Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Longview Fire Department's $550K remodel to create quicker turnaround between emergency calls
Plans to add more showers at the Longview Fire Department’s 38th Avenue station will put firefighters “back in service quicker to respond to emergency calls,” Longview Fire Chief Jim Kambeitz said about an upcoming remodel. The work — scheduled to begin in two weeks — will decrease lag time between when firefighters are waiting to wash up after returning from a call and responding to the next emergency.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 8:10:40 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 11 May 2021 03:10:40 GMT



Everett Firefighters To 'Virtually' Climb Seattle's Columbia Tower In LLS Fundraiser
Over the years you’ve seen MyEverettNews showcase Everett Firefighters raising funds for the annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb. That’s where firefighters in full bunker gear and airbottle climb 1,356 steps up the staircase of the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle. Prior to the climb firefighters hold fundraising events.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Everett News
Posted on Tue, 11 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



North Sound homeowners get help identifying wildfire danger risk to homes
Warmer and dryer temperatures push all of western Washington farther towards wildfire danger. That’s why a North Sound conservation district offers a program that helps homeowners learn how to reduce the risk of losing property to wildfire. The Whatcom Conservation District paired with Washington Department of Natural Resources firefighters to assess a community south of Bellingham on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 6:44:39 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 11 May 2021 01:44:39 GMT



Prosser police station, city hall, other businesses damaged in butcher shop blaze
Fire investigators are now investigating the cause of a fire that started in the attic of a Prosser butcher shop on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, crews were still on scene monitoring the butcher shop and checking for hot spots. Scott Friend with West Benton Fire Rescue tells Action News crews were still putting water on the building at 4 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2021 9:49:32 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Sun, 09 May 2021 16:49:32 GMT



Yakima: Two Structure Fires Saturday Cause Combined $250,000 in Damages, Three Injuries
According to Yakima Fire Department, two structure fires on Saturday led to three injuries and $250,000 in damages. The two fires happened within three hours of each other. At 3:17 pm Saturday, Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were dispatched to the 900 block of South 25th Avenue, for a single-family residence that had fire at the front of the house and in the attic.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2021 1:53:51 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Sun, 09 May 2021 20:53:51 GMT



'It's scary': 2 arsons damage apartments, restaurants in Seattle's U District
Two fires were intentionally set Sunday in the University District that caused thousands of dollars in damages. Four restaurants were impacted and several apartment units. “It’s scary to see this happen,” said Don Blakeney, executive director of U-District Partnership, which is the neighborhood’s business improvement district.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 10 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Multiple Agencies Respond to 40+ Acre Fire Near Lake Lenore
Firefighters from three agencies responded to a wildland fire reported near Lake Lenore off SR 17. Grant County Fire District 7 Lt. Corey Hendricks says it started near a shooting range on a steep cliff side a little after 7:00 p.m. Saturday. “It was wind driven, though we’re not sure exactly what the cause was.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2021 12:48:53 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sun, 09 May 2021 19:48:53 GMT



Suspect in 1987 Everett arson case arrested, wanted for murder
An Everett man who failed to appear for sentencing Friday after pleading guilty to the fatal 1987 Everett Community College fire has been arrested. Elmer Nash was 12 on Feb. 16, 1987 when he lit a matchstick and dropped it on a pile of books and papers on the floor of the college’s library, igniting a fast-moving blaze that killed Everett firefighter Gary Parks.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2021 1:43:50 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Sat, 08 May 2021 20:43:50 GMT



Motorcyclist killed in fiery crash south of Mount Vernon
A motorcyclist was killed in a fiery crash overnight near Big Lake in Skagit County, the Washington State Patrol reports. Troopers and firefighters responded to the scene, along State Route 9 near West Big Lake Boulevard, at about 10:05 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a crash and fire. The motorcycle had crashed into a tree and erupted into flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 6:19:28 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 06 May 2021 13:19:28 GMT



Gig Harbor Firefighters Mow Neighbor's Lawn After 911 Call
Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty: a recent 911 call in Gig Harbor ended up conscripting a few local firefighters into doing a little extra yard work. According to Gig Harbor Fire, earlier this week an elderly citizen called 911 to report a house fire. The caller had gone outside to mow the lawn, but had left food cooking on the stove top and forgotten it.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gig Harbor Patch
Posted on Fri, 07 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Tukwila apartment complex catches fire for third time
Fire crews are at the scene of an empty building at a Tukwila apartment complex Thursday morning, where a fire erupted for a third time. The same building at the Foster Creek Apartments in the 15100 block of Macadam Road South, burned twice last summer, Dawn Judkins, Deputy Chief of Mountain View Fire and Rescue said.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 07 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Yakima Delta wildfire started at Richland homeless camp, investigators say
Investigators believe a wildfire that scorched over 85 acres in Richland this week started at a homeless camp along a local highway. Battalion Chief Randy Aust informed officials about the initial investigation into the Yakima Delta Fire during a recent city council meeting. Aust told city leaders that the fire appeared to start near a homeless encampment in the area of State Route 240 near the Yakima River.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Thu, 06 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Washington agencies come together to film 'slow down, move over' PSA after serious towing crashes
Clark County Fire District 6 officials say it’s the deadliest job in America: towing disabled cars off the side of the freeway. In just the past few months, three tow truck drivers were in serious crashes in southwest Washington. “I think people have been cooped up for so long that they really want to get out and get going and we’ve noticed it,” said David Schmitke, the public information officer and public education coordinator for CCFD6.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Thu, 06 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Douglas County Fire District 5 Encourages Homeowners to Install 911 Reflective Address Signs
Douglas County Fire District 5 has made 911 reflective address signs available to the community to help first responders easily identify an address in emergencies. The need for the signs was prompted after the two large fires, Road 11 and Pearl Hill fires, in 2020 that impacted the district. “One of the biggest challenges first responders come across is not being able to easily locate an address whether its poorly labeled or not labeled at all,” said Chief Tyler Caille.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 11:36:28 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 05 May 2021 18:36:28 GMT



