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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

Last week's lightning strikes sparked some 45 forest fires in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The fire range in size from less than an acre to about 200 acres.

Dozens of small fires burning in Gifford Pinchot forest after lightning strikes

Last week's lightning strikes sparked some 45 forest fires in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The fire range in size from less than an acre to about 200 acres.

August 28, 2023, 10:52am Clark County News

The U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday evening that hundreds of lightning strikes late last week spurred more than 45 fires across the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Read story

A rendering of the Port of Camas-Washougal depicts future commercial, retail and residential developments. The port's trajectory toward sustainable operations includes the Community Solar East project, a plan to establish a 799-kilowatt solar grid at its industrial park in partnership with Clark Public Utilities.

Community solar project set for Camas-Washougal port

A rendering of the Port of Camas-Washougal depicts future commercial, retail and residential developments. The port's trajectory toward sustainable operations includes the Community Solar East project, a plan to establish a 799-kilowatt solar grid at its industrial park in partnership with Clark Public Utilities.

August 23, 2023, 5:11pm Business

Beginning Sept. 1, Clark Public Utilities customers may participate in the utility’s newest renewable energy project, Community Solar East. Read story

Crews from Clark County Fire District 10 and 13 are assisting the Washington State Department of Natural Resources DNR on the TumTum Fire on Forest Service 54 Road.

Tumtum Fire grows to 28 acres in rural Clark County; spectator vehicles hamper efforts

Crews from Clark County Fire District 10 and 13 are assisting the Washington State Department of Natural Resources DNR on the TumTum Fire on Forest Service 54 Road.

August 22, 2023, 10:51am Clark County News

Firefighters battled a fire that appeared Monday evening near Tumtum Mountain in northeast Clark County, containing it about a day later. Read story

A hot spot from the Lower East Adams Lake wildfire burns in Scotch Creek, British Columbia, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.

Wind flushes wildfire haze from Southwest Washington

A hot spot from the Lower East Adams Lake wildfire burns in Scotch Creek, British Columbia, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.

August 21, 2023, 6:01pm Clark County News

Southwest Washington’s weekend haze of wildfire smoke and red sun disappeared Monday afternoon as wind flushed out the area. Read story

Columbia Springs, environment education nonprofit, must temporarily pause its popular Repair Clark County program due to funding constraints. Costs to run the program, ranging between $60,000-70,000, primarily depended on a Washington Department of Ecology grant, which wasn't awarded to the nonprofit this year.

Popular Repair Clark County put on pause because of money woes

Columbia Springs, environment education nonprofit, must temporarily pause its popular Repair Clark County program due to funding constraints. Costs to run the program, ranging between $60,000-70,000, primarily depended on a Washington Department of Ecology grant, which wasn't awarded to the nonprofit this year.

August 16, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Life

After years of fixing thousands of home goods for free, environment nonprofit Columbia Springs must temporarily pause its popular repair program due to funding constraints. Read story

Unhealthy air expected in Clark County as heat wave hangs on

August 16, 2023, 5:57am Clark County Health

As temperatures hit triple digits, the Portland-Vancouver area is under an air quality advisory as smog is expected to reach unhealthy levels through this evening. Read story

Unhealthy air expected in Clark County as heat wave hangs on

August 15, 2023, 11:02am Clark County Health

As temperatures hit triple-digits, the Portland-Vancouver area is under an air quality advisory as smog is expected to reach unhealthy levels through Wednesday evening. Read story

(Photo contributed by The Port of Vancouver)

Scientist: Floating wetlands a natural solution for algae blooms in Clark County lakes

(Photo contributed by The Port of Vancouver)

August 15, 2023, 6:07am Business

A litany of solutions exist that can rid the region’s waters of contaminants and persistent algae blooms, yet one contender remains relatively unknown. Read story

Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s salmon projects gets funding

August 15, 2023, 5:58am Clark County News

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s plans to restore salmon and steelhead movement in local Columbia River tributaries will receive full funding through a new federal program. Read story

Vika Eykhman, 13, of Vancouver escapes the heat in the cool waters of the Washougal River at the Sandy Swimming Hole on Monday afternoon. Eykhman was one of dozens of locals that sought out the popular spot as a refuge from the high summer temperatures. "It's cold. I just usually get right in," she said.

Heat wave in Clark County prompts health warnings, raises wildfire concerns

Vika Eykhman, 13, of Vancouver escapes the heat in the cool waters of the Washougal River at the Sandy Swimming Hole on Monday afternoon. Eykhman was one of dozens of locals that sought out the popular spot as a refuge from the high summer temperatures. "It's cold. I just usually get right in," she said.

August 14, 2023, 6:08pm Clark County News

A heat wave that brought triple-digit temperatures to the region has prompted health warnings and raised concerns about wildfire. Read story