Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Fire danger near Bickleton causes evacuation order
Dry and windy weather is feeding flames south of Bickleton. Authorities ordered level 3 evacuations at the Pine Creek Drainage area. Witnesses reported a broken wind turbine started the fire Saturday. Firefighters said the Juniper Fire grew quickly in the Pine Creek Drainage area, south of Bickleton.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2019 10:56:44 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:56:44 GMT

Riverside Fire Authority to Receive Centralia Coal Transition Grant for New HVAC, Water Systems
The Riverside Fire Authority stations on North Pearl Avenue and Harrison Avenue will each receive new heating and cooling systems thanks to a $300,000 grant awarded by the Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board. New hot water equipment will also be installed in both stations, replacing systems that have become antiquated and unreliable.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cold Creek Fire remains 80% contained into Sunday morning, firefighters in mop up mode
Firefighters are in the mop up stage now, wrapping up efforts at the Cold Creek Fire. The fire is now 80% contained and has burned 41,920 acres. This number is expected to remain unchanged for the remainder of the fire clean-up. Fire crews are working throughout the day to continue to patrol containment lines and monitor the fire area for hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2019 9:09:08 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV FOX 28 Spokane
Posted on Sun, 21 Jul 2019 16:09:08 GMT

2 Drown Over Warm Weekend In Seattle Area
The man who drowned Sunday after falling off his paddle board near Mercer Island was the second person to drown in the Seattle area this weekend, according to authorities. On Friday evening, Seattle firefighters pulled a man in his 50s from Elliott Bay near the Olympic Sculpture Park. Port of Seattle police spotted the man's body floating in the water, and they suspect his death was an accident.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mercer Island Patch
Posted on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Four displaced, 2 cats dead in Tacoma duplex fire
Four people were displaced and two cats were found dead after a fire ripped through a Tacoma duplex Friday afternoon, Tacoma fire officials said. Crews with the Tacoma Fire Department extinguished the fire in the area of South 25th and South J streets. Crews called to the scene said smoke was seen coming from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Opposition persists as new Spokane regional emergency communications center opens
To the local and county officials gathered inside the region’s new emergency communications center on Thursday, its opening was a long time coming. But to the dozens picketing outside, it never should have come to this. Spokane Regional Emergency Communications celebrated its opening on Thursday with a news conference and tour of the Combined Communications Building as the union representing City of Spokane fire dispatchers picketed outside.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 7:39:32 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 02:39:32 GMT

Cold Creek wildfire burning on Rattlesnake Mountain; fire grows to 14,000 acres
Firefighters are trying to stop a fire that crested Rattlesnake Mountain Friday morning north of Richland. The Cold Creek Fire scorched 14,000 acres and blackened the north side of the mountain after starting shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Washington state Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 8:24:36 PM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 03:24:36 GMT

Yakima's Stop N Go Drive-In a total loss; restaurant closed indefinitely
Yakima's "iconic" Stop N Go Drive-In was destroyed in a fire on Thursday. The restaurant will be closed indefinitely, City of Yakima spokesman Randy Beehler said. The fire started before noon Thursday at 2820 Fruitvale Blvd. while the business was closed and vacant, Beehler said. Firefighters arrived to heavy black smoke coming from the roof of the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 3:38:09 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:38:09 GMT

Chelan County firefighters see danger; these goats see dinner
High on the hill was a lonely goatherd. His name was Todd Waits, and along with two working dogs, he was shepherding about 325 goats. They were there for wildfire prevention. In central Washington, where wildfires rage in August, vegetation has been called “grassoline,” because it feeds eager flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 3:52:48 PM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:52:48 GMT

Man hospitalized with severe burn injuries after fire at Washougal home
A man suffered severe burns in a fire that ignited at a home in Washougal and was rescued by his neighbor early Friday morning. Firefighters responded to the residence in the 2100 block of 37th Street at 4:17 a.m. and found the fire was fully involved. The Camas-Washougal Fire Department said one burn victim was reported in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Port Angeles to pursue lease with port for emergency operations center
City officials will explore a potential lease with the Port of Port Angeles for a joint emergency operations center and 9-1-1 dispatch center near William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport. The Port Angeles City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to authorize City Manager Nathan West to “begin the process of exploring a lease agreement” for the port’s 1010 Building as a home for a new Clallam County EOC to be co-located with Peninsula Communications, or PenCom.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 4:45:12 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:45:12 GMT

Three-alarm fire burns two landmark businesses in downtown Bellingham
The Bellingham Fire Department battled a three-alarm fire throughout the night Wednesday, July 17, at Clark Feed and Seed on Railroad Avenue in downtown Bellingham. The fire also spread next door to Avalon Records. According to the initial report on the PulsePoint app, crews responded to a commercial fire at Clark Feed and Seed at 1326 Railroad Ave.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 9:42:06 PM - SOURCE: The Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019 04:42:06 GMT