Spokane Fire Department employee’s goats go from eating kindling vegetation to helping a local nonprofit
When Amanda Winchell started working at the Spokane Fire Department Training Center, she never thought her love of raising goats would intersect with her job as an office manager there. But Chief Brian Schaeffer loves to utilize his employees’ unique skills. “She’s part of our family, and the goats are her passion when she’s at home,” Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 06 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Seattle tells homeless campers to clear out after double shooting, fire at Lake City park
VIDEO: It’s been a troubling past week at Albert Davis Park in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood. Two people were shot at a homeless encampment on Thursday. Then Friday, a series of propane explosions led to a fire at the park, burning up a tree and several tents. The city of Seattle stated the fire department has responded to the park six times over the course of a single week.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 05 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Governor Inslee: No New COVID-19 Restrictions in Washington for Now
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state's counties will remain in their current phase of the state's economic reopening plan and won't face more restrictions because new COVID cases are levelling off after a recent spike. The Democrat said there will be a two-week pause as the state continues to evaluate coronavirus activity in the state.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: US News
Posted on Wed, 05 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



One killed in Lakewood crash involving semi, motorcycles
An Oak Harbor man died Tuesday night after crashing into a semi while speeding on a motorcycle on I-5 in Lakewood. According to Washington State Patrol, it happened about 11:45 p.m. on I-5 at New York Avenue. Troopers say 28-year-old Jacob Bullimore was driving a motorcycle, speeding and weaving in and out of lanes alongside another motorcycle that was doing the same.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV Fox 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 05 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire Extinguished at Gloryhouse Foursquare Church in Olympia
Olympia Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire at 620 Legion Way SE at 2:14 AM on May 1, 2021. The first engine arrived 2 minutes later to find fire on the exterior of the building. The fire was fully extinguished at 2:36 with minor extension inside the structure. The cause of the fire is under investigation and at this time there is no estimate on the total losses to the business.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 7:35:41 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 03 May 2021 14:35:41 GMT



Plane Flips on Airstrip in Grant County
Grant County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Royal Slope Fire & Rescue arrived to a frightening sight Monday morning when they responded to a plane flipped onto its top about nine miles northwest of Royal City. PIO Kyle Foreman said 83-year-old Dwain Forester thankfully was not in flight when he and his 1960 Cessna 175B went belly up near Road 11 Southwest and Beverly Burke Road Southwest.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 6:45:41 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 04 May 2021 01:45:41 GMT



Follow Up: Firefighter, social worker program expanded to Seattle's U-District and Ballard
Last month, Seattle expanded two of its Health One response units to U-District and Ballard to primarily serve the two neighborhoods. The first unit serves the downtown area and the Capitol Hill neighborhood, while the Health Two unit team dispatches from the fire department’s Station 17, located at 1050 NE 50th St.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 1:27:35 AM - SOURCE: The Daily (University of Washington)
Posted on Tue, 04 May 2021 08:27:35 GMT



Trial By Fire For Seattle's Newest Firefighters
The Seattle Fire Department will train new firefighter recruits at a vacant home near the Sunset Hill and Loyal Heights neighborhoods from May 4-6 at 2904 NW 80th St. Live-fire training is an opportunity for our new fire recruits to work with our officers and face real fire scenarios in a controlled setting.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Patch
Posted on Tue, 04 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Evacuations lifted after natural gas leak in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood
Evacuations have been lifted after a natural gas leak Saturday morning in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The reported gas leak was near Republican St. & Westlake Ave. N. in the South Lake Union area. Crews evacuated the area from Mercer St. S to Thomas St and 9th Ave N east to Fairview Ave N for a short time.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2021 10:38:18 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Sat, 01 May 2021 17:38:18 GMT



Triplex Fire Keeps Firefighters Busy in Yakima
When was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke alarms? Firefighters say you have 2 to 3 minutes to escape a fire in your home and make it out alive. It's not known if a triplex that caught fire Friday had working smoke alarms but no one was injured after escaping the early morning fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2021 10:46:40 AM - SOURCE: KATS-FM 94.5
Posted on Sat, 01 May 2021 17:46:40 GMT



