Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Seattle mayor, police and fire chiefs meet with activists -- away from protesting crowds
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Best met behind closed doors Wednesday with demonstrators who have been participating in protests that have gripped the city. The meeting came one day after Durkan addressed a sizable crowd of protesters and pledged to meet with their representatives in order to forge consensus in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died nine days ago at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 9:07:26 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 04:07:26 GMT

Firefighters rescue man caught in Spokane River current
Spokane Fire crews rescued a man who got caught in the current of the Spokane River on Wednesday afternoon. Crews were dispatched to the Sandifur Bridger near People’s Park around 4:30 p.m. The man was in the river, roughly 25 feet from the north bank. The man was pinned by the force of the river against partially submerged trees.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 7:35:54 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:35:54 GMT

FIre damages home in Yakima
A fire displaced the residents of a home on South 14th Street and caused $70,000 damage Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to 805 S. 14th St. around 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, and found a fire burning in the garage. It spread to the house as well, according to a fire department news release. Crews were able to put out the fire quickly, but the home’s residents were not able to go back that night and received assistance from the American Red Cross, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 12:52:12 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:52:12 GMT

Regional firefighter training center planned near Stanwood
A large regional fire and police training facility planned on a site between Conway and Stanwood could fill a regional need for nearby space to train and is expected to attract public safety personnel from across the Northwest all year long. “There’s nowhere really to train around here,” John Cermak, the North County Regional Fire Authority fire chief told the Stanwood Camano News.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 5:43:44 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com) - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:43:44 GMT

Fire Collapses Roof of Chelan Food Mart
A three-alarm fire at the Chelan Food Mart on East Woodin Ave. collapsed the roof and required evacuation of a neighboring house early Tuesday morning. Chelan Fire and Rescue Lt. Shawn Sherman was first on the scene around 4:00 a.m. “It didn’t look like there was any active flames when we first arrived there, but there was smoke showing so we knew we had a fire somewhere.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 11:47:15 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:47:15 GMT

Fire damages Fleet Reserve building in Oak Harbor
The Fleet Reserve Building in Oak Harbor was damaged in a mid-morning fire Sunday, the Oak Harbor Fire Department reported. Fire Chief Ray Merrill said the fire started inside the structure but the cause has not yet been determined. An investigation is ongoing. A witness reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of the building, which is in the southeast area of the city, at 10:38 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 1:09:48 PM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 20:09:48 GMT

Follow Up: Snohomish County firefighter mourned after fatal accident while off-duty
It is with great sadness that Snohomish County Fire District 7 and North County Fire/EMS announce the unexpected passing of one of their own. Marcus Carroll passed away after falling off a cliff while hiking near Cle Elum, WA. He was 23 years old. Carroll was reported missing Sunday, May 31st after he did not return home from a day hiking trip.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 3:50:29 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:50:29 GMT

Bainbridge Island fire department's upgrades earn improved ranking from state bureau
Bainbridge Island is measurably safer these days and that could soon save property owners money. The Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau recently notified Bainbridge Island Fire Department officials the Fire Protection Class rating for Bainbridge has improved from a Class 5 to a Class 4, effective June 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 1:06:51 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:06:51 GMT

Lightning sparks local fires, including 9,000-acre blaze south of Othello
As expected, some firefighters had their hands full as they combated the after-effects of Saturday’s lightning storms. The largest of the fires started in the local region included a 9,000-acre blaze southwest of Othello on Gable Mountain and west of Basin City. Crews reportedly contained the blaze before 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 12:41:32 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 19:41:32 GMT

Update: Body of missing firefighter located in Kittitas County
The body of a missing Snohomish County firefighter was found Monday night on a cliff-face at Peoh Point in Kittitas County. Kittitas County deputies received a report of an overdue hiker Saturday evening in the area of Peoh Point, south of Cle Elum. Marcus Carroll, 24, was hiking alone out to the viewpoint and his truck was recovered on an access road, according to the sheriff’s office.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 10:40:24 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:40:24 GMT

Statewide COVID-19 death toll increases by 6 amid weekend protests
After reporting zero new coronavirus deaths Sunday state health officials said there were six new deaths associated with COVID-19 Monday while a series of protests over George Floyd's death erupted in many cities across Washington during the weekend. The Washington Department of Health reported 21,977 COVID-19 cases in the state and 1,124 deaths, an increase of six from Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Multiple Seattle police vehicles set on fire, destroyed amid protests
Multiple Seattle police vehicles were set on fire and destroyed as thousands of demonstrators descended upon the downtown area. Q13 News reporters witnessed the police cruisers burn around 4:00 p.m. Saturday near Westlake Center. The Seattle Fire Department said firefighters would enter the area to put out the fires when it was safe.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2020 4:46:26 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Sat, 30 May 2020 23:46:26 GMT

Target practice turns into wildfire near Benton City
A wildfire that has spread more than 1,000 acres on Bureau of Land Management land near I-82 will continue to burn throughout the night, officials told KAPP-KVEW. Officials say the initial report is that the fire near Benton City started from people shooting at targets with guns; a ricochet caused a spark that started the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2020 8:58:50 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 03:58:50 GMT

