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Australian Firefighters Will Join Okanogan Complex Battle

OKANOGAN (AP) — Help is coming from Down Under to help fight the Okanogan Complex of wildfires, the largest in Washington history.

Sixteen of the Australian firefighters who have arrived in the United States to help battle Western blazes will be assigned to the Okanogan Complex

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Fire Crews Gain 10 Percent Containment on Complex Burning Near Twisp

TWISP (AP) — Fire officials in Washington state say a complex of wildfires burning in north-central Washington is about 10 percent contained.

Spokesman Dan Omdal says containment does not mean the fire has stopped burning

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Wildfires Still Growing, But Crews Hope to Gain Upper Hand This Weekend

TWISP (AP) — A second of the four firefighters injured in a wildfire on Wednesday has been transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the Northwest's major burn center. Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Saturday that the firefighter was transferred Friday night and is listed in satisfactory condition

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Thousands Answer State’s Plea for Volunteer Firefighters

OMAK (AP) — Washington officials say more than 3,000 people have called and emailed in response to the state's request for volunteer help with wildfires.

The bad fire season has been severely straining resources

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Continues; U.S. Forest Service and BLM Getting the Blame for Wildfires

The Trans-Pacific Partnership remains doable but increasingly harder as the U.S. Presidential election moves closer. Australian Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said “the last few yards are very difficult.” Robb spoke l

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Soaking Rains Bring Relief To Drought Stricken West
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This Year’s El Nino Could be the Strongest in 50 Years; Partnership Between USDA and NASA Expanded

El Nino has strengthened steadily during the past month, approaching the “strong category”. El Nino is so strong this go round that it could wind up be the strongest El Nino event in 50 years. El Nino rarely

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Hot Temps, Lightning Challenging Firefighters

Firefighters across the Northwest reacted as triple-digit heat and lightning made their job even more difficult in an area where two dozen large wildfires are already burning.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center says roughly 1,500 lightning strikes started nearly 20 new wildfires by Monday evening in central Oregon

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Progress Being Made Fighting Carlton Complex Fire

Officials say the massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington is now more than half contained.

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Salvation Army of Yakima Also Helping Those Affected by Fires

The Yakima Salvation Army is among the groups helping those who are battling flames in North Central Washington.

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Washington State Burn Ban Extended Until Mid October

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has extended her emergency burn ban to include all counties in Washington state.

No outdoor burning is allowed in the state through midnight, Oct. 15

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