Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Cowlitz 2 firefighters to use condemned Kelso buildings for training
Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue this month will use four condemned buildings in Kelso for training. The buildings, which are located in the 200 and 300 blocks of Southwest Fourth and Fifth avenues and on Catlin Street, will allow firefighters and officers to practice a “variety of skills,” such as emergency scene management, search and rescue techniques, roof ventilation techniques and down firefighter rescue scenarios, according to a release.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 9:54:14 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2020 04:54:14 GMT

Suspect arrested after allegedly throwing flaming piece of lumber into Seattle police vehicle
Seattle police say a suspect set a police vehicle on fire Thursday afternoon while officers were inside. An officer in their patrol vehicle was in an alley between Dexter Avenue and John Street around 1:30 p.m. looking for a man who was allegedly brandishing a flaming piece of lumber, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Mental health-related calls to 911 on the rise in Spokane: 'People are feeling overwhelmed'
Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer was driving home from work on Thursday, when he made eye contact with a man sitting on the railing of the Monroe Street Bridge. “We had a gentleman that was on the bridge,” Schaeffer recalled. “He explained he was in dire straits, lost his employment, lost his home, didn’t have any money, and didn’t have any way to access help.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 4:54:18 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV Fox 28 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 23:54:18 GMT

South County Fire seeks voter approval of benefit charge for emergency services
South County Fire is asking voters in Lynnwood and unincorporated Snohomish County to consider approving a benefit charge that would change the way property owners pay for emergency services. The measure – sponsored by the Regional Fire Authority (RFA) — will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, which is being mailed out to voters this week.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 7:51:28 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 02:51:28 GMT

Car fire spreads to six RVs, kills cat in Benton City
PHOTO: Fire crews have control of a fire that broke out at Beach RV in Benton City Thursday morning. Six RVs burned; two are considered a total loss. According to Benton County Fire District #2, a car fire spread to the RVs. No one was injured, however the campground’s manager tells KAPP-KVEW a cat died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 10:24:41 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:24:41 GMT

Spokane Volunteer Fire Department welcomes new chaplain; mental health of first responders becomes greater focus, chief says
After a two-year gap, the Spokane Valley Fire Department has welcomed a new chaplain to the ranks, the Rev. Aaron McNally. McNally, an experienced chaplain, also has the distinction of being a volunteer firefighter. McNally replaced Ken McNaughton, who founded the Inland Northwest Fire Chaplains while serving as Spokane Valley Fire’s chaplain before he retired two years ago.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

2 adults, cats safely escape Spokane Valley house fire
Two adults and their cats safely escaped an early morning house fire near West Valley High School. Spokane Valley firefighters responded to the home on N Sargent Rd near E Valleyway Ave around 7:20 a.m. A woman who lived at the home woke up to a strong smoke smell and noticed a hotspot on her ceiling.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 8:43:04 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:43:04 GMT

Seattle: 2 injured as chain-reaction crash leaves car falling off I-5
Two people were injured and a driver has been arrested for DUI after a chain-reaction crash sent a car off I-5 in South Seattle Wednesday evening. A van was heading south near Airport Way just after 6 p.m. when it suddenly hit the brakes, according to Trooper Rick Johnson with the Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane firefighters rescue cat stuck in car engine
Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said oftentimes firefighters respond to emotionally taxing, and heartbreaking calls, however, sometimes they get an odd call that can warm your heart. According to Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, crews responded to Crestline and Bridgeport for a cat stuck in the engine bay of a car.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 11:36:59 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:36:59 GMT

Surveillance video captures truck with Trump flags on fire in Clark County
An arson investigation is underway after a fire at an apartment complex parking lot was caught on camera. A viewer e-mailed FOX 12 about how someone set flags in support of President Donald Trump on fire late Friday night at the Highland Hills Apartments. The flags were on the back of a pickup truck, which also burned.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Wed, 14 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Marysville Fire Department receives grant for protective equipment
Marysville firefighters will have new masks and protective equipment thanks to a $600,000 grant they were recently awarded. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is a regional federal grant meant to assist firefighting agencies. The Marysville Fire District received a similar grant about 12 years ago which provided self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA masks) and rapid intervention team packs (RIT packs).
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 1:03:56 AM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Wed, 14 Oct 2020 08:03:56 GMT

Four units impacted by Vancouver apartment fire
Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) crews were dispatched to the structure fire at 3409 NE 62nd Ave. 3:48 a.m. Sunday. In addition to the initial alarm, a second alarm was struck. The first units on scene arrived with a five-minute response, despite the fact that it was the second structure fire of the shift for many of the crews.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clark County Today
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

New Benton County fire station to be up and running early 2021
Benton County Fire District 4 just shared construction progress on their brand new station in West Richland. Station 430 is on 8031 Keene Rd and should be operational early 2021. This will be the first new station for the district in over 20 years. Two Type 1 fire engines have also been ordered and are being manufactured.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:30:01 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2020 19:30:01 GMT