ShakeAlert earthquake warning system goes live this week
Washington residents will have a new tool to help keep them safe when an earthquake strikes on Tuesday when the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System goes live. Once launched, ShakeAlert will be able to send residents an alert on their mobile phones, providing valuable seconds of warning to take cover before the shaking from an earthquake reaches their location.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Mon, 03 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT



'Every person has to do something': New program kicks off in Spokane County to prevent wildfires
This year, firefighters have already had to put out over 250 wildfires in the state. These fires devastate communities and cost the state millions of dollars in rebuilding costs. Now, state leaders are focusing on prevention versus reaction with the Wildfire Ready Neighbors program in Spokane County.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 5:27:11 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Sat, 01 May 2021 00:27:11 GMT



How the Seattle Fire Department helped lead the city's fight against COVID-19
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Seattle Fire Department knew that as first responders, they we're probably going to have to pivot their efforts. "Initially, like the general population, we were very nervous about testing, nervous about going into hotspots where they were having outbreaks... It took a minute to realize that there was no one else coming to help us," said Brian Wallace the Acting Captain and COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Coordinator with the SFD.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Nine dogs rescued from Stevens County house fire
Firefighters rescued nine dogs from a fire that destroyed a house in Stevens County Thursday morning. Stevens County Fire District 1 says a person passing by along Redman Road noticed smoke and flames in the house and called firefighters. Fire District 1, Spokane Fire District 4 and Deer Park Ambulance arrived to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 6:42:16 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 01:42:16 GMT



Rare firefighting training in Bainbridge Island
The Bainbridge Island Fire Department is soon going to have a rare opportunity. The 550 Madison Apartments will be used for training and instruction exercises. Over the next couple of weeks, Dag Liljequist, the BIFD training officer, will simulate burn scenarios using fog machines in the 13-unit building that is part of a 2.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 1:23:47 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Thu, 29 Apr 2021 20:23:47 GMT



Double-wide Yakima County home up in flames sparks suspicious fire investigation
A suspicious fire is under investigating after erupting Friday morning. Yakima County Fire District #5 say the fire sparked on the 400-block of Hickory Road, just outside of Grandview. Fire crews say it was a double-wide manufactured home that was up in flames, they say it had been vacant for a few years.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Richland delta fire ignites Columbia Point sending smoke billowing across Tri-Cities
A new plume of smoke is pouring from the Yakima River delta fire on Columbia Point South in Richland. Brush that had been smoldering from the 85-acre fire along Highway 240 spread and ignited the undeveloped area south of the twin Interstate 182 bridges, according to Richland Fire and Emergency services.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



State changing COVID-19 vaccine allocation to need-based approach
VIDEO: The Washington Department of Health (DOH) is adjusting the way it allocates COVID-19 vaccines. The state said the change would ensure vaccines reach more people statewide and where they are needed most. COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed pro-rata, meaning doses were allocated to counties based on the size of their population.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Lewis County Fire District 6 Trains for Rescues and More
A team of firefighters with Lewis County Fire District 6 burst out the front door of an unoccupied residence on Jackson Highway, dragging the limp body of their incident commander out of the smoke. Together, they quickly maneuver him out of his gear and begin chest compressions while the rest of the station watches on.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 7:25:08 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 29 Apr 2021 02:25:08 GMT



Baby elephant seal rescued from manhole on Whidbey Island
VIDEO: Alex Hunter, a 23-year-old student at Bellevue College, was visiting his parents on Whidbey Island for the week when his grandfather, Dave Anderson, interrupted their dinner asking for Hunter's help. Anderson had gotten a phone call saying his assistance was needed—and to bring a big net. “My grandpa was a vet for many years and is known as a great problem solver around the island, so that’s why he was called,” said Hunter in an email to KOMO News.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 5:03:59 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:03:59 GMT



3 pets killed as fire destroys Marysville home; 8 residents displaced
Three pets were killed and three are missing after a home was destroyed by fire Thursday morning in Marysville. Firefighters responded to the blaze on 123rd Place NE at around 6:30 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames spewing from the house. Fire officials say the home had working smoke alarms and as a result all eight residents there were able to escape without injury.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Thu, 29 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



‘Trying to make it better’: Dave Patterson ready to retire as Grant County Fire District 8 chief
Grant County Fire District 8 Chief Dave Patterson said he started his firefighting career as a volunteer, and it was as a volunteer that he joined Grant County Fire District 8. After 12 years with the district, and about 40 years in firefighting, he will retire Friday. “I started as a volunteer, and then I became a captain,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 28 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



2-year-old Marysville child in critical condition after falling 6 feet from window onto concrete
A Marysville child is in the hospital after falling 6 feet from a first story window onto concrete. Marysville firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a toddler who had fallen from the window. The child was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was in critical condition Tuesday night.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 7:43:03 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 28 Apr 2021 02:43:03 GMT



Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue considers relocating Silverdale Way station
Kitsap County is working to acquire land in Silverdale currently in the hands of DNR, and Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue is also eying the land as a possible location for a new station. The forested 27-acre DNR parcel near Clear Creek was slated to be traded to a developer to generate revenue for the state’s Common School Trust.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 5:53:10 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:53:10 GMT



3 agencies investigating after Washington state ferry engine fire
Three agencies are investigating a fire that damaged an engine room aboard the Washington state ferry Wenatchee. The vessel had been undergoing sea trials on April 22 when one of its recently rebuilt engines caught fire. Washington State Ferries (WSF) said two of the vessel’s engines had recently been overhauled.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 28 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Tri-Cities firefighter and paramedic faces ‘fire storm’ of cancer treatment
A Tri-Cities firefighter and paramedic is preparing for a “fire storm” of treatment after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. David Perkins of West Richland developed severe back pain on April 18, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser started for him. Tests at Kadlec Regional Medical Center showed he had a colorectal tumor pushing on his spine and spreading to his liver, pancreas and lungs.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 27 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Moses Lake aviator spearheading effort to return worlds largest firefighting airship to the skies
It didn’t take long for one Moses Lake man to spring into action when he got word that the Global Supertanker was shutting down its operations last week. Tom Dent is an agricultural pilot, buffalo farmer, and a legislative representative in Washington’s 13th district. Dent also chairs Washington’s Wildfire Caucus.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 12:53:17 PM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Mon, 26 Apr 2021 19:53:17 GMT



Voters to decide if Northshore Fire will merge with Woodinville Fire & Rescue
Voters in Kenmore and Lake Forest Park will decide in a special election Tuesday if the Northshore Fire Department will merge with Woodinville Fire & Rescue. The firefighters' union doesn’t support the idea. ”It's a better deployment model for us, no one loses a job,” said Northshore Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Doug McDonald.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 27 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Vancouver awards $7 million contract for Fire Station 11 construction
The city of Vancouver awarded a $7.13 million contract at Monday’s council meeting, marking the next major step toward construction of the city’s Fire Station 11 facility. The future Fire Station 11 will be just outside city limits, in a location serviced by the Vancouver Fire Department in partnership with Clark County’s Fire District 5.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 9:33:48 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 27 Apr 2021 04:33:48 GMT



Unattended candle sparks fire at Ephrata church, causing extensive damage
Flames erupted at the Ephrata United Methodist Church on Sunday after someone left a candle burning overnight in a bathroom there. Smoke was billowing from the roof of the building when the first firefighters arrived on scene. Eventually 40 firefighters from six different agencies were dispatched to battle the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 8:28:46 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:28:46 GMT



One Person In Hospital Following Kennewick Apartment Fire
According to Battalion Chief Tod Kreutz, KFD was notified of a fire at 465 N Arthur St. (Tanglewood Apartments) at 6:15 pm. The first Kennewick Fire units to arrive found smoke from a second floor apartment where they put out the fire quickly and did a primary search. Kreutz says within minutes, they located one victim in the fire room that was unconscious and had burns.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2021 10:45:50 PM - SOURCE: KNDU-TV NBC 25 Richland
Posted on Mon, 26 Apr 2021 05:45:50 GMT



Whitman County dispatchers reflect on calls: 'Dispatchers are the first of the first responders'
Emergency dispatchers are trained to operate six computers, four speakers, one headset and handle multiple callers all at once. Last year, Whitman County Regional Communications Center 911 answered over 92,000 service calls, 30,000 911 calls and 80,000 non-emergency calls. Whitcom celebrated its 25th anniversary during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2021 1:33:14 PM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Sun, 25 Apr 2021 20:33:14 GMT



Orondo Fire Department Announces the Addition of Two Firefighter Grads
Two Orondo firefighters, Scott Poirier and Jonathan Goettling, completed firefighting school and recently took the oath along with receiving department badges. “Firefighting school is a complex, 18-day school consisting of structure fire training, including textbook and live fire training, hands on nozzle work, ventilation and firefighting skills,” said Chief Jim Oatey.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 9:56:51 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 26 Apr 2021 16:56:51 GMT



Bill to prevent and fight wildfires approved by Legislature
A bill that sets aside $125 million to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington sailed through the state House and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The House voted unanimously Thursday to concur with Senate amendments made to the bipartisan legislation, which was promoted by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 23 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



King County risks a rollback as new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made a public push for people to get vaccinated Thursday, as a "fourth wave" of the coronavirus has hit the state potentially sending more counties on a phase rollback, including King County. The announcement comes as metrics show that case rates and hospitalizations continue to trend upward.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 23 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Semi-Truck Crashes Into School Bus in Wapato
On Thursday afternoon a semi-truck crashed into a school bus sending three people to the hospital. It happened on the corner of Lateral C Road and Progressive Road in Wapato shortly after 3:00 p.m. The bus driver was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries. Two kids on the bus were also taken to the hospital, but their injuries appear to minor.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 23 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Two-alarm fire destroys multiple buildings, vintage car collection in north Seattle
VIDEO: Investigators are looking into what caused a massive two-alarm fire at a storage unit facility Wednesday afternoon in North Seattle. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a storage unit structure at Aurora Avenue North and North 109th Street. Before fire crews arrived, a thick plume of smoke could be seen in the sky as flames engulfed three buildings, which were damaged along with vintage cars.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 22 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