New firefighter training facility planned for West Hills area of Bremerton
The private company responsible for the Navy’s firefighting training could be without a home next month when its lease at the Kitsap Readiness Center expires. WRG Fire Training Simulation Services — which provides maritime firefighter and damage control training for Navy personnel on all the ships in Bremerton and Everett, as well as the Coast Guard — has been operating out of the Kitsap Readiness Center on Carver Street for the last five years.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Missing Peoh Point hiker identified as firefighter, crews join in search efforts
The search continues Monday for the missing man out of Cle Elum, authorities have now identified him as a Firefighter. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office Reports that Marcus Carroll, 24, works for the Snohomish County Fire District 7 and North County Fire & EMS. They say representatives from both agencies are assisting with the search.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS News Yakima
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Around 60 chickens die in structure fire near Moses Lake
About 60 chickens were killed in a structure fire Sunday afternoon in the Mae Valley area near Moses Lake. Grant County Fire District 5 firefighters were dispatched about 4 p.m. to a structure fire the 1200 block of Road D Northeast and arrived to find a 40-foot by 40-foot pole building ablaze, according to Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2020 8:40:20 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 03:40:20 GMT

Two-alarm fire damages east Vancouver apartment complex
A two-alarm fire heavily damaged an apartment building in east Vancouver late Saturday night, displacing more than 25 residents, according to the Vancouver Fire Department. Crews were dispatched at 10:44 p.m. to the Sunpointe Apartments, 900 S.E. Park Crest Ave., in the Cascade Highlands neighborhood north of Mountain View High School and arrived to find heavy fire showing from the structure.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2020 1:56:08 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 31 May 2020 08:56:08 GMT

Exploding ammunition delays firefighter efforts to extinguish Clark County apartment fire
Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) units met with some challenges at an apartment fire early Thursday (May 28) in Woodland. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:01 a.m. Thursday to a report of a fire on the patio of an apartment at 560 Bozarth Street in Woodland. The fire engine from the Woodland station, Engine 29, arrived at 9:05 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clark County Today
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Cost of Spokane ambulance rides set to jump 28%
The starting cost of an ambulance ride in the city of Spokane will increase 28% under a new one-year agreement approved on Thursday. Though they bemoaned the sizable rate hike and timing of the proposal, members of the council reluctantly signed off on a new one-year contract with the city’s ambulance provider, American Medical Response.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 2:09:12 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 21:09:12 GMT

128 new COVID-19 cases in Yakima County; No new deaths for third day in a row
Another high number of positive cases were reported by the Yakima Health District Thursday evening, including no new COVID-19 deaths. For the third day in a row, the health district is reporting no new deaths from the virus in Yakima County. YHD says 128 more people tested positive for COVID-19, now totaling 3,380 confirmed cases.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 News Yakima
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

State issues order for widespread COVID-19 testing in nursing homes statewide
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that long-term care facilities statewide will have access to widespread testing for all their residents and staff in the coming weeks. An order issued by the state Department of Health says that all consenting residents in nursing homes will be tested within two weeks.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Public Radio
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Man dies after falling off cliff in Cle Elum
A Bellevue man died after falling off a cliff in Cle Elum Wednesday morning. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office said 60-year-old Manuel Vellon was sightseeing at Peoh Point Lookout when he slipped and fell off a ridge crest. Vellon was found gravely injured about 400 yards down the embankment. Life-saving measures were attempted with help from Kittitas County Fire District 7 and Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue personnel, but Vellon's injuries were too severe and he passed away before he could be transported to a hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 6:37:33 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 01:37:33 GMT

City of Chehalis Struggles to Find Emergency Fire Station Location
The City of Chehalis is still looking for a location for an emergency fire station and has until July 5 to move out of Lewis County Fire District 6’s fire station after LCFD6 terminated the interlocal fire station sharing agreement. The City of Chehalis has been in the process of finding a new fire station since the old fire station was deemed unsafe after asbestos was found and the Chehalis firefighters moved into LCFD6 station in August of 2018.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 4:35:36 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 23:35:36 GMT

Barefoot hiker rescued from Butte Pinnacle above Wenatchee
Hiking or climbing barefoot may not be the best idea if you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors. A local man learned that the hard way after getting stuck atop a pinnacle just west of Wenatchee near Saddle Rock on Monday. At about 2:23 in the afternoon, a call came in about a hiker who was stranded on Butte Pinnacle.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 3:36:26 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 22:36:26 GMT

Authorities seek help identifying people who burgled Pierce County fire station
Pierce County Fire District 23 and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are seeking help identifying the people who broke into a fire station over Memorial Day weekend. A security camera shows the people stealing several items, including firefighting equipment, from one of the stations in the west half of the district on Monday, Fire Chief Matt Medford said.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle Fire Department Will Observe Fire Day On June 6
We are happy to announce that one of our biggest summer events, Seattle Fire Day with MOHAI, is still happening … on the Seattle Fire Facebook page. This year, also for the first time, we will feature real-time programming in Spanish! Thanks to a long-standing partnership with MOHAI, every year, Seattle Fire marks the anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Patch
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