Update: Couple burned in Eastern Washington's Cold Springs Fire continues recovery
A couple burned in an eastern Washington wildfire is continuing to recover in Seattle. Jacob and Jamie Hyland were burned while fleeing from the Cold Springs Fire in September. Their unborn child and one-year-old son passed away. An update posted to a GoFundMe page for the couple on Sunday, Oct. 11 says that Jake will be having a skin-flap surgery to help the skin on his hand grow back and involves sewing it to his stomach for three weeks.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Sandstone Distillery in Tenino Leads Incredible Community Support in Response to Devastating Fires
The year 2020 will go down as one filled with many trials and tribulations. While the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect nearly everyone, forest fires hitting close to home in Thurston County added to the losses many of us have already endured this year. Most of the summer’s horrific fires ravaged California and Oregon, but Washington was not spared the devastation.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 6:03:09 AM - SOURCE: Thurston Talk
Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:03:09 GMT

Crews battle flames, explosions at Tacoma asphalt plant
VIDEO: Mechanical problems at a Tacoma industrial plant are the likely cause for an early morning fire that triggered explosions and spewed toxic chemicals into the air. It took several hours for Tacoma firefighters to put the fire out but a special Hazmat Team that prepares for these types of fires helped minimize the impact on the environment and made sure nobody got hurt.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

One Injured in Chehalis House Fire; Kerosene Heater Suspected to Be Cause
A house fire that took off in downtown Chehalis Sunday afternoon completely destroyed the structure and injured one person, according to Chehalis Fire Chief Ted Hendershot. The fire was reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Sixth Street and Washington Avenue where multiple fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2020 4:21:07 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:21:07 GMT

Prescribed fire training in Roslyn puts emphasis on local efforts
A small group of mostly volunteer firefighters armed with drip torches carefully set fire to a portion of Roslyn Ridge on Thursday afternoon. The plume of smoke rising up and blowing east away from Roslyn sent a clear message to members of a historic community surrounded by forest. Local and state officials understand the seriousness of the wildfire risk and put a priority on prescribed fire as a vital measure.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2020 3:46:29 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 10 Oct 2020 10:46:29 GMT

Shoreline coffee shop receives outpouring of support following arson attack
Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline, Washington was set to open earlier this month but had to postpone after they were hit by an arsonist. On Saturday, the news of their soft opening had spread and lines of cars stretched around the block. “As crazy as the world is right now this is just a breath of fresh air,” said Erwin Weary, the co-owner of the Black-owned coffee shop.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOBI-TV NBC 5 Medford
Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire Prevention Week goes online for Mount Vernon Fire District
The Mount Vernon Fire Department is taking a different approach this year to Fire Prevention Week. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department is putting its fire prevention tips online. “The idea is to provide some information in a time where you can’t bring someone into a station and have that one-on-one interaction,” Fire Chief Bryan Brice said.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Go Skagit
Posted on Fri, 09 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

‘Everything’s gone’: Rural Washington struggles after ‘blow torch’ of a wildfire
Malden is a tiny farming town amidst eastern Washington’s “oceans of wheat fields.” Or it was. When a wind-driven firestorm raced into town on Labor Day, James Jacobs and most of the town's some 300 other residents lost their homes. "Everything's gone," Jacobs says. "Everything is completely lost.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 10:09:17 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Posted on Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:09:17 GMT

Firefighters plan to set off fires in Yakima County areas to reduce wildfire risks
This week, locals and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke in Yakima County. According to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, fire officials plan to start fires in the Naches area. Firefighters are doing what is called prescribed burning. “These prescribed fire projects reduce the amount of burnable fuels in the forest and help lower the risk of future high-intensity wildfires and related dense smoke,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Fire Department: Fire Prevention Week takes a focus on cooking safely in the kitchen
It’s Fire Prevention week from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10 this year and the focus is on cooking safety. The Spokane Fire Department says it’s especially timely with major cooking holidays coming up and more families staying at home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires and house fire injuries in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 6:02:15 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:02:15 GMT

Good Fire Projects Planned Across Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest announced Tuesday that this fall, firefighters across Central Washington will once again be using fire to help restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Just over 3,500 acres of prescribed burning is planned when favorable weather conditions set in.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 6:34:39 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 01:34:39 GMT

COVID-19: Washington state easing restrictions on activities but phases on hold
COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Washington state, but health leaders say it is a good idea to continue to ease restrictions on businesses and activities that have been hobbled because of the virus even as some ask when will counties be allowed to advance under Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start plan.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane renegotiates deal for backup fire dispatchers; mulls hiring more of its own
The city of Spokane extended its agreement on Monday to utilize a county-led emergency dispatch agency for backup when it is short on its own fire dispatchers. The revised agreement was signed as the City Council considers a budget action that would allow the city to hire three more fire dispatchers of its own, alleviating the need to rely on the Spokane Regional Emergency Communications agency to fill in when the city crew is understaffed.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 5:57:44 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:57:44 GMT

