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An air tanker drops red fire retardant on a wildfire near Twisp, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Authorities on Wednesday afternoon urged people in the north-central Washington town to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Associated Press | August 19, 2015 6:36 pm
‘A hole in our state’s heart’: 3 firefighters mourned
  • Firefighters hose down the debris field from the collapsed east side of the Bremerton Motel 6, Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, 2015. A gas explosion leveled the building Tuesday evening. The blast critically injured a gas company worker minutes after the acting hotel manager had evacuated the building due to a gas leak. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)
    Manager credited with saving dozens in massive motel blast
    Associated Press | August 19, 2015 11:38 am

    SEATTLE (AP) — A fast-acting manager who evacuated a Washington motel minutes before a massive explosion is being credited with saving dozens of lives, including some who were staying in rooms that were reduced to rubble. The blast Tuesday night critically injured a gas company worker and knocked back firefighters, but the guests were safely […]

  • A Washington National Guard soldier uses a flare to burn brush and other materials inside a dirt fire line near a home threatened by the First Creek Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, near Chelan, Wash. The troops in Washington state were part of a massive response to blazes burning throughout the West. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    3 firefighters die in wildfire after vehicle crashes
    Associated Press | August 19, 2015 10:58 am

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was likely caught by flames as they battled a blaze Wednesday in Washington state, authorities said. Four other firefighters were injured. The casualties came as firefighters on several fronts fought against raging wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part […]

  • Federal program gives tribes access to criminal databases
    Associated Press | August 19, 2015 4:16 am

    SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials on Wednesday launched a new program that will allow tribes access to national criminal databases and fix a system that allowed a man to buy a gun that was later used by his son to kill four classmates and himself at a Washington high school. Raymond Fryberg was the subject […]

  • Debris rests on the ground after a portion of Motel 6 exploded, just after the business had been evacuated due to reports of a gas leak, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Bremerton, Wash. Manager Tonya Hinds said in a telephone interview that a passerby had come into her office to say a gas line was leaking at the back of the building. (Christine Clarridge/The Seattle Times via AP) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER
    The Latest: No bodies found in debris of motel explosion
    Associated Press | August 18, 2015 11:51 pm

    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The latest on an explosion that leveled part of motel in Washington state (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Bremerton Fire Chief Al Duke says no one was killed in the explosion that destroyed part of a motel in Washington state. Duke says cadaver dogs found no bodies Wednesday in the debris […]

  • Three Washington National Guard soldiers stand near a structure as they fight the First Creek Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, near Chelan, Wash. The troops in Washington state were part of a massive response to blazes burning throughout the West. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    A look at fires in West, including deadly Washington blaze
    Associated Press | August 18, 2015 6:23 pm

    Crews on Wednesday trying to beat back wildfires across the parched West, including a blaze that killed three firefighters in Washington state. Here’s a look at large wildfires burning in several Western states: ___ WASHINGTON A sheriff in north-central Washington state said three firefighters were killed and three to four more were injured in raging […]

  • Debris rests on the ground after a portion of Motel 6 exploded, just after the business had been evacuated due to reports of a gas leak, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Bremerton, Wash. Manager Tonya Hinds said in a telephone interview that a passerby had come into her office to say a gas line was leaking at the back of the building. (Christine Clarridge/The Seattle Times via AP) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER
    Manager credited with saving dozens in massive motel blast
    Associated Press | August 18, 2015 5:41 pm

    SEATTLE (AP) — A fast-acting manager who evacuated a Washington motel minutes before a massive explosion is being credited with saving dozens of lives, including some who were staying in rooms that were reduced to rubble. The blast Tuesday night critically injured a gas company worker and knocked back firefighters, but the guests were safely […]

  • Explosion demolishes part of Washington state motel
    Associated Press | August 18, 2015 2:49 pm

    SEATTLE (AP) — An explosion demolished part of a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Washington, on Tuesday night — critically injuring a gas company worker just minutes after the acting hotel manager had evacuated the building due to a leak. Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan told The Associated Press there were no reports of anyone missing, […]

  • Iowa team wins LLSWS tiebreaker after questioning no-hitter
    Associated Press | August 18, 2015 7:33 am

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Iowa team advanced through the Little League Softball World Series Tuesday by beating an opponent forced to play a tiebreaker after it was accused of deliberately losing a game. The Central Iowa team beat South Snohomish Washington 3-2 in a rematch ordered by the tournament. Officials demanded the extra game […]

  • Timber burns in the First Creek fire near lakeside structures on the western shore of Lake Chelan late Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, near Chelan, Wash. Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Massive blazes across dry West drain firefighting resources
    Associated Press | August 18, 2015 3:19 am

    CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires are putting such a strain on the nation’s firefighting resources that authorities have activated the military and sought international help to beat back scores of blazes burning uncontrolled throughout the dry West. The situation is so urgent that the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise this week called in 200 […]