1 dead, 1 injured in small plane crash at airport near Camas
A man died in a small plane crash Wednesday afternoon at Grove Field airport just north of Camas. Another man was injured and taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Authorities responded to the crash shortly after 3 p.m. According to bystander photos and multiple reports, the plane crashed into a hangar at the airport.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland
Posted on Thu, 22 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Update: Investigation underway after fire severely damages tavern on popular White Center street
Fire marshals are investigating a fire that severely damage the Locker Room Tavern in White Center. The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority responded to the fire after dispatchers received a 911 call around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. As firefighters began clearing the scene, employees were escorted inside to see the damages from a safe distance.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 11:57:12 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:57:12 GMT



San Juan County Fire District #3 annexation returns to ballot
Residents of Friday Harbor and those living within the boundaries of San Juan County Fire District No. 3 will be asked to approve the annexation of the Town of Friday Harbor into the fire district during an April 27 special election. This is the second time the measure has been on the ballot as the pandemic caused the district to pull the vote from the April 2020 election because of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 2:30:32 PM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Wed, 21 Apr 2021 21:30:32 GMT



2-alarm fire burns tavern in White Center
PHOTOS: Firefighters from several South Sound agencies worked to battle a 2-alarm fire at a White Center tavern Wednesday morning. The fire broke out around 5 a.m. at the Locker Room Tavern in the 9600 block of 16th Ave. SW, according to Puget Sound Fire. Firefighters from Tukwila, Seattle and King County Fire Dist.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Follow Up: Fired Ocean Shores fire chief wins breach of contract suit
Former Ocean Shores Fire Chief David Bathke, fired in March 2019, has been awarded more than $730,000 in damages by a Federal District Court judge. “The city breached its agreement” with Bathke, concluded U.S. Western District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle in his decision, filed Thursday. “As a result of the breach, Bathke suffered damages in the amount of $734,376.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Vancouver woman injured in fiery I-205 crash
VIDEO: A 23-year-old Vancouver woman was taken to a hospital Monday night following a fiery crash along the east side of northbound Interstate 205, just north of Mill Plain Boulevard. Vancouver police and firefighters were called at about 9:15 p.m. to a crash involving injuries, emergency dispatch records show.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 6:27:23 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 21 Apr 2021 01:27:23 GMT



Evacuations in effect for homes near Auburn-area wildfire
A wildfire near Auburn continues to burn Tuesday morning, and now it's threatening several homes and prompting evacuation notices. The Green Valley fire began Sunday afternoon when gusty winds pushed a burn pile beyond control. It's since grown to 50 acres, and residents in nearby homes are now under Level 2 evacuation orders, meaning they should stay somewhere else or ready to leave at a moment's notice.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 2:35:18 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:35:18 GMT



Lawmakers close to approving millions for Washington state's firefighting efforts
As Washington state's wildfire season gets underway, lawmakers in Olympia are close to passing legislation that would help give firefighters the necessary tools for battling wildfires. House Bill 1168 is aimed at reducing the threat of wildfires across the state of Washington by creating a dedicated fund that would provide $125 million every two years to boost wildfire response, accelerate forest restoration and support community resilience.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV News NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Follow Up: Washington wildfire season has arrived early
Washington firefighters continue monitoring a number of small brushfires that flared up late last week and weekend. It is a phenomenon firefighters are seeing more frequently and earlier in the year as each wildfire season moves into western Washington. The men and women of Graham Fire & Rescue have been drilling for brushfires multiple times each week.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 9:40:00 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:40:00 GMT



Methow Valley athlete-entrepreneur pulls driver from burning car in dramatic rescue
VIDEO: A Methow Valley woman was nearing the end of a 1,500-mile road trip early Saturday when she carried out a heroic highway rescue. Candice Burt, 39, of Twisp came upon a one-car rollover along Highway 17 near Soap Lake just after 1 a.m., with the driver trapped inside and the car on fire. Candice called 911 and pulled the driver from the wreck, just before the vehicle — a 2005 Acura TL lying on its passenger side — went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NCW Life
Posted on Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Crews knock down house fire near Spokane high school
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at a home near Shadle Park High School Monday morning. The fire was reported around 7:45 a.m. near W Heroy Ave and N Maple St. Fire crews said one person was treated for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Firefighter injured after being bitten by African serval cat in Clark County
A firefighter was bitten by an African serval cat while crews were responding to a house fire in the Felida area of Clark County. According to a release from Clark County Fire District 6, neighbors called to report a fire at a home on NW 38th Avenue. The fire was contained in 25 minutes and there were no injuries from the fire reported.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland
Posted on Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Officials warn of early start to wildfire season after devastating 2020
VIDEO: A brush fire that broke out in Pierce County Friday signals what could be the start to yet another devastating wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest after a catastrophic 2020. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources issued a temporary burn ban spanning the 13 million acres it protects.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2021 12:49:37 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 17 Apr 2021 07:49:37 GMT



