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Passerby hoses Tumwater house fire until crews arrive

LEAVENWORTH — A vacation-home fire just west of The Alps candy store Wednesday might have been a lot worse had a passing motorist not spotted the flames, stopped, and used a garden hose to spray the fire until crews arrived on the scene.
Grass fire along Highway 28

Highway 28 grass fire out in minutes

EAST WENATCHEE — Fire crews needed only minutes Wednesday to squelch a small but highly visible grass fire just south of the Grant Road intersection with Highway 28.

Event canceled due to fire risk

CLE ELUM — The state Department of Natural Resources canceled an event scheduled today for media to observe live helitack training because the resources are needed for real fires.

Fire season arrives with a bang

NOTE: This story originally included an incorrect number of acres for the fire near Coulee City on Friday. The number has been corrected in this version.

Wildfire burning near Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE — Firefighters were battling what officials have called a major wildfire five miles east of Soap Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Crews contain early wildfires

With the threat of high winds still looming, firefighters on Thursday quickly doused a pesky lightning holdover fire in the Lake Wenatchee area.

Early campfire restrictions start Friday

NCW — Beginning Friday, campfires will not be allowed in most areas outside of fire rings in designated campgrounds on the Entiat, Chelan and part of the Wenatchee River Ranger District.

Nahahum Canyon fire caused by backyard debris burn

CASHMERE — A man burning debris on the last day of outdoor burning season sparked Sunday’s Nahahum Canyon fire, which blackened about 121 acres of grassy hillside but didn’t threaten structures.

Several contested races in North Central Washington

NCW — The mayors of Quincy, Oroville and Brewster all have challengers, along with quite a few other positions up for election in North Central Washington this year. Candidates for open positions had to file for election this week.

Grant County bans sky lanterns

Deeming sky lanterns a fire hazard, Grant County commissioners voted this week to ban them in unincorporated parts of the county, beginning June 1.

Exploding targets: Some want them banned, others say they’re no danger

WENATCHEE — While dozens of wildfires were burning out of control in North Central Washington late last summer, at least two people decided it would be a good time to do some target shooting in the dry, grassy hills above Alta Lake. They set up an exploding target — a type of device blamed for starting at least two dozen fires across the west last summer — and fired at it, causing a loud boom, and a huge smoke-like cloud. The outing also resulted in the Goat Fire, which would ...

Exploding target shooters blamed for Goat Fire

PATEROS — People using exploding targets caused the Goat Fire, a wildfire that burned nearly 7,400 acres and threatened communications towers near Pateros last fall.