Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Kitsap County Fire Marshal investigating Island Lake fishing pier fire
The Kitsap County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of an early morning fire Thursday that damaged the wooden fishing pier on the north shore of Island Lake. Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters were called at 5:27 a.m. to the county park between Silverdale and Poulsbo when a person walking their dog called 911 after seeing the flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



NWFR levy lid lift would help department add firefighters and replace equipment
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) will have its levy lid lift back on the ballot in the general election November 2 after failing in the primary election in August. If the lift lid passes, NWFR will collect property taxes in 2022 at a levy rate of $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed value. NWFR will use the tax increase to maintain current service levels and add four battalion chiefs and four firefighters to the ranks.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 4:29:59 PM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:29:59 GMT



Driver extricated after truck slams into school bus
Bellevue Police say a truck driver suffered minor injuries after crashing into a school bus while crossing into oncoming traffic. Police say the truck was driving southbound on Coal Creek Parkway near Forest Dr when it crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting a school bus going northbound. The driver of the truck had to be extricated and was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Help Whatcom Fire District win $5,000 worth of bunker boots in online contest
Much of the equipment required to accomplish firefighting and keep firefighters safe is expensive and bunker boots firefighters wear are no different. This is why Division Chief of Training & Safety Darren Branum of Whatcom County Fire District 1 (WCFD1) jumped at the opportunity to win 10 pairs of HAIX Fire Eagle Air bunker boots, a $5,000 value, by entering an online competition.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Whatcom News
Posted on Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



East Jefferson emergency responders pause to remember 9/11
PHOTOS: Members from East Jefferson’s police, fire, and EMS ranks gathered on Saturday to hold a moment of silence for the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. At exactly 8:46 a.m., the personnel held a moment of silence to honor service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and rescue victims of the terrorist attacks.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 1:05:27 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Wed, 15 Sep 2021 20:05:27 GMT



Woman dies in Kelso RV fire
A woman died in an RV fire in Lexington early Thursday morning, according to a Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue press release. Cowlitz 2 and Cowlitz Fire District 6 crews responded to the fire at 1512 West Side Highway just after 2:30 a.m. and knocked it down in about 15 minutes, according to the press release.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 10:10:49 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:10:49 GMT



Schneider Springs Fire Update
The Schneider Springs Fire continues to produce more than its share of smoke as it burns northwest of Yakima. Although the area experienced windy conditions yesterday and overnight there was no unexpected fire activity. Fire officials are expecting most of the activity today in the northeast portion of the blaze, near the community of Cliffdell.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 1:22:17 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
Posted on Wed, 15 Sep 2021 20:22:17 GMT



Will incoming rain put an end to Washington's fire season?
Clouds are building and temperatures are cooling across Washington state. After a summer of what the Washington Department of Natural Resources considers the worst drought since 1894, will this weekend’s rain event put an end to the wild record-setting 2021 fire season? “I would say to you that we are now at the very tail end, and we’re seeing a very strong sense of relief,” said Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Businesses call on city to prioritize safety as homeless camp fires explode across Seattle
Over the last four days, there’s been an explosion of encampment fires across Seattle. From Ballard to downtown to even the side of Interstate 5. But in the heart of South Lake Union, at Bite Society, a packaged foods and gift basket business another line of work is underway, which has come unexpectedly.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Washington state employees, including first responders, sue state over vaccine mandate
Over 90 different people including state troopers, Dept. of Corrections workers, firefighters and healthcare workers are suing the state over Governor Jay Inslee’s mandate that state employees must be vaccinated before Oct. 18 or could lose their jobs. The lawsuit filed on Sept. 10 in Walla Walla County Superior Court, alleges that Inslee’s vaccination mandate overreaches his authority and violates the rights afforded to workers by the state’s constitution.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 4:05:43 AM - SOURCE: Bothell-Kenmore Reporter
Posted on Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:05:43 GMT



Wet and cooler weather expected to help crews fighting Schneider Springs Fire
Recent rainfall has helped slow growth of the Schneider Springs Fire. And there's more rain predicted late this week along with cooler temperatures, authorities said. "Come Friday, we're expecting a fall-like storm system that's going to impact much of Washington and Oregon," incident meteorologist Phil Manuel said during a virtual community meeting Monday evening.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 10:44:32 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 15 Sep 2021 05:44:32 GMT