Clark County Fire District 6 honors heroes from river rescue
A life was saved on the Washougal River on May 4, 2019. That sentence says it all, but says very little, too. A life was indeed saved that day, a rescue that involved many first responders from many departments. On Tuesday night, Clark County Fire District 6 specifically honored four individuals, while noting that others could be honored in the future by other agencies.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ClarkCountyToday.com
Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Klickitat County: Fire station burglar gets 116 months
A Klickitat man was sentenced to 116 months in prison on Monday after earlier pleading guilty to burglarizing fire district and residential properties in western Klickitat County. Dustin Michael Randall, 34, entered guilty pleas to 15 felony counts that ranged from first-degree burglary to residential burglary, to malicious mischief and possession of methamphetamine.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 1:01:33 PM - SOURCE: White Salmon Enterprise
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:01:33 GMT

Two City of Bothell firefighters complete the Seattle Fire Department Executive Leadership Academy
Two City of Bothell firefighters recently went above and beyond in completing the Seattle Fire Department’s newly launched Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). Over a 10-month period starting October 12, 2018, Deputy Chief Doug McDonald and Battalion Chief Dan Johnson participated in rigorous sessions designed to strengthen leadership skills culminating in their graduation June 14.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 7:13:27 AM - SOURCE: City of Bothell
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:13:27 GMT

Lawnmower sparks fire in backyard of Kennewick home
Benton County firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in the back of a home on Wednesday morning. Just after 9 a.m., firefighters were sent to E Sunset Meadows loop in Kennewick where the fire broke out in the backyard, near a hill with dry brush. Firefighters on scene tell us a lawnmower company was at work when a mower struck a rock or shard and sparked the fire, which caused damage to a vinyl fence and shrubbery.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 11:39:03 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:39:03 GMT

Covington backs Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority’s proposed tax restoration
Another property tax to consider is placed on this year’s ballot. During the July 9 regular Covington City Council meeting, a public hearing was held in response to Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority’s (RFA) Proposition 1 ballot measure. The idea was to see if Covington residents thought the city should endorse this proposition.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 1:54:36 AM - SOURCE: Covington & Maple Valley Reporter
Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:54:36 GMT

Pasco firefighters team up with Water 2 Wine for safety protocol training
Firefighters with Pasco spent the day on the Water 2 Wine boat Tuesday afternoon going over safety procedures. They went over proper steps to take in an emergency whether that's someone having a medical issue or a fire on the boat. This is the first time the department has teamed up with the company.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 9:07:17 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:07:17 GMT

Lawmakers learn how to deploy wildfire emergency shelters at state capitol
State lawmakers who are key in support of funding for the Department of Natural Resources’ wildfire fighting crews joined state Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz on Tuesday in learning how to deploy wildfire shelters. Reps. Beth Doglio, an Olympia Democrat, Drew MacEwen, a Mason County Republican, and state Sen.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 2:54:20 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 21:54:20 GMT

Powerline Fire near Mattawa 80 percent contained
The Powerline Fire near Mattawa is 80 percent contained as of Tuesday evening and all evacuations have been canceled, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. The wildfire started on the Saddle Mountains northwest of Mattawa. It began as a 100-acre fire and quickly grew to nearly 8,000 acres.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 9:43:23 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:43:23 GMT

DNR unveils new tool to fight Washington wildfires
Heading into the peak of wildfire season, the Department of Natural Resources just unveiled a new tool it plans to use to keep communities safe. This year, Washington has already seen an unprecedented 900 fires that have burned 28,000 acres. “Last year, around this time, we were more in the 500 range,” said Hilary Franz, DNR Commissioner of Public Lands.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Train Sparks Brush Fires in South Thurston County
A train passing through an area near Old Highway 9 and Highway 12 in the Rochester area sparked six small fires Tuesday in a span of two miles, according to the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. West Thurston and Department of Natural Resources firefighters responded and brought the brush fires under control.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 5:37:26 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:37:26 GMT

Orcas Fire & Rescue welcomes eight new firefighters after 16-week academy training
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) welcomed eight volunteer firefighters at the end of June after completing the department’s 16-week fire academy. The class, consisting of 6 women and 2 men, spent weeknights and Saturdays establishing firefighting skills and have each been assigned to one of seven stations located throughout the island.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 10:38:10 PM - SOURCE: Orcas Issues News & Views
Posted on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:38:10 GMT

Bellevue Police Department: 153 firework reports made on temporary heat map tool
Over the Fourth of July holiday, the Bellevue Police Department reports that five $1,000 citations were given out, three written warnings and countless verbal warnings to residents illegally setting off fireworks. The “success” is in part due to the 153 firework reports made using a temporary heat map tool, new for the city this year.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 1:01:20 PM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:01:20 GMT

Powerline Fire at 7,800 Acres Northwest of Mattawa, 50% Contained
The Powerline Fire is now up to 7,800 acres and 50% contained, this according to the Southeast Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team. The fire has been calm today, allowing crews to get a better handle on it. Firefighters have been doing a lot of mop up this afternoon, with more mop up operations expected tomorrow after tonight’s night shift.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 10:54:02 PM - SOURCE: KPQ News Radio 560 Wenatchee
Posted on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:54:02 GMT