One dead after mobile home fire in Auburn
One person died in a mobile home fire in Auburn Tuesday morning. According to Valley Regional Fire Authority, crews responded about 6:40 a.m. to report of a fire in White River Estates in the 4200 block of A Street SE. A neighbor reported the fire. Firefighters knocked down the fire quickly, but they found one adult dead inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2020 7:55:59 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 02:55:59 GMT

South Pierce's New Fire Chief Brings Lifetime of Experience to New Post
Todd Wernet, a longtime firefighter with deep roots in Kitsap County, was named earlier this month as the new fire chief of South Pierce Fire and Rescue. He replaces former chief Lloyd Galey, who reportedly took a position with the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend. A second-generation firefighter, Wernet has been on the job for about three weeks now and is looking to deepen the trust the station has with its community and district.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 1:43:03 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 08:43:03 GMT

Body of 61-year-old man recovered in waters near Moses Lake Sand Dunes
The body of a Shoreline man was recovered from the waters of Moses Lake, near the sand dunes, on Monday after the man drowned Sunday evening. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison identified the man as 61-year-old Myong T. Kim. Kim and a friend had been camping in the Moses Lake Sand Dunes area over Memorial Day weekend, according to the sheriff’s office.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2020 6:18:43 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 01:18:43 GMT

New COVID-19 model shows slim room for error in reopening King County, but provides roadmap
A new COVID-19 model shows social distancing has had a profound effect in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in King County over the past few months, but says the county remains on the cusp of a dangerous new explosion in cases. Still, it has simulated some scenarios that show what can be done to allow loosening of restrictions while keeping the virus' spread in check.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

24 motorcycle riders killed so far in 2020 paint a disturbing trend on state's roads
A disturbing trend is happening on Washington roads while traffic remains below the norm --- the early months of 2020 have proven to be deadly for motorcycles. You've heard about state troopers pulling over cars going 100 miles per hour or more on a semi regular basis during this coronavirus pandemic as overall traffic remains light and fatalities are down.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Centralia College East Wraps Up Inaugural Wildland Firefighter Certification Course
Centralia College East offered its wildland firefighter certification program for the first-time this spring. Adjustments had to be made before its first students could even get started. With the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Centralia College East was forced to scrap the face-to-face portion in the beginning of the course and move even more content into online modules provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2020 3:44:57 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 25 May 2020 22:44:57 GMT

Fire in Oakville Under Investigation After Infant Critically Injured
An infant and father were injured when a shed caught fire over the weekend in Oakville. Undersheriff Brad Johansson said that on 05-25-20 at approximately 1:23 AM the Sheriff’s Office responded to a structure fire on Gibson Creek. Deputies arrived on scene and firefighters were putting out a fire that was burning a 20’ by 30’ shed that was being used as residence by a married couple and their 8 month old daughter.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2020 12:55:19 PM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Mon, 25 May 2020 19:55:19 GMT

Woman accused of arson after fire damages Tacoma home
A 24-year-old woman is accused of arson after flames damaged a residence in Tacoma, police said. Officers and firefighters responded to the scene, a home in the 400 block of South 38th Street, at about 7 p.m. after receiving reports that a fire had broken out there. When crews arrived at the scene, flames were showing along the side of the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2020 11:30:28 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 24 May 2020 18:30:28 GMT

Family dog killed in Spokane Valley fire
A Spokane Valley family’s dog did not survive after an early-morning shop fire also spread to an RV. According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, firefighters first responded to the 1100 block of E. 25th Avenue shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 after several people called 911. Crews found an RV in the driveway and a detached shop both fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2020 3:00:16 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV Fox 28 Spokane
Posted on Sat, 23 May 2020 22:00:16 GMT

Clark County Fire District 3 waives inspection fees for local businesses
On the heels of Gov. Jay Inslee’s approval for Clark County to apply for Phase 2 of reopening, Clark County Fire District 3 has announced its plan to waive fire inspection fees assessed to local businesses in the city of Battle Ground. According to the fire district, fire and life safety inspections of businesses are a cornerstone of the fire prevention program to identify and mitigate fire hazards before they become a risk.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2020 1:41:07 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector
Posted on Sat, 23 May 2020 08:41:07 GMT