Hoquiam Fire Department Gaining New Assistant Fire Chief
While the Hoquiam Fire Department does not have a permanent Fire Chief, they have announced the appointment of a new Assistant Fire Chief. Interim Fire Chief Tom Hubbard, who serves as chief for the Aberdeen Fire Department and lends his services to Hoquiam, tells KXRO that the Hoquiam Fire Department and Mayor Ben Winkelman are announcing that Hoquiam Fire Department Captain Matt Miller will be appointed to the position of Assistant Fire Chief of the Hoquiam Fire Department effective November 1, 2020.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXRO 101.75 FM
Posted on Wed, 07 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Lynden to add fire station second floor — with fire pole
The Lynden Fire Department is bursting at its proverbial seams. That might be because the Fourth Street station remains at the same dimensions as when it was built 50 years ago. Of course, in reality there has been growth of the department, and the city, in the meantime. Lynden Fire Chief Mark Billmire said the station originally functioned for an all-volunteer firefighter crew.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lynden Tribune
Posted on Wed, 07 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Lynnwood man dies in mobile home fire
A man died in a mobile home fire in Lynnwood Tuesday night in the 3800 block of 164th Street Southwest, according to South County Fire. At 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, South County Fire crews were dispatched to a fire reported at Candlewood Estates Mobile Home Park, located in the 3800th block of 164th Street Southwest.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 11:00:13 AM - SOURCE: MLTnews.com
Posted on Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:00:13 GMT

Fire displaces 3 north of Millwood; firefighters remind public to keep homes fire safe
Three residents of a home that caught fire north of Millwood early Monday escaped without injury. Spokane County Fire District 9 received reports of the fire at 8404 E. Woodland Park Drive, southwest of Argonne and Bigelow Gulch roads, at about 2:50 a.m. Monday . When crews arrived , the fire had climbed up the backside of the home and into the attic, said Jim Walkowski, assistant fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 2:31:07 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 05 Oct 2020 21:31:07 GMT

Update: Cause of Wenatchee Travelodge fire undetermined, area frequented by smokers
The Wenatchee Fire Department labeled Saturday’s Travelodge fire to be undetermined but noted that the outdoor area which caught fire is frequented by smokers. The burned area outside of the hotel was next to a “fence” of Arborvitae, all of which can easily catch fire, Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Kay McKellar said.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 1:13:54 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:13:54 GMT

Whitney Fire calls Lincoln County Fire District No. 4 to action
Every summer, local fire districts are called on to help battle blazes that threaten to consume homes and property. In rural areas, those districts are largely made of volunteers who stand by their neighbors in a time of need. Fire District 4 is one of those districts. On South Lake Street sharing a building with the post office lies the headquarters of Lincoln County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 1:04:32 PM - SOURCE: The Odessa Record
Posted on Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:04:32 GMT

Three people injured in boat fire at Yale Lake
Three people were injured in a boat fire on Yale Lake on Saturday, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies from Clark and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Offices responded to assist firefighters. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said the boat’s driver, a 60-year-old Portland man, suffered second-degree burns on his legs and a 20-year-old passenger, a Milwaukie woman, also suffered burn injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Tue, 06 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Wenatchee Travelodge Damaged By Fire
A fire at the Travelodge on the 1000 block of Wenatchee Avenue produced a column of smoke that could be seen throughout the Wenatchee Valley Saturday afternoon around 4:00 pm. Chelan County Fire District 1 Battalion Chief Kelly Lindemann said when crews arrived, an exterior fire was spreading up to the 2nd floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2020 7:24:42 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sun, 04 Oct 2020 02:24:42 GMT

COVID-19 transmission rate rises statewide
It sometimes feels like a never-ending roller coaster when it comes to the amount of people that can get infected by someone with COVID-19, also known as the transmission rate. "The trends are shifting again," said Dr. Anthony Chen, director of health at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. "Transmission and cases are increasing over the last two weeks," said Dr.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 05 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane County: Crews investigate house fire near Pasadena Park
VIDEO: Substantial numbers of people have been violating closures around the state’s largest wildfire, the Lionshead, which prompted fire officials to remind people on Sunday that it is dangerous to enter the area and they could be fined up to $5,000 and sentenced to up to six months in jail. Several agencies are responding including Spokane County Fire District 9 and Spokane Valley Fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 4:42:47 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:42:47 GMT

North Whidbey firefighters helping to battle wildfires in California
Four North Whidbey firefighters were part of the firefighting effort in California this past week, and smoke from the wildfires has tinged the Whidbey skyline in recent weeks. The North Whidbey Fire and Rescue crew left last week with an engine to assist in the firefighting efforts along with firefighters from several other agencies from Western Washington, according to Chief John Clark.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2020 1:01:34 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Sat, 03 Oct 2020 08:01:34 GMT

