Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, & Camas Prairie

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie

Today Widespread haze. Widespread smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight Widespread haze. Widespread smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 67. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

BREAKING NEWS: Fire Crews Respond to Two Fires - Wildfire Between Culdesac & Gifford / Structure Fire Reported on Spirea Lane Between Lapwai & Spalding

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CULDESAC/LAPWAI, ID - UPDATE at 6:55 p.m.: Crews have the Culdesac Fire knocked down at this time. They are mopping up the approximately 25-acre fire.


UPDATE from the Idaho Department of Lands:
Old Culdesac Road Fire is actively burning. It is in IDL Craig Mountain District. It is estimated 15 acres in size. Three engines and one helicopter are fighting the fire right now, and we have ordered an Air Attack platform and two single engine air tankers.

Fire crews have been dispatched to two new fires in Nez Perce County.  A fast moving fire is reportedly in the Pickle Canyon area, which is between Culdesac and Gifford, in the area of the 27000 block of Old Culdesac Road.

Meanwhile, rescue personnel are also on the scene of a reported structure fire in the 500 block of Spirea Lane, between Lapwai and Spalding.

This is a breaking story - updates will be added as they come in.

Crash Near Clarkia Claims Life of Juliaetta Man

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CLARKIA, ID - A 64-year-old Juliaetta man was killed in a semi crash last night on Forest Service Road 301 near Clarkia.  The Idaho State Police says Christopher L. Wilman was driving a 1995 Freighliner truck eastbound attempting to negotiate a left turn when he drove off the right shoulder at about 8:51 p.m.  The truck went down an embankment.

Suspected Oil Leak at Lower Monumental Lock & Dam Reported

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KAHLOTUS, WA - US Army Corps of Engineers operations officials at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam reported a suspected oil leak in hydroelectric generator unit #2 on Thursday.  The generator unit was shut down when maintenance workers detected a discrepancy in the mass balance of turbine oil at the dam’s powerhouse. Corps staff are investigating the suspected leak.

Heat Wave Breaks NW Electricity Use Record for Three Days in a Row

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PORTLAND, OR - Temperatures in the 90's and 100's in the Pacific Northwest sent regional power consumption to record highs for three days in a row.  The Bonneville Power Administration says BPA customer power usage broke the 2014 peak of 7,861 megawatts on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with Wednesday being the highest.

WSU Receives Bomb Threat

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PULLMAN, WA - A called-in bomb threat turned out to be an apparent hoax at Washington State University late yesterday afternoon.  Officials say the university's Police Department received a call from an individual who claimed to have placed several explosive devices on the Pullman campus.

Update on Fires in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

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KAMIAH, ID - Update from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests:
As fire season gears up helicopters can be seen drawing water from many of the water sources on the Forests.  The public is requested to stay well back from those areas, since the pilots will be doing their jobs and may not be able to see someone in the line of danger.  Please take photographs from a good distance.

Hot temperatures and low humidity add up to very high probability of fire starts and growth of existing fires.  Already this summer Forest visitors are seeing towering smoke plumes in various areas and smoke lying across the Camas Prairie, along the Selway, South Fork of the Clearwater, and Salmon Rivers.


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