Spokane County sees double-digit increase in coronavirus cases five days in a row
A "cluster outbreak" is responsible for Spokane County seeing double-digit increases in cases for five days in a row, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. According to SRHD spokesperson Kelli Hawkins, the outbreak was among a specific group of people and health officials aren't worried about seeing community spread from the cluster.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 26 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Dozens of guests flee 2-alarm fire at Olympia motel with no sprinklers
A two-alarm fire broke out at an Olympia motel in the predawn darkness on Friday morning, sending dozens of guests fleeing into the night air. The call to 911 came moments after midnight that the two-story Quality Inn at 1211 Quince Street SE was burning, according to Asst. Chief Mike Buchanan with Olympia Fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS News Yakima
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Asotin County fire chief sounding the alarm after falling victim to fake unemployment claim scam
An investigation is underway into just how many local victims there are regarding fraudulent unemployment claims. It’s an elaborate scheme where criminals steal your name and social security number, and file for benefits. “We have enough worries going on with this virus right now and that there are people out there trying to scam the systems, scam people, scam the state,” said Fire Chief Noel Hardin, Asotin County Fire District #1.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW-TV CBS 3 Lewiston
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Mayor's Opinion: A new role for Seattle's first responders
When I was elected mayor, I never could have imagined that Seattle and our region would be at the epicenter of a pandemic. I imagine the same is true for every worker, senior and family across the country. It’s also true for first responders like Seattle Fire Department Lieutenant Brian Wallace, who has led Seattle’s innovative efforts on testing our first responders, front-line workers, and our most vulnerable.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Valley first responders fed for free by TT’s Old Iron Brewery & BBQ and Washington Trust
About 300 pounds of pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and baked beans were offered to first responders on Wednesday and Thursday. “We feel like our first responders really aren’t getting as much love, right? People are really quick to call them when there’s a problem, but really slow to thank them.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 News Spokane
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Grandson’s fiancée also facing murder charges in Key Peninsula double homicide
The fiancée of the man accused of killing his grandparents then blowing up their house is also facing aggravated murder charges for her alleged role in the elderly couple's slaying. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, neighbors of the victims, 71-year-old "Ted" Ralston and 73-year-old Joanna Gormley, reported an explosion at their home Sunday evening (May 17) in the 18800 block of Bayview Road NW in the Vaughn area.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2020 5:29:54 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 00:29:54 GMT

Body found after fire burns home in Kitsap County
Firefighters discovered a body after putting out a fire Wednesday at a home in Kitsap County. Fire crews were called just before 2:00 p.m. after someone in the area saw the smoke in the 11000 block of Schold Road in Silverdale. Firefighters quickly put out the fire but found a body inside. Investigators are looking into what may have caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 7:41:40 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020 02:41:40 GMT

Bail Set at $50,000 for Man Accused of First-Degree Arson
Bail was set at $50,000 Monday for a man accused of starting a fire in downtown Olympia, Thurston County Superior Court records show. The court found probable cause to charge Nathan Ray Cicco, 19, with first-degree arson. Cicco has no known address, according to court records. Arraignment is set for June 2.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 4:48:26 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 23:48:26 GMT

Chumstick Structure Fire Contained During Windy Day
Firefighters from Chelan County Fire District 3 as well as Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue battled a structure fire in a outbuilding in the 15000 block of Chumstick Highway just after noon Wednesday. Assistant Chief Glenn Brautaset stated that the homeowner had previously been using a lawnmower and put it away in the shed about an hour before the blaze, likely causing the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2020 12:37:11 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020 07:37:11 GMT

Snohomish fire chief retiring late next month
Ron Simmons is planning to call it a day soon. He’s been Snohomish Fire’s chief the past seven years, but that’s just one-fifth of his 35-year career at the department. His first day was Nov. 11, 1985. He’s decided his last will be June 31. Fire District 4 won’t be selecting the new chief until as late as June, but its board began discussing the position this week after press time.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 1:41:43 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 08:41:43 GMT

Washington, Oregon expected to have worst fire season in the country
Washington and Oregon are expected to have the worst wildfire season in the nation, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Today crews cleared underbrush and small trees on a Nature Conservancy managed forest on Cle Elum Ridge, as part of its 20-year plan to reduce the threat of wildfires in Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 6:47:27 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 01:47:27 GMT

Stillaguamish Tribe donates $180,000 to Oso Fire District, $300,000 to North County Regional Fire Authority
The Stillaguamish Tribe made two donations to local fire districts this May, including a $180,000 donation to the Oso Fire District that will completely fund a new ambulance. The second donation was to the North County Regional Fire Authority and was for $300,000 meant to support their operations as well.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 1:01:52 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 20:01:52 GMT

Wildfires near 300 in Washington, DNR unveils new firefighting tool
VIDEO: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is unveiling a new tool to add to their firefighting fleet. Finding water while fighting wildfires isn't always easy, which is why the DNR’s three new pumpkin tanks will come in handy. "This enables us to be more efficient with our time, be more able to get on the fires quickly,” said Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Sirens, lights, wishes and hopes for Lynnwood boy with rare disease
First came flashing lights, then the woop-woop of sirens as families, friends and neighbors gazed northward. No one along the Lynnwood street asked “Where’s the fire?” It was all for one bright-eyed boy, 3-year-old Eli Kincaid. As an impressive display of fire trucks, emergency medical vehicles and police cars rolled past the home of Jill and Tyler Kincaid, their son Eli was joined by loved ones in his front yard.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Herald
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

