Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Just move! Bystanders in Kennewick block firefighters from fighting fires...again
Kennewick police had to help firefighters get to a brushfire near the Burlington Store Saturday after onlookers kept getting in the way. First responders tell Action News they're seeing too much of this and they need your help. Officers say they understand the interest, it's human nature to watch events as they unfold but it's starting to impede their ability to do their job.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2019 8:17:34 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019 03:17:34 GMT

3 homes burn in 2-alarm fire in Lakewood
Three houses caught fire early Friday morning in the Tillicum neighborhood in Lakewood, but everyone escaped safely. Just before 1 a.m., fire crews were called the the 2-alarm blaze in the 14400 block of Union Ave. SW. They arrived to find three homes burning and flames visible even from I-5. Investigators believe the fire originated in a vacant home in the middle of the three, and the flames then spread to the other homes on either side, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2019 1:43:02 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:43:02 GMT

50 rolls of fake grass catch fire near Lacey
Lacey Fire District 3 says its crews spent most of Thursday evening trying to put out 50 rolls of artificial grass that caught fire. The incident happened at a home near state Route 510 and Mullen Road Southeast starting about 6:30 p.m. The fire was still going but contained when crews left about 11:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:33:28 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:33:28 GMT

Brush Fire in Chelan, But Winds Not a Factor
Despite the forecast of strong winds, firefighters contained a brushfire to about 2 acres near Chelan Saturday afternoon. The fire was burning underneath power lines in sagebrush and grass and steep terrain between Boyd and Henderson Roads. Lt. Zacher with Chelan Fire and Rescue said a second alarm was called for structure protection on two nearby homes that were threatened.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2019 2:51:50 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:51:50 GMT

Longview woman arrested after setting a fire inside a home
Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies Friday night arrested a Longview woman after she started a fire inside a home. Susie Irene Mitchell, 48, of Longview was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, resisting arrest, intimidating a public servant and obstructing a public servant. Sgt. Corey Huffine said deputies and Longview police officers responded to the call, which came in around 10:10 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2019 4:29:57 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sat, 22 Jun 2019 23:29:57 GMT

Garage, two cars destroyed in Kennewick fire
PHOTO: A fire destroyed a detached garage and two cars in Kennewick Friday afternoon. Crews responded to the fire at 1588 W. 21 Place near South Rainier Street around 2:45 p.m. Heavy smoke poured from the garage as they attempted to put it out. No residents or firefighters were injured. The fire did not spread to any surrounding buildings.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 8:45:36 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 22 Jun 2019 03:45:36 GMT

Firefighting partnership beefs up proactive fire protection in the Wenatchee Valley
Crews from various firefighting jurisdictions participated in a fire protection project along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway just southeast of Wenatchee on Thursday. Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett says a partnership with Chelan County Fire District 3, Alcoa and the Department of Natural Resources allowed a fire line dig spanning over one mile from the Alcoa entrance spanning a mile past the electric substation.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 3:56:08 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 22:56:08 GMT

Fire burns on Yakima Training Center near Priest Rapids Dam
Firefighters from the Yakima Training Center and other agencies were battling a brush fire that had scorched about 3,500 acres Thursday evening. Dubbed the Alkali Canyon Fire, it was burning approximately 2 miles north of Priests Rapid Dam and is within the boundaries of the training center, said Mike Daniels, deputy to the garrison commander.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 6:40:33 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 21 Jun 2019 01:40:33 GMT

Rain overnight is credited with helping fight flames in Finley area
Rain overnight into Friday morning has been credited with helping to fight the fire in the Finely area. Benton County Fire District No. 1, Ron Fryer, said the fire was at 75-percent containment at about 7:10 a.m. Friday morning. The number of fire fighters working the area has been reduced. About 75 acres have burned in total.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 4:54:06 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV NBC 4
Posted on Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:54:06 GMT

Leavenworth Home Escapes Major Damage From Falling Tree
An aging ponderosa pine was toppled by high winds in Leavenworth about 9am Wednesday. The crash of the 100 foot tree grazed a home in the 300 block of Cascade Street, causing minor damage. Damage was confined to a porch area of the home. The lone occupant of the home was not injured. The tree was estimated at up to 300 years old and was recognized as the Leavenworth Heritage Tree, one of the oldest in Leavenworth.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:42:49 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:42:49 GMT

Chelan County declared High Fire Hazard Area
In a move which is rapidly becoming the seasonal norm, Chelan County has once again been declared as a High Fire Hazard Area. “We’ve had some above normal temperatures (and) we have had some rain and that made the grass grow but then it dried out and those flash fuels down in the Lower Valley are pretty volatile right now,” explained Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 10:59:42 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:59:42 GMT

Seattle relocates firefighters from station known as 'Cancer House' until more tests are done
Seattle authorities have moved firefighters out of a Northgate fire station where worries have long been raised about unhealthy conditions and links to cancer. Mayor Jenny Durkan and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins made the relocation decision this week, citing initial results from environmental testing recently done at Station 31 by the Seattle firefighters union, Local 27.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 6:28:44 AM - SOURCE: The Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:28:44 GMT