Thurston County Firefighters Save Century-Old Family Barn in Bald Hills Area
A nearly century-old barn owned by a family in the Bald Hills area is still standing after hay within the structure spontaneously combusted Thursday evening, charring and damaging support beams inside. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 13847 148th Ave. SE at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 1:42:23 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:42:23 GMT

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue responds to house fire
On the morning of Friday, July 12, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a residential fire in the area of Westcott Bay on San Juan Island. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to have smoke emanating from vents under the home. The owner of the home had evacuated with his pets and there were no injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 1:42:25 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:42:25 GMT

Thurston County First Responders Battle Two House Fires in Rochester Over the Weekend
West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Personnel responded to two serious house fires in Rochester over the weekend — with the one likely starting from a build-up of lint and debris in a clothing dryer and vent along with combustible materials near the vent pipe. No serious injuries were reported during either fire, according to posts from the fire department on social media.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:41:57 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:41:57 GMT

5,000-acre wildfire burning in Grant County caused by motorcycle crash
VIDEO: A motorcycle crash triggered a wildfire near Mattawa that has grown to over 5,000 acres and is threatening a couple dozen homes, sheriff's officials said. The blaze, named the "Powerline Fire", began around 12:40 p.m. Sunday in the Saddle Mountains after the crash ignited grass and the fire spread in gusty winds.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 2:19:20 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:19:20 GMT

Kennewick man injured while escaping house fire
Authorities say a 30-year-old man was injured Saturday when he broke out his bedroom window to escape a fire that enveloped his home. Firefighters were called about 6 a.m. to reports of a home on fire at 3303 W. Seventh Ave., according to a Kennewick Fire Department news release. Arriving fire officials found a large volume of fire coming from the building and an injured resident in the front yard, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 6:42:40 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 14 Jul 2019 01:42:40 GMT

Brush fire burns five acres near Spokane Valley park
Fire crews responded to a brush fire in Spokane Valley Sunday afternoon. Smoke could be seen from I-90 as the fire burned near Discover Place and Mirabeau Park just after 3:00 p.m. The fire burned five acres before it was contained. Crews said heavy winds made it a challenging fire fight. Fourteen engines and command vehicles were used on the ground and two fire boss planes were used to make water drops from above, refilling from Newman Lake.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 4:45:03 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:45:03 GMT

Two buildings, two cars destroyed by brush fire near Diamond Lake
A fire near Diamond Lake burned two buildings and two cars Sunday afternoon. South Pend Oreille Fire first responded to a structure fire that had spread to the surrounding brush around 2:40 p.m. When the flames began spreading quickly, 50 firefighters from Pend Orielle Fire District 4, Spokane County Fire District 4, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources were sent to help.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 5:18:17 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:18:17 GMT

Firefighters battle brush fire near Cascade Valley Park; homemade go-kart to blame, officials say
Firefighters battled a brush fire near Cascade Valley Park on Saturday afternoon and believe they know what caused the blaze. According to Grant County Fire District #5 Battalion Chief Robert Horst, firefighters responded to reports of an outside fire in the area of Cascade Valley Park on the hill at approximately 12:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 7:45:32 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sun, 14 Jul 2019 02:45:32 GMT

Olympia Film Society documentary fest to screen Station 93 about Evergreen's student firefighters
Unless you were at The Evergreen State College in the 1970s, you probably don’t know that students once served as firefighters — driving engines, handling hoses and coping with medical emergencies. Until he was asked to direct the documentary, Jonah Barrett said, “I didn’t know either.” And he’s an Evergreen grad, class of 2016.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 3:18:32 AM - SOURCE: The Olympian - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 13 Jul 2019 10:18:32 GMT

Two of the Valley Regional Fire Authority’s finest have retired
Two of the Valley Regional Fire Authority’s finest have retired. Larry Upton, the VRFA assistant fire marshal who spent 37 years in the fire service, and Kevin Olson, a deputy chief who put in 28 years of service, retired June 30. “I couldn’t have imagined a better career for myself,” said Upton, who served 31 years at the Auburn Fire Department and VRFA and previously six years with the Bonney Lake Fire Department and King County Fire District 10.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 1:44:16 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:44:16 GMT

Parachuter Stuck in Tree for Almost Three Hours in Thurston County
A parachuter was stuck for nearly three hours Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Rainier Road SE and Military Road SE as first responders attempted to scale a large tree, sever parachute lines and bring the recreationalist to safety. The Southeast Thurston Fire Authority and other first responders were at the scene around 1:20 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 1:42:31 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:42:31 GMT

Max Benitz Jr., Benton County Fire Commissioner, former County Commissioner dies in Prosser
Benton County officials are mourning the loss of a current fire commissioner and former county commissioner. Max Benitz Jr., 72, passed away in Prosser. He had been a fire commissioner for Benton County Fire District #3 since 2011. Prior to his time there, Benitz served four terms on the County's Board of Commissioners from 1995-2010.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:43:39 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:43:39 GMT

Ephrata Firefighters rescue baby quails from drain, reunited with mother
PHOTOS: On Wednesday night, firefighters in Ephrata responded to an unusual call from dispatch. iFIBER ONE News spoke to Grant County Fire District Chief Jeremy Burns Thursday evening to get more information about the heartwarming rescue. Firefighters responded to the 500 block of 9th Avenue SE in Ephrata for a report of quails stuck in a catch base just after 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 8:33:23 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 12 Jul 2019 03:33:23 GMT

