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2008-08-01 09:00:35

By Philip Ferolito TROUT LAKE -- Amid towering pines scorched black by the Cold Springs Fire just southeast of Mount Adams, dozens of firefighters overturn and extinguish smoldering embers. Still more crews arduously work to pull the nearly 50 miles of fire hose that was used to combat the blaze that blackened nearly 7,800 acres in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and on the Yakama reservation. Although most the excitement of the fire that closed roads and campgrounds has passed...

2008-07-26 15:00:26

By Susan Gordon, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jul. 26--A forest fire burning southeast of Mount Adams is the latest manifestation of a troubling relationship between climate change, insects and wildfires, scientists and land managers say. A lightning strike started the Cold Springs fire July 12 in dead and dying trees. As of Friday, the fire had covered 12 square miles in steep terrain, destroying valuable timber and choking off access to hiking trails and campgrounds. The blaze...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

By Philip Ferolito Crews continue making significant gains on the Cold Springs Fire southeast of Mount Adams and expect to have it fully contained by Aug. 1. By Tuesday, 85 percent of the blaze was contained, and crews were working to beef up fire breaks as wide as 300 feet, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Joe Fields. Simply getting a fire break around the blaze isn't enough given the amount of fuels, he said. "The emphasis is unburned material inside that line that may smolder up...

2008-07-22 21:00:24

By Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--Crews are making more gains today on the Cold Springs Fire burning southeast of Mount Adams, and now have it 85 percent contained. Yesterday, crews had roughly 75 percent of the blaze contained and estimated going into full mopup operations by Thursday, when the blaze will be handed back over to U.S. Forest Service fire crews. Firefighters have made steady progress in getting fire lines around the lightning-caused blaze that was reported on...

2008-07-22 09:00:39

By Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--Having now made significant progress against the Cold Springs Fire southeast of Mount Adams, crews expect to start the long mop-up operation Thursday. Responsibility for the fire will be returned to crews under the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which could spend weeks monitoring and suppressing the remaining flames and embers, said Northwest Coordination Center spokeswoman Carol Connolly. Meanwhile, firefighters continued...

2008-07-16 15:00:28

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 16--Hundreds of firefighters on Tuesday made some headway against a forest fire that still expanded by another 2,000 acres south of Mount Adams. The Cold Springs fire, which has spread to more than 15 square miles since flaring up Saturday evening, still posed no immediate threat to people or property. A southerly wind on Tuesday enabled hundreds of firefighters to attack the fire directly on its southern flank, hoping to prevent a...

2008-07-15 15:00:28

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 15--A forest fire south of Mount Adams ballooned to more than 8,000 acres Monday. An expert said several circumstances give this fire an unusual opportunity to continue to grow. Regional fire managers dispatched hundreds of wildland firefighters to the area 11 miles northeast of Trout Lake on Monday. A small tent village of firefighters sprouted on the grounds of the Trout Lake School, while state highway authorities warned motorists...

2008-07-15 00:00:19

By Mark Morey STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS A wildfire burning northeast of Trout Lake grew to more than 500 acres Sunday and blocked access to a popular climbing route on Mount Adams. The plume from the Cold Springs fire was visible from Portland to Yakima on Sunday. The head of the fire was working its way toward the edge of the Yakama Nation reservation on the east side of Mount Adams, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. More firefighters had been ordered, and an incident...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 14--A lighting-sparked wildfire, smoldering for a week, exploded Sunday in a blaze that prompted some Southwest Washington residents to mistake the cauliflower-like smoke plume for an eruption of Mount Adams. By late Sunday afternoon, the fire covered more than 500 acres of dead and dying timber. "It's going to be burning into the week," said Paul Ries, a public information officer for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By Laura McVicker and Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 14--A fire torching forest land near Mount Adams has grown to 3,000 acres this morning as additional crews arrive to battle the blaze that's being fueled by high winds. The lightning-sparked fire has been burning for a week about 11 miles northeast of Trout Lake. Although it grew from 500 acres Sunday afternoon to 3,000 acres this morning, fire authorities don't believe it's a danger to any structures or people....


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.