King County: 2 people die after falling into Green River just days apart
Two people have died in three days after falling into the Green River. Search and rescue teams were called Saturday morning to the Green River Gorge after a woman in her 20s fell into the river. According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, three women were walking along the trail near the river when a woman in her 20s fell into the water.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 2:07:18 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 21:07:18 GMT

Update: Grandson suspected of murdering grandparents at site of Key Peninsula arson
A charred home where bodies of a couple were found in the wake of a massive fire is now a crime scene, and their grandson has been arrested as a murder suspect. Witness called 911 around 8:30 p.m. to report hearing explosions and seeing flames engulf a home in the 18800 block of Bayview Road NWi in Vaughn, according to Pierce County Sheriff's Department officials.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 2:49:06 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 21:49:06 GMT

Grant County: Controlled burn destroys trailer after winds cause it to spread too quickly
A trailer is destroyed after a controlled burn spread too quickly due to winds in Grant County . According to Grant County Fire District 13, when firefighters arrived on scene they found a demolished camp trailer and a half acre wildfire. The fire also threatened a home but was not damaged. "We can’t overstate how quickly fire will spread in the wind and spread easily to our vegetation and surrounding structures/vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 8:38:32 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 03:38:32 GMT

Seattle paramedic on bringing mobile coronavirus testing to local nursing homes
In early March, Chief Scoggins realized it was almost impossible for us to get timely tests of our own members and that we would lose the resiliency of our workforce if we weren’t able to figure out who was sick and who wasn’t. They recognized the need for us to do our own testing. Previously, a nasal swab was not a skill that EMTs or paramedics were allowed to perform in the state of Washington.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 11:37:49 AM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 18:37:49 GMT

Two women rescued after falling into the Snoqualmie River
Two women were saved in an hours-long rescue after they fell into the Snoqualmie River Monday evening. Rescue crews were originally called around 8 p.m. for a report that one woman slipped and fell into the Middle Fork of the river, according to Capt. Steve Johnson with Eastside Fire & Rescue. Once they arrived, they learned two gone into the river.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

2 dead in 2-alarm fire in Vaughn on Key Peninsula; explosions reported
A two-alarm fire at a home Sunday in the town of Vaughn on the Key Peninsula claimed the lives of two people, fire officials said. Firefighters were called to the 18000 block of 95th Street Court Northwest where a fire was burning in the basement. Firefighters confirmed they found two people dead in the basement after several people reported hearing explosions come from the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire crews battle 'stubborn' house fire in West Richland
Firefighters were called to a residential house fire early Sunday morning that had smoke billowing from the garage. When firefighters arrived to the house on Northview Loop near Bombing Range Rd., the garage connected to the house was engulfed in flames. The smoke could be seen for miles as crews worked to contain it.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2020 6:45:19 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 01:45:19 GMT

Assault, Arson Suspect Brought Down by Kennewick Police
An assault on an elderly woman led to a standoff and confrontation with a suspect, and a fire in an apartment unit Saturday evening. Around 5:30PM Kennewick Police and SWAT were called to the Heatherstone Apartments at 1114 West 10th and found a 64-year-old woman had been assaulted and had a significant injury to her head.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 10:44:21 AM - SOURCE: KXRX-FM 97.1
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 17:44:21 GMT

King County records no new coronavirus deaths for first time in over 2 months
For the first time in over two months, King County recorded no new deaths from COVID-19 in its daily update. Public health officials said 86 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the past 24 hours in King County - but not a single death. It was the first time that King County had recorded no new coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period since March 7.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 15 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

State, firefighters prepare for 'extremely challenging' wildfire season
State leaders are predicting an extremely challenging wildfire season this year with drier conditions and limited help from the feds and other states because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, they said during a telebriefing with reporters Thursday. Fire departments and fire districts are already making changes to their approach.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS Yakima
Posted on Fri, 15 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Two people, three pets unhurt in Forks house fire
A mother, her daughter and their three pets escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when a fire of unknown origin severely damaged a home in the 800 block of Mayberry Street. Firecrackers exploded during the blaze, making Forks-area Fire District 1 Chief Bill Paul first suspect that ammunition was going off.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 1:37:10 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 20:37:10 GMT

West Thurston Fire Authority Adds Wildfire Fighting Tools
West Thurston Regional Fire Authority recently took delivery on the first of four retrofitted wildland fire trucks equipped with a remote controlled nozzle allowing the driver to spray water on a fire from inside the truck’s cab. “The new wildland fire remote control monitor will allow our firefighters to engage fire much more quickly,” said Operations Fire Chief Robert W.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 3:39:57 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 22:39:57 GMT

Firefighters put out fire in Kelso, despite resident interference
Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Kelso on Tuesday evening, with no injuries reported. Just after 6:30 p.m., dispatches took a call about a fire in a duplex in the 200 block of Barnes Street. According to 911 call logs, the neighbor saw smoke coming through their walls and called 911 when nobody answered the door to the adjoining apartment.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 2:08:22 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 21:08:22 GMT