Homeless camp in Seattle catches fire off I-5
VIDEO: Another fire early Tuesday morning broke out at a homeless camp. The fire started at the camp off I-5 and Dearborn Street, spreading to nearby brush and trees. KOMO News caught the fire on the Washington DOT cameras around 1:20 a.m., the fire is now out. There are no reports of injuries, but this is already a troubling trend.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire that damaged all 14 businesses in Edmonds plaza being investigated as arson
A fire that severely damaged all businesses at the Plum Tree Plaza in Edmonds early Saturday morning is now being investigated as an arson. Crews were called to the plaza on Saturday just after 5:30 a.m. after getting reports of flames coming from a business within the small complex at 22315 Highway 99.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Commissioner to announce reopening of DNR lands in eastern Washington as fire season fades
Washington's Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is set to announce the reopening of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lands in eastern Washington on Wednesday, as the wildfire season improves. The DNR lands will reopen on Thursday, following the announcement on Wednesday. Franz and recreation leaders will also address the state of the 2021 fire season as improved weather signals the conclusion of fire season.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Washington hospitals stretch to care for Idaho COVID-19 patients
Washington hospitals are full, working together to shift patients around the state during the recent COVID-19 surge. Now there is a new demand on resources: COVID-19 patients from Idaho seeking care in eastern Washington. Hospital leaders said there is little room to help. “We are keeping our heads above water — but barely,” said Dr.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



3-alarm structure fire 'knocked down' at White Center strip mall
Multiple agencies were able to knock down a large structure fire in central White Center Monday morning. The three-alarm fire started shortly before 6 a.m. in a strip mall located in the 9600 block of 16 Avenue SW, near SW Roxbury Street. Just after 7 a.m., King County Fire District No. 2 said that crews had successfully "knocked down" the flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Report cites possible causes of December's fiery oil train derailment in Whatcom County
A BNSF Railway oil train showed evidence of possible vandalism after it “experienced a broken train collision,” derailed and exploded into flames north of Ferndale last December, according to a report on the accident released Thursday, Sept. 9. In its report, the Federal Railroad Administration said it can’t be certain of the accident’s cause, where 10 tank cars loaded with highly flammable Bakken crude oil jumped the tracks at Portal Way and Main Street shortly before noon Dec.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2021 3:16:45 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 11 Sep 2021 10:16:45 GMT



Schneider Springs Fire evacuations updated
Due to ongoing firefighting efforts and weather conditions, as of Sunday at at 3 p.m., all areas previously in a level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation status are now downgraded to a Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation status. This includes the areas of Bumping River Road and Lost Creek Road. As of Sunday morning, the Schneider Springs fire has burned an estimated 101,633 acres, and remains at 17% containment.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Cowlitz County fire departments prepare for COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Although Cowlitz County fire departments report much of their workforce is vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the state’s vaccine mandate deadline, leaders are concerned about how the requirement could affect the emergency response system. Gov. Jay Inslee in early August announced the requirement for most state employees, health and long-term care workers to be vaccinated by Oct.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 6:28:33 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 10 Sep 2021 01:28:33 GMT



Man suspected of two Spokane Valley arsons harbors ‘strong aversion and anger’ to face masks
A Spokane Valley resident apparently angry at having to wear face masks is accused of setting fires at two businesses in town over the coverings, including one ignited by a Molotov cocktail. Nicholas Afflerbaugh, 33, was arrested Sept. 3 at his apartment on suspicion of second-degree arson, second-degree malicious placement of explosives and third-degree malicious mischief in connection with an Aug.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 1:20:11 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 10 Sep 2021 08:20:11 GMT



