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After a long slog, climate change lawsuits will finally put Big Oil on trial

April 8, 2024, 6:03am Latest News

After years of legal appeals and delays, some oil companies are set to stand trial in lawsuits brought by state and local governments over the damages caused by climate change. Read story

Southwest Washington faces its first wildfire season without Larch crews on hand to battle blazes

April 6, 2024, 6:14am Clark County News

The call came at 4 on a morning in October 2022. Paul Kalchik was a member of a Larch Corrections Center firefighting crew that was roused out of bed early… Read story

Brent McCarthy, left, and Marissa Matthews, right, play on the Vancouver Waterfront pier with their son Xavier, 2, on Sept. 10, 2020. The family evacuated their Salem, Ore., home to escape the smoke and fire risk. "It's a good idea to start preparing for bad wildfires, and poor air quality, and be happy if it doesn't happen," said Uri Papish, Southwest Clean Air Agency executive director.

How do wildfires affect mental health? A new UW study examines the connection

Brent McCarthy, left, and Marissa Matthews, right, play on the Vancouver Waterfront pier with their son Xavier, 2, on Sept. 10, 2020. The family evacuated their Salem, Ore., home to escape the smoke and fire risk. "It's a good idea to start preparing for bad wildfires, and poor air quality, and be happy if it doesn't happen," said Uri Papish, Southwest Clean Air Agency executive director.

April 4, 2024, 2:26pm Health

Checking air quality and staying indoors when smoke inundates Washington has become second nature during Washington’s wildfire season in recent years. But new research highlights how wildfires can affect a less visible aspect of well-being: mental health. Read story

Cleanup begins on the Jenny Creek Fire site near La Center on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023. The fire started at a residence and spread to wooded areas.

Update of Washington’s wildfire building code gets ditched

Cleanup begins on the Jenny Creek Fire site near La Center on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023. The fire started at a residence and spread to wooded areas.

March 20, 2024, 7:52am Latest News

State officials scrapped new wildfire protection rules for homes and other buildings on Friday, the day the suite of building codes was set to take effect. Read story

The sun sets over the Nakia Creek Fire.

DNR purchases Kalama fire station to serve as wildfire-fighting base after Larch closure

The sun sets over the Nakia Creek Fire.

February 7, 2024, 8:07pm Clark County News

The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved the purchase of a 1.03-acre site 5 miles east of Kalama as a base for fighting wildfires in Southwest Washington. Read story

Firefighter Michael Hickey works at the scene Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023, after a blaze destroyed a primary residence and surrounding structures on the same property near La Center on Wednesday night. The incident sparked a significant brush fire that prompted evacuation warnings well into the north county community.

Washington lawmakers hope to tweak new wildfire protection rules for homes

Firefighter Michael Hickey works at the scene Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023, after a blaze destroyed a primary residence and surrounding structures on the same property near La Center on Wednesday night. The incident sparked a significant brush fire that prompted evacuation warnings well into the north county community.

February 5, 2024, 6:00am Latest News

Washington lawmakers are looking to quell some of the backlash over new wildfire-related building codes set to take effect in March, while also trying to keep homes on the edge between wooded and developed areas safe from the blazes. Read story

A panel of wildfire experts from around Washington discuss the issue Thursday during The Columbian Conversations: Wildfires in Southwest Washington event at Kiggins Theatre.

Franz to Vancouver audience: ‘We have got to realize that fires are now going to be an annual experience’

A panel of wildfire experts from around Washington discuss the issue Thursday during The Columbian Conversations: Wildfires in Southwest Washington event at Kiggins Theatre.

February 2, 2024, 10:51am Clark County News

Dark billowing smoke, clusters of forest engulfed in flames and charred earth. Read story

The Tunnel 5 wildfire burns on more than 530 acres near Underwood, Wash., in the Columbia River Gorge on Monday, July 3, 2023.

Renter sues BNSF Railway over July Tunnel Five Fire, says home, belongings destroyed in blaze

The Tunnel 5 wildfire burns on more than 530 acres near Underwood, Wash., in the Columbia River Gorge on Monday, July 3, 2023.

February 1, 2024, 6:06am Business

A renter whose home and belongings were destroyed in the Tunnel Five Fire in July is suing BNSF Railway, alleging its operation caused the wildfire in Skamania County. Read story

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz talks with wildland firefighters battling the Tunnel Five Fire in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday.

Lands commissioner Franz joins Columbian Conversations event on intensifying wildfire seasons in region

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz talks with wildland firefighters battling the Tunnel Five Fire in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday.

January 25, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

Wildfires are growing in frequency and intensity across Washington, leaving residents in communities unaccustomed to them wondering how to live with fire. Read story

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz talks with wildland firefighters battling the Tunnel Five Fire in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday.

WA 2023 fire season a ‘wake-up call,’ DNR chief says

Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz talks with wildland firefighters battling the Tunnel Five Fire in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday.

October 26, 2023, 7:31am Latest News

This year’s fire season was a challenging one but could have been much worse, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said at a news conference Wednesday. Read story