Firefighters evacuate Richland park to put out brush fire
Firefighters responded to a brush fire near a Richland neighborhood Thursday evening. The fire was first reported at 7:51 p.m. at Top of the World Park at the end of Glenwood Court. The park was evacuated as crews arrived began putting out the flames. People who live nearby started getting their hoses out and spraying their lawn as the fire burned near their backyards.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 9:44:00 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 12 Jul 2019 04:44:00 GMT

Aberdeen home damaged in 2-alarm fire
Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at an Aberdeen home overnight. Crews were called to the home in the 100 block of West 4th St. at 2:20 a.m. Thursday and found heavy fire and smoke from the side door of a two-story wood home. The fire caused major heat damage to the first-floor laundry room and second-floor apartment located at the back of the main living area.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

West Valley Fire Department remembers firefighter who died battling blaze on July 10, 2001
Every year on July 10, the West Valley Fire Department remembers Jessica Johnson, a young volunteer firefighter who lost her life battling a massive blaze in the Okanogan National Forest. Johnson was only 19 when she and three other firefighters lost their lives to the Thirtymile Fire on July 10, 2001.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:41:02 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:41:02 GMT

Puyallup firefighting survivor opens up in new radio profile
Daniel Lyon, the Puyallup firefighter who lost three comrades and suffered severe burns in the 2015 Twisp River Fire, still has major life goals ahead of him. “The fire didn’t burn those goals out of me,” he tells KNKX Radio of Tacoma in a new interview and profile by journalist Kari Plog and producer Ariel Van Cleave.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

'I'm already scared': Kent neighbors fed up with nearby homeless camp
Flames burned through a homeless camp in a heavily wooded area of Kent Wednesday morning -- just one of several disturbances Kent neighbors are dealing with. Neighbors say they have been complaining about campers in those woods for years. Several people said they see people walking along the tracks heading in and out of the woods.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:56:17 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2019 19:56:17 GMT

Pasco firefighters trained to fight fire with fire
Pasco firefighters were being trained on a technique that uses fire against fire. The Pasco Fire Department had their yearly training on how to fight larger wild land fires with drip torch training today. The drip torch is filled with a mix of gasoline and diesel. Firefighters learned how to tip the can over and light the ground on fire in a line.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 5:24:32 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:24:32 GMT

Man suffers traumatic injuries after jumping from Ghost Bridge near Woodland
A man suffered traumatic leg and hip injuries Tuesday morning after leaping into the Lewis River from the BNSF Railway span known as the Ghost Bridge. Clark County Fire & Rescue, including a rescue boat, and Cowlitz County Fire District 1 were dispatched around 11:30 a.m. near Dike and Kuhnis roads, near Woodland.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 2:16:20 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2019 09:16:20 GMT

Rollover crash sparks vehicle fire in Benton County, firefighters extinguish spread to wheat
Benton County firefighters responded to the scene of a rollover crash, and the vehicle which lit on fire was at risk of causing a vegetation fire. The crash happened just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning near, and first responders were dispatched to S Nine Canyon Road and E Kirk Road in Benton County, just south of Kennewick.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:01:43 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:01:43 GMT

Firefighter hurt trying to save family’s belongings from burning West Richland home
VIDEO: A West Richland mom and her kids ran from their home as it went up in flames Monday morning. The fire at 3900 Jenny Lake Drive — near the roundabout at Bombing Range and Keene roads — is believed to have started on the back deck. Flames then broke a window and spread throughout the triple-wide manufactured home and up into the attic, said Chief Bill Whealan of Benton County Fire District 4.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Sequim’s Patterson takes lead with Clallam Fire District 2
Jake Patterson, who has spent most of his firefighting career in Clallam County, is taking charge of Clallam County Fire District 2 this week following the retirement of Chief Sam Phillips. “Jake is an extraordinary fire officer and I have the fullest confidence in his ability to take us to new levels in the fire district,” Phillips said on June 30.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Wapato home destroyed by blaze
A fire destroyed a home in Wapato on Monday night. Yakima County Fire District 5 was called out to the scene just before 9 p.m., and when they got there, they say half of the home was already on fire, and the roof was falling in. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 6:51:49 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:51:49 GMT

Two Campers, Three Cars Destroyed in Centralia Fire
Two camper vehicles were completely destroyed by a fire in Centralia Monday morning, displacing their residents, according to the Riverside Fire Authority. Crews were dispatched at 7 a.m. to an address in the 700 block of West Carson Road. When firefighters arrived, they found that the fire was not accessible for their trucks because the campers were on the other side of a “deteriorated, unrated bridge,” according to the RFA.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 6:55:54 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:55:54 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 3 looks to renew EMS levy this November
Clallam County Fire District 3’s leaders will ask voters to renew a 10-year Emergency Medical Services property tax levy in the Nov. 5 General Election. Fire commissioners voted unanimously July 2 to seek to continue the EMS levy rate not to exceed $0.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation through 2030.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 1:42:56 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:42:56 GMT

