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
Calls to 911 dispatchers hit record Saturday
Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News
MONROE — Two people were displaced by a house fire north of Monroe on Sunday afternoon.
Date: 07/06/2015 | Sirens
ATHOL, Idaho — A fast-moving wildfire in northern Idaho has prompted authorities to issue mandatory evacuation orders.
Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest
MILL CREEK — Fire broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the deck of a house in the 2000 block of Village Green Drive in Mill Creek.There were two people at home at the time.
SNOHOMISH — A brush fire broke out near a fireworks stand off Highway 9 south of Snohomish on Saturday at about 4 p.m.The initial caller reported a “stump fire” in the 16600 block of Highway 9, said Bill Wirtz, battalion chief for Snohomish County Fire District 7.
ARLINGTON — A small brush fire broke out in the median of I-5 at about 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon just north of the Stillaguamish River bridge.The fire measured about 300 feet by 75 feet, said Captain Eric Ensign of the North County Regional Fire Authority. Units from...
WHIDBEY ISLAND — Firefighters are battling at least 10 small brush fires on Whidbey Island along State Route 525.KIRO-TV reported that officials were asking people to avoid the area on Friday and some homes were being evacuated.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The fire that swept through a Queen Anne Hill condominium complex was sparked by an electrical malfunction that started in the attic.KOMO-TV reported that officials with the Seattle Fire Department ruled the fire that started Thursday evening as accidental.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest
Greetings from beautiful unincorporated Snohomish County, where fireworks are legal and freedom burns brightly every Fourth of July. Through sheer luck, I live in an area that hasn't been annexed, so no fussbudget city council has taken away our right to celebrate...
Date: 07/03/2015 | Web Monkey
WENATCHEE — The city of Wenatchee and Chelan County have banned all fireworks, including legal ones, in the wake of this week’s destructive Sleepy Hollow Fire.
Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Eugene investigators say four boys were playing with fire in the press box of the town’s historic Civic Stadium, but the flames got out of control and burned down the ballpark.
Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As investigators probe church fires including the blaze that destroyed a rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, the question is spreading through social media: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?
Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World
In almost forty years of living in Index I have never seen conditions this dry, or fire hazards this high, in our town this early in the summer. Outside of town the U.S. Forest Service fire hazard sign points to "High" with Industrial Precaution Class ll. There is a ban on...
Date: 07/02/2015 | Commentary
MARYSVILLE — Investigators into Tuesday’s series of arsons along I-5 are looking for tips.The fires, set in stretches of dry grass in the early afternoon, snarled traffic and kept firefighters scrambling from Everett north past the Snohomish County line.
Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News
EUGEGE, Ore. — Eugene fire and police officials are hoping to speak with three young people that were seen in the press box of the historic Civic Stadium shortly before it burned down.
Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest
String of blazes stretched from Everett to Skagit County (gallery)
Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News
EUGENE, Ore. — Police in Eugene, Oregon, say fire has engulfed the city’s Civic Stadium and nearby structures are at risk.There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Date: 06/29/2015 | Northwest
TULALIP — A fatal fire on the Tulalip Indian Reservation last week has been attributed to outdoor burning that spread into nearby blackberry bushes.
STANWOOD — Fire destroyed a couple’s Stanwood-area home Sunday morning.No one was injured in the fire, which was reported around 8:50 a.m., according to a North County Fire report.
LYNNWOOD — A fire Saturday evening caused more than $400,000 in damage to a house east of Lynnwood.A passerby spotted flames coming from the back of a house in the 16900 block of North Road. Firefighters found the house engulfed in flames, Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.
Date: 06/28/2015 | Local News
TULALIP — A man who died in a brush fire on the Tulalip Indian Reservation on Thursday has been identified as David S. Hagaman, 86.
Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News
TULALIP — A man’s body was found down an embankment on the Tulalip Indian Reservation after a brush fire on Thursday afternoon.The man, 85, is believed to have died during the fire, but an investigation is underway, said Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Date: 06/25/2015 | Sirens
BREMERTON — A Bremerton Fire Department spokeswoman says a dramatic fire has destroyed a dozen units of a Bremerton apartment building.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — A burn ban is now in effect for all state-protected lands in Washington because of increasing fire danger.The state Department of Natural Resources on Monday extended a burn ban to Western Washington. A similar ban began in Eastern Washington last week.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest
GOLD BAR — A two-alarm house fire broke out here Thursday afternoon.Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze on the 15000 block of Moonlight Drive at 4:14 p.m.
Date: 06/19/2015 | Local News
SPOKANE — Firefighters in Spokane County have rescued an unconscious man from a brush fire.
ROSEBURG, Ore. — A driver who smelled smoke from the engine compartment pulled his bus off the interstate highway in southern Oregon and safely evacuated 18 passengers Tuesday before the vehicle burst into flames.
LAKEWOOD — Fire officials said two people jumped out of a burning apartment complex in Lakewood to escape the flames.
GOLD BAR — In the event of a fast-moving, wind-driven wildfire, there isn't much the local fire department can do to protect your home.With Western Washington on tap for a hot, dry summer, Gold Bar firefighters are urging homeowners to take precautions sooner rather...
Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News
MARYSVILLE — Units from several fire departments responded to a one-acre brush fire Sunday afternoon in the Getchell area.
Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News
STANWOOD — A Stanwood family was displaced after a fire heavily damaged their home Thursday morning.The fire was reported at 8:59 a.m. along 289th Place NW in the Copper Station neighborhood in the north end of town.
Date: 06/11/2015 | Sirens
MONROE — A two-alarm fire damaged a house Monday night south of Monroe.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Sirens
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A woman and her dog and cat escaped a house fire in Mountlake Terrace without injuries Monday afternoon.The fire was reported shortly after 2:15 p.m. in the 23500 block of 56th Avenue. W.
Date: 06/08/2015 | Local News
WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee firefighter who saved a baby from a house fire 17 years ago was reunited with the child at her high school graduation.
Date: 06/08/2015 | Northwest
LAKE STEVENS — A two-alarm fire destroyed a duplex in Lake Stevens on Friday morning.No people were home at the time, and two dogs were rescued, said Bruce Huston, a battalion chief with Snohomish County Fire District 8 in Lake Stevens.
Date: 06/05/2015 | Sirens
EDMONDS — A Seattle woman reportedly told Edmonds police that she set her car on fire because she wanted to go to jail to avoid the stress of family obligations.The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday in the Westgate Elementary School parking lot, 9601 220th St. SW.
Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News