Arson investigation underway after Shoreline business targeted with Molotov cocktails
An investigation is underway to find out who damaged a Shoreline building where a new Black-owned business was supposed to open Thursday after Molotov cocktails were thrown at it early Wednesday. King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Abbott said that several incendiary devices were thrown at an outside wall where Black Coffee Northwest, located in the 16700 block of Aurora Avenue North, will operate.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle: Nearly 7,000 gallons of gasoline spill from terminal at Harbor Island
A large gasoline spill Thursday morning prompted some evacuations and caused a huge traffic mess on Harbor Island Thursday morning. The spill was reported after a pump failed just before 5 a.m. at the Shell Harbor Island Petroleum Terminal, fire officials said. Firefighters shut down the area and established a 1,000-foot safety perimeter until Shell employees could reach the scene to clean up the spill.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMT

WDFW lifts fire restrictions, including target shooting ban, on most department-managed lands
With cooler temperatures and higher humidity reducing wildfire danger, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is lifting fire restrictions, including the temporary ban on target shooting, on most department-managed lands on Oct. 1. “We welcome people to build campfires and responsibly sight in their hunting firearms on most of the lands we manage,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager for WDFW, “but we continue to urge hunters, target shooters, campers, and all others heading outdoors to be cautious when doing activities that could spark a wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 5:36:03 PM - SOURCE: KNDU-TV NBC 25 Richland
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 00:36:03 GMT

Vashon manufacturers help first responders gear up, stay safe from virus
PHOTOS: Islander Jim Whitney, medical services officer for the Redmond Fire District, said that keeping up morale among first responders has been a priority since day one of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The anxiety and fear associated with COVID at the onset were pretty high,” he said. But now, a tool designed by researchers working in the University of Washington’s Engineering Innovation in Health program (EIH) and manufactured on Vashon will allow emergency medical services staff to reuse invaluable N95 respirator masks, seen as the best line of defense against transmission of COVID-19 for essential workers and those on the frontline.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 1:13:49 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 08:13:49 GMT

2 seriously hurt as pickup flips, burns on U.S. 2 near Index
Two people were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition after a crash Thursday on U.S. 2., about 3 miles west of Index. Both of those injured are males, but their ages and hometowns were unknown, Sky Valley Fire Chief Eric Andrews said. Around 12:30 p.m., a pickup truck towing a cargo trailer flipped and rolled 30 feet down an embankment.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 6:29:17 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 02 Oct 2020 01:29:17 GMT

Lewis County Receives $22,000 to Improve Emergency Radio Communications
Lewis County Communications is set to receive $22,580 from the Washington State Military Department in order to address issues in the radio system used to dispatch fire personnel and other first responders. The money comes from the State Homeland Security Grant Program and is available through August of 2023.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 3:39:50 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 22:39:50 GMT

Snoqualmie firefighter deploys to NorCal
Snoqualmie Firefighter Robert Lasswell has headed to California to assist with wildfire efforts. He will be volunteering for 18 days alongside Duvall firefighters in the Duvall Fire Department’s Brush 66 apparatus, designed to combat grass and wildland fires. “Robert is responsible for the Snoqualmie wildland firefighting program,” said Snoqualmie Fire Chief Mark Correira.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 1:08:08 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:08:08 GMT

Historic Flight Foundation to honor first responders, medical workers with a flight over Spokane, Coeur d'Alene
After planes and public access were grounded due to smoke, wind and COVID-19, Spokane and Kootenai County residents will have a chance to see several historic planes this weekend during a flight to honor first responders and medical professionals. Executive Director of the Historic Flight Foundation Sheila Geraghty said the museum hoped to highlight how much nurses, EMTs and firefighters had been through during the pandemic, by giving them a chance to fly in historic planes across the region.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 6:26:08 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:26:08 GMT

Ephrata-based business supplies washing-up stations for firefighters
The decals on the rear ambulance windows convey a clear message: “Zombie Outbreak Response Unit.” “It helps to have a couple of old ambulances,” said Sarah Schutt. “They can haul things, and you have a place to sleep out of the elements.” The gravel crunches underneath her feet as she walks between vehicles — a couple of old ambulances, several large trucks with giant water tanks on the back and a few silver, boxy trailers.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2020 1:11:11 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:11:11 GMT

Fatal Skagit County fire investigation continues
The investigation into a house fire on Campbell Lake Road that resulted in the death of a 9-year-old boy Tuesday is continuing. The Skagit County Fire Marshal, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and crime scene investigators with the State Patrol are investigating the cause of the blaze, Skagit County Fire District 11 Chief Mike Noyes said.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 6:49:39 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 01 Oct 2020 01:49:39 GMT

Boy, 9, dies after deck fire spreads to Skagit County home
A 9-year-old boy has died after a fire broke out at a Skagit County home Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. County fire officials said a neighbor across the street saw the blaze at the home at 5864 Campbell Lake Road and called authorities. Fire crews from 10 different agencies responded to the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane veteran creates 'Spartan Axe' to honor first responders
Firefighters are two times more likely to die from suicide than they are to die in the line of duty. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and on Tuesday, the Spokane Fire Department held a dedication to honor those first responders who rush in when others rush out. The Spartan Axe was created to honor first responders, who, because of their work, are at a higher risk of behavioral health concerns like anxiety, depression and burnout.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 3:37:36 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 22:37:36 GMT