Schneider Springs Fire surpasses 100,000 acres
The Schneider Springs Fire has now surpassed 100,000 acres, but crews say containment has now increased to 17%. According to the Schneider Springs Fire FB page, the fire progression continued steadily along the northern edges of the fire as expected. The fire was primarily backing and flanking to the north, but did make short uphill runs through receptive fuels.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 10 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire starts in north Seattle apartment balcony, reportedly hours after police were there
Investigators are trying to figure out if a fire at a building in North Seattle was set on purpose. The fire, at an apartment in the 5100 block of 25th Avenue Northeast, was spotted when people saw the flames on a second-floor balcony of a building. The building houses retail on the ground floor and apartments above.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Central Kitsap firefighter who barely remembers 9/11 biking across the country so no one forgets
Central Kitsap firefighter Jamie Monroe was 6 when the twin towers fell in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. He acknowledges he's a member of the generation "that could forget about 9/11." But Monroe, 26, has been battling pouring rain and sleep deprivation while pedaling a bicycle from Los Angeles to New York City with fellow firefighters to commemorate the 343 firefighters, other first responders and civilians who lost their lives as a result of the attack, according to Fire Velo, a nonprofit cycling club behind the trip.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Here’s how the community can honor fallen Spokane firefighter Cody Traber
The memorial service for the Spokane County firefighter who died in the line of duty last month is set to take place on Sept. 18. Lt. Cody Traber died responding to reports of a brush fire in late August. He fell off the Wandermere Bridge as he was looking for signs of the reported fire. His memorial is set for 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Kennewick juveniles seen running from abandoned house fire
Firefighters and police officers are investigating a fire at an abandoned two-story house on the 300-block of Auburn St on Tuesday afternoon. Kennewick Fire Chief Chad Michael told KAPP-KVEW that the fire was first reported shortly after 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7. Crews observed smoke stemming from this fire all the way back at their fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 08 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



University of Washington Medicine tracking new mu variant in Washington
Cases driven by the delta variant are still on the rise, but now health officials are starting to closely monitor another variant called the mu variant. Its mutations are raising concerns that it may be more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines. According to Outbreak, a Scripps Research website, the mu variant has spread to 49 states, including Washington state.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 08 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Bumping River Road moved to Level 3 'go now' evacuations because of Schneider Springs Fire
Bumping River Road was elevated to a Level 3 “go now” evacuation on Tuesday night because of spotting from the Schneider Springs Fire. Yakima Valley Emergency Management said the order covers the Bumping River Road area from State Route 410 west toward Bumping Lake. Residents are advised to take family, pets, and important documents and evacuate the area immediately.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 08 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Graham Fire & Rescue introduce department's first all-female crew
For the first time in Graham Fire & Rescue's history, the department has an all-female crew. "It can be a challenge to really have women even be interested in the fire service," said Graham Fire & Rescue Lieutenant Jill D'Len. "Not a lot of women think that it's a career that they can possibly pursue.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Wildfire burned 85% of Malden; This is their recovery story
If you had to rebuild your town, where would you begin? It's a question that residents of Malden, Wash. have asked for months. One year later, this town's struggle to rise from wildfire ashes continues. The towns of Malden and Pine City burned to the ground on Labor Day 2020 — 85% of buildings were gone.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2021 1:35:38 PM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Mon, 06 Sep 2021 20:35:38 GMT



Kent man dies after semitruck falls off jack, pins him, firefighters say
A man who was working on a semitruck on Sunday died after the truck came off its jack and pinned him to the ground, Puget Sound Fire said. First responders were called to a home in Kent, where they worked to lift the truck off the man quickly. After the man was removed, officials said he “did not survive his injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire department seeks new boat for off-island rescues
A dispute between the San Juan Fire Department and Sam Juan Police Department regarding the public safety vessel, the Sentinel, may be clearing the smoke on a larger underlying issue — there is only one public safety vessel in the county. The Sentinel was purchased in 2014 with a Homeland Security Grant, not costing taxpayers a dime.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2021 3:35:54 PM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Sat, 04 Sep 2021 22:35:54 GMT



One dead in fiery crash near Sunnyside
One person has died in a crash just north of Sunnyside Sunday morning, according to Washington State Patrol. Troopers say a car was traveling east on Arrowsmith Road, blew the stop sign, crashing into a semi that was traveling north on SR 241. Officers say the sedan hit the semi's diesel tank, and the semi lost control.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Skagit County lifts parts of burn ban to allow recreational fires in the areas east of the Swinomish Channel
According to a news release from the county, beginning Friday, September 3, recreational burning is now allowed in unincorporated Skagit County east of the Swinomish Channel. This change is due to an increase in fuel moisture levels. All residential yard and land-clearing fires continue to be banned until further notice.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 7:47:27 PM - SOURCE: KAPS-AM 660 Mount Vernon
Posted on Fri, 03 Sep 2021 02:47:27 GMT



