Wildfires Scorch More Than 500 Square Miles on Reservations in Northwest
The Colville and Warm Springs Indian reservations, as well as the Yakama Nation, are all battling vicious wildfires sweeping across hundreds of square miles of the Northwest.
Those are separate from the Okanagan Complex fire in which three firefighters were killed last week. As hundreds of thousands of acres burned, President Barack Obama on August 21 declared an emergency for Washington State. The order, which makes federal funds available, encompasses several counties as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, according to the declaration.