town's Fate http://www.kplu.org/post/fire-evacuees-pateros-wash-await-information-their-towns-fate <p>About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington Friday morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:32:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17797 at http://www.kplu.org Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Central Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/wildfire-threatens-hundreds-homes-central-washington <p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);">Residents of 860 homes have been told they should evacuate as a wildfire burns out of control in central Washington state.</p><p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);">The&nbsp;Chiwaukum Creek fire in Chelan County, believed to have been started by lightning and first detected on Tuesday, remains zero percent contained. It has now burned approximately&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ChelanCountyEM/status/489790351394091009" style="color: rgb(24, 95, 159);" target="_blank">4,500 acres</a>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:58:16 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 17780 at http://www.kplu.org Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Central Washington 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 Landslides Complicate Firefighting Near Wenatchee http://www.kplu.org/post/landslides-complicate-firefighting-near-wenatchee <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">Torrents of mud and debris have closed three roads near Wenatchee in central Washington. The landslides were caused by thunderstorms on Sunday, along with wildfire damage.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">The mudflows have hampered firefighting efforts on the Mile Post 10 fire, which has grown to 6,000 acres since Friday. Some residents and fire trucks were stranded.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:18:11 +0000 Anna King 9608 at http://www.kplu.org Landslides Complicate Firefighting Near Wenatchee 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 Lightning Strikes Spark New Wash. Wildfires http://www.kplu.org/post/lightning-strikes-spark-new-wash-wildfires <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Fire crews are scrambling to respond to reports of new wildfires sparked by lightning after thunderstorms swept through central Washington.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Jim Duck is the operations coordinator for the region's Interagency Dispatch Center. He says there are reports of new wildfires in Okanogan, Douglas and Kittitas counties.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 02:07:27 +0000 The Associated Press 9499 at http://www.kplu.org Roads remain closed as crews gain handle on C-Line fire http://www.kplu.org/post/roads-remain-closed-crews-gain-handle-c-line-fire <p>Fire crews were gaining a handle on the wildfire burning in the Capitol State Forest Tuesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At noon, the C-Line fire was at 70 percent containment at 80 acres, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Several roads and trails shut down by the blaze were to remain closed at least until the end of the day (</span><a href="http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/wildfire-in-capitol-state-forest-causes-some-recreation-closures/" style="line-height: 1.5;">see full list of closures</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:05:52 +0000 Martha Kang 8690 at http://www.kplu.org Roads remain closed as crews gain handle on C-Line fire Wildfire Awareness Week begins with 2 blazes burning in W. Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/wildfire-awareness-week-begins-2-blazes-burning-w-wash <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wildfire Awareness Week began Monday with </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/mercury-rises-86-breaks-record-days-high-seattle-area" style="line-height: 1.5;">record-breaking heat</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and crews working to contain two blazes that broke out over the weekend in Western Washington.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 23:39:00 +0000 Martha Kang & Anna King 8681 at http://www.kplu.org Wildfire Awareness Week begins with 2 blazes burning in W. Wash.