Washington wildfires http://www.kplu.org en 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. 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 Wildfire danger moves to western Washington, Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/wildfire-danger-moves-western-washington-oregon <p></p><p>Dry east winds are bringing a higher risk of wildfires to most of western Washington and western Oregon.</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:32:41 +0000 The Associated Press 6596 at http://www.kplu.org 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 Northwest fire season overlapping with hunting season http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-fire-season-overlapping-hunting-season Evacuation notices around the Northwest have subsided as fire crews beat back the threat of wildfire to homes and subdivisions.<p>Officials have removed an alert near Sisters, Oregon, where the Pole Creek Fire is 80 percent contained. In Idaho, the Idaho County Sheriff lifted an evacuation order near the McGuire Complex in the Nez Perce National Forest. And crews at the Wenatchee Complex in Washington have been reduced by half since last weekend.<p>But a dry spell in the region has pushed fire season … into hunting season. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:26:32 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6524 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest fire season overlapping with hunting season Firefighters gain upper hand on Northwest fires http://www.kplu.org/post/firefighters-gain-upper-hand-northwest-fires Firefighters are making progress on several massive blazes around the Northwest. In Oregon, the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters is around 70 percent contained. Crews in central Washington are getting the upper hand on the 53,000-acre Wenatchee Complex, where another blaze flared up yesterday. And in Idaho fire bosses report minimal activity at the Mustang Complex along the Idaho-Montana border.<p>Wenatchee graphic designer Dennis Weddle made t-shirts commemorating the 2012 fires for some local firefighters. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:25:04 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6472 at http://www.kplu.org Firefighters gain upper hand on Northwest fires Surrounded by wildfires, Northwest schools try to keep smoke out http://www.kplu.org/post/surrounded-wildfires-northwest-schools-try-keep-smoke-out Wildfire smoke is becoming the “new normal” for some parts of the Northwest. In central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside. Bad air has forced at least one school district to take some unusual measures to keep class in session.<p>The town of Cashmere is at the geographic center of Washington –- and about 8 miles from one of the state’s largest wildfires. Cashmere schools closed last week due to hazardous air, both inside and outside classrooms.<p>Now, school is back in session. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:26:36 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6465 at http://www.kplu.org Surrounded by wildfires, Northwest schools try to keep smoke out Smoke creating vicious cycle in Northwest skies http://www.kplu.org/post/smoke-creating-vicious-cycle-northwest-skies The fight against numerous large fires in central Washington is turning the corner. Since the weekend, fire bosses have been able to release nearly 400 firefighters from the blazes near Wenatchee.<p>But forecasters say it may be a while before the Inland Northwest sees clear, blue skies again.<p>U.S. Forest Service researcher Miriam Rorig says smoke projections show poor conditions east of the Cascades hanging on through the week and spreading into north Idaho.<p>“With all the smoke in the air it sets up almost a negative feedback loop. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:33:07 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6445 at http://www.kplu.org Smoke creating vicious cycle in Northwest skies