Woman dies in Arlington house fire
A woman who lived alone died in a house fire in Arlington Tuesday afternoon. According to the Arlington Fire Department, firefighers responded about noon Tuesday to a fire alarm at ahome in the 20400 block of 64th Drive NE. The 68-year-old woman who lived there died, firefighters said. She lived alone in the house.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 3:04:18 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 22:04:18 GMT

How an internet system from space is helping firefighters in Washington
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are being used by emergency responders in Washington to help fight fires while bringing internet access to residents in areas devastated by wildfires. The company loaned seven terminals to access its satellites to the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD), public information officer Steven Friederich told CNN.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire at front of WSP trooper’s Nooksack house called arson
A fire at the front door of a Washington State Patrol trooper’s house in Nooksack is being investigated as arson, said Chief Daniel MacPhee of the Everson Police Department. “The investigation is ongoing,” he said. This is McPhee’s account of what happened: Shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, neighbors noticed a fire at the front entrance of the residence.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2020 7:13:27 AM - SOURCE: Lynden Tribune
Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:13:27 GMT

Grant County fire agencies conducting live fire training burn Oct. 17 near Moses Lake
Multiple Grant County fire agencies are set to conduct a live fire training burn on Saturday, Oct. 17. Grant County Fire District 5 Capt. Travis Svilar said the district was able to acquire a structure at 10301 Road 7 Northeast near Moses Like for the live fire training, which will start at about 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2020 4:26:54 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2020 23:26:54 GMT

App informs firefighters of your home, family members in event of emergency
The Spokane Fire Department (SFD) is working to refine Community Connect, an application designed to inform firefighters about your home and family in case of an emergency. Community Connect requires residents to make a free account, then list information they are comfortable with sharing: how many people live in your home, where the electricity shutoff is located, if you have any pets or livestock, where the bedrooms are located or if you have a family member with disabilities.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2020 3:53:03 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2020 22:53:03 GMT

Teenager arrested during Capitol Hill riots suspected in arson attack on East Precinct
KOMO News has learned a teenager arrested for one of the fires set during recent riots on Capitol Hill is suspected of additional serious crimes. This comes amid growing concern and frustration that people accused of serious crimes during protests aren't being held accountable. 19-year-old Jacob Greenburg faced a judge Monday after Seattle Police said he lit dumpsters on fire during the ‘Every Night Direct Demonstration’ last weekend.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 3:01:05 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:01:05 GMT

Car fire under investigation in Kennewick
Firefighters are investigating a car fire that started on the morning of Sept. 29. Crews were called out around 3 a.m. on Sept. 29 and when they got there they found the car on fire. It had spread to a near by fence and brushes. Kennewick Fire officials said the fair caused about $5,000 worth of damage.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 10:32:44 AM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:32:44 GMT

Clark County Fire District 3 recognizes employees for years of service
Last week, Clark County Fire District 3 recognized 11 employees and a board member for a combined total of nearly 200 years of service. Recipients of awards ranged from five to 40 years of service with Fire District 3. “We appreciate the dedication and service that our employees and board members provide to our community everyday,” Fire Chief Scott Sorenson said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2020 1:01:32 AM - SOURCE: TheReflector.com
Posted on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:01:32 GMT

15-year-old charged with attempted murder, arson in Spokane Valley apartment fire
A 15-year-old girl was arrested on four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson in a Spokane Valley apartment fire Monday. Authorities on scene — near E 14th Ave and S Dartmouth St — told 4 News Now’s Destiny Richards neighbors called 911 to report the fire around 3:15 Monday morning. When firefighters got to the scene, the apartment was fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2020 7:47:15 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:47:15 GMT

South County Fire promotes Jahn Isotalo to assistant chief of operations
South County Fire Deputy Chief Jason Isotalo has been promoted to assistant chief of operations. In this role, Isotalo leads the regional fire authority’s operations division, which is responsible for equipping, staffing and operating 14 fire stations to provide prompt fire and emergency medical response to more than 250,000 residents of southwest Snohomish County.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2020 9:42:29 AM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Sun, 27 Sep 2020 16:42:29 GMT

Yakima Fire Department responds to three separate brush fires Thursday evening
Yakima Fire Department crews responded to three brush fires Thursday night near the 16th Avenue off-ramp from SR 12 westbound. The largest of the fires measuring about 2,500 square feet. Firefighters were alerted to the larger fire at 9:30 pm last night. Crews then found a small fire about 100 yards west of the main fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 10:43:05 AM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 News Richland
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:43:05 GMT