Social distancing changes DNR’s firefighter tests
Prospective firefighters for the state Department of Natural Resources must complete a 3-mile course in 45 minutes – while wearing a 45-pound pack. But there’s good news for those who passed last year’s test: They don’t have to do it again. Because of social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, only new recruits must take the test this year.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Ceiling collapses at Auburn Safeway store
A ceiling at an Auburn Safeway store partially collapsed Thursday morning. The collapse happened in a stockroom and no one was hurt. Valley Regional Fire said it happened at the store at 101 Auburn Way South. Crews said the collapsed area is about 10 feet by 50 feet. Fire officials said the building was evacuated and sealed off.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 3 adds six firefighters to roll call
Six new firefighters joined Clallam County Fire District 3’s ranks this month. They include: Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Tyler Campbell; FF/Paramedic Chris Darling; FF/EMT Jon Donahue; FF/EMT Paul Lang; FF/EMT Colton McGuffey, and FF/EMT Bo Pinnell. Fire Chief Ben Andrews said all of the new hires are “excellent” firefighters chosen from a competitive field.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Boy challenges Eastside Fire & Rescue members to epic socially-distant water fight
VIDEO: Challenge accepted! A Washington boy named Jaxen called on members of Eastside Fire & Rescue to join him in a water fight -- and the firefighters did not disappoint. Station 87 firefighters said after completing an emergency call, the crew met up with Jaxen and his friends on Monday for a socially distant water fight in the front yard.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys Terrace Heights home, displaces five
An electrical fire destroyed a home and displaced five people Monday afternoon in Terrace Heights, East Valley Fire Department reported. Firefighters were called around 5 p.m. for a fire at 408 Butterfield Road. They were told the fire was on the outside of the house, but when they arrived the entire one-story structure was on fire, said fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 7:38:16 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 02:38:16 GMT

Brush fire near Ephrata started by kids playing with matches
Children playing with matches reportedly sparked a small brush fire Tuesday afternoon near Ephrata. Grant County Fire District 13 and Ephrata firefighters responded shortly after noon to a wildfire threatening structures and vehicles in the 12000 block of Road C.5 Northwest. A quick response from fire crews kept the blaze contained at about two acres.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 9:12:10 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 16:12:10 GMT

Seattle Fire Department now at full strength with no firefighters in quarantine
The Seattle Fire Department is now back at full strength in its battle against COVID-19. As of Monday evening, none of its firefighters are in quarantine anymore, with all those infected or exposed considered in the clear, according to department spokesperson Kristin Tinsley. So far during the outbreak, 127 members of the department have gone through a 14-day quarantine period.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Corrections Center for Women inmate volunteers sew gowns, masks for coronavirus fight
While the Sisters of Charity live inside the confines of the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, they’re providing plenty of help for those on the outside in the fight against the coronavirus. The group, formed about 20 years ago at the Corrections Center, with many serving life sentences, make items from donated materials for about 30 different charities.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Seattle Times
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire causes propane, firework explosions near homes in Elk
Crews stopped a shed fire from spreading to a nearby home on East Jutte Lane in Elk early Tuesday morning. Flames were reported in the shop next to the house at 3:30 a.m. Homeowners said they do not know how the fire started. The fire caused nearby propane tanks, fireworks and some ammunition to explode.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 5:52:13 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 12:52:13 GMT

Trump Administration Moves To Block Washington's Oil Train Safety Law
The Trump administration on Monday moved to block a Washington state law that imposed safety restrictions on oil shipments by rail following a string of explosive accidents. The Department of Transportation determined federal law preempts the Washington law adopted last year, which mandated crude from the oil fields of the Northern Plains have more of its volatile gases removed prior to being loaded onto rail cars.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

1 seriously injured as 2-alarm fire rips through Lakewood apartment complex
A man was seriously injured and several others are now left homeless after a two-alarm fire burned an apartment complex in Lakewood Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the Pacific Ridge Apartments on Lincoln Ave. SW around 2 a.m. and arrived to find several units burning, said Jenny Weekes with West Piece Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 11 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle Fire Department will boost crews in West Seattle due to bridge closure
The Seattle Fire Department will adapt to this year’s high-rise West Seattle Bridge closure by adding a medic team and a ladder-truck team west of the Duwamish River. Those resources will help ensure a fast response to emergency calls despite that shutdown and potential slowdowns through the low-rise West Seattle swing bridge or First Avenue South Bridge, the department announced Friday.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 6:16:16 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Sat, 09 May 2020 01:16:16 GMT

Spokane Fire Department launches database to keep first responders and residents safe
There’s a new effort to help keep first responders safe and ultimately prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in Spokane. Spokane Community Connect is a city-wide database that allows residents to enter information about their households for the Spokane Fire Department. SFD chief Brian Schaeffer said it is an exceptionally important tool to have during the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2020 6:44:26 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox 28 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 11 May 2020 01:44:26 GMT