Puget Sound Fire to ask voters for property tax hike
Kent and Covington voters will decide on the Aug. 6 primary ballot whether to approve a Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority levy to increase property taxes and reduce fire benefit charges to maintain and adequately fund operations. Fifty-seven percent of voters rejected a similar measure in April 2018.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 1:43:59 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:43:59 GMT

Seattle to open smoke shelters for 'new normal' summer fires
Ahead of a wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. The move is in response to several years marked by thick smoke hanging over the city from summer wildfires, which officials and scientists have unequivocally connected to the slow-motion of the effects of climate change.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department sees thefts of brass caps from fire safety connection systems at area businesses
The Spokane Valley Fire Department has noticed a rash of thefts of brass fire caps from Fire Department Connection systems at businesses in Liberty Lake. People may be stealing them to sell to recycling companies, said Fire Marshal Greg Rogers. The fire department uses the FDC systems, with connection points either set into the business wall or on a vertical pipe next to the building, to hook into the building’s sprinkler systems in case of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 7:17:57 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 14:17:57 GMT

Grays Harbor County: Responders Find Multiple Derelict Vehicles on Fire at 206 Mill in Moclips
A fire consumed multiple derelict vehicles and spread to cover about 1 and a half acres of wild land in the Moclips area Tuesday afternoon. Stephanie Alstad with Grays Harbor Fire District #8 said they received the call for a fire at the 206 Mill on Otis Court in Moclips just after 1 PM Tuesday. The initial report was of several vehicles on fire, flames and smoke seen and threatening structures.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 6:34:06 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:34:06 GMT

Spokane: PulsePoint Emergency App helped save a life by alerting a first responder a couple blocks away
You've probably heard of the app, "PulsePoint." Here in Spokane, there are more than 14,000 subscribers who follow the Spokane Fire Department. But it's not just a resource to keep you in the know, for the first time in this country, it's helped save a life. "I knew immediately it was as bad as it could get," said Griffin Bowker.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Edmonds rejects plan for emergency bridge to waterfront - for now
A bridge to handle life-and-death emergencies got voted down Tuesday night, following a public outcry that the overpass would cost too much and damage the beach. The bridge would have extended from the intersection of Edmonds Street and Sunset Avenue and jut west across the railroad tracks, stretching down to the shoreline at Brackett’s Landing North.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

71-year-old man severely injured by 'runaway' dump truck trailer in Capitol Hill
VIDEO: Seattle firefighters rescued a 71-year-old man who was pinned under a construction trailer which rolled backwards over a Capitol Hill sidewalk and crashed into a building Tuesday. Witnesses along the 1200 block of E. Pine Street told KIRO-7 the dump truck hauling the flatbed trailer and a 27,000 lb.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

FBI investigating possible arson, explosion near Renton church
The FBI is investigating after a possible arson and explosion in a Renton neighborhood, police say. Officers responded to the scene, in the 15500 block of 116th Avenue SE, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Aerial footage from KOMO's Air 4 shows police tape and investigators at a local church. FBI agents have taken charge of the investigation.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire buys weighted blankets to comfort people with autism
VIDEO: The Spokane Valley Fire Department has purchased weighted blankets available for calming those diagnosed with autism or anyone who may be experiencing a crisis. SVFD spokesperson Julie Happy says the blankets, purchased from the ISAAC Foundation, have already been delivered to most stations. Holly Lytle founded the nonprofit in 2007, when her son diagnosed with autism passed away just before his fourth birthday.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam County Sheriff's office investigating possible Blyn arson attempt
Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what might be an attempted arson in Blyn this week. Fire Chief Ben Andrews with Clallam County Fire District 3 said fire crews reported at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, to the 2100 block of Old Blyn Highway to a fire less than 4 feet in size on the outside of the home’s wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 1:44:07 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:44:07 GMT

Burn ban declared in Island County
A burn ban is now in effect in Island County, the fire marshal announced. The Type I ban prohibits outdoor burning of natural debris, even with a permit. Recreational fires in a fire pit are still allowed, according to a press release. Barbecue grills using propane or briquettes and self-contained camp stoves are also allowed.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 1:42:06 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:42:06 GMT

Clallam County Fire Chiefs: Fireworks danger not enough to support ban in county
Two Clallam County fire chiefs told the county commissioners Monday that they have not seen enough fires in Clallam County caused by fireworks to justify a ban. The discussion during Monday’s work session centered around the fire danger caused by fireworks and when the county should take fire risk into consideration when re- stricting fireworks.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 2:50:54 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:50:54 GMT

Sunshine Motel Fire in Yakima Leaves Many Without a Place to Live
More than a dozen units of the Sunshine Motel on North First Street were damaged in a fire Monday leaving more than 25 people without a place to stay. As a result the American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Summitview Church of Christ on North 72nd Avenue on Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the motel at about 6:00 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 5:37:08 AM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:37:08 GMT

Firefighters extinguish wood chip fire at Pacific Fibre in Longview
Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Longview Fire Department extinguished a wood-chip fire Sunday night at Pacific Fibre Products, which owns a plant at the intersection of California and Industrial ways and Third Avenue. The 300-by-100 foot fire was initially reported at 7:40 p.m. by a BNSF Railway employee who saw smoke, Longview fire Battalion Chief Jeff Thompson said.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 6:03:07 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 01:03:07 GMT

