August 15, 1996 |
Fire destroyed at least five homes as it swept through an evacuated 35-home subdivision Wednesday afternoon on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, about 90 miles southeast of Portland. The 24,000-acre fire on the reservation was one of dozens that have burned more than 450,000 acres throughout the West over the past week. In California, exhausted firefighters gained an edge on some blazes, but their ranks were stretched thin as hot, dry weather dragged on.
October 19, 1991 |
Federal money and firefighters poured into the Northwest on Friday to help fight wildfires that spread over 250,000 acres, destroyed more than 100 homes and claimed five lives. Officials began tallying the fires' costs, estimated to be $15 million in Spokane County alone. Calmer winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity Friday helped firefighters battle more than 50 major fires and scores of smaller blazes.
October 17, 1991 |
Wind-driven fires raged Wednesday in Spokane suburbs and northern Idaho, killing three people and destroying dozens of homes, authorities said. Dry conditions and strong winds also fed forest and grass fires that burned thousands of acres in Oregon and Montana. Firefighters were battling more than 20 fires on about 30,000 acres ringing Spokane.
June 21, 1996 |
An arson attack destroyed the sanctuary of a predominantly black church in Portland, Ore., the first such fire in the Northwest since national attention focused on a wave of burnings across the South. Investigators refused to speculate on whether the blaze at Immanuel Christian Fellowship was racially motivated, or a copycat of the 40 or so fires at churches in the South since January 1995.
May 24, 1997 |
An early-morning fire of suspicious origin caused heavy damage to a busy Portland abortion clinic that has been the target of arsonists in the past. Fire Department officials said the cause was "suspicious." Federal agents are "pursuing all leads," an FBI spokesman said. Fire broke out at the Lovejoy Surgicenter and flames were shooting out a back window when firefighters arrived, an official said. There were no injuries.
August 4, 1988
A wind shift sent dense smoke from an out-of-control "field burn" drifting across Interstate 5 near Albany, Ore., triggering a 21-vehicle chain-reaction pileup that killed seven people and injured 37 others. "It's the worst accident I've ever seen, and several officers have said basically the same thing," State Police Senior Trooper Calvin Curts said after taking a helicopter flight over the wreckage.