I left my house a couple of hours before dawn. It was my 47th birthday, and I thought it would be a great idea to ride the gravel route up Mount Spokane from my house for the first time. The air looked a little foggy, but as daylight began to appear, it occurred to me: […]
Smoke Ready 2021 provided information, tips, and resources to encourage residents to prepare early for wildfire smoke.
Spokane Audubon Society is raising funds for the planting of grasses and forbs on and near Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County, which was damaged after the Whitney fire in September 2020. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates $30,000 needed for forb restoration.
Finding the most accurate, up-to-date information about regional burn bans, current wildfire conditions, and recreation and travel restrictions throughout the Northwest can be complicated and confusing. Have you ever wondered: Is the campground where I have upcoming reservations still open? Are my favorite trails closed? Which roads are safe for travel? Where is it safe
The more children know about a scary situation, like learning about wildfires, the less fearful it is. Equip your children with knowledge about fire science and ecology, forest habitats, wildfire safety and prevention tips, and wildland firefighting techniques. Here are some of the best resources currently available for introducing and teaching children about wildland fires.
Forty-year-old Edward Crockett Pulaski—known as “Big Ed” because he was 6 feet, 4 inches tall—was much older than his fellow U.S. Forest Service colleagues when he was hired as an assistant ranger in the summer of 1908. The Forest Service had only been established three years prior by President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and the first
Smoke billowed in patches from Hall Mountain on the east side of Sullivan Lake in the Colville National Forest when my family arrived for our camping stay over Labor Day weekend 2017. Since the Noisy Creek Fire had been declared contained, we didn’t expect to actually see fire when we arrived. After dark, we saw
Remember when it use to rain during the hot summer months? If you have been here a while, then you can recall a wetter era when not just the occasional mud sprinkle but full-on thunderous downpours used to grace our summer skies from time to time. Yet in recent years, the trend has been towards