Where to track wildfire information and who to call in an emergency

In the case of a wildfire, it is critical to know where to turn for information. 

Agencies across Washington and Idaho are quick to report evacuation alerts and oftentimes their first point of contact is local media. 

Getting wildfire information

4 News Now works quickly to disperse that information and there are a few ways you can get it quickly. 

  • The first is to sign up for our Fire Watch emails. As soon as we know about a fire or an evacuation, we’ll send you an email. Sign up below. 
  • Download the 4 News Now news app. We’ll send notifications directly to your phone when evacuations have been ordered, updated or lifted. Download the app for iOS here and Android here

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is another great resource for updated wildfire information. Their Twitter account will have updates on the latest fire information as it is happening. 

If you want to get an update on acreage burned in a fire, the best place to check is InciWeb. This site is updated consistently as fires burns and will also typically note evacuations. 

The Idaho Department of Lands also has an interactive fire map that shows the latest information on active fires and their perimeters. 

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Who to call if you see a wildfire

If you see a wildfire and need to report it, the first step is to call 911. 

Here are some other important numbers for emergencies: 

  • Washington Wildland Fire Management Division: 360-901-1300
  • Report a wildfire: 800-562-6010
  • Spokane County Emergency Management: 509-477-3046
  • Stevens County Emergency Management: 509-684-7563
  • Okanogan County Emergency Management: 509-422-7206
  • Whitman County Emergency Management: 509-397-5606
  • Kootenai County Emergency Management: 208-446-1775
  • Bonner County Emergency Management: 208-265-8867

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