TACOMA — Stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution has prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to maintain a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce and Snohomish counties.Air pollution in those counties was at levels “unhealthy for sensitive groups” on Saturday.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Northwest
CAMANO ISLAND — A man who died in a Nov. 18 house fire on Camano Island had committed suicide, officials said Friday.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Local News
Associated PressLAS VEGAS — Passengers who ran from a British Airways flight that caught fire in September before takeoff in Las Vegas are suing the plane’s manufacturer and the maker of the engines.
Date: 11/27/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Fire in a stock room closed the Everett Toys R Us store Friday morning.The fire was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the toy store off Everett Mall Way.
Date: 11/27/2015 | Local News
SNOHOMISH — Nine months later, the arsonists haven’t been caught.
Date: 11/27/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A man suffered burns Monday night in a fire.The fire was reported about 8 p.m. in a duplex near the intersection of Center Road and Fourth Avenue W., south of Everett.
Date: 11/24/2015 | Local News
CAMANO ISLAND — An investigation continues into the death of a man whose body was pulled from a house fire on Camano Island on Wednesday.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Local News
CAMANO ISLAND — A man’s body was found after a Wednesday fire at a home on Sundown Lane on Camano Island, officials said.
Date: 11/19/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Four boats sank and six others were damaged in an early morning fire at a Seattle marina.The fire department reported Monday that the blaze was caused by an unattended candle.
Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A man who crashed his pickup truck into a gas pump that burst into flames has died.Seattlepi.com reported that the man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center after he crashed near Boeing Field on Friday night.
Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Based on the magnitude of the fire and billowing black smoke, aviation authorities initially said a Dynamic International Airways Boeing 767 suffered a fuel leak while on a taxiway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday.
Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — The City Council is rethinking the size and shape of the Everett Fire Department.Everett paid a consulting firm $66,400 to study the issue, and a draft report went before the council in August. The 216-page report did not make any final recommendations.
Date: 10/26/2015 | Local News
BELLINGHAM — A witness says a woman was on fire when she jumped from the second story to escape flames in the bedroom of a Bellingham home.The woman was taken to a Seattle hospital Friday with severe burns on her hands and face.
Date: 10/24/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that he’s disappointed by the federal government’s denial of Washington’s request for aid to individuals affected by this summer’s wildfires, and that he will create a new group responsible for coordinating restoration and recovery efforts.
Date: 10/23/2015 | Northwest
BOTHELL — Firefighters on Monday declared victory in their lengthy battle with a stubborn fire in a pile of mulch.
Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — A mosque and a Seattle government office were damaged by fire after arsonists started a fire early Monday in recycling and garbage containers outside.
Date: 10/19/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — Spokane fire official say six people escaped without injuries after an early morning fire damaged the second floor of a home.
Date: 10/18/2015 | Northwest
AUSTIN, Texas — Firefighters in Central Texas are halfway to controlling a wildfire that's destroyed dozens of homes, and authorities said Saturday that enough progress has been made to allow some residents to return to their neighborhoods.The Hidden Pines Fire has...
Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World
BOTHELL — A stubborn fire in a pile of mulch caused the overnight closure of a stretch of roadway near Bothell.The closure affected traffic on 228th Street SW from 4th to 14th Avenue W. The City of Bothell announced the road was reopened around 10 a.m. Monday.
Date: 10/12/2015 | Local News
When neighbor’s home was on fire, Kaiden, 17, didn’t hesitate
Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News
TACOMA — A state accountability audit has found that the Washington Department of Natural Resources overpaid a private contractor to fight a 2014 north-central Washington wildfire.
Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest
AUBURN — Fire officials are investigating four separate fires that broke out Sunday night in the city of Auburn south of Seattle.Valley Regional Fire Authority says no one was injured in the blazes, which were reported within a two-hour period.
Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest
LAKEWOOD — West Pierce Fire and Rescue officials say a woman has died in an apartment fire near Tacoma.The News Tribune reported that the blaze began around noon in Lakewood. It was contained to what officials believe was the bedroom of an elderly woman found inside.
Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest
UNIVERSITY PLACE — Firefighters in Pierce County say one person was found dead in a burning duplex in University Place.The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office says 82-year-old Mary Ann Gough died of carbon monoxide poisoning and her manner of death was an accident.
Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest
EDMONDS — A house fire in unincorporated Edmonds on Wednesday was started by a man trying to cook hash oil, investigators confirmed Thursday.
Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News
MARYSVILLE — Talks of forming a regional fire authority in Marysville have cooled off.The city and the fire district met for months to talk about creating a fire authority, a new government body...
Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Some were pulled from the fire zone by relatives or neighbors, with or without their wheelchairs. At least a handful made the bumpy ride out in the back of a pickup through heavy smoke and fire-blackened debris — thanks to a former paramedic who breached...
Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World
SCOTLAND, S.D. — Seven ethanol tanker cars derailed and at least one caught fire Saturday morning in southeastern South Dakota, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad said. The company said no one was hurt.
Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Two more bodies were found in the burned ruins of homes in California, bringing the death toll to five from two of the most destructive wildfires in the state in recent memory.Both fires continued burning Thursday, but cooler weather and rain...
Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Officials searched the burned-out remains of homes in Northern California on Wednesday, looking for a former police reporter and several other people who authorities fear were killed in a fast-moving blaze in that part of the state.
Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — An explosive wildfire burned largely unchecked Monday after incinerating hundreds of homes and devastating rural communities north of California’s Napa Valley, leaving at least one person dead and sending tens of thousands fleeing down flame-lined streets.
Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Shaughn Maxwell knew he had to head home.A massive wildfire — which would become bigger and fiercer than any he had ever seen in 27 years as a firefighter — threatened the Methow Valley in rural Eastern Washington.It scorched much of...
Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News
ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — Hundreds of people rushed to escape a massive wildfire charging across the tinder-dry Sierra Nevada foothills Saturday, with some saying they had to make wrenching decisions about what to save — pets, loved ones' ashes — and what to leave to...
Date: 09/12/2015 | Nation & World
LYNNWOOD — An apartment blaze that started in an oven here Saturday left two people with minor injuries and displaced many more from their homes, city officials said.
Date: 09/12/2015 | Local News
LAS VEGAS — Jet engine parts found on the Las Vegas runway where a British Airways flight aborted takeoff as the engine burst into flames indicate a rare catastrophic failure, experts said Thursday as investigators released preliminary findings and began analyzing flight data and...
Date: 09/09/2015 | Nation & World
A massive, slow-burning wildfire that has chewed through Sierra Nevada forests for more than a month continues to disrupt end-of-summer travel plans by forcing the closure of campgrounds and prompting health warnings during the Labor Day weekend.The so-called Rough fire...
Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World
LYNNWOOD — A fire caused more than $85,000 damage and displaced a couple from their townhouse north of Lynnwood on Tuesday evening.
Date: 09/02/2015 | Sirens
MEDFORD, Ore. — Forestry officials say a potential multi-million dollar claim against a Douglas County resident believed to have accidentally started the Stouts Creek fire is still under consideration. While no one expects to collect anything close to the cost of the fire — currently estimated at...
Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest
EDMONDS — Firefighters extinguished a house fire Sunday afternoon that appears to have been caused by a portable generator being used after Saturday’s windstorm knocked out power at the home.
Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News
BELLINGHAM — A fire in a chemistry lab at Western Washington University was apparently caused by an accidental chemical spill.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — The largest measured wildfire in Washington history had grown by more than 22 square miles Friday, and firefighters were worried about high winds predicted for the weekend.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest
LAKE CHELAN — A wildfire has destroyed one winery and caused many of the region’s winemakers and grape growers to evacuate.Ventimiglia Cellars was destroyed Friday evening after owner Ron Ventimiglia was forced to flee.
Date: 08/27/2015 | Northwest Wines
Seven minutes after a deputy radioed that the wind from a growing wildfire had shifted direction, dispatchers got a second call: A burn victim needed an ambulance. Five minutes later, another caller said several firefighters were trapped.
Date: 08/27/2015 | Northwest
As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask: Who is paying to put them out? The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the taxpayers of Maryland, Tennessee and New Jersey — as well as those in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana, the...
Date: 08/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The fires now raging throughout the state may burn for months yet. And the costs have been much too high in the loss of three firefighters, injuries to four others and the destruction of more than 200 homes and other buildings in Okanogan, Douglas and Chelan counties in north central...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Editorials
BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University says no one was injured in a Tuesday afternoon chemical fire in the school’s chemistry building.University spokesman Paul Cocke says the fire happened at about 5 p.m. and was quickly extinguished.
Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — As Washington state’s wildfires burned into the record books Monday, calls for help were answered from far and near.
Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND — The Northwest fire location map displays active fire incidents within Oregon and Washington. It is compiled by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest
Snohomish County fire crews on the front lines
Date: 08/23/2015 | Local News
TWISP — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to school to earn his master’s degree.
Out-of-control wildfires in north-central Washington have destroyed buildings, but the situation is so chaotic that authorities have “no idea” how many homes may have been lost.Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that “we have lost them, but I don’t know how many.”
A hastily scrawled sign on a fence outside a Twisp home implores: "Firefighters, this is just a house — please stay safe."It's a message made more heartbreaking by Wednesday...
Date: 08/21/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — A team of Snohomish County firefighters was redeployed from Chelan to Twisp on Wednesday afternoon.
Date: 08/20/2015 | Local News
3 firefighters die battling wind-whipped blaze near Twisp
Date: 08/19/2015 | Northwest
DETROIT — A suburban Detroit official is trying to extinguish the use of personal flamethrowers, which are being sold online by two Midwest companies, in his city.The companies, located in the Detroit area and Cleveland, claim their devices can be used for recreation...
Date: 08/19/2015 | Off the Wire
CHATTAROY — The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says a woman and a 4-year-old child have died in a fire that started in an RV trailer early Tuesday.KREM-TV in Spokane reported that a dog also died in the blaze.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest
LAKE STEVENS — An Aug. 8 fire in a Lake Stevens mobile home remains under investigation.
Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Each oil tanker car that passes through Snohomish County carries about 33,000 gallons. Multiply that by 100 to 110 cars per train.Often, it's Bakken crude oil, which is easier to refine but far more volatile. The Pacific Northwest now is averaging 2.5 loaded...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Local News
SILVANA — A woman and her granddaughter escaped Friday after their mobile home caught fire in the Silvana area.Lightning strikes started the fire, Silvana Fire Chief Keith Strotz said. The home’s metal skirting and the yard both were hit.
Date: 08/15/2015 | Sirens
LYNNWOOD — No one was hurt Wednesday in a house fire north of Lynnwood.The fire was reported about 11 a.m. in the 13600 block of 26th Place W, near where Lincoln Way crosses Highway 99.
Date: 08/12/2015 | Sirens
Summer is usually a busy month for Washington State Department of Transportation crews. But with roughly double the number of roadside brush fires this season compared to last year — more...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Street Smarts
MARYSVILLE — At least two recent brush fires in Snohomish County remain under investigation. One, on the Index Town Wall, started July 28 and continued to burn Tuesday beyond the reach of ground crews.
Date: 08/11/2015 | Sirens
MALTBY — George Lee's big red barn turns 100 this year.His grandfather built the barn in 1915, on the family's homestead on Maltby Road, where Lee still lives.There was quite the commotion on the property this weekend. A distant relation had her wedding at...
Date: 08/11/2015 | Local News
LAKE STEVENS — A woman was rescued when a fire destroyed a Lake Stevens mobile home early Saturday morning.
Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News
ARLINGTON — A fire heavily damaged a house on Friday afternoon near Smokey Point.The blaze sent up a plume of black smoke, visible from I-5.
Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News
Mukilteo families salvage what they can from burnt homes
Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News
LYNNWOOD — A fire destroyed an abandoned building at a former wrecking yard near Mukilteo Speedway early Tuesday morning.Fire dispatchers received multiple 911 calls just before 3 a.m. reporting flames coming from the building in the 13400 block of Lake Road in...
Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News
KENT — Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out at a high school art building.
Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest
LOWER LAKE, Calif. — Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground.
Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World
GRANITE FALLS — Two different fires kept crews busy Friday in the Granite Falls area. No one was hurt, though.The first fire was reported at 10:52 a.m. at a single-story house along 130th Street NE, between Granite Falls and Arlington, Fire Chief Jim Haverfield said.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Sirens
INDEX — Crews on Wednesday continued to monitor a stubborn fire on the Index Town Wall.
Date: 07/29/2015 | Sirens
WOODLAND — Authorities in Cowlitz County have arrested three men for starting a wildfire by shooting propane bottles in the woods.
WENATCHEE — A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington state will be closed starting Saturday because of a small wildfire in the Agnes Creek area.The Blankenship Fire has burned about 70 acres in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest since it started on July 14.
