Washington wildfires News

Washington Governor Inslee Declares Wildfire State of Emergency, Burn Ban

Gov. Jay Inslee this week declared a state of emergency throughout Washington relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through Sept. 30. “We don’t want a repeat of recent years …

Insurers, People Rarely Pay When Washington Bills for Negligence-Caused Wildfires

Washington regularly bills people who are deemed to have negligently started wildfires, but the state isn’t always successful at collecting. The state Department of Natural Resources spent about $45 million fighting 44 of the most recent fires caused by negligence, …

Residents Near Washington Wildfires Find Destruction Hard to Accept

Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call “Paterodise.” “Paterodise is hurting right now,” said one, …