75 people displaced, 30 units damaged in Tacoma apartment fire
Dozens of people are displaced after a fire at a Tacoma apartment complex Monday morning. The Red Cross reported 75 people were forced out of their homes and 30 units were damaged at the Forest Hill Village Apartments off of South Tyler Street. The Disaster Action Team and volunteers from the South Puget Sound and Olympics chapter are working with individuals impacted to provide immediate assistance, including emergency shelter and comfort items, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 7:44:05 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:44:05 GMT



Two injured in Meadowdale house fire, dog alerted homeowner of fire
Two people were seriously injured in an early morning house fire in Meadowdale, fire officials say. Crews with Snohomish County Fire responded to the two-story house fire just after 2 a.m. Saturday in the 5800 block of 152nd Street SW. When fire crews arrived, a woman and her son, two other tenants and the homeowner were out of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2021 11:23:56 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 17 Apr 2021 18:23:56 GMT



Fire burning near Valley Ford contained, DNR crews monitoring
VIDEO: The Fire Chief of Spokane County Fire District 8 says a fire that started near Valley Ford has been contained. The fire burned a 1.6 acres. Crews with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plan to stay and monitor for any hotspots overnight. Video and pictures sent into the KHQ newsroom showed the flames from a good distance away.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:19:47 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:19:47 GMT



Naches Fire Department honors the life of long time volunteer
A town's best friend and community icon is being remembered by the Naches Fire Department with a display case in his honor. For nearly 30 years Scott "Scooter" Lounsbury volunteered as a fire fighter in the small town. Too many, he was the pillar of what it meant to be a friend. "Scott was that kinda guy, he would be a poster child for that," Alan Baird, chief of Naches Fire said.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



7-year-old girl and her father die in Mukilteo area house fire
A 7-year-old girl and her father died early Thursday morning in a house fire near Mukilteo. Leslie Hynes of South County Fire said it happened about 3 a.m. in the 2800 block of York Road. The home is located at the end of a long driveway. The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Firefighters had to back out of the house after the roof collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 4:17:43 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 15 Apr 2021 23:17:43 GMT



Othello buys new fire truck
The city of Othello will spend $637,670 to buy a new fire truck. Mayor Shawn Logan said the new truck is what’s called a pumper, which gets most of its water supply from a fire hydrant and is primarily used to fight structure fires. The truck will be built from the chassis up, and construction will take a year to 18 months.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 9:07:49 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 16 Apr 2021 04:07:49 GMT



Hundreds Of Firefighters, 20 Bulldozers, Intentional Burns: Inside Washington’s $328M Push To Break Cycle Of Disastrous Fires
After a devastating wildfire season that saw a baby boy die and 1,200 square miles of the state burn, Washington lawmakers are poised to fight fire with money. A lot of money. Legislation that’s received unanimous support would see Washington spend an additional $125 million over the next two years to extinguish, prevent and live with fires.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Investigate West
Posted on Fri, 16 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Victims identified in fiery Terrace Heights crash
Two people are dead after a car went off the road and caught fire late Wednesday night. According to the Yakima County Sherriff's Office, authorities were called out at about 11:45 p.m. the 9000 block of Roza Hill Drive, east of the Terrace Heights landfill, for a single car rollover. Officials say the car had caught fire and started a small brush fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 16 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



4 King County deputies injured rescuing residents from apartment fire
VIDEO: Four King County Sheriff’s Office deputies were taken to the hospital after rushing into a burning apartment complex in Shoreline to rescue residents trapped inside. The 2-alarm fire started around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Linden Highlands Apartments, located on the 17500 block of Linden Avenue North.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire threatens homes and power infrastructure in Kelso
Fire crews in Kelso spent Wednesday afternoon fighting flames after a field caught fire in the area of Harris Street Road and Corduroy Road. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a field on fire just before 6 p.m. Initial 911 calls stated the fire was growing rapidly. A C2FR Battalion Chief arrived within five minutes to find a mid-slope brush fire with 5 foot high flames threatening multiple structures and immediately asked for a 2nd alarm, which dispatched additional engines, tenders and brush units.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Semi Accident Blocks Traffic on US 97 North of Orondo
PHOTO: A two-vehicle accident was reported just after 2 PM Wednesday on US 97, seven miles north of Orondo. On arrival first responders found a two-vehicle blocking accident involving a semi and minivan. Both vehicles had heavy damage. Two occupants of the minivan were treated at the scene and transported to Central Washington Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOZI 93.5 FM • 100.9 FM • 1230AM • 103.1 FM
Posted on Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire at fourplex displaces three families, Yakima firefighters say
A fire at a fourplex displaced three families early Wednesday morning, Yakima firefighters say. Firefighters went to the building at 1311 Cherry Ave. shortly before 5:10 a.m., where a fire that had started outside the building had reached the attic space, said Shift Commander Jennifer Norton. A total of 22 firefighters, with six fire engines and a truck, were able to put out the fire by 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 5:59:03 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:59:03 GMT