Yakima Greenway, residential fires kept firefighters hopping Wednesday
Yakima firefighters were busy Wednesday with two fires — one that scorched nearly a half-acre on the Yakima Greenway and another that badly damaged a home. Crews were first called to the Greenway about 12:30 p.m., where a fast-spreading fire was feeding on timber north of the McGuire Community Playground, according to a Yakima Fire Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 1:12:54 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:12:54 GMT



East Jefferson County makes history hiring battalion chiefs
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, East Jefferson Fire Rescue Chief Bret Black will have been serving the county for a year. And as part of his plan for the future of firefighting in Jefferson County, Black’s proud to announce that starting Sept. 1, three personnel are being promoted to battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 1:06:11 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:06:11 GMT



Getting to know Mark Billmire, Lynden Fire Chief
He’s been in fire service for more than three decades, the past three years at the Lynden Fire Department. Mark Billmire, the city’s fire chief, says the thing he likes best about his work is “helping and providing service to our community.” “Most times when people call 9-1-1 for the fire department, they are having a really bad day, and we get to respond and do what we can to help them,” he says.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lynden Tribune
Posted on Fri, 03 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



108 COVID-19 cases linked to Northwest Washington Fair
Health officials said Thursday that 108 COVID-19 cases have been linked to the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden. Whatcom County Health Department spokesperson Jennifer Moon told The Bellingham Herald in an email Thursday that the number may continue to increase as they continue to investigate cases.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 03 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire explodes in South Park Marina workshop, sends one to hospital
VIDEO: Residents near and around South Park Marina may have woken up to an explosive blaze. Seattle fire officials tell us a fire started around 2:15 a.m. in a workshop, where several people were. Marina residents sent us video of the blaze, which turned into a two-alarm fire for King County, which got help from Seattle fire with its boat.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Video shows suspect dousing Enumclaw porch in flammable liquid before setting it on fire
VIDEO: The King County Sheriff's Office is looking to identify a suspect caught on camera pouring flammable liquid on an Enumclaw porch before setting it on fire. Fire crews were called to the burning home in the 46400 block of 287th Ave. SE around 4:30 a.m. Thankfully, everyone inside was able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Q13 FOX Seattle
Posted on Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Former Atlas Heating building burns for the second time in White Center
At approximately 8:25am, on the southwest side of 98th and 17th Ave SW, thick black plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the back portion of an abandoned structure, formerly Atlas Heating. Employees from Gerber Collision & Glass had become aware and the call to emergency services was made. At this time, there were no visible flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 1:02:19 PM - SOURCE: Westside Seattle
Posted on Wed, 01 Sep 2021 20:02:19 GMT



Evacuations reduced for Monument Hill Fire near Quincy
Tuesday’s Monument Hill Fire near Quincy was brought under control overnight after burning roughly 150 acres. The fire was first reported at about 10:30 p.m., prompting Level 3 (leave now) evacuations east of Quincy, according to the sheriff’s office. The evacuation notices were reduced to Level 1 Wednesday morning for the areas of Road 13 Northwest from Adams Road North to Road J.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 10:28:35 AM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Wed, 01 Sep 2021 17:28:35 GMT



Man Charged for Allegedly Starting Centralia Dumpster Fire That Spread to the Rent-A-Center Building
A Centralia man has been charged for allegedly starting a dumpster fire that spread to the Rent-a-Center in the 2000 block of Borst Avenue and caused an estimated $6,000 in damages. Fire crews and law enforcement responded to the Rent-a-Center just after 8 a.m. on Aug. 25 and found the fire had spread from the dumpster to the exterior siding on the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 5:46:09 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 01 Sep 2021 12:46:09 GMT



Clallam County Sheriff's Office investigating body found in burnt trailer
The body of a man was found in the burnt remains of a travel trailer in Diamond Point Monday. Clallam County Fire District 3 got the call about 4:15pm of a travel trailer fire at 176 Ironwood Drive. They arrived to find the trailer fully involved in fire. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Orr says after the fire was extinguished, an adult male was found deceased inside the trailer.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2021 6:47:56 PM - SOURCE: KONP-AM 1490 Port Angeles
Posted on Wed, 01 Sep 2021 01:47:56 GMT