HELENA, Mont — A cold front is heading toward the Northern Rocky Mountains this weekend, giving firefighters hope for a break from the hot, dry and windy conditions that have hampered their efforts to contain a wildfire burning through Montana’s Glacier National Park.
EVERETT — Firefighters are growing increasingly fearful that brush and grass fires will threaten homes across Snohomish County in this summer of hot dry days and windy afternoons.The fear is growing in suburban areas with each...
Date: 07/25/2015 | Local News
BRYANT — Fire caused extensive damage to a home north of Arlington and east of Stanwood Thursday.Crews from North County Fire arrived shortly before 11 a.m. to find heavy smoke at the home in the 27000 block of 59th Avenue NE.
Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Washington state transportation officials say people throwing cigarette butts out their car windows are starting brush fires nearly every day.
WALLA WALLA — Crews fighting a wildfire in southeast Washington that has destroyed one home and threatens dozens others are working to prevent flames from reaching a watershed that provides drinking water for the city of Walla Walla.
SEATTLE — A fire ripped through a north Seattle neighborhood early Thursday, damaging three homes and a nearby garage.Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says heat from the fire was so intense that it blew out several windows of a private school across the street.
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Officials in the southwest Washington city of Vancouver are encouraging residents to water their lawns to help suppress fires.
Date: 07/22/2015 | Northwest
PUYALLUP — Pierce County fire investigators say a tossed cigarette sparked a brush fire last Friday that spread to a Puyallup storage facility.KOMO-TV reported that the quickly spreading fire lofted a huge cloud of smoke and prompted the temporary evacuation of some neighboring businesses.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — Tacoma fire officials say about 30 guests at a hotel in Tacoma were forced to flee Tuesday morning when a fire broke out in a stairwell.The News Tribune reported that firefighters were called to the Red Lion Hotel at about 7:30 a.m.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
MARYSVILLE — Firefighters in Marysville had a busy Saturday afternoon.They scrambled at about 2:30 p.m. to take on a house fire north of the city.Flames had crept up the side and into the attic of a house in the 6300 block of 82nd Street NE.
Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Firefighters are crediting a bystander with saving a woman’s life when he broke out a window and pulled her from a burning vehicle at a Beaverton gas station.
Date: 07/18/2015 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES — A fast-moving wildfire that swept across a packed California interstate, sending people running for their lives, was burning more calmly Saturday as rain fell and temperatures dropped.The fire had burned over Interstate 15 on Friday in Cajon Pass, a...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World
On July 8, I awoke from an afternoon nap at my home in the Eastmont neighborhood to the smell of heavy smoke wafting through an open window. Soon the sound of sirens could be heard growing louder. Within minutes we became aware that a brush fire had broken out along the pipeline trail...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Commentary
PUYALLUP — Fire officials in Puyallup said a brush fire quickly spread into a storage facility Friday afternoon, lofting a huge cloud of smoke and prompting the temporary evacuation of some neighboring businesses. A Central Pierce Fire District spokesman said there have been no injuries. By early...
Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest
MOSES LAKE — An explosion sent a mushroom cloud of flames and smoke 1,000 feet into the air Friday and burned at least four buildings at a company that makes plastic tarps to cover haystacks in Moses Lake.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest
MONROE — A three-alarm fire destroyed a home south of Monroe on Wednesday.The blaze started in a Kia Sorento in a carport and spread to the house and into the nearby brush, Monroe Fire Marshal Mike Fitzgerald said.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Sirens
Herald staffMARYSVILLE — A brush fire in Marysville caused an eight-mile backup Tuesday afternoon along I-5.Two northbound lanes were blocked at one point as firefighters from Marysville, Arlington, Getchell and Tulalip Bay battled the blaze.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Fire destroyed a family’s home here Sunday while they were away at church. A neighbor managed to save their dog.
Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects.
Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — A brush fire continued to smolder east of Everett on Thursday.At its height, the fire was up to three acres in size, Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis said.No homes are threatened, and there are no evacuation orders, he said.
Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News
A brush fire burnt near Wood Creek near Everett on Wednesday afternoon. The fire, burning near a residential area northeast of the intersection of I-5 and Highway 527, was moving west Wednesday afternoon. Crews were attempting to cut their way through brush to gain access to the fire.
Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News