After More Than 45 Days, Teenage Suspect Charged As Juvenile In Eagle Creek Fire

A 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, is facing misdemeanor charges for starting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Problem With Fire Borrowing

As wildfires grow in size and intensity, the funds to fight them are taken from an unlikely source: prevention. Lawmakers across the West have been trying to change this practice known as fire borrowing for years. But as another expensive fire season continues on, that practice makes it harder to prevent catastrophic fires in the future.

Oregon State Government Adapts As Wildfires Take Their Toll

This year’s intense wildfire season in Oregon has reignited a long-simmering debate at the state Capitol: how to manage forests in a way that doesn’t lead to infernos.

Smoke From Wildfires Worries Northwest Winemakers, Farmers

Harvest season is in full swing in Oregon and Washington. But with wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres, many Pacific Northwest growers are concerned about their crops.

Eagle Creek Fire Brings Together Local, State, Federal Leaders

The fire brought together a run of show that included local, state and federal leaders talking about the lessons that can be learned from the fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge.

Northwest Truckers Strained By Gorge Wildfires And Highway Closures

While truckers have it the worst, the fire forced Union Pacific to stop trains that run along the Oregon side of the Gorge. The U.S. Coast Guard has also restricted traffic along a 20-mile stretch of the Columbia River.

Why The Eagle Creek Fire Is A Major Threat To Portland's Drinking Water

Of all the resources threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire, the Bull Run watershed may be the most critical. It's the drinking water source for about 1-in-4 Oregonians, and it's uniquely vulnerable to a fire.

About Northwest Wildfires 2017

OPB coverage of active wildfires and their aftermath in the Pacific Northwest


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