Cowlitz County officials urge caution around fire, water as temperatures are expected to reach 80 this weekend
Cowlitz County officials are reminding residents to take safety precautions as temperatures rise into the 80s this weekend. Temperatures are forecast to rise to 71 degrees Thursday and 76 degrees Friday, with a high around 80 throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Water in area lakes and rivers remains cold this early in the season and could threaten the life of swimmers and boaters.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 2:49:32 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 14 Apr 2021 21:49:32 GMT



Manufacturing facility burned in massive fire at Port of Shelton
VIDEO: A manufacturing facility was engulfed in flames during a fire at the Port of Shelton on Tuesday night. Crews were dispatched to the commercial fire at 9:14 p.m. and took a defensive attack, according to Mason County Fire District 11. When crews arrived, flames were shooting out through the roof of the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Spokane Valley Fire Trains a New Crop of Tiller Drivers
It’s spring and that means it’s time to train another crop of tiller drivers. The Spokane Valley Fire Department spent a few days this week out at the Spokane International Airport taking advantage of a large concrete pad to help crews learn and practice their tiller ladder driving skills. Having an area of this size is critical for allowing new drivers to stretch and grow in their skillset without hitting anything more than a formidable number of expendable cones.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Valley Fire
Posted on Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Seattle launches second firefighter-social worker team to cover U District, Ballard
Seattle is expanding a program that sends firefighters with social workers to 911 calls involving people on the streets who need help other than a trip to the hospital. A second Health One team will launch later this week, allowing the city to expand coverage from downtown and Capitol Hill to the University District and Ballard, Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Council members announced Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Spokane firefighters extinguish fire at old church building
Fire crews extinguished a fire Tuesday afternoon at an abandoned church building on the 2900 block of East Olympic Avenue. The fire was reported at around 1:00pm, after witnesses reported seeing smoke rising from the building. Crews responded to the scene, locating the fire coming from the church building.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



South Kitsap Fire and Rescue board passes EMS levy resolution
As expected on April 9, the Board of Fire Commissioners for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue unanimously approved a resolution asking voters to renew a levy for emergency medical service (EMS). The proposal will be on the Aug. 3 primary election ballot for consideration by fire district voters. Voters last approved a six-year, $0.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 1:04:34 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Daily News
Posted on Mon, 12 Apr 2021 20:04:34 GMT



New drone to help fight structure fire increase in Yakima County
The Yakima County Fire District 5 responded to 10 structure fires in the last 12 days, most required more than one station's firefighters on scene. "Our call volume is really on pace with last year, it's just an odd end of March, first part of April for us as far as structure fire or significant fires," said Deputy Chief, Joel Byam.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Firefighters: At least 2 residents displaced, 3 cats rescued from Spokane apartment fire
At least two residents of a 32-unit Spokane apartment complex were displaced Sunday by a fire caused by a candle placed “too close to combustibles,” according to the Spokane Fire Department. The fire was reported at around 6:15 p.m. at the West 315 Apartments on Mission Avenue and Washington Street.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 9:26:04 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 13 Apr 2021 04:26:04 GMT



Orting firefighters face low staffing numbers ahead of wildfire season
VIDEO: Orting Valley Fire and Rescue crews are struggling with low staffing numbers ahead of wildfire season. Fire Chief Zane Gibson said during a normal day they have just four on-duty firefighters. Meanwhile, their calls have more than doubled over time. "This weekend we had a CPR call. While they [were] at the CPR call, we had a house fire and with only two crews on duty we can't even cover those calls," Gibson said.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Wildfire prevention bill unanimously passes through state senate
Following a devastating wildfire season where over 800,000 acres were burned in Washington State and communities like Malden and Pine City were mostly destroyed, a bill is making its way through the state legislature that looks to prevent these kinds of fires. House Bill 1168, championed by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, looks to add resources to both wildfire prevention in forest restoration and wildfire response with more firefighting equipment and personnel.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2021 11:17:01 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Sun, 11 Apr 2021 06:17:01 GMT



40-foot pleasure craft damaged in Port Orchard marina fire
PHOTO: A 40-foot boat was badly damaged in a Monday morning fire at a marina near Port Orchard, officials said. Crews responded to the blaze, in the 1000 block of SW Bay Street, at about 7:45 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke spewing from the marina. Firefighters were able to bring the flames under control and prevent the fire from spreading to other nearby watercraft.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Chelan County Fire District 6, DNR Crews Knock Down Tripp Canyon Brush Fire
Chelan County Fire District 6 in Cashmere and firefighters from DNR responded to a grass and brush fire shortly after 3pm on Saturday in Tripp Canyon above Cashmere. Dispatcher Justin Bishop with Central Washington Interagency Communication Center (CWICC) said the fire grew to about 3/4's of an acre before it was contained and mopped up by 5:30pm Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2021 3:50:22 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sun, 11 Apr 2021 22:50:22 GMT



