M4.8 Canada quake felt across Washington state

Dec 31, 2015

M4.8 Canada quake felt across Washington state

Authorities say a magnitude-4.8 earthquake in Canada was widely felt across northwest Washington state, but no major damage or injuries have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday 11 miles northeast of Victoria, British Columbia. Randy Baldwin, ...

Sep 17, 2015

Boeing to give Xi a tour of its key airplane factory near Seattle

U.S. aerospace giant Boeing said Wednesday that it will host China’s president, Xi Jinping, next week at its main airplane factory in Washington state. China’s fast-growing airplane market is one of Boeing’s best customers, taking delivery of some 25 percent of the company’s commercial ...

Sep 2, 2015

Washington's Grand Coulee Dam inspected after M4.2 temblor hits nearby

A magnitude-4.2 earthquake struck near Grand Coulee Dam, the largest U.S. hydropower facility, in northeastern Washington state on Tuesday, prompting an immediate inspection of the facility but leaving no visible damage, a spokeswoman said. Operation of the Columbia River dam, which supplies electricity to ...

Fallen firefighting trio in Washington state mourned by thousands

Aug 31, 2015

Fallen firefighting trio in Washington state mourned by thousands

Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in a eulogy says the three dedicated their lives to protecting national forests and the communities around them, and for that ...

Washington state wildfire smoke eases but flame risk rises

Aug 24, 2015

Washington state wildfire smoke eases but flame risk rises

The massive cloud of smoke is expected to lift over the wildfires in Washington state on Sunday, but as air quality improves fire behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said. “It’s like a flue opening in a fireplace,” explained Suzanne Flory, ...

Winds fanning raging, deadly Pacific Northwest forest conflagrations

Aug 21, 2015

Winds fanning raging, deadly Pacific Northwest forest conflagrations

Crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked in the Pacific Northwest braced on Thursday for high winds forecast in the region a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. Authorities late on Wednesday ordered the evacuation ...

Raging Washington state mountain blaze claims three firefighters

Aug 20, 2015

Raging Washington state mountain blaze claims three firefighters

Three firefighters in Washington state were killed and four injured while battling a wildfire threatening the north-central town of Twisp, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Wednesday. The deaths came as a fast-moving wildfire forced authorities late on Wednesday to order the evacuations of Twisp ...