Firefighters remove a smoking press used to mount prints from the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center Wednesday morning.

According to museum curator Kasey Koski, she thought the press's switch malfunctioned, turning the machine on and burning the protective sheets and foam padding inside.

It was located in a lower level workshop next to pipe organ parts that were removed in the recent remodel. When firefighters arrived, she said she told them to do what they could to save the parts.

Firefighters then carried the heat press outside where they sprayed water on it. 

WENATCHEE — At one point during the winter it appeared the snowpack was in good shape for a bountiful water year in the Columbia Basin, but an exceptionally dry spring has changed all that.

SEATTLE — The Metropolitan King County Council voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition technology by the county Sheriff’s Office and all other county departments, citing the technology’s threat to privacy and history of bias.

MOSES LAKE — An online video purportedly taken on Moses Lake shows a boat catching fire shortly after its occupants harassed another boat flying a gay pride rainbow flag.

PORTLAND — Two Oregon brothers have been released from custody — one to the Pendleton area — while awaiting trial on allegations they breached the U.S. Capitol and disrupted Congress.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Walkowski of Spokane District 9 on Friday stokes a fire with pallets inside the Chelan County Fire Training Center Burn Building in Malaga. More than 20 firefighters from around the state were being trained in controlling the environment of a fire in this session. The 98th annual Washington State Fire Fighters' Association Conference and Fire School is being held this weekend in Wenatchee.

The 2021 wildfire season has begun, and officials are warning that this one could be just as bad as last year, when fires destroyed more than 700,000 acres and nearly 300 homes in Washington. Whole towns burned to the ground. Lives were lost. Thick blankets of toxic smoke covered the Northwest.

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