Search on in Kittitas County for missing off-duty firefighter knocked off paddleboard
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says an Auburn man went missing at Lake Cle Elum when waves and strong winds knocked him and a friend off their paddleboards on Saturday. Peter Phan, 34, and his friend were knocked into the water at about 2 p.m. A jet skier rescued his friend, who was wearing a life jacket.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 9:05:19 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019 04:05:19 GMT

Dry weather sparks preparations for wildfires in Olympics
As forecasters and fire officials warn of increased fire risk throughout the state this summer, the big fires most likely to be proximate to Kitsap County residents are the ones that start in the Olympic Mountains. Drought conditions persist in the Olympics, elevating the risk of wildfires and pushing fire officials in towns that border Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forests to be prepared for a fire season that could start earlier than usual.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Follow-up: Despite demands from Spokane City Council, city is relying on new dispatch center
Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls. As it prepares for the rest of the county to move forward with a new regional 911 dispatch system, the city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 3:15:55 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:15:55 GMT

Large warehouse fire sends smoke billowing over Seattle's Fremont neighborhood
A large warehouse fire in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood sent large smoke plumes into the air early Monday morning, but firefighters were able to get it under control quickly. Seattle Fire responded after 2 a.m. Monday to a fire at a large warehouse in the 600 block of North 40th Street. Several roads in the area were closed early Monday while crews worked to get it under control.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 8:10:30 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 08 Jul 2019 15:10:30 GMT

King County: Fireworks determined cause in deadly Highline fire
Fireworks have been determined the cause in a July 4 house fire that left one man dead. In Boulevard Park just south of Seattle, a two-alarm fire broke out around 11 p.m. and quickly engulfed two homes trapping one person inside. King Co. Medical Examiner said 70-year-old Roland Kennedy died of smoke inhalation from that fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Heroic uncle in Aberdeen would rush into burning house again to save niece: 'Even if I got burnt worse or died'
A young man from Aberdeen is fighting the pain of serious burns after rushing back into a burning house to save his niece. Derrick Byrd from his hospital bed said he’d do it again. The 20-year-old has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his face, back and arms and at Harborview Medical Center after he was airlifted to the hospital after the Thursday morning fire in his home.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 08 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Police seek arsonist after 2 fires damage Thomas Jefferson High School gym in Auburn
Two minor fires inside Thomas Jefferson High School in the past five days are believed to be caused by arson, according to South King Fire and Rescue officials. There were two fires in the school’s gymnasium in the last week, according to South King Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Gordon Goodsell. Crews responded to the first fire on Monday, July 1 and the second fire on Thursday, July 4.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2019 6:16:22 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Sun, 07 Jul 2019 01:16:22 GMT

Man charged with murder after mobile home fire kills 4 in Port Angeles
Police have arrested a man suspected in a mobile home fire that killed four people in Washington state. Matthew Timothy Wetherington was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. The 34-year-old was booked into jail Saturday night. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2019 3:05:29 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV Fox 28 Spokane
Posted on Sun, 07 Jul 2019 22:05:29 GMT

Field fire cuts fireworks show at Clark County fairgrounds short
It just seems hard to get away from fire when you’re doing fireworks. Thursday night’s inaugural Clark County Fourth at the Fairgrounds event was a big success, drawing an estimated 6,500 people, according to Mickey Webb, CEO of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. But the event, intended to tamp down fireworks mayhem — especially accidental fires — in Clark County neighborhoods by providing a centralized, professional pyrotechnic display, still managed to generate a little accidental conflagration of its own.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2019 6:31:59 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 07 Jul 2019 01:31:59 GMT

VIDEO: One dead, 13 displaced after two Burien-area homes catch fire
One person was killed and 13 others were displaced after a fire near Burien overnight. Firefighters were at the scene in the 10200 block of 10th Avenue South before midnight, where they found two homes engulfed in flames. One person was reportedly still in one of the homes while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 4:33:22 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:33:22 GMT

Sedro-Woolley Fire Department acquires oil tank car for training
At the Sedro-Woolley Fire Department’s training facility, firefighters can practice putting out fires that have erupted in homes and gas stations, practice their rescue techniques and learn to extricate victims stuck in a vehicle after a crash. Soon, firefighters will also be able to train for what may happen if one of the many oil tank cars that run through Skagit County every day should overturn and catch fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 6:26:05 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com) - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 04 Jul 2019 01:26:05 GMT

3 people taken to Harborview after Aberdeen house fire
Three people were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Thursday morning following a house fire in Aberdeen. Just after 4 a.m., Aberdeen Police and Fire personnel responded to a report of flames visible on a three-story home in the 900 block of Duffy Street on the west end of Aberdeen. Firefighters found a fully involved structure fire, according to a news release from Aberdeen Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2019 1:58:44 PM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:58:44 GMT

