Water Truck Driver Dies In Crash At Big Windy Complex Wildfires

Oregon suffered its second firefighting death in a week when 19-year-old Jesse Trader was killed when a water truck overturned on a rural road on Tuesday outside of the Big Windy complex of fires. Trader, from Albany, Ore., was driving […]

Washington Wildfire Was Human Caused

Fire investigators have determined that the Colockum Tarps fire in Central Washington was human caused, however we’re still awaiting details on how the fire was started. More details will be released once the investigation is complete, according to spokeswoman Mary Ellen […]

What Families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Will Receive in Benefits

While there has been an outpouring of support, benefit concerts and events, and private donations to help the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who were killed in the line of duty on June 30 — all of […]
The Battle for Benefits and the Granite Mountain Hot Shots

The Battle for Benefits and the Granite Mountain Hot Shots

A battle for benefits is underway between surviving families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots — particularly the wife and family of Andrew Ashcraft, above — and the City of Prescott. (Screengrab from CBS This Morning video) In a world […]
Colockum Tarps fire unaffected by rainfall

Colockum Tarps fire unaffected by rainfall

Heavy rainstorms in Washington did little to affect the the situation at the Colockum Tarps fire. Luckily, despite heavy rain that overwhelmed storm sewers in nearby Wenatchee, the fire site received very little rain. At this point crews are building containment lines […]
On the Hill: The Wildland Firefighters Protection Act

On the Hill: The Wildland Firefighters Protection Act

Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s First District, has introduced H.R. 2858, The Wildland Firefighters Protection Act. The bill, which was introduced on July 30, is “to implement reforms to the Federal land management agency fire programs in order […]
Nearly 2,500 Firefighters Battling Douglas Complex Fire

Nearly 2,500 Firefighters Battling Douglas Complex Fire

The Douglas Complex of fires — which began on July 26 after lightning strikes — is just 15 percent contained. (Oregon Department of Forestry photo by Martin Vetter) Hot, dry conditions are fueling the Douglas Complex fire in southwest Oregon, […]
Storms, Wildfires Pick Up In Washington, Oregon

Storms, Wildfires Pick Up In Washington, Oregon

The Douglas Complex fire near Glendale began July 26 after a lightning strike. (U.S. Forest Service photo) Thunderstorms continue to spark new wildfires in Washington even as crews begin to turn the tide on larger fires in the state. New […]
Firefighter Killed In Oregon; 28th to Die in 2013

Firefighter Killed In Oregon; 28th to Die in 2013

More sobering news today from the lines. A 28th wildland firefighter in 2013 has been killed while removing trees and performing fuels reduction in advance of a lightning-sparked fire in the Mount Washington Wilderness area of Oregon. John Hammack, 60, […]
NIFC declares Northwest fires the top priority

NIFC declares Northwest fires the top priority

A helicopter drops fire retardant on the Aspen Fire. The Aspen Fire in the Sierra National Forest near Big Creek, CA began on Jul. 22, 2013 by lightning and has consumed approximately 1, 624 acres and is approximately 40% contained. […]