Cowlitz 2 gets fired up over new training props
It's not every day that you get to light a car on fire for your job, so Cowlitz 2 firefighters were burning with enthusiasm Thursday to do just that at the agency's Vine Street headquarters in Kelso. Firefighters breached a flaming cargo container stocked with wooden pallets and doused a blazing car frame hooked up to propane tanks.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2020 6:47:24 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 10 May 2020 01:47:24 GMT

North Whidbey house damaged after kitchen fire spreads
Nobody was injured when a kitchen fire spread into the walls and a concealed ceiling space of a North Whidbey home Thursday morning. Chief John Clark with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue said firefighters received the report of a fire at a North View Lane home at 10:21 a.m. His department responded with mutual aid from the Navy fire department and Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2020 1:54:26 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 09 May 2020 08:54:26 GMT

Wind, warm temperatures raise weekend wildfire risk
Hot and dry weather is predicted for Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-10), presenting an elevated risk for wildfires across the state. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has already responded to 230 wildfires this year. Of those, 120 were caused by people burning debris. Winds this weekend could see gusts of up to 25 mph and temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s and mid-80s.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 9:07:48 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 04:07:48 GMT

Clark County Fire District 6 crews settle in at new station in Salmon Creek
Clark County Fire District 6 crews stationed in Salmon Creek have a sleek new facility equipped with modern technologies to call home while on the job. Staff moved into the new station at 1119 N.E. 136th St. in late March. The site adjoins the old Station 63 at 1200 N.E. 134th St. Taxpayers approved bonds to fund the multimillion-dollar project in 2018.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 6:37:26 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 13:37:26 GMT

No one injured in Spokane house fire
An early morning house fire on Friday forced seven people out of their home. According to Spokane Fire Department, crews got a call just before 4:30 a.m. for a house fire on Wall Street between Sinto Avenue and Sharp Avenue. People could see heavy smoke coming out of the house. Firefighters said everyone got out of the house safely, and no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 5:40:32 AM - SOURCE: KXLY Radio Spokane
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 12:40:32 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department launches new Cordico App for firefighters' health and wellness
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) Fire Chief, Bryan Collins, announced plans to provide the Spokane Valley Fire Department with an officer wellness App to support their mental health and well-being. The wellness tool will be an App installed on phones to help Spokane Valley Firefighters and retired Firefighters with their personal health and wellness needs.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Valley Fire
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

30K Coronavirus Tests A Day Could Be The Ticket To Washington's Freedom
More testing will allow Washington state to relax some social distancing measures because we’ll be able to identify sick people early and keep them isolated. Here’s how we can get there. If you feel sick and think it’s COVID-19, how quickly can you get tested for the virus? Until last week, if you had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, but developed no symptoms, you may have been told to just stay home.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Hundreds on COVID-19 frontlines file workers' compensation claims in Washington
When we think workers' compensation, we think of falling on the job, maybe breaking a bone. However, along with injuries, workers' compensation also covers illness. Of the hundreds of workers' compensation claims related to COVID-19 in this state, roughly 83% are from frontline workers — those who work in patient care.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV News NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 07 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Recent fires at Seattle homeless camps raise new questions about their removal
A spate of recent fires at homeless camps in the city has prompted new questions about the thresholds for removal of the encampments during the current COVID-19 crisis. Early Saturday morning, crews were forced to close Interstate 5 in both directions because of a fire in a small homeless camp located in the middle of the highway directly underneath the Washington State Convention Center.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 07 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima firefighters respond to four fires; one person injured
One person was injured in the first of four fires that burned in Yakima from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Oak Street at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday for a fire that started in a tree and spread to a six-plex, according to a fire department news release. While only the building’s siding and a vehicle parked in the area were damaged, a man with a second-degree burn on his arm was treated at the scene, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 6:36:12 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 07 May 2020 01:36:12 GMT

Seattle City Council authorizes $8 million to purchase and prep site for new Fire Station 31
Seattle will spend about $8 million to buy and prepare a site in Northgate for the construction of a new fire station. The City Council voted Monday to allocate the money and authorize the purchase. The new Fire Station 31 will replace an existing station at 1319 N. Northgate Way that shut down in June due to concerns about conditions there, including mold.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 1:51:15 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 05 May 2020 20:51:15 GMT

Grounded Horizon pilot becomes Orting firefighter and paramedic
A Horizon Air pilot volunteered to take an unpaid leave of absence so he could help Orting Fire and Rescue, which needed an experienced paramedic to help respond during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Both jobs really have an adrenaline rush behind them,” said Hunter Chumbley, who has flown for Horizon since 2017.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys four trailers at Whatcom County campground along Mount Baker Highway
For once, the coronavirus pandemic actually may have saved lives. Nobody was home when fire swept through and destroyed four trailers at the Black Mountain Ranch campground along the Mount Baker Highway Monday afternoon, May 4. “It was a pretty good fire, and thankfully nobody was there,” Whatcom County Fire District 14 Chief Jerry Debruin told The Bellingham Herald Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 2:06:36 PM - SOURCE: The Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 05 May 2020 21:06:36 GMT

