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An aerial firefighting crew pours water over the Idler fire. Firefighters continue to fight the flames reporting less than 50 percent containment.

Idler Fire burns into Thursday

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor September 2, 2021

The Idler Fire, currently burning several miles north of Moscow, Idaho, was about 25 percent contained Wednesday. The fire is limited to 116 acres, and fire managers expect it will be more contained...

Professor Idil Akin collects soil samples for research after the 2018 Mesa Wildfire.

Soil: On unsteady ground

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 2, 2021

A WSU researcher received a $567,113 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the mechanisms that cause landslides after a wildfire occurs.  Landslides can occur at varying times after a...

Last week, Pullman Fire Department helped fight the Bruler Fire in Linn County, Oregon.

Eastern Washington wildfire season ramping up

VICTORIA GIOMI, Evergreen reporter July 19, 2021

Two fires burning in Eastern Washington are gaining momentum as several departments attempt to contain the flames.  Lightning fires are becoming more common and are potentially the biggest threats...

The drought advisory could become an emergency advisory later in the summer if Eastern Washington does not receive any precipitation.

Washington State Department of Ecology warns of potential for wildfires

VICTORIA GIOMI, Evergreen reporter June 30, 2021

The Washington State Department of Ecology and others recently made several recommendations to mitigate the impact of this year’s fire season. “Whitman County [is] between three and six inches below...

Most wildfires are started by people, but measures can be taken to reduce risk.

Defensible space around homes reduces risk of wildfire

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter June 4, 2021

Earlier this year, the Washington state legislature passed the forest health bill, which provides funding for the advancement of forest management practices to reduce wildfire risks. Eastern and Western...

The Big Wood River basin in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho, is one of the researchers’ study sites. While research was done in Idaho, it applies to the western U.S.

Fires burn more acreage due to climate change

ANNE-MARIE GREGGS, Evergreen reporter March 4, 2021

WSU researchers found that recent wildfires have been getting hotter, occurring more often and burning more acreage. In some of the areas the researchers studied, climate change caused fires. In other...

The 2021-2022 budget for Pullman was unanimously approved and includes $12,828,179 for transit expenditures and $15,671,838 for law enforcement.

City Council approves money for wildfire victims, budget

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter December 2, 2020

Pullman City Councilmembers unanimously approved a total of $100,000 for families affected by the Malden and Pine City fires that will be distributed within two years during a virtual meeting Tuesday night....

Grapes from commercial and research vineyards are collected and analyzed so WSU researchers can see how wine grape quality is affected by how long they are exposed to smoke.

Researchers study ashy aromas, tastes in wine affected by wildfires

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 11, 2020

WSU researchers are studying how the duration of smoke exposure from September's wildfires affected the quality of wine grapes. Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can develop ashy aromas and tastes...

Tom Handy, who is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer for Whitman County commissioner, said he believes the county has a responsibility to provide grant assistance to allow businesses to thrive. 

County candidates debate on COVID-19 response, small business assistance

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 25, 2020

Candidates for the Whitman County Commission debated Thursday night about the county’s role in handling the pandemic, support of small businesses and developing long-term plans for rebuilding towns impacted...

People in shock after the fires took their homes  received food, clothing, bed and toiletries from local clubs and churches.

‘Camaraderie’ of local groups to help with recovery from recent fires in county

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief September 25, 2020

When fires ravaged the towns of Malden and Pine City, Rosalia residents helped each other evacuate while local clubs and churches set up donation sites and shelters within hours for the survivors. “We...

Whitman County Fire District 12 is accepting applications for firefighters, volunteers and EMS/EMT/first responders.

District 12 searches for more volunteers

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 22, 2020

A local fire department depends on new recruits to help stem the recent Washington state rural fires and compensate for the additional transportation burden on Whitman County fire departments.  Whitman...

Whitman County confirms one new COVID-19 case

Whitman County confirms one new COVID-19 case

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter September 16, 2020

One individual tested positive for COVID-19, bringing Whitman County’s total to 1,066. The new patient is female and aged 20-39 years, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency...

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