Many of the hundreds of men and women who have been battling the Blue Creek Fire were packing their bags this morning.
Containment of the Blue Creek Fire is now at 85 percent today with the fire holding at 6,004 acres, fire officials said.
In many places, the mountain landscape appeared as if it had once been in a color photo that now has been turned black and white.
When the Blue Creek Fire broke out on the early afternoon of July 20, Jean Hylton and her husband, Roy, were at work in Walla Walla.
The Blue Creek Fire remained at 73 percent contained today as crews work to solidify fire lines, particularly on the southern flanks near the Mill Creek Watershed that supplies Walla Walla’s municipal water.
Local support for firefighters battling the Blue Creek Fire has been “overwhelming,” officials said Monday. But bees and wasps haven’t been happy.
Crews rapidly gained more ground on the Blue Creek Fire Monday, pushing containment of the blaze to 73 percent today, up from 50 percent on Monday.
The lake had been closed July 22 to allow firefighting helicopters to draft water from it.
Helped by cooler weather over the weekend, firefighters continued to increase control of the Blue Creek Fire today. But the return of hot weather expected later this week is raising concerns.
The battle against the Blue Creek Fire continued to take a positive turn as crews had the fire at 25 percent containment as of Saturday afternoon.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a plan to remove trees and shrubs along the Mill Creek levees.
The evacuation alert has been decreased today for several areas threatened by the Blue Creek Fire and one additional road closure was announced.
The Blue Creek Fire now covers 6,225 acres and is 25 percent contained, according to fire officials.
Fire officials have updated the size of the Blue Creek Fire to about 5,600 acres as of this morning.
The Walla Walla County Library District board has ended the employment of the district’s executive director.
Authorities today said the fire was human caused and is under investigation. A full update will be posted later this morning.
BURBANK — It’s a massive device with an odd name, and it has had a major impact on helping threatened salmon make their way to the sea.
Walla Walla County commissioners Monday started the process to sell the financially troubled Walla Walla County Community Service Center.
After weeks of 100-degree heat, a weather system moving into the Valley should lower temps into the 80s.
The ban covers all burning, including agricultural, residential and recreational, as well as special burns.
A stormwater filtration system and a new street sweeper to help stop pollutants from flowing into Mill Creek is in the works for the city of Walla Walla.
Walla Walla and Columbia counties are not among those in Washington state affected by a federal court order to fix fish passage barriers.
Summer, as anyone who’s been in the Walla Walla Valley in recent weeks knows, is off to a blazing start.
As Walla Walla County’s jail undergoes its first change in management authority since Washington state’s territorial days, officials are hiring staff and checking off items on a long list of repair and maintenance needs.
Dry, hot conditions have sparked an early start to this year’s harvests of winter wheat and peas.
COLLEGE PLACE — Although a fireworks ban is off the table this year, the City Council voted Thursday to allow for one next year.
Fire crews today are battling a series of blazes in the Umatilla National Forest east of Walla Walla, among wildfires elsewhere in the region that broke out over a simmering weekend.
A heat wave that arrived Friday has broken Walla Walla records for three days running.
Oregon blueberry growers are having one of the earliest harvests in decades, but an oncoming heat wave has pickers scrambling to save what they can from sun damage.
As temperatures head into the hundreds and possibly the record books this weekend, health warnings and burn bans are in the air throughout the Walla Walla Valley.
Two units at Washington State Penitentiary were on lockdown this morning after a large fight Wednesday injured three prisoners.
Washington State Penitentiary workers and local Community Corrections employees are among the thousands of state employees who have received notices they may be temporarily laid off if a new state budget isn’t adopted.
Break out the sunblock and Gatorade. Baking-hot temperatures are due back in town by this weekend.
Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood called on county commissioners Monday to add a full-time deputy coroner to his office.
The City Council on Monday appointed Heather Schermann to fill the open Position 6 seat.
COLLEGE PLACE — The City Council may have two applicants to choose from tonight to fill a vacant Council seat.
While there have been numerous escape attempts from Washington state prisons, there have apparently been almost none where the inmates made it far or remained free for long.
Another person taking flight in a B-17 this week had a ground-eye view of World War II.
Before this week, the last time Allen Penrose was in a B-17 bomber was 70 years ago.
Walla Walla County commissioners Monday approved creation of a golf cart zone at Walla Walla Regional Airport.
It was pedal to the metal time at the Walla Walla County fairgrounds last week.
Three World War II bombers bound for Walla Walla made their first stop in Washington state Friday, touching down at the Tri-Cities Airport.
Area area National Forest officials said Thursday they are anticipating a busier-than-normal fire season this year, starting next month and going through September.
The proliferation of drone aircraft have added a new dimension to the hazards of fighting wildfires, a U.S. Forest Service official said Thursday.
People filing cases in Walla Walla County District Court will soon be paying more to fund a service to mediate disputes instead of having them go before a judge.
A dark fiber with a potentially bright future will be included in a major rebuild of the city’s main roadways now underway.
Summer officially is still a few weeks away, but it’s already shoving spring off the stage.
After more than three decades in law enforcement, Walla Walla County sheriff’s Sgt. Barry Blackman called it a career Friday.
COLLEGE PLACE — The resignation of a member has opened up a seat on the City Council.
Starting late next year, major repairs of locks on Upper Columbia-Lower Snake river dams will shut down shipping for at least 14 weeks.