Fireworks cause wildfire in Grant County
VIDEO: A 2-acre wildfire was started with fireworks in Grant County, according to Grant County Fire District 13. The fire broke out just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Road 12.3 NW near Ephrata. The firefighters got to the scene was at the scene within 3 minutes, which helped keep the fire contained to 2 acres.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2019 3:09:25 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 04 Jul 2019 22:09:25 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 3 dedicates first fully-staffed station
Spokane County Fire District 3 achieved a major milestone in its 74-year history on Monday with the first raising of the American flag over its newly renovated Station 33 in Four Lakes. “We’ll be staffing it 24/7, 365 days a year,” District 3 Battalion Chief Tom Brunke said. “And we will aid them with volunteers on-shift.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2019 1:49:26 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:49:26 GMT

Family lighting fireworks in West Richland spark trees near home
Fourth of July fireworks caused a fire that burned several trees and damaged a fence about 30 feet from a West Richland home, said Kyle Jagelski, a volunteer training officer with Benton County Fire District 4. The family who lives at the home on Grand Teton Court and East Lattin Road said they didn’t realize the fireworks they were setting off were aerials.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 10:31:55 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 05 Jul 2019 17:31:55 GMT

Snohomish rescue crews prepare kids for deadliest time of year on the water
Summer vacation can be a dangerous time for children, particularly when they go swimming. Kids in Snohomish County are especially at risk because of the large number of lakes and rivers. Over the past 2 years, the team has responded to some 80 water rescue calls. 8 people drowned in Snohomish County just last year.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 03 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire risk 'extreme' in Western Washington; higher than Eastern Washington
In a highly unusual twist of fate, Western Washington now faces a far-greater risk for 'above-average' wildfires this summer than most of Eastern Washington. Cooler temperatures and rain doused chances for wildfires on Tuesday, but firefighters said conditions are still a lot drier than they would like.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 5:12:01 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:12:01 GMT

Fire consumes shop near Moses Lake
Fire consumed a shop Tuesday morning sending a large plume of smoke into the air southwest of Moses Lake. Grant County Fire District 5 Chief Dan Smith says an elderly man was welding in a shop attached to a home in the 5400 block of Mae Valley Road when the contents around him caught fire just before 10:30.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 4:34:14 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 02 Jul 2019 23:34:14 GMT

Fish and Wildlife announces new campfire restrictions, fish regulations
All campfires are now banned in Washington wildlife areas and water access areas after the Department of Fish and Wildlife judged the state's wildfire risk too great. Even campsite fire rings must stay cold during the restriction period, which will remain in place until the seasonal risk of fire abates.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 12:53:47 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:53:47 GMT

Family-owned boat bursts into flames near Lummi Island Ferry terminal
A 20- to 30-foot family-owned boat caught fire and was significantly damaged Tuesday, July 2, while the boat was being dropped into the water near the Lummi Island Ferry terminal to go crabbing. Nobody was injured in the fire, Bellingham Fire Assistant Chief Jay Comfort told The Bellingham Herald. Bellingham Fire and Whatcom County Fire District 7 crews responded to the report of an explosion at 12:39 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 9:04:29 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:04:29 GMT

DuPont decides against last-minute fireworks ban after intense weekend brushfire
The drama unfolded outside Patricia LeDieux’s window. “Smoke was just awful,” LeDieux said. She watched as firefighters tried to keep a brushfire from spreading into her DuPont neighborhood. “My neighbor’s daughter said gather up the photos we don’t want them burning, it was intense,” LeDieux said.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 5:29:24 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:29:24 GMT

Fire near Vantage Bridge grows to 200 acres, quickly contained
According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, a wildfire burned southeast of I-90 near the Vantage Bridge Monday night but was quickly contained by emergency crews. The fire was reported about 2 miles east of Vantage Bridge at MP 140. At first, it was estimated that five acres were burning in sage brush and growing towards the east.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 4:01:14 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 02 Jul 2019 11:01:14 GMT

Grant County Sheriff's office announces alert notification system specific for Gorge Amphitheatre
Heading to the Gorge Amphitheatre this summer? The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has set up an alert notification system specifically for the concert venue. Gorge Alerts are available through the sheriff’s office Nixle mass notification system. Alerts may be issued for concertgoer safety and emergency information, such as incidents within the venue and campground, according to sheriff’s office spokesperson Kyle Foreman.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 5:31:27 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:31:27 GMT

Yakima Fire Department: 5 people displaced after fire caused by overheated electrical circuits
Five people are displaced after a fire at a Yakima home on South 15th Street. 16 firefighters from the Yakima Fire Department responded to the emergency on Sunday evening at about 6:45 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found fire under the home's floor, in the attic, and in the living room. Two people were inside at the time of the fire, but were able to escape.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 2:10:02 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019 21:10:02 GMT

King, Pierce counties announce burn bans
Temporary bans on outdoor fires due to dry weather have been announced for the unincorporated areas of two of the most populated counties in Washington state. The King County Fire Marshal issued a ban starting Monday for unincorporated areas that prohibits all outdoor burning except for recreational fires in approved devices.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 4:43:10 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019 23:43:10 GMT