300 goats to help fight fire by eating vegetation in Wenatchee area
An army of goats will be released onto parts of the Wenatchee Foothills later this month to help reduce fire fuels. Chelan County Fire District 1 expects to set loose about 300 goats on steep hillsides behind the Broadview neighborhood, said Chief Brian Brett. The goats will be allowed to chew away sections of hillside vegetation before moving to un-chomped areas, he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 6:32:07 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 01:32:07 GMT

Citing fire risks, Cowlitz County starts burn ban early on June 21
Outdoor burning in Cowlitz County will be restricted starting June 21, nearly a month earlier than normal due to riskier than average fire conditions, the county Fire Marshal’s Office announced Monday. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Chief Dave LaFave said that current fire conditions are comparable to what firefighters usually see around mid to late July.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 3:32:47 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:32:47 GMT

Spokane Valley first responders warn distracted driving is an increasing threat locally
Forty-one first responders were killed by distracted drivers while on the side of the road in 2018, a 60% increase from 2017 according to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. As of May 2019, 21 firefighters have died due to people driving distracted in areas where firefighters are responding to incidents.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 10:30:51 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV Fox 28 Spokane
Posted on Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:30:51 GMT

Fireworks ban sought for south Snohomish County
Fire authorities have drafted a petition to ban consumer fireworks in parts of south Snohomish County where they aren’t already illegal. Commissioners for South County Fire approved the petition last week. They sent the request to the Snohomish County Council, which has the authority to ban the sale and use of fireworks outside city limits.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 2:41:39 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:41:39 GMT

Five-acre brush fire extinguished in Manson
Strong winds drove a brush fire to a little over 5 acres Friday night near Wapato Lake Road, according to Chelan County Fire District 5. Firefighters were called out shortly before 10 p.m. to the blaze, started by a transformer, Fire Chief Arnold Baker said. If it weren't for the wind, he said, "we wouldn't have had an incident.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2019 3:15:52 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Sat, 15 Jun 2019 22:15:52 GMT

Editorial: It's time to stop the bucket brigade - State needs funding source to prevent and fight wildfires
Brace yourself, Western Washington: The state Department of Natural Resources warns this year’s wildfire season is going to be a doozy. DNR has already reported 478 wildfires; 187 of them have been on our side of the state. “The recent spike in temperatures is only going to make things worse,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz recently told our Editorial Board.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 1:45:02 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:45:02 GMT

Port Angeles man arrested in arson probe of fire
A 50-year-old Port Angeles man was arrested Sunday night for investigation of first-degree arson. John H. Hann, age 50, has his first appearance today at 1 p.m. in Clallam County Superior Court. Hann was apprehended during an investigation of a fire that Port Angeles police said was deliberately set in a multiunit building near First and Albert streets, according the department’s Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 10:27:22 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:27:22 GMT

Emerson Elementary School kids meet some big wheels in Hoquiam
One of the last days of school for Emerson Elementary School in Hoquiam will probably be a memorable one for its students as they got to explore different types of trucks and cars on Vehicle Day Thursday. A school tradition since 1994, Vehicle Day brings the students of Emerson Elementary out of the classroom and onto the playground where various cars and trucks were available for their perusal.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 10:30:50 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:30:50 GMT

Hanging out - First responders practice hoist rescues In Wenatchee
Firefighters, cops and medics took turns this week rappelling from a prop helicopter in Olds Station. The first responders were practicing hoist rescues, the type of recovery often used to pluck stranded or injured hikers from remote areas. Mounted above Chelan County Fire District 1, Station 11’s hose tower, the prop helicopter matches the district’s helicopter that’s currently in service, which adds important overlap between training and real world rescues, said Chief Brian Brett.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 4:00:41 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:00:41 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department, Starbucks program to award gift cards to Good Samaritans
The Spokane Valley Fire Department and a local Starbucks have joined forces to award citizens going above and beyond with coffee. "When firefighters respond to a call and find a citizen already on hand helping, they offer more than a thank you," SVFD said in a release. Under the new partnership, the Starbucks at Pines and Sprague has provided a $4 thank you reward card for SVFD crews to give out to Good Samaritans along with their thanks.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Two arrested after string of arson fires near Soap Lake
Two arson suspects have been arrested after iFIBER ONE News aired last week’s story about a recent rash of fires throughout the countryside near Soap Lake. The Grant County Sheriff’s office announced the arrests on Thursday. 21-year-old Alexandra Gray of Ephrata was arrested on suspicion of four counts of 2nd degree arson and four counts of second degree burglary.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 6:38:15 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:38:15 GMT

Follow-up: Owner feeling grateful in Snohomish - Market fire could have been worse
Keith Stocker lost a storage building to fire late Tuesday night. The flames also reached an exterior wall of the popular Country Market building at Stocker farms. The following day, his first instinct was gratitude, not a sense of loss. He knew it could have been a lot worse. “It touched it but it didn’t take it,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 6:36:27 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:36:27 GMT

