• New Mexico monitoring wildfires’ impact on air quality

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State health and environment officials are closely monitoring New Mexico air quality in the wake of wildfires still burning in the Pacific Northwest.

  • A sign warns of heavy smoke on Washington state route 155 near Omak, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Wildfires in the area have generated heavy smoke that has slowed traffic and in some instances hindered efforts to fight the fires from the air. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state.

  • Poor air quality causes EWU to cancel practice

    CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Unhealthy air conditions prompted Eastern Washington University to cancel football practice on Monday morning.

  • Firefighters walk through heavy smoke Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Firefighters across the West saw little relief over the weekend as wildfires raged in the drought-stricken region, but for those in Washington, other states will soon provide additional resources. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    ‘I’m alive’ _ people survey damage from Washington fire

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — As Washington state’s wildfires burned into the record books Monday, calls for help were answered from far and near.

  • New Mexico officials issue health alert

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental officials are issuing a health alert due to smoke from wildfire and high winds.

  • Matt Demiter, of the Everett Fire Department, runs his hand through gravel and ash to check the ground temperature while working with crews to stomp out long burning embers remaining after a wildfire near Okanogan, Wash., on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (Ian Terry /The Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Smoke expected to lift Sunday over Washington fires

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state, including those that killed three firefighters (all times local):

  • A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled fire along a driveway being used as a fire break between houses and the main fire Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Okanogan, Wash. Out-of-control blazes in north-central Washington have destroyed buildings, but the situation is so chaotic that authorities have "no idea" how many homes may have been lost. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    The Latest: Count of homes lost is weeks away

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state, including those that killed three firefighters (all times local):

  • A firefighter looks over a controlled fire being used to burn out an area between a house and the main fire Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Okanogan, Wash. Out-of-control blazes in north-central Washington have destroyed buildings, but the situation is so chaotic that authorities have "no idea" how many homes may have been lost. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Raging Washington wildfires grow by 100 square miles

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Reduced winds on Saturday helped firefighters gain the upper hand against a series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington that earlier left three firefighters dead.

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 photo, a firefighter with Fire Department of New York Engine 69/Ladder 28, the "Harlem Hilton", rushes to the firetruck after receiving a call during an FDNY block party in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. At 150 years old, the nation’s largest fire department is undergoing a massive shift in hiring and recruitment after a court ordered changes to diversity the almost all-white, all-male  department.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    At 150, FDNY is increasing diversity, with some hurdles

    NEW YORK (AP) — With a ladder truck, a rescue demonstration and a chance for children to spray a fire hose, a Harlem block party this month honored the 150-year history of the nation’s largest fire department. But the recruitment table was there to help shape a changing future.