Chaos on the Coast: How Drought and Fire Ravaged North America’s West Coast 

The recipe for drought is simple: mix extended hot weather with a corresponding lack of precipitation and, voilà. Add in a carelessly tossed cigarette or a flash of lightning and drought conditions beget wildfires. Both have wrought damage and pain on North America’s West Coast during the summer of 2015.


Source: National Post

6-Year-Old Portland Boy Donates Allowance Money to Honor 3 Washington Firefighters Who Died 


PORTLAND (KPTV) — A 6-year-old Portland boy is donating his allowance money to support firefighters and the families of the three Washington firefighters who were killed in a wildfire near Twisp, Wash., last week.

“This little boy walked up with his mother and he had a little box with him. He said he had a gift to give us, because he had heard about the firefighters who passed away.”

— Portland firefighter Kevin Dolphin

According to KPTV in Portland, the boy, Abay Milner, said that when he noticed a thick smoky haze settling in over Portland, he wanted to know what was going on.

“I thought, where is the smoke coming from? That’s the first thing I thought,” said Abay. “Then I thought, why is the smoke all the way here in Portland? And then I heard there was a wildfire, and then I heard it was far away, so I thought that’s good, because there was no ashes in the smoke.”

But, then he learned more. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Who Lit Massive Wildfire To Give Firefighter Friends Work Sentenced

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