Woman found dead after fire destroys part of Gig Harbor duplex
Just one of two people who lived in a Gig Harbor duplex made it out alive from a fire Wednesday night. Thursday morning, firefighters found the body of a woman who could not escape the flames on the second floor of her home. The fire was reported around 11:30 p.m. when neighbors started frantically calling 911 for help.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 6:13:03 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:13:03 GMT

Spokane Fire Department hailed for citizen engagement in PulsePoint app
In 2014, the Spokane Fire Department, along with almost every other fire department in Spokane County, joined the PulsePoint app that gives information about each call they are dispatched to and summons aid from CPR certified citizens in the event someone has a heart attack. Earlier this month, Spokane Fire was honored with the 2019 PulsePoint Agency of the Year award, bringing representatives from the California-based nonprofit to Spokane to deliver the award in person.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Suspicious car fire spreads to home in Graham; suspects seen on surveillance video
VIDEO: The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a suspicious car fire quickly spread to a home in Graham and caused significant damage. Neighbors told Q13 News that someone was driving in the 17700 block of 93rd Avenue Court in the gated Silver Creek community about 1 a.m. Thursday when they saw a car and house in flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 7:42:54 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:42:54 GMT

Selah home severely damaged in early morning fire
A Selah home sustained major damage in a fire that broke out early Thursday morning. The fire broke out on the 2200 block of North Wenas Road before at 3:17 a.m., and witnesses saw flames coming from the front half of the home. Firefighters from Selah, Gleed, and Yakima fire departments arrived at the scene as the front half of the house was engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 7:42:41 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:42:41 GMT

Warm, Dry Conditions Continue to Cause Concern Among State's Fire Officials
Extended forecasts continue to predict a busy fire season as dry, warm weather settles in the area, and state officials and meteorologists warn of the ease in which a wildfire may be sparked in such conditions and the adverse effects high temperatures can have on vulnerable populations. “Our firefighters are concerned that we may see more wildfires this week due to rising temperatures and higher wind speeds,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, in a Department of Natural Resources press release.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 6:08:19 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:08:19 GMT

100 people evacuated from Northgate Mall in Seattle after pepper spray incident
About 100 people inside Northgate Mall were exposed to pepper spray and had to be brought outside because of coughing and eye irritation Wednesday morning. The Seattle Fire Department responded about 10:30 a.m. to the mall where scores of people were standing outside and complaining about eye irritation and coughing.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Talks will continue on combining Northshore Fire Department with others
Combining the fire departments of Woodinville, Shoreline and Northshore is still a possibility — an option that the Northshore Fire Department board of commissioners approve exploring. At a recent gathering on June 4 the topic of regionalization was brought before the board again. During a commissioner meeting in May, firefighter union leaders expressed that the option should be explored.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 1:07:16 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Posted on Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:07:16 GMT

Fire damages part of popular Stocker Farms in Snohomish
A late night fire burned part of a popular summertime fruit stand in Snohomish, but luckily the fire was extinguished before it was able to do significant damage. It was just after 10 p.m. when a relative with Stocker Family Farms was driving by the area, smelled smoke and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the outside part of a storage area near a main building.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 12 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chicks perish, goats escape in Greenbank barn fire
A heat lamp ignited a fire early Tuesday morning, killing chicks and destroying a barn in Greenbank, according to Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin. Hartin did not know how many chicks had been in the barn at the time of the fire. The homeowners awoke around 2:40 a.m. and saw flickering in their window, he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 1:50:25 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:50:25 GMT

Home destroyed in White Point fire on San Juan Island
San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to an early morning residential fire in the area of White Point area on San Juan Island on June 11. The blaze was contained in a two-story residential structure that started around 2:15 a.m. The residents were able to quickly evacuate the home and call 911.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 1:44:16 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:44:16 GMT

Attic fire damages laundromat in Washougal
An attic fire damaged a laundromat in Washougal early Tuesday, but crews were able to stop it from spreading to other parts of a commercial building, according to the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. The fire was reported at 8:06 a.m. at Riverside Laundry, 921 Fourth St., according to Battalion Chief Mark Ervin.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 10:39:05 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:39:05 GMT

Cheney ranch offers goats for rent to create defensible spaces
VIDEO: With fires to the west in Grant County and fires to the north in Canada, the 2019 fire season is off to a hot, windy and dry start. “It's not even just important, it's necessary,” Shalene Harris said. Now more than ever, the need for defensible spaces is paramount in protecting your family and your property.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 4:36:43 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 11 Jun 2019 23:36:43 GMT

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue gets national spotlight in new TV show
A new show that premieres this week on Q13 Fox features first responders in action, and a local fire agency will be featured on the show's debut. "First Responders Live" is unscripted, according to Fox, giving viewers an "unprecedented" up close and personal look at first responders as they make emergency calls across the country.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 8:02:14 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:02:14 GMT

Woman hurt, 3 cats killed in Lynnwood house fire
A woman was sent to the hospital and three of four cats died in a fire Monday morning at a home in Lynnwood. According to South County Fire, crews were called to the home on 60th Ave. West around 7:00 a.m. Firefighters could see a column of smoke from several blocks away. The 66-year-old woman was outside of the home when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 3:56:03 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:56:03 GMT

