Inslee Orders Wildfire Training for Washington National Guard

In preparation for the 2016 wildfire season, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday directed the Washington National Guard to train and certify up to 250 guard personnel.   In a letter to Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, Inslee directed the guard to coordinate with the state Department of Natural Resources to ensure enough personnel are properly trained…

FEMA Denies Inslee’s Request for Individual Assistance Program

Gov. Jay Inslee late yesterday learned the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied his request for the Individual Assistance Program to help families impacted by the summer wildfire season. Had the program been approved, impacted communities would have had access to assistance with the repairs of homes and aid for things like rental assistance and replacement…

Wildfire taming the beast

Governor Kate Brown invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act on four fires in just 22 days By Lori Kimbel To say this summer’s fire season is one for the record books is an understatement. With more than 7 million acres burned across the lower 48 states, fire crews struggle to contain these natural and man-made disasters….

Keeping Oregon Green, One Wildfire at a Time

Smothering smoke. Burning heat. Charred remains. Wildfires are natural disasters that should never be taken lightly. But how do you prepare for something that you know is going to happen, but are not given the when or where on the timing of the strike? Meet the Oregon Rangeland Fire Protection Association. The group, initially formed…

Significant New Resources Arrive in Washington

Just one day following the Obama Administration’s approval of Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.   The Mobilization Center will be a staging area for 20 large fire engines of the type…

Rising Firefighting Costs Raises Alarms for Forest Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015 — For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation’s wildfires. A new report released today by the Forest Service estimates that within a decade, the agency will spend…

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