16 hrs ago
Crews Confident Over Control of Kittitas Co. Wildfires
The fire north of Ellensburg has already destroyed 20 structures, including 10 homes, but crews believe that may be where it stops.
Sun Aug 17, 2014
Input sought on water quality improvement plan
The state Department of Ecology is seeking input on a draft water quality improvement plan to reduce temperatures in certain portions of upper Yakima River tributaries.
Peninsula Daily News
News Briefs - State Highway 112 delays start this Tuesday . . . and other items
Drivers on state Highway 112 will experience delays from Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 28, while crews improve the roadway.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Beer with a benefit: local breweries team up for wildfire relief
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- They say you can't fight fire with fire, but in Eastern Washington, they're fighting fire with... beer.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Ellensburg starts to daylight creeks, trying to bring salmon back to town
The settlers who founded Ellensburg in the 1870s were likely drawn by the plentiful water in creeks crisscrossing the valley, but as the city expanded, it grew right over those streams.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
2 Firefighters Injured in Wildfire
A spokeswoman for a wildfire burning in central Washington says two firefighters from the Arizona-based Navajo Hotshots crew were injured when a large log rolled down a steep slope and hit them Wednesday.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Local dancer lands national ad
Is that a local resident you just spotted in that national Staples back-to-school ad? Why yes it is.
Tue Aug 12, 2014
Lightning starts dozens of new fires in Northwest
Lightning has started dozens of new fires in the Northwest, forcing incident commanders to juggle crews and equipment as a new round of storms approaches.
WSU's new smoke forecast system gets workout - Tue, 12 Aug 2014 PST
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. Described as the nation's first high-resolution, Web-based air quality forecast system, it's been getting a workout this summer as out-of-control wildfires continue sending thick smoke billowing into the Pacific Northwest sky.
Sun Aug 10, 2014
Two fires in Kittitas County still burning
The Snag Canyon Fire near Ellensburg has burned nearly 10,000 acres. It's now 25 percent contained.
Sat Aug 09, 2014
12 fires in Washington, but some under control
A dozen wildfires are actively burning in central and eastern Washington on Saturday, but firefighters are starting to get control of about half of them.
Animals displaced by fires sheltered at fairground
The Ellensburg Daily Record reports the volunteer-operated shelter opened a week ago after the Snag Canyon wildfire started.
Fri Aug 08, 2014
Crews Fighting New Fire Near Cle Elum
The flames are washed out by the daylight, but Phil Miller says they were as bright as day last night.
3 wildfires Spreading in Central Washington
Fire officials are considering the use of explosives to build a fire break on an inaccessible section of a fast growing wildfire in central Washington.
Updates for wildfires in the Northwest
Burning 8 miles NW of The Dalles, OR. Started on 8/5. 2,645 acres . 35% containment.
Thu Aug 07, 2014
Trial set for man accused of killing passenger after car racing
A trial date was set for the man accused of crashing a car into a tree and killing his passenger.
Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Starting Big Horn Fire in Yakima Canyon
An Ellensburg man has been arrested for allegedly starting a fire near his vehicle that got out of control last night near the Big Horn turnout at mile post 21 on State Route 821.
The Navajo Times
Evacuations ordered in NE Washington wildfire
Editors Note Updates acreage on new NE Wash. fire complex. After 1 fire was contained, complex now includes just three fires.