"The state is grappling with the growing phenomenon of the 'urban wildfire.' That's when blazes that ignite in forests spread rapidly into recently built subdivisions and whole towns."
Northwest (OR WA)
"Oregon wildlife officials are restricting fishing on most of the state's rivers in a first-of-its-kind effort to help fish populations that are dying off from high water temperatures as the state suffers ongoing drought conditions."
"Oregon health officials on Monday issued a consumption advisory for softshell clams dug along the state's entire coast because they contain high levels of arsenic."
"An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when."
"Seattle's mayor is losing sleep over the unusually hot, dry weather that is causing a run on air conditioners and fans in the famously rainy city."
"The site of some of the fiercest environmental wars over water in recent years is now the subject of a federal investigation into millions of dollars that whistleblowers say were intended to secure water for drought-stricken fish but flowed instead to farmers and ranchers."
"In this hot, dry summer, even the Queets rain forest in Olympic National Park is burning. It’s a rare spectacle, but one that could become more common with climate change."
"A helicopter pilot who repeatedly flew over Curry County homes while spraying herbicides on clear cuts in 2013, drawing 20 complaints of illness, will not face any monetary fine from the state."
"The West is baking under a heat dome that has sent temperatures soaring to historically high levels, further drying out soils and priming the region for fast-spreading wildfires. The heat wave is noteworthy for its severity, extent and duration."
"A wildfire burning unchecked in Washington state has destroyed at least 23 homes and three commercial buildings near the eastern foothills of the Cascades, state police and emergency management officials said on Monday."