With wildfires looming, a Seattle artist speaks for the trees
At the top of the Space Needle, summer crowds swarm the circular observation deck, enthralled and thrilled by the transparent walls. A tourist with a British accent asks a stranger to take her picture while she sits on the glass floor, so it will appear as if she’s floating some 600 feet in the air. She giggles and says she’s petrified, then asks for one more shot — “This time with me looking down at the ground.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 2:35:57 PM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019 21:35:57 GMT

Kyle Ohashi retiring after 15 years as Puget Sound Fire public information officer
Kyle Ohashi has appeared regularly on local news channels, websites and in newspapers as the public information officer (PIO) for the Kent-based Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority for the last 15 years. But those days of informing the public about fires and fire safety will come to a halt the end of June when Ohashi retires after 30 years with the department.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2019 2:19:48 AM - SOURCE: Covington & Maple Valley Reporter
Posted on Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:19:48 GMT

Riverside Fire Authority, 911 Center Work Toward Changing Policy for Illegal Burn Response
Riverside Fire Authority is in the process of implementing a new policy that redefines situations where firefighters would step foot on property after allegations of an illegal burn. RFA Chief Mike Kytta said the changes don’t apply to fires that are threatening property or people, but are rather intended for law enforcement to respond to calls of illegal burns that are still under control but violate the conditions of burning restrictions or bans.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2019 2:15:04 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:15:04 GMT

Northwest winemakers worry impact wildfires may have on grapes
As wildfire season approaches, local winemakers are concerned about the potential for more dense smoke. For two summers in a row, thick smoke consumed the Pacific Northwest. It didn't just worsen air quality, it affected wine vineyards, too. Freddy Arredondo, the winemaker for Cave B Winery, told me there can be both positive and negative impacts on grapes.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVL-TV CBS 10 Medford
Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Home destroyed by fire in Airway Heights neighborhood
Firefighters spent all of Friday night and Saturday morning responding to a fire that engulfed a home and threatened two others in a residential neighborhood in Airway Heights. A male resident escaped the home with no injuries, but a firefighter was briefly hospitalized due to exhaustion, said Don Malone, assistant chief of the Airway Heights Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2019 3:15:55 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sat, 29 Jun 2019 22:15:55 GMT

Teen Safety Academy allows youth to explore police, fire departments in Federal Way
Most teens have never cut open a vehicle using the jaws of life or have seen a police K9 in action, although the 13 participants in this year’s Teen Safety Academy recently saw firsthand the inner workings of Federal Way’s police and fire departments. The annual Teen Safety Academy, a partnership program between Federal Way Police Department and South King Fire and Rescue, is in its third year of creating positive interactions.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2019 1:49:04 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Sun, 30 Jun 2019 08:49:04 GMT

Buhrmaster Baking Co. Truck Catches Fire On Interstate 82 south of Ellensburg
A truck carrying Buhrmaster Baking Co. products caught fire along Interstate 82 south of Ellensburg early Saturday morning, causing a roadside spectacle, but no injuries. The truck was headed for a farmers market in Ellensburg when the fire started about 15 miles away from the city. The bakery, owned by Larry Burmaster, had only resumed offering its goods at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market last week.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2019 4:33:31 PM - SOURCE: KDBL-FM 92.9
Posted on Sat, 29 Jun 2019 23:33:31 GMT

Whatcom County house already had a lengthy history of fire, it just added a new chapter
A house along Chuckanut Drive that already had a 30-year history with fire, including a destructive blaze in April, burned yet again Thursday morning, June 27. “I think its luck has run out,” South Whatcom Fire Authority chief Rod Topel told The Bellingham Herald. “When I left, it was pretty much just the chimney standing.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 11:56:35 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:56:35 GMT

It only takes 1: Lighting strike destroys tree in Federal Way: South King Fire & Rescue responds
PHOTOS: The Seattle area may be one of the least thunderstormy places in the nation, but even our occasional thunderstorms can pack a punch. Stop laughing, Midwest. The National Weather Service office in Seattle estimated that about 20-30 cloud-to-ground total lightning strikes were detected amid a few thunderstorms that roamed across Western Washington Thursday afternoon, including cells on near the coast and in Lewis County, in addition to some reported strikes near Tacoma and along the SR-167/I-405 corridor in Pierce and King County.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM. Seattle
Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

You Can Report Illegal Fireworks In Bellevue With App
Better think twice about lighting off fireworks in Bellevue this year. The city is empowering all citizens to report illegal displays with a new app feature, and police and firefighters will be out doing special emphasis patrols this year to catch scofflaws. First, the basics: it is totally illegal to use fireworks in Bellevue.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellevue Patch
Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire shuts down Kellogg Street, threatens buildings in Kennewick
A blaze next to a busy Kennewick street led to road closures while firefighters worked to keep it away from nearby businesses. A fire ignited at the intersection of Kellogg Street and Deschutes Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. Thursday. The blaze threatened a nearby storage business. To combat it, the firefighters closed Kellogg Street from Clearwater Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Garage fire heavily damages house in Spokane
A fire heavily damaged a house and three garages in the Hillyard area early Friday morning. It happened on the 2300 block of E. Queen Ave. Firefighters tell KXLY the fire started in a garage, then spread to the house, which is heavily damaged, but not a total loss. A total of three garages on two different properties were burned.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 5:15:38 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:15:38 GMT