Wildfire warning issued statewide with hot temperatures coming
Firefighters are worried the hot temperatures this week could spark serious wildfires on both sides of the Cascades. With temperatures near 90 in the Puget Sound region and as high as 100 in Eastern Washington, the potential for serious wildfires jumps significantly. On top of that, more than 70% of the state is in a drought or experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 3:20:15 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:20:15 GMT

Crews prevent vehicle and garage fire from spreading to Greenacres home
Spokane Valley Fire and Spokane County Fire crews were able to prevent a structure fire from spreading to a home in Greenacres late Monday night. The fire originated in a vehicle in the driveway before spreading to the interior of a garage on the 17200 block of 5th Ave. in Greenacres around 11 p.m. Crews first on scene made an aggressive attack to prevent the fire from spreading to the residence.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 5:36:22 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:36:22 GMT

Two fires spark on I-82 near Kennewick, possibly started by vehicle
Firefighters worked to put out two grass fires in Kennewick Monday afternoon, both within a few miles from each other. Around 1:20 p.m., Benton County Fire District #1 went out and found one fire near the I-82 entrance from Kennewick. The other was near Locust Grove Road. Firefighters were quickly able to put it out.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 4:42:28 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:42:28 GMT

Yakima man arrested on arson charges after setting house on fire, driving to airport with gun
At about 6:00 p.m. Sunday, a man called 9-1-1 in Yakima and reported he had set his house on fire and was headed to the Yakima airport with a firearm. The man gave calltakers a description of his vehicle and said he would be waiting at the airport for police. Yakima police arrived at the Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field and found a vehicle matching the description given, which was parked in front of the terminal building with its driver’s side door open and its engine running.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 3:46:04 PM - SOURCE: KNDU-TV NBC 25 Richland
Posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:46:04 GMT

New Yakima firefighters prep for a devastating wildfire season
With the most dangerous wildfire season anticipated for the entire state, crews over at Yakima County Fire District 5 were getting their hands dirty, training to fight deadly and devastating wildfires. “With the potential of this year’s fire season, they're gonna step up and between the structure fires, aid calls, and the wildland fires, these guys are gonna do a lot of good work and save a lot of people," said Yakima County Fire District Five Captain Dave Martin.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2019 5:26:49 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:26:49 GMT

Battle Ground, Fire District 3 explore annexation plan
After three-plus years of contracting with Fire District 3, Battle Ground officials are looking to solidify the partnership by possibly annexing into the district. Fire District 3 took over as Battle Ground’s fire and emergency service contractor on Jan. 1, 2016, after the city opted to switch from using Clark County Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 6:46:02 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:46:02 GMT

Fire damages Kent home
Two Kent residents were displaced Friday morning after their home caught fire in the 12400 block of SE 275th Place. The fire was reported at 9:40 a.m. after the homeowners heard their smoke alarm activate, according to a Puget Sound Fire news release. When they investigated, they found fire and smoke in the garage.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 7:44:21 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Sun, 09 Jun 2019 02:44:21 GMT

Photos of Franklin County Hay Truck Fire Released, Driver Escaped Injury
Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies have released photos of a fast-moving fire that consumed a semi-truck loaded with hay Wednesday. The semi was on State Route 260 near milepost between Connell and Kahlotus when the fire broke out. Fortunately, the driver was able to escape without injury, but the truck and load are total loss.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 7:36:57 PM - SOURCE: KORD-FM 102.7
Posted on Sun, 09 Jun 2019 02:36:57 GMT

New law requires wildfire prevention corridors
During the 2015 Okanogan Complex Fire, state Rep. Joel Kretz saw where a fire line was put in Aeneas Valley. “There was a cooperative effort done down there between the feds, the state and private landowners where they had — I don’t know how many miles long it was — a corridor,” said Kretz, R-Wauconda.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 5:57:12 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Sun, 09 Jun 2019 00:57:12 GMT

Twin Cities Leaders Support Formal Request by Lewis County for 911 Study With TCOMM
City officials from across Lewis County welcomed the action taken this week by the Board of County Commissioners to send a letter to Thurston 911 Communications (TCOMM) asking it to participate in a feasibility study of the potential regionalization of emergency dispatch services. County officials decided to send the letter requested by TCOMM leadership following months of informal discussions between the two bodies, as well as talks between Lewis County staff and city officials who remain concerned about county 911 communications operations.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 4:41:03 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 08 Jun 2019 11:41:03 GMT

Snoqualmie home burns for second time in a year; 2 firefighters injured
Two firefighters suffered injuries when a 2-alarm fire destroyed a home late Thursday night in Snoqualmie -- the second such fire at the home in the past year. At about 11:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a home in the 6200 block of Fairway Pl. SE and arrived to find flames shooting from the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 5:10:03 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:10:03 GMT

4 stranded climbers plucked from Mount Rainier in daring rescue
Four stranded climbers on Mount Rainier were successfully rescued Thursday morning in a daring helicopter mission by park rangers during a short break in the weather. All four are alive but are suffering from exposure to the unrelenting cold at the massive stratovolcano's 13,500-foot elevation, the National Park Service said.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19 Pasco
Posted on Fri, 07 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Small Cowlitz County fire agency's mental health campaign goes national
After nearly 15 years of responding to traumatic calls as a firefighter and paramedic in Cowlitz County, Stacie Poff noticed she would sometimes feel angry and agitated at nothing in particular. At home, the activities that used to bring her joy did little to lighten her mood, she said. Those were the first symptoms of the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she developed on the job, said Poff, who works with Cowlitz County Fire District 6 in Castle Rock.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 5:30:45 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:30:45 GMT

