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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wears a mask as he talks to reporters, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, following a tour to survey wildfire damage in Bonney Lake, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Inslee, Murray blast Trump for downplaying coronavirus threat as outbreak hit Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wears a mask as he talks to reporters, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, following a tour to survey wildfire damage in Bonney Lake, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S.

September 11, 2020, 10:23am Latest News

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen Patty Murray on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump after reports that he acknowledged the threat of the new coronavirus and then deliberately downplayed it as the pandemic took root. Read story

The ground still smolders from the Cold Springs fire that swept through Okanogan County, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. near Omak, Wash.

Weather shifts, helping firefighting but bringing more smoke to Washington

The ground still smolders from the Cold Springs fire that swept through Okanogan County, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. near Omak, Wash.

September 11, 2020, 10:17am Latest News

SEATTLE — About 30 large fires continued to burn across Washington and Oregon on Friday, destroying hundreds of homes, forcing thousands of people to flee and turning the pristine air of the Pacific Northwest into a hazy, hazardous mishmash of smoke and particulates. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, an ambulance leaves Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. As coronavirus cases spike at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital, workers are pleading with officials to save them not just from the disease, but also from the violence that continues to plague the facility.

Assaults continue at Washington psychiatric hospital

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, an ambulance leaves Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. As coronavirus cases spike at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital, workers are pleading with officials to save them not just from the disease, but also from the violence that continues to plague the facility.

September 11, 2020, 9:48am Northwest

SEATTLE — As coronavirus cases spike at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital, workers are pleading with officials to save them not just from the disease, but also from the violence that continues to plague the facility. Read story

La Nina event could mean rainier winters in Washington state

September 11, 2020, 9:47am Northwest

SEATTLE — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared a La Nina advisory, which could mean rainier winters for Washington state. Read story

A steady stream of vehicles heads west on a road east of Springfield, Ore., as residents evacuate the area ahead of a fast-moving wildfire Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020.

Oregon wildfires: Clackamas, Marion county blazes remain separate Friday; evacuation orders persist

A steady stream of vehicles heads west on a road east of Springfield, Ore., as residents evacuate the area ahead of a fast-moving wildfire Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020.

September 11, 2020, 9:45am Northwest

Two of Oregon’s largest fires, burning in Clackamas and Marion counties, don’t yet appear to have merged early Friday. Read story

White House approves emergency funding to Oregon for wildfires, Rep. DeFazio says

September 11, 2020, 9:43am Latest News

The federal government will help cover some of the emergency costs of Oregon’s wildfires, a U.S. lawmaker from Oregon confirmed. Read story

Victims of Washington state wildfires wonder what’s next

September 11, 2020, 9:43am Northwest

OMAK, Okanogan County -- The fire crested the hills above Luke McKee’s home with little warning. Read story

Portland now has the worst air quality in the world, due to Oregon and Washington wildfires

September 11, 2020, 9:42am Northwest

PORTLAND — Portland’s air quality has deteriorated to downright dangerous levels in the past 24 hours -- making it the worst among major cities across the globe. Read story

Race for state treasurer could be higher profile this year

September 11, 2020, 6:03am Northwest

The contest for the job of managing billions of dollars that come into and go out of state coffers hinges in part on a comparison of resumes. Read story

Careless outdoor adventures in Washington turn destructive, spark wildfires

September 10, 2020, 7:30pm Northwest

SEATTLE — Recreation is turning into “wreckreation,” as COVID-cabin-fevered hikers, campers and day-trippers venture out and damage public lands all over the state — including, it seems, sparking wildfires with careless or clueless behavior. Read story