Man rescued from Spokane garbage truck after crew heard him screaming
A man who was sleeping in a dumpster had to be rescued from a Spokane City garbage truck Monday morning. Spokane Fire Department officials said they received a call around 9:30 a.m. after a garbage crew heard screaming coming from inside their truck while they were emptying dumpsters near the Olive Garden on North Newport Highway.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fires set outside Seattle's East Precinct following Breonna Taylor march
Protesters set fires outside the East Precinct on Capitol Hill Thursday night, then started launching fireworks at the building until police moved in to clear the streets. The demonstration had been peaceful through much of the evening. A crowd of about 150 people or more marched out of Cal Anderson Park and wove through the surrounding neighborhoods, calling on residents to leave their homes and join them in the streets.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Crews set to take over Cold Creek Fire mop-up near White Pass summit
Containment for the Cold Creek Fire increased to 88% Thursday, with command of the fire turned over to the Naches Ranger District. The fire started Sept. 14 near the White Pass summit. It was 564 acres, with minimal spread Thursday. U.S. Highway 12 reopened Monday. Officials said traffic volume has returned to almost normal but drivers should still use caution with firefighters still working throughout the area.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 10:58:42 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:58:42 GMT

Update: Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire in Olympic National Forest
A man involved in a timber poaching effort in Olympic National Forest that started a big wildfire has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Shawn Williams, 49, pleaded guilty to theft of public property and setting timber afire charges in U.S. District Court in December 2019, The Kitsap Sun reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 12:57:24 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:57:24 GMT

Fire in White Swan destroys abandoned home, spreads to nearby home & properties
A fire burned down an abandoned house and spread to a nearby home and other properties causing people to leave the area, according to Zillah Fire District 5. On Thursday, at about 6:30 a.m. fire units arrived at the 500 block of A St. in White Swan. Fire crews say the fire burned a small abandoned house to the ground leaving just the chimney and remnants behind.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Sprinklers help contain fire in Sequim apartment complex
A sprinkler system inside Elk Creek Apartments kept a fire confined to one apartment before firefighters arrived, said Clallam County Fire District 3 officials. A little before 7 p.m. Monday, firefighters arrived at the complex at 90 S. Rhodefer Road after a tenant reported flames inside an apartment and an adjacent neighbor told of it filling with smoke.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 6:41:50 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 01:41:50 GMT

Klickitat County adopts multi-hazard mitigation plan
Klickitat County recently adopted a multi-hazard mitigation plan, the first of its kind to be done for the district. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires jurisdictions to develop and maintain such plans to remain eligible for certain funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 1:05:28 PM - SOURCE: White Salmon Enterprise
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:05:28 GMT

Barge fire sends smoke billowing from Snake River in Burbank
Firefighters are working to put out a barge fire on the Snake River in Burbank on Wednesday. Walla Walla County fire crews were called to the scene about 10:40 a.m. near Grain Terminal Road where the Snake River meets the Columbia River, according to the app PulsePoint, which shows the time and location of 911 calls where fire or medical services are needed.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 12:32:52 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:32:52 GMT

Edmonds VFW honors Dave 'Bronco' Erickson as State Firefighter of the Year
A group of two dozen firefighters, VFW officials, family and friends turned out on a windy, rainy Wednesday afternoon to recognize and honor South County Fire’s own Dave “Bronco” Erickson as he received both the National and the State of Washington VFW award for Firefighter of the Year. VFW Post 8870 Commander Rose Gilliland introduced Erickson and presented the National award certificate.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 10:19:05 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:19:05 GMT

Semi-truck hanging over barrier after crashing on I-5 express lanes in Seattle
VIDEO: The I-5 express lanes through Seattle are closed following a semi-truck crash around 11 a.m. The semi collided with a tree that is now blocking the Mercer Street ramp to northbound I-5, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The truck is at least partially off the road and hanging over the ramp as well, according to Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Pasco family displaced after garage fire damages home, several vehicles
A Pasco family is displaced after a fire damaged their home, and destroyed their garage and multiple vehicles Tuesday night. A video taken by Kelly Poynor shows firefighters at work as flames were shooting out from the garage just before 9 p.m. “Sounds like they have fireworks or something going on inside,” Poyner can be heard saying in the video.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 10:49:56 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:49:56 GMT

Setting off illegal fireworks in Edmonds will now cost you a lot
The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to get tougher on those who set off illegal fireworks in the city — to the tune of $500 for a first-time offense. Under the amended fireworks code, a first-time violation is now considered a non-traffic infraction. Those getting caught a second time — or more — within five years can be charged with a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 4:06:33 AM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:06:33 GMT

Cold Creek Fire 75 percent contained; All evacuation orders lifted
The Cold Creek Fire burning along Highway 12 near White Pass is now 75-percent contained, according to the Yakima Valley Emergency Management. After crews were able to contain the fire, the emergency management team says it rained in the area. Officials say the fire did not grow overnight, which still remains at 564 acres.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

More than 9,000 firefighters battle 27 large wildfires in Washington, Oregon
The dense smoke has moved out of central and southeast Washington but more than 9,000 firefighters are not out of the woods just yet: many large brush and forest fires are still active in Oregon and Washington. The USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest region reported Monday more than two dozen wildfires are burning 1.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 4:54:49 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:54:49 GMT