Yakima Fire Department announces Deputy Fire Chief
The Yakima Fire Department now has its new Deputy Fire Chief. The Yakima Fire Department sent out the following information on Thursday: A longtime employee with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is now its new Deputy Fire Chief. Jeremy Rodriguez, a 22-year employee with YFD, began his new role as Deputy Fire Chief this week.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 4:05:37 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 23:05:37 GMT

White Swan: Forestry and wildfire training resume as freeze lifted on millions in Job Corps funds
Millions of federal dollars dedicated in part to wildfire response training and equipment at 25 Job Corps sites nationwide — including one in White Swan — were frozen last month pending potential operations changes, according to a regional American Federation of Government Employees official. Tuesday morning, the U.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 1:22:30 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 20:22:30 GMT

Longview Fire, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue train for emergency with Nippon simulation
Two local fire departments Thursday dispatched crews to Nippon Dynawave Packaging for the second installment in a three-part training exercise. Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue participated in a scenario about a silo fire with two trapped victims, said Jeff Thompson of Cowlitz 2. The scenario was broadcast over police and fire scanners and firefighters responded as if it were a real incident, but no buildings were actually on fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 5:30:43 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:30:43 GMT

Sheriff: 'Tremendous progress' at 243 Command Fire in Grant County; 18,000-acre blaze 50% contained
VIDEO: Things were looking up Thursday for crews battling the 243 Command Fire in Grant County, Washington. The blaze, which had torched an estimated 18,774 acres, was 50% contained as of 9 a.m. Just one evacuation notice remained in place for the town of Smyrna, located about 160 miles southeast of Seattle, but it had downgraded to a level 2 evacuation, meaning residents should be prepared to leave at any moment but were not required to leave immediately.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 9:50:51 AM - SOURCE: SeattlePI.com
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:50:51 GMT

One person hospitalized after fire breaks out at Walla Walla home
One person is in the hospital after 41 firefighters responded to a major structure fire in Walla Walla on Thursday morning. The fire broke out at 622 W. Poplar St. at 2:36 a.m., and two people were inside of the home. Firefighters were able to force entry and help one person out of the home right away.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 9:07:56 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:07:56 GMT

Firehouse of the Year: Salkum’s Fire Department Honored by Statewide Organization
It came as a shock to learn Salkum Fire Department — Lewis County Fire District 8 — had won firehouse of the year from the Washington State Firefighters’ Association, said department chief Duran McDaniel. But it also served as a validation, he said, that the department is doing something right. Lewis County’s other fire districts had a strong showing at the awards, with three volunteer personnel within the county taking home awards for their work at their respective departments.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 7:47:24 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 02:47:24 GMT

A Time to ACT — Antidote, CPR/AED, Tourniquet in South Snohomish County
ACT is a novel first-aid program that targets opioid overdoses, cardiac arrests & hemorrhage control. Over time, threats to society have changed. In order to mitigate negative consequences and maximize opportunity, society must develop programs designed to adapt to change. The first five minutes of a life-threatening emergency are critical.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

County to Formally Request Discussion on Merging 911 With Thurston County
Lewis County commissioners plan to ask Thurston 911 Communications for formal permission to study the feasibility of merging operations, the latest step in a long-running process that will determine the future of 911 service in the region. “This letter is to formally request that the TCOMM Administration Board allow TCOMM staff and Lewis County staff to be allowed to continue these discussions and study the feasibility of regionalization of 911 Communications services between our two counties,” reads the draft of a letter that Lewis County commissioners plan to finalize and send to Thurston 911 Communications.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 4:14:09 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 11:14:09 GMT

Washington organization investigates flood response in Pullman
Washington Labor and Industries (L&I) launched an investigation into the City of Pullman and Pullman Fire Department response to the April 9 flood. Frank Ameduri, L&I communications consultant for the division of occupational safety and health, said L&I received a complaint on April 19 regarding Pullman’s response to the flood.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 2:16:11 AM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:16:11 GMT

Okanogan County: Body found in burning vehicle; suspect in custody
A body was found in a burned vehicle east of Tonasket Monday afternoon, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff Tony Hawley, Aeneas Valley Fire District No.16 was toned to a report of a vehicle fire shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 3. Firefighters then discovered a body in the trunk of the vehicle and contacted the sheriff’s office, Hawley said.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 3:26:39 AM - SOURCE: Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:26:39 GMT

243 Fire in south Grant County nearing 19,000 acres burned since sparking Monday evening
The 243 Fire in south Grant County has burned nearly 19,000 acres since sparking Monday evening. Fire command officials say the blaze is at about 18,770 acres, although those numbers will likely change as better mapping becomes available, pushed east through the Smyrna Canyon, fueled by strong winds in difficult-to-access terrain.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 10:23:43 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2019 05:23:43 GMT