South County Fire to host annual Fourth of July waterball competition in Edmonds
Firefighters will put their skills to the test in the annual South County Fire Fourth of July Waterball Competition beginning at 2:30 p.m. at City Park, located at 3rd Avenue South and Pine Street in Edmonds. The free event has been a Fourth of July tradition in Edmonds for years. Waterball is like a tug-of-war with water.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 4:29:57 AM - SOURCE: MLTnews.com
Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019 11:29:57 GMT

City of Chehalis, Fire District 6 to Fund Study on Feasibility of Annexation
After years spent considering the prospect of consolidating their fire departments, the City of Chehalis and Lewis County Fire District 6 appear poised to determine once and for all whether such a move would make sense for the citizens they serve. Chehalis City Council and Fire District 6 Board of Commissioners have each approved a contract with William Cushman, a financial consultant, to complete a feasibility study of the potential annexation of Chehalis into Fire District 6, according to Cushman.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 5:05:45 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:05:45 GMT

Making history: Mukilteo Fire Department has its first female fire captain
It’s rare for women to be in the fire service, but that didn’t stop Kelli McNees from joining and eventually becoming the first female fire captain for the Mukilteo Fire Department. The Mukilteo Fire Department had three new battalion chiefs and two new fire captains take an oath of office at the June 17 Council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 1:09:17 PM - SOURCE: Mukilteo Beacon
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:09:17 GMT

Whatcom County: Firefighters rescue hiker stranded at Racehorse Falls near Deming
A man out hiking spent nearly 24 hours stranded at Racehorse Falls northeast of Deming after getting trapped between the upper and lower falls until Whatcom County Fire District 14 got him out with a technical rescue. “He wasn’t hurt or anything — just a little exposure and dehydration,” District 14 chief Jerry Debruin told The Bellingham Herald.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 1:43:21 AM - SOURCE: The Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:43:21 GMT

Thurston County OKs fireworks in unincorporated areas due to low fire danger
Fireworks will be allowed in unincorporated Thurston County this Fourth of July. County code allows the county manager to ban fireworks in times of “extreme fire danger.” County Manager Ramiro Chavez said this week the fire danger is currently low and that is not expected to change based on the weather forecast leading up to the Fourth of July.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 3:23:30 PM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 22:23:30 GMT

Kirkland, other crews respond to two-alarm house fire in Totem Lake
The Kirkland Fire Department (KFD) responded to a single-family house fire at the 13300 block of 117th Avenue Northeast in the Totem Lake neighborhood the morning if June 26. The two-alarm fire began Wednesday morning and quickly spread to a neighboring home, according to a press release. Kirkland deputy fire chief Dave Van Valkenburg, who was on the scene, said one male and a dog were able to get out of the house and there are no injuries and everyone has been accounted for.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 1:08:25 PM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:08:25 GMT

Vashon residents create petition to ban fireworks
Several Vashon residents have created a committee and a petition to ban personal fireworks on the island. The members include Ron Smothermon, Yvonne Kuperburg, Nicole Thomas Douthit, Diana Louise and Angie Meier. “I think we’re close to 700 signatures between the online petition and the paper petitions.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 1:42:51 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:42:51 GMT

Quilcene Fire Rescue welcomes new chief
Quilcene Fire Rescue hopes the community will welcome aboard a new fire chief at the Department’s annual community barbecue near the end of the month. Frank Montone officially reports for duty as the new Quilcene fire chief July 1, but the public can meet him at 1 p.m. June 29 at the Quilcene Fire Station, while getting meals off the grill and keeping one eye on kids playing in the bouncy house.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 3:14:41 AM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:14:41 GMT

As they prepare for smoke season, Spokane leaders consider adding more air monitors and protections for homeless
The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is to provide the community with information and resources to prepare for wildfire season, especially those people who are vulnerable.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 7:38:22 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:38:22 GMT

Flash flooding, wildfire starts possible in Eastern Washington due to hazardous weather
The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Spokane has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for much of North Central Washington today. The bulletin was officially issued at 5:22 this morning due to atmospheric conditions which are likely to produce scattered thunderstorms in the region. Some of these storms could be strong and become capable of producing gusty winds in excess of 40 mph, frequent lightning, hail, and torrential rain.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 10:48:53 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:48:53 GMT

Burning vehicle on I-82 leads to brush fire south of Kennewick
A vehicle fire on I-82 near Coffin Road that turned into a brush fire at about 11:40 a.m. is now contained. According to Benton County Fire District #1 Battalion Chief Don Taylor, a pickup was traveling westbound near Coffin Road, had some sort of problem, pulled over on the side of the road and burst into flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 7:18:30 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:18:30 GMT

Firefighters extinguish house fire in Rainier
Rainier firefighters extinguished a fire burning at a house on Old Rainier Road Monday morning. Fire crews were dispatched to the 28000 block of Old Rainier Road around 8:30 a.m. Monday after reports of smoke on the hillside, according to Columbia River Fire & Rescue. The fire had consumed an old house and was threatening another home, a barn and a shed, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 5:44:12 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:44:12 GMT



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