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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

Homes were razed by the Gray Fire on the western shore of Silver Lake on Aug. 31, 2023.

Gov. Inslee asks White House to aid Spokane County wildfire survivors

Homes were razed by the Gray Fire on the western shore of Silver Lake on Aug. 31, 2023.

October 5, 2023, 7:45am Latest News

In a letter to President Joe Biden, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday asked for financial assistance and a major disaster declaration to help Spokane County wildfire survivors. Read story

A charred stump sits atop the hillside on Mike Mullett's property above the site of the Tunnel Five Fire in Underwood. When designing his home, Mullett incorporated fire safety principles into its fabric, something he is convinced spared it from burning.

Fighting fire with Firewise: Columbia River Gorge towns push for more wildfire safety practices

A charred stump sits atop the hillside on Mike Mullett's property above the site of the Tunnel Five Fire in Underwood. When designing his home, Mullett incorporated fire safety principles into its fabric, something he is convinced spared it from burning.

September 2, 2023, 6:14am Clark County News

For Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area residents, each hot and dry season their community isn’t touched by fire seems lucky. Read story

Wildfire mitigation begins at home; how to get prepared

September 2, 2023, 6:13am Clark County News

Wildfire mitigation doesn’t begin when suppression crews battle flames racing through a community. Read story

Battalion Chief Jason Leavitt, left, and Division Chief Ben Peeler take a moment to check in at the Jenny Creek Fire near La Center on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023.

Jenny Creek Fire near La Center a lesson for Clark County; fast moving blazes a danger

Battalion Chief Jason Leavitt, left, and Division Chief Ben Peeler take a moment to check in at the Jenny Creek Fire near La Center on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023.

September 2, 2023, 6:13am Clark County News

Columbia River Gorge communities aren’t the only ones coming to terms with increasing fire danger in the wildland-urban interface. Read story

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Cowlitz Complex wildfire.

Cowlitz Complex fire burns 589 acres; rain just not enough to help

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Cowlitz Complex wildfire.

September 1, 2023, 2:31pm Clark County News

Wet conditions settled over the region and provided relief for personnel addressing the Cowlitz Complex Fire, but it wasn’t enough to extinguish any of its dozens of burns. Read story

A majority of the 40 fires burning within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have been tagged as the "Cowlitz Complex." Responders are prioritizing four blazes due to the large number of fires coupled with crews' limited resources.

Fires in Gifford Pinchot now known as Cowlitz Complex burn hundreds of acres

A majority of the 40 fires burning within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have been tagged as the "Cowlitz Complex." Responders are prioritizing four blazes due to the large number of fires coupled with crews' limited resources.

August 30, 2023, 3:23pm Clark County News

Fire officials are now calling the dozens of fires burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest the “Cowlitz Complex,” named after the ranger district in the northernmost portion of the forest. Read story

An aerial view of multiple fires burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Fire near Snagtooth Mountain is leading to road and trail closures in the center of the forest. (Photo contributed by the U.S.

Gifford Pinchot’s Snagtooth Fire grows

An aerial view of multiple fires burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Fire near Snagtooth Mountain is leading to road and trail closures in the center of the forest. (Photo contributed by the U.S.

August 29, 2023, 7:55pm Clark County News

The U.S. Forest Service reported Monday evening that the Snagtooth Fire, one of about 40 fires burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, had grown from 200 to 700 acres. Read story