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Washington Wildfire Caused by Pyrotechnic, Police Seek Tips

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire in southwest Washington state that ballooned in size Sunday, causing regional air quality issues, may have been started by a firework or firearm, officials said. The Nakia Creek Fire started Oct. 9 on Larch …

Evacuation Area Shrinks Near Southwest Washington Fire

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — Some roads reopened and evacuation zones shrank near a wildfire fed Sunday by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, as fire officials got a better handle on fire activity amid weather changes. About …

Wildfire in Southwest Washington Prompts Evacuation Orders

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire fed by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, grew rapidly on Sunday, prompting authorities to order evacuations as the blaze sent up a plume of white smoke visible throughout the metropolitan …

Firefighters Keep Wildfire out of Evacuated Washington Town

LIND, Wash. (AP) — A small town in Washington state that was evacuated due to a fast-moving fire was largely spared Friday, while in California crews made progress against the state’s deadliest and largest wildfire of the year. Adams County …

‘Devastation’: Month After Floods, Slow Return to Normal

SUMAS, Wash. (AP)–Over a month has passed since flooding inundated northwest Washington’s Whatcom County that caused some $50 million in damage. As Roger De Bruin returned to his flood-damaged home in Sumas on Thursday, the word devastation came to his …

Dead ‘Murder Hornet’ Near Seattle is 1st Found in US in 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday. Entomologists from the state and U.S. Agriculture departments …

Rain-spiked Rivers Cause Minor Flooding in Eastern Missouri

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Heavy rain over the past week has caused the Mississippi River and its tributaries to rise, resulting in minor flooding in parts of eastern Missouri. The Missouri River was falling in Hermann and Washington after moderate …

Hurricane-Force Winds Kick Up Pacific Northwest Wildfires

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures kicked up wildfires across parts of the Pacific Northwest over the Labor Day weekend, burning hundreds of thousands of acres and mostly destroying the small town of Malden in eastern Washington. “Today …

Northwest Hit With More Snow, Wind, Power Outages, Two Rescued

SKYKOMISH, Wash. — More snow fell in the Northwest through Wednesday, causing Washington state officials to send food, water and fuel to an area hit hard northeast of Seattle and resulting in a hourslong rescue of a stranded couple southwest …

Supervisor of Washington Prison Asbestos Program Fired

Washington state’s Department of Corrections has fired the supervisor in charge of an inmate work crew that used unsafe practices in cleaning up asbestos. The agency last year closed down the 23-year-old program that sent prisoners to clean up cancer-causing …