Explosive fire burns garage on Key Peninsula
Firefighters had more than the usual challenges in fighting a fire that was burning a garage on the Key Peninsula early Wednesday morning. It was around 12:30 a.m. when the fire broke out in the 12000 block of 123rd Street NW, according to Key Peninsula Fire officials. Firefighters arrived to find extensive flames burning the garage with live ammunition stored inside exploding in the heat, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Grant County Fire District 7 chief convinced that someone set nine fires near Soap Lake during last two months
A local fireman says someone is setting the countryside on fire near Soap Lake. Grant County Fire District 7 Chief Kirk Sheppard says there were a total of nine fires that occurred between April 10 and May 31. Six of those fires happened within days of each other at the same abandoned homestead on High Hill between the 10th of April and the 28th of May, claiming an unoccupied home and eight outbuildings.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 6:37:14 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2019 01:37:14 GMT

5,000-acre 243 Fire in Grant County prompts Level 3 evacuation
VIDEO: One of the first notable wildfires of the season has already burned over 5,000 acres near Royal City, Washington, according to Grant County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kyle Foreman. Authorities say the 243 Fire sparked at about 9 p.m. on Monday. It has since prompted Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuations in the surrounding area.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM -TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Related: State fire assistance called in for Grant County fire
State Fire assistance was approved overnight on Tuesday, to assist fire crews working to battle a wildfire off SR 243. The assistance has arrived to assist crews who were working overnight. The mobilization plan allows crews to assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state as needed.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29
Posted on Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Seven injured after SUV vs motor home collision in Okanogan County
Three patients were transported to the hospital for injuries in a crash Saturday afternoon near Carlton in Okanogan County. According to Okanogan Fire District 6, first responders were called to Highway 153 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon due to a head-on crash that involved an SUV and a motorhome. First responders said there were seven patients, with three transported to the hospital for injuries.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 10:06:34 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:06:34 GMT

Firefighters respond to house fire on South Hill in Spokane
Around noon on Monday, fire crews responded to a house fire in the 400 block of west 24th. The Spokane Fire Department said that it was likely caused by old electrical wiring. The fire was contained to the attic. Thankfully, neither the homeowners, nor any fire personnel were injured. An investigation is underway.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 1:37:54 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:37:54 GMT

Brushfire blocks off highway lane near Cashmere
A tow truck that broke down and struck sparks along Highway 2 near Cashmere was the cause of a small brushfire that closed one lane of travel Monday morning. Washington State Patrol troopers said the 9:43 a.m. fire started near milepost 109, just west of Cashmere near the foot of Peshastin Pinnacles State Park.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 11:49:40 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:49:40 GMT

Suspicious fire torches 300 tons of hay near Soap Lake
Three hundred tons of hay went up in smoke early Friday morning near Soap Lake. Grant County Fire District 7 crews responded to the fire in the 4 a.m. hour. The stretch of land where the fires occurred is located 1.5 miles north of state Route 28 at Road 23 Northeast and Dry Coulee Road Northeast. Grant County Fire District 7 Chief Kirk Sheppard says the cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2019 6:21:42 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sat, 01 Jun 2019 13:21:42 GMT

Obituary: William H. Hoppe, retired Seattle firefighter
Willie passed away at age 83 on May 8th, surrounded by his family. He was born in Seattle, WA. His Firefighting career started as a ladder truck driver for Station 18, followed by a pioneer in arson investigation as a detective on the Seattle Fire & Arson squad. His hobbies included: sailing, traveling, car racing and socializing with old & new friends.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 1:08:43 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Fri, 31 May 2019 20:08:43 GMT

Dog dies in Northwest Vancouver fire
PHOTOS: A dog was killed Sunday afternoon after a fire ravaged a house in Vancouver’s Northwest neighborhood. Fire personnel were dispatched shortly after 2:30 p.m. to 1016 N.W. 56th Way. Flames had engulfed the back side and roof of the single-story house — about 70 percent of the structure — when the first crews arrived, Vancouver Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2019 6:22:22 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 03 Jun 2019 01:22:22 GMT

Lacey Fire District 3 busy with fires Saturday night and Sunday morning
Lacey Fire District 3 responded to two fires within hours of each other, including one Sunday morning, the fire district announced. About 6:40 a.m. Sunday, fire crews were dispatched to a residence in the 7300 block of Fair Oaks Loop Southeast. Fire officials said via social media that the fire caused significant damage to the home and sent one person to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2019 3:05:19 PM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Sun, 02 Jun 2019 22:05:19 GMT

Skateboarder hit in Hazel Dell suffered debilitating injuries
Doctors told 24-year-old Alexandrew Harner that the impact from the vehicle that struck him from behind caused his spine to “snap like a log,” family members said. Harner was skateboarding on Northwest 99th Street in front of Columbia River High School on Tuesday night when he was hit by a Pontiac minivan traveling 30 mph, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 5:45:20 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:45:20 GMT

Educational and entertaining, Fire District 9 holds annual Demo Day for hundreds in Mead
VIDEO: Its an annual tradition at Fire District 9, Demo Day as its called for the awe-inspiring firefighting demonstrations put on throughout the day. "All the district personnel enjoy putting it on," said Division Chief Nathan Jeffries. He says its an opportunity to connect with their community, teach kids about fire safety and put on a little bit of a show while doing it.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2019 8:48:50 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 02 Jun 2019 03:48:50 GMT

