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Super Moon to appear Saturday night
Super Moon to appear Saturday night (Image courtesy of NASA)
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‘Super Sturgeon Moon’ Will Be Seen Saturday Night August 29

According to NASA scientists, Saturday night will provide an extra large moon.  No, not the plumber bending over, but due to the orbit of the Earth and it's Moon, the globe will appear much larger and brighter. This picture provided by NASA shows the visual difference between a normal and super, or sturgeon, moon.

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National Guard fighting fires
National Guard fighting fires (Washington National Guard)
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Okanogan Complex Fire Now Largest in State History!

Local fire officials in Benton County say we're having a '100-year' fire season in Washington state.

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Wildfires blazing across Northwest
Wildfires blazing across Northwest (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Just How Many Wildfires Are Burning in Washington, Oregon?

According to the latest reports, at least 7 major fires, and a number of smaller blazes, are being battled in Oregon and Washington.

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Fire smoke triggers air alert in Benton County
Fire smoke triggers air alert in Benton County (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Smoke From Fires Triggers Poor Air Alert in Benton County

Monday morning, the Benton County Clean Air Authority issued an air quality alert, especially for persons with respiratory issues.

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Lind 395 crash
Lind 395 crash (KNDU-TV)
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Blowing Dust Related Crash Closes Highway 395 Near Lind

According to reports, Highway 395 has been closed as of 2:30pm near Lind, Northbound, due to a multi-vehicle crash, and reports of a possible grass fire. Some reports indicate it's closed both ways.

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coulee Hite fire west of spokane
coulee Hite fire west of spokane (Nick Scharff, Spokane Fire District 10)
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195 More Wildfires in WA State Than This Time Last Season

 

Officials say record droughts and tinder dry conditions likely the difference. Pictured is the Coulee Hite fire, burning West of Spokane since August 8th.

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Fire Danger very high in region at least through next Tuesday
Fire Danger very high in region at least through next Tuesday (Franklin County Fire District 3)
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Benton County, Mid-Columbia Fire Danger Remains Extreme – Despite Cooler Temps

Just because we're not blasting 105 on the mercury doesn't mean things aren't tinder dry outside.

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Kittitas County's largest irrigator ceases operations
Kittitas County's largest irrigator ceases operations (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)
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Drought Claims First Irrigation “Victim” – Kittitas County Shuts Off Water

The largest irrigation system in Kittitas County (which includes the cities of Ellensburg, Thorpe, and Cle Elum) has announced they will cease water deliveries for the rest of the 2015 season, due to extreme drought conditions.

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Kennewick Irrigation District
Kennewick Irrigation District (KID)
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No More Extra ‘Spot Watering’ for KID Irrigation Customers – Water Levels Plummet

Wednesday, the Kennewick Irrigation District issued the word that spot watering will no longer be permitted for it's residential customers.

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Fire near Vantage closes I-90 Monday
Fire near Vantage closes I-90 Monday (WSDOT)
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Fire Closes Part of I-90 near Vantage Monday

A brush fire broke out near I-90 by Vantage, and the freeway was closed midday for some time.

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