Fires burn over 80 homes, 180,000 acres on Colville Reservation
As of this print, the five fires that started during a wind event over the long Labor Day Weekend have destroyed over 80 homes and burned over 200,000 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation. “A lot of people have stepped up in a lot of ways to help with this fire.” said Colville Business Council Chair Rodney Cawston, speaking at a press event in Omak.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 1:04:37 PM - SOURCE: Tribal Tribune
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:04:37 GMT

Containment up to 65% for Cold Creek Fire at White Pass; Highway 12 open
Containment of the Cold Creek Fire increased to 65% Tuesday morning and U.S. Highway 12 over White Pass is open for the first time in nearly a week. Officials measured the fire at 564 acres, a lower number than Monday because of better mapping. Firefighters plan to secure the lines on the east flank and begin mop-up activities in that area on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 9:51:30 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:51:30 GMT

Quincy first responders step up to assist community member
Quincy first responders from Grant County Fire District No. 3, AFF Local 4418 firefighters, Quincy Police Guild and Protection One Ambulance Service came together last week to assist a community member in need. Members of the various emergency services purchased two 12-volt batteries, and a new wheelchair charger for Quincy resident Dave Stratton.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 1:11:45 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:11:45 GMT

Firefighters Establish More Containment as Cold Creek Fire Grows to 610 Acres
The Cold Creek Fire grew to 610 acres overnight Friday and firefighters established 12% containment as of Saturday morning. U.S. Highway 12 will remain closed to through traffic this weekend due to the fire that started Monday night near White Pass. The cause is under investigation. Gusty winds spread the fire overnight Friday and some welcome rain brought lightning, which forced firefighters and aircraft to temporarily take shelter.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 11:03:35 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sun, 20 Sep 2020 18:03:35 GMT

Lab coats and fighting fires while social distancing are now norm for these Graham firefighters
If you haven’t seen a firefighter in action lately, you might not recognize them. The long-maintained tradition of firefighters working and living together has undergone major changes in the COVID-19 era. Capt. Shawn Prather and firefighter/EMT Jasper Stenstrom of Graham Fire & Rescue recently gave The News Tribune a modified tour of fire station 95 on 78th Avenue in the Frederickson area.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Tree on power line apparent start for Malden, Pine City fire
A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City, including over 100 homes in Malden alone. A burned tree found by Spokesman-Review staff apparently was the fire's starting point during a Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 8:16:13 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:16:13 GMT

Wife of late Moses Lake firefighter sends message by revealing circumstances surrounding his death
The wife of the late Moses Lake firefighter who tragically died over Labor Day weekend hopes the circumstances surrounding her husband’s death will send a message to first responders and others vulnerable to PTSD. On Friday, the day before Andrew Deering’s memorial, Tasiya Deering reached out to iFIBER ONE News to disclose the details of his passing.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2020 3:13:59 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sat, 19 Sep 2020 22:13:59 GMT

Brinnon firefighter returns from leading statewide helicopter firefighting efforts
Brinnon Fire Department’s Jerry Rule has returned from a two-week deployment fighting the Palmer, Evans Canyon and Bartholomew wildfires. Rule runs Brinnon Fire Department’s Wildland Firefighting Program and served as the helicopter manager for the multi-agency effort to quell the flames across Washington, which recently kicked up once again amid a recent bout of dry, windy weather.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 1:02:45 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Sun, 20 Sep 2020 20:02:45 GMT

Even with rain in forecast, firefighters say wildfire season isn't over yet
Firefighters are urging you not to let your guard down even with rain in the forecast over the coming days. At least 5 large wildfires are still burning across Washington right now, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources' Fire Dashboard, and fuels are still extremely dry across the region.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

'I don't know what's next': Lincoln County cattle rancher devastated by Whitney Fire
Homes lost and decades of hard work are now all gone. That’s what the Whitney Fire took from the cattle ranchers in Lincoln County. Those living near Davenport are still reeling from the loss, wondering what they’ll do now. The Whitney Fire started on Labor Day, burning almost 200 square miles. About 95 percent of the fire is contained, meaning most of the perimeter for the fire has been put down to keep it from spreading.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2020 5:41:02 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:41:02 GMT

Cold Creek Fire at White Pass reaches 400 acres
The Cold Creek Fire at White Pass grew to 400 acres and remains at 5% containment Friday morning. U.S. Highway 12 remains closed to through traffic with boulders and debris falling on the roadway, making it necessary for firefighters to park in the eastbound lanes. A command post has been established at White Pass, about 6 miles west of where the fire was discovered Monday night.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 9:37:59 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:37:59 GMT

Update: Renton couple burned in Cold Springs Fire show signs of improvement
Two parents who lost their one-year-old son while fleeing from the Cold Springs Fire more than one week ago are showing signs of improvement after suffering from severe burns. Jamie Hyland, 26, and 31-year-old Jacob Hyland also lost their unborn child. In an update posted on Thursday, Sept. 17 to a GoFundMe page for the couple, a family member said Jamie is "very alert and talking as much as she has strength.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Saturday processional route announced for Moses Lake firefighter
A Saturday processional route has been announced for Moses Lake firefighter Andrew Deering, who died recently due to injuries suffered in a hiking accident. Local commuters are warned that the processional will likely create traffic impacts. Staging for the processional will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 6:29:47 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Thu, 17 Sep 2020 01:29:47 GMT