Hay Canyon Fire Burns Just Outside of Cashmere
Fire personnel responded to a 2-alarm brush fire about a mile up Hay Canyon Road outside of Cashmere around noon Tuesday. CCWIC Lead Operations Dispatcher Josh Gibbs explained that, at last check, the size of the fire was about 10 acres but the nature of the fire made it hard to tell. Gibbs said, “The report that we got from Rivercom was the report of a brush fire near a shooting range.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 5:51:14 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 00:51:14 GMT

Crews knock down fire at abandoned house in Deer Park
Crews from the Spokane County Fire District 4 have knocked down a fire at an abandoned house in Deer Park that started Wednesday morning. Firefighters say the abandoned house is at N. Colville Rd. and Crawford St., with flames being reported around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. One firefighters reportedly sustained minor injuries, cutting his hand on some broken glass.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 7:57:10 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 14:57:10 GMT

Yakima firefighters estimate garage fire caused $50,000 in damages
A fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to a building in downtown Yakima late Sunday night. The Yakima Fire Department responded to a fire in the 100 block of S. Second St. at 11:23 p.m. Crews arrived to heavy flames inside the building that had spread to the roof and attic. No one was in the building at the time and no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2020 4:47:38 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 04 May 2020 23:47:38 GMT

Seattle firefighter father honors front-line daughter
Mike Washington knows a thing or two about heroism. The Marine Corps veteran has been a Seattle firefighter for 26 years. His son, Michael, gave his life at age 20 fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. But Mike has never experienced anything like what his daughter is enduring right now. Mike's daughter, Aja Collins, is an ICU nurse in Augusta, Georgia.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 News Seattle
Posted on Tue, 05 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Crews locate body in car that crashed, submerged into Spokane River
Spokane Police and fire crews teamed up with some nearby citizens to help pull a teenage man from his car that submerged in the Spokane River after a crash late Monday night. Spokane Police confirmed an occupant was found deceased in the car Tuesday morning. Police say a combination of swift moving water, the lack of light and the car being unstable all made it impossible to check for a body until the sun came up.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 News
Posted on Tue, 05 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Clark County Fire and Rescue crew expecting wildland blaze instead find fully-engulfed home
Clark County Fire & Rescue units were dispatched at 2:26 p.m. Friday, May 1, to a report that trees were on fire on Northeast Jenny Creek Road north of La Center. Responding crews were expecting a wildland fire, according to a press release from CCFR. CCFR Engine 23 arrived at 3:37 p.m. to find a fully involved manufactured home located at 36525 NW Jenny Creek Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2020 2:44:12 PM - SOURCE: TheReflector.com
Posted on Sat, 02 May 2020 21:44:12 GMT

Fire north of La Center displaces two
A residential fire north of La Center displaced two people Friday afternoon. Clark County Fire & Rescue Crews were dispatched at 2:25 p.m. to 36525 N.W. Jenny Creek Road. The initial call came in as some trees being on fire, so firefighters were expecting a wildland fire, Chief John Nohr said. Instead, the first arriving crew found a ranch-style, manufactured home engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2020 7:25:45 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 02 May 2020 02:25:45 GMT

Ten horses perish in barn blaze near Royal City
Fire officials aren't releasing much information about a fatal that claimed the lives of nearly a dozen animals near Royal City early Saturday. The Grant County Sheriff Office says firefighters responded to a 60-foot by 120-foot barn at 12978 Dodson Road SW just east of Royal City at around 4:30 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2020 3:42:11 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sat, 02 May 2020 22:42:11 GMT

Man wanted in Walla Walla arson fire that caused $100K in damage to home
Police are trying to learn the name of a man wanted in connection to an arson fire in Walla Walla. Sgt. Eric Knudson with Walla Walla Police said someone started a house fire in the 900 block of W. Alder Street on April 7 around 5:20 a.m. No one was home at the time. However, the fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 3:58:20 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 30 Apr 2020 22:58:20 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department mechanic ensures crews make it to the scene
The last thing a firefighter needs is to worry about arriving on scene safely. That’s where Wayne Tuttle comes in. As lead mechanic for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, he has spent the past 15 years making sure fire trucks are ready to get the job done. Tuttle was about to start a job working long hours on the Coeur d’Alene River when he saw the fire department mechanic job in the newspaper.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2020 5:03:21 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 01 May 2020 12:03:21 GMT

Update on San Juan Island Fire & Rescue COVID-19 response and post pandemic response and service lessons learned
Timing is everything. More than one year ago, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) and San Juan Island EMS began working through recommendations from the citizens to join emergency services together into one organization. We have been working diligently to implement the unanimous agreement between San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 and Fire District #3 elected commissioners.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 3:11:53 PM - SOURCE: San Juan Islander
Posted on Thu, 30 Apr 2020 22:11:53 GMT



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