Preparing for battle: Tri-Cities Fire Academy recruits turning up the heat
VIDEO: Sixteen recruits and a whole lot of dust. Wildfire season is here and local fire recruits spent Thursday learning how to knock out wildland similar to what we saw last year in Bofer Canyon. Richland Fire Captain Adam Hardgrove says there's just no substitute for hands-on training. "Let's see how it works, how fire behaves, so their first interaction with wildland fire isn't when it counts," he explains.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 10:16:53 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 31 May 2019 05:16:53 GMT

Woman in hospital after riverbank rescue in Wenatchee
VIDEO: Rescuers say a woman who claimed she jumped from the Senator George Sellar bridge in Wenatchee was pulled from the shoreline after she became stranded in some rocks downstream. Chelan County District One fire battalion chief Cary New says crews responded to an area just south of the Burlington Northern Railway Apple Yard where they located the woman clinging to a rock at the bottom of a steep embankment.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 10:36:32 AM - SOURCE: NCWLife.com
Posted on Fri, 31 May 2019 17:36:32 GMT

Update: Juvenile arson suspect arrested in Pullman trailer fire case
On May 21 at 10:05 am, Pullman Police and Fire responded to a report of a trailer on fire at 1155 SE Professional Mall Blvd. Pullman Fire Department firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but the trailer was a total loss. Unfortunately, a dog and cat were killed. Investigators developed probable cause for arson after they ruled out any possible accidental or natural cause.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 4:39:23 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 23:39:23 GMT

Anheuser-Busch delivers cans of emergency drinking water to Grant County Fire District 3
Anheuser-Busch is delivering about 300,000 cans of emergency drinking water to 26 volunteer fire departments, including Grant County Fire District 3 in Quincy. The water delivery is in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to provide critical hydration to first responders in advance of wildfire season.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 1:47:21 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 20:47:21 GMT

Wildfire south of Kalama quickly extinguished
Firefighters quickly extinguished a small brush fire Wednesday afternoon south of Kalama, Cowlitz 5 Fire Chief Vic Leatzow said, but the tenth of an acre blaze could be a portent of a bad fire season. The fire in the 4900 block of Green Mountain Road overlooking the Columbia River was reported over dispatch roughly around 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 11:52:43 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 18:52:43 GMT

Arson suspect arrested after house fire in Bellevue
Bellevue Police tracked down and arrested a man suspected of arson after a fire broke out early Thursday morning in the Lake Hills neighborhood. Police say the 56-year-old man started a fire near the front door. Firefighters were called to a home on 159th Avenue SE just before 3 a.m. Thursday. Teenager Ethan Dutson was inside and up late when he got a security alert on his phone, he told Q13 News this morning.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 10:39:47 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 17:39:47 GMT

Big Spring Growth Could Make For Big Fire Season At Hanford, Across The West
At the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington, and across the West, winter’s deep snow and a cool spring have produced lots of brush and grass. That’s a problem for the coming fire season. Hanford and the region surrounding it is a desert. Sagebrush and bunchgrass stud the site. But there’s also a lot of invasive cheatgrass that forms a brittle shag carpet across the landscape.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLCC-FM 89.7
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Pullman Fire Department cautions residents of fluff fires; Discarded cigarettes, matches can cause cottonwood fires
After a fire occurred around Hillside Drive last week, the Pullman Fire Department is cautioning Pullman residents of seasonal cottonwood fluff fires. Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Nuttman said cottonwood fluff fires occur frequently from the middle of May to mid-June. Nuttman said if Pullman residents see a cottonwood fluff fire, they must call 911 immediately because of how quickly the fire can spread.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 2:06:46 AM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 09:06:46 GMT

Fire code inspections are helping Yakima firefighters
The Yakima Fire Department wants to remind the community about how important smoke alarm checks are. A release was sent out Thursday from the Fire Department that stated the following: Regular fire code inspections by the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) are proving beneficial. An apartment building fire earlier this month, for example, was limited to just one room in one apartment thanks to quick action by YFD firefighters and the fact that smoke alarms and other safety features had been recently updated to meet city fire codes following an inspection.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 10:53:52 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 30 May 2019 17:53:52 GMT

Northshore fire chief retires early, others express interest in merger
In mid May, Northshore fire chief Jim Torpin and the board of fire commissioners entered into a “mutually beneficial” severance agreement that gives way to an early retirement, according to department officials. Deputy chief Eric Magnuson said while Torpin was past the minimum retirement age, he had previously vocalized a plan to stay longer.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 1:09:54 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Posted on Tue, 28 May 2019 20:09:54 GMT

Cowlitz County Fire Chief: Wildfire near Castle Rock fully contained; likely caused by out of control burn pile
Fire officials say a wildfire that began near Castle Rock Tuesday afternoon has been contained. Washington State Department of Natural Resources said crews were called out to the fire at around 4:40 p.m. The fire was reported off Interstate 5 near Bond Road and Millo Lane. FOX 12 spoke with a man who said he was the property owner.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV Fox 12
Posted on Wed, 29 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT



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