Seattle: New construction building set on fire for 2nd time in less than a week, suspect arrested
Seattle Police say a 32-year-old man is under investigation for arson after a witness allegedly saw him leaving the scene of a fire at a construction site in South Seattle. This is the second time in less than a week that a fire has been set at the site. Police say the witness had gotten out of bed around 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2021 9:15:27 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 11 Apr 2021 04:15:27 GMT



West Valley Fire Department says power transformer hit twice by gunfire
West Valley firefighters say someone has been using a pole-mounted electrical transformer near Tampico for target practice. Twice in the past week firefighters and Pacific Power crews have responded to reports of a leaking transformer in the 500 block of North Fork Road, finding that the can-like device has been shot.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2021 3:43:30 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 10 Apr 2021 10:43:30 GMT



FBI offering up to $20,000 reward to help ID arson suspects who tried torching Seattle Police Officers Guild
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 to anyone who can help identify two arson suspects who tried to burn down the Seattle Police Officers Guild during the protests last summer. Investigators say the two suspects were seen scouting the area around the guild's office in the SODO neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 9:59:31 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Sat, 10 Apr 2021 04:59:31 GMT



One dead, four hurt in Renton house fire
One person is dead, and four others were hurt after a fire broke out at a house in the Renton Highlands overnight. Fire officials said a large amount of ammunition was stored in the home. Firefighters from Renton Regional Fire Authority were called to the home on Queen Place Northeast and Northeast Fifth Street at 2:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Vancouver businesses saved by firefighter efforts to extinguish two separate fires
The Vancouver Fire Department responded to two commercial fires overnight and the firefighters’ efforts saved both buildings. The first business saved was MAACO, located at 2735 NE Andreesen. The second business saved was Jay’s Stop and Go at 5620 NE Gher Rd. Vancouver firefighters responded to the MAACO fire within six minutes to find the one-story commercial building on fire at 10:19 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clark County Today
Posted on Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Vancouver Fire Department supports COVID-19 vaccination efforts
The Vancouver Fire Department has partnered with local, state and federal health agencies to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts through group home vaccination clinics and medical oversight at the Tower Mall community vaccination site (5403 E. Mill Plain Blvd.). “Over the last year, our firefighters have seen firsthand how this virus spread like wildfire into our community,” said Vancouver Fire Chief Brennan Blue.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 7:57:09 PM - SOURCE: City of Vancouver, WA
Posted on Fri, 09 Apr 2021 02:57:09 GMT



Brush Fire Burns Nine Acres Outside of Chelan
Crews responded to a 3-alarm brush fire around 4:00 pm Thursday that began near the 1200 block of Little Butte Ranch Road west of Chelan. Firefighters arrived to find a 1-2 acre fire burning in grass and light brush being driven uphill by the wind. Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Donnell said the cause of the blaze was a property owner trying to do the right thing by burning brush and vegetation to clear a defensible space.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 3:47:33 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
Posted on Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:47:33 GMT



Person found dead inside Seattle home damaged by fire
A person was found dead inside a two-story home that caught fire on Wednesday evening, Seattle firefighters said. Crews were called at 5:22 p.m. to the 1600 block of 18th Avenue. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw flames and heavy smoke coming from the front of the home. Firefighters were told by neighbors that a person inside had been unaccounted for.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Snohomish County fire agency offering huge incentives to new hires
Ahead of wildfire season, Snohomish County Fire District 22 in Getchell, is offering to pay big money to hire more firefighters. The department will pay $5,000 in signing bonuses to experienced part-time firefighters who get hired. “We needed to think outside the box and say, ‘what can we provide that provides a little bit extra draw?’” said Assistant Chief Jeremy Stocker.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Cats saved during house fire in Clark County
Clark County Fire District 6 Firefighters were able to save a cat and several kittens Wednesday after a house fire in Felida. Crews say the fire started at 4:15 p.m. on Northwest 34th Avenue. Initial reports say that the homeowner was inside and suddenly noticed a fire on the second floor of the two-story home.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Whidbey Island residents take precautions against wildfire under national program
Last year, Labor Day weekend was a wake-up call. Fires raged on both sides of the state including fires near Deception Pass leading to the north end of Whidbey Island and were put out with the help of helicopters said the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Washingtonians can no longer assume that the wetter west side of the state is immune from wildfire, and that bad fires are only a problem for the typically drier part of the state east of the Cascade Mountains.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire Crews Battle Haystack Blaze in Grant County
Grant County Fire District 13 and Ephrata Fire crews responded to a tractor fire on the 2400 block of Road 7 NW that had spread to a nearby 150-ton haystack. They were able to quickly extinguish the implement before moving on to containing the hay fire. Strong winds hampered efforts and the haystack then spotted over two hundred yards away into cattle bedding.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 6:30:40 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
Posted on Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:30:40 GMT



 

 
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