Department of Good News

Three Reasons Why Everything Isn’t Totally Terrible Right Now

Promising coronavirus data and other positive developments of late in Seattle.

09/15/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Apocalypse Right Now

Where Can You Go When the State Is on Fire?

Blocked highways, closed forests—here's how to plan a weekend during a statewide disaster.

09/10/2020 By Allison Williams

Inferno Year

Seattle Has a New, Old Reason to Stay Home: Wildfire Smoke

Seattle's air quality was worst in the world for at least a brief period yesterday.

09/09/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Hot Button Issue

Should Seattle Do More to Protect Citizens from Extreme Summer Weather?

District 4 city council candidates are calling for more immediate, and substantial, action.

07/01/2019 By Philip Kiefer

Burn Notice

Washington’s Wildfire Season Is Starting Earlier and Ending Later

Does that mean another summer of hazy skies for Seattle?

05/29/2019 By Ciara O'Rourke

Quote Unquote

“Every Other Day, I Was a Ball of Tears”

Daniel Lyon, U.S. Forest Service firefighter, reflects on a year of recovery.

08/08/2016 By Matthew Halverson

Camping 101

Should You Build a Campfire?

It's either the most important part of camping or a dangerous menace.

04/27/2016 By Allison Williams

Photo Essay

The Crew

Twenty-four hours with the Pateros Volunteer Fire Department during the deadliest wildfire season in recent Washington state history.

11/04/2015 Photography by David Ryder

Feature

The Carlton Complex Fire: A Harvest of Ashes

What happened when the largest wildfire in Washington state history collided with one of its oldest orchards?

12/01/2014 By David Laskin

The Explainer

Washington Wildfires: The Flames Rose Higher

The 2014 wildfire season is off to a record-breaking start.

08/01/2014 By Matthew Halverson