Yakima and Toppenish fire departments will help each other with emergency services
The Yakima and Toppenish fire departments are teaming up to provide emergency services. The Yakima City Council on Tuesday approved the agreement, which allows the departments to cooperatively provide emergency response within the other city’s jurisdictional boundaries. Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham noted at Tuesday’s council meeting that cities in Yakima County have historically helped each other with emergency response services.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 12:45:05 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:45:05 GMT

Cold Creek Fire near White Pass burns up to 252 acres, 5% contained
The Cold Creek Fire grew up to 252 acres and is 5 percent contained as of Thursday morning, according to the Yakima Valley Emergency Management. Officials say US-12 is currently closed, and an estimated time to open the highway is not determined. Also, the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team says night operations also noticed a large rock on the highway.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Whatcom County adds four more COVID-19 cases, as young adults see recent increase
Four more Whatcom County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday, Sept. 15, but no new related deaths were reported. Whatcom County now has had 1,208 confirmed cases during the pandemic, according to state Department of Health data as of 11:59 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 3:18:08 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:18:08 GMT

Marysville holds 9/11 remembrance
Marysville city officials and fire district staff gathered at the Marysville Library to remember 9/11 again this year. This year's ceremony was held online due to COVID-19. "It is my hope that by sharing this ceremony online it will make it more available to people in our community," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 1:02:40 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:02:40 GMT

Region: 'Nothing left in the bucket,' Wildfire resources run thin
Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California's state firefighting agency, said he's lost track of the blazes he's fought this year.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Highway 12 Over White Pass Still Closed As Firefighters Battle Cold Creek Fire
Highway 12 over White Pass remains closed Wednesday as firefighters continue to battle the Cold Creek Fire that started on Monday. When the fire was discovered it was at about 60 acres. Firefighters say the fire grew to more than 100 acres overnight. The blaze burning about 6 miles from the White pass ski area jumped the highway late yesterday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 8:51:54 AM - SOURCE: KORD-FM 102.7
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:51:54 GMT

North Whidbey fire chief: Levy needed to replace essential equipment
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue officials hope that voters will agree to raise property taxes modestly in order to replace aging equipment. The objective, they say, is to protect firefighters and keep homeowners’ fire insurance premiums from going up. The fire district is asking voters for a 15-cent levy lid lift.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 1:04:22 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:04:22 GMT

Washington to support NW Firefighting efforts
As the wildfire situation across Washington state improves, local fire resources are being mobilized to Oregon to help build containment lines and protect communities still under mandatory evacuation orders. “Washingtonians are proud to be able to assist our neighbors in Oregon during these historic and devastating wildfires,” Gov.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 7:03:25 PM - SOURCE: Emergency Management
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 02:03:25 GMT

Woman Thanks Selah Firefighter and Then Steals His Wallet
VIDEO: A Selah Washington firefighter who'd been fighting fires in Thurston County was shocked when he lost his wallet at a service station. The reason for the shock was an unidentified woman thanked him for his service and then picked up his wallet and kept on walking. The theft started at a Little Rock gas station where Selah firefighter Tony Miller stopped to gas up after helping with the Mima fire in the region.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 4:51:04 PM - SOURCE: KEYW-FM 98.3
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:51:04 GMT

'We have never been so scared': Lynnwood couple flees from Cold Springs Wildfire
As people in Seattle are trapped inside their homes because of dangerous air quality, some families in Eastern and Central Washington are still trying to escape the biggest wildfire burning in our state—the Cold Springs/ Pearl Hill Wildfire. One Lynnwood couple was camping and got an alert to leave now—and it was mayhem from there.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

South King Fire joins local crews to help battle Oregon wildfires
Seven South King Fire and Rescue firefighters were deployed to the Oregon wildfires to assist with search and rescue operations as part of the Washington State Task Force-1 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (WA-TF1). Wildfires began consuming thousands of acres in western Oregon about a week ago and have become some of the most destructive blazes in state history, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 1:02:10 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:02:10 GMT

Arson suspected in fire that destroyed 2 Bothell homes
Snohomish County investigators believe arson could have been the cause in a late Monday night fire that destroyed two Bothell homes. A person saw smoke coming from the 3500 block of 226th Place SE in Bothell around 9 p.m. and called for help, according to the Snohomish County Fire District 7. Firefighters arrived find flames coming from two homes under construction.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Cold Creek Fire closes Highway 12 over White Pass
Highway 12 is closed both directions over White Pass because of a forest fire. The Cold Creek Fire started at 8:30 p.m. Monday and was 60 acres as of Tuesday morning, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. White Pass parks manager Eric Schultheiss saw the fire while driving to the summit and initially responded with mountain manager Ross Forman.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 10:45:30 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:45:30 GMT



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