Human-caused fires up 55% compared to 2020, Washington DNR says
The 2021 wildfire season is one of the worst in U.S. history. “Only you can prevent forest fires” is the message Smokey Bear has shared for decades but the problem of human caused wildfires remains. Millions of acres have burned across the west and there were more than 50 large fires actively burning as of Aug.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 01 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



3 killed in Yakima crash, police say intoxicants and speed are to blame
Three people have been killed, and a young child severely injured in a Yakima crash Tuesday night. Yakima Police say they responded to the crash at 11:18pm at the intersection of 48th Avenue and W Nob Hill Blvd. According to investigators a 1994 Ford Escort driven by a 20-year-old Yakima man was speeding north on 48th, and ran the red light.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 01 Sep 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Fire chief says Renton firefighters will have to comply with Inslee's vaccine mandate
“Renton Regional Fire Authority will comply with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14, requiring all firefighter EMTs to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. We understand that this issue is complex and highly personal. However, it is my duty as Fire Chief to ensure that Renton RFA is not only upholding the law but ensuring the safety of our members and the community that trusts us with their health.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2021 1:05:21 PM - SOURCE: Renton Reporter
Posted on Mon, 30 Aug 2021 20:05:21 GMT



Update: Spokane County firefighter who fell from bridge died while responding to false alarm call
A Spokane County firefighter died Thursday while responding to a reported wildland fire that turned out to be a false alarm, officials with Spokane County Fire District 9 said Monday. Lt. Cody Traber, an 18-year firefighter with the district serving Mead and areas north of the city of Spokane, fell from the Wandermere Bridge while trying to get a better vantage point to spot a reported brush fire in the area of Highway 395 and Wandermere Road.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2021 8:07:33 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 31 Aug 2021 03:07:33 GMT



Paracargo drops in critical supplies for firefighters in remote areas of Twenty-Five Mile Fire
Air support has helped deliver supplies to firefighters working in remote locations on the Twenty-Five Mile Fire near Chelan. Paracargo, dropped from a fixed-wing smokejumper aircraft, has been used to drop critical supplies for firefighters including fresh food and water and tools. Sean Cox, air operations branch director for the incident management team assigned to the fire, says the air deliveries allow firefighters to remain close to the fire line and reduce lengthy travel times, often through complex terrain, to get supplies.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Tue, 31 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office receives $219K FEMA grant
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office received nearly $220,000 in federal funds this year to continue its recurring outreach campaign aimed at preventing residential fires. The program, Project Home Safe, allows deputy fire marshals and Fire Corps volunteers to go door-to-door and talk with residents and homeowners about simple ways that they can reduce the risk of starting a fire at home.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2021 5:47:28 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 31 Aug 2021 00:47:28 GMT



Rooster Comb Fire south of Wenatchee now 60% contained; no structures lost
The Rooster Comb Fire south of Wenatchee is now 60 percent contained as evacuation levels are set to be lowered Monday evening. The fire is now listed at 88 acres after an infrared flight over the area on Monday, according to Chelan County Fire District 1. About 130 personnel worked the fire on Monday after state mobilization was approved.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2021 5:13:47 PM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Tue, 31 Aug 2021 00:13:47 GMT



Colfax firefighters mourn loss of long-time fire chief
Members of the Colfax Fire Department heard the call all firefighters fear on Saturday. "When you hear that call over the radio that a firefighter is down, your heart just sinks," said Colfax Assistant Fire Chief Craig Corbeill. That call was for long-time Colfax fire chief and volunteer firefighter Jim Krouse.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 30 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



9 displaced by Sultan house fire
Nine people were displaced by a house fire in Sultan late Friday night. The fire in the 12600 block of Trout Farm Road next to the Sultan River started just before midnight, said Fire District 5 Chief Merlin Halverson. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was fully involved. The modular home was a total loss, he said.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2021 5:53:06 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Sun, 29 Aug 2021 00:53:06 GMT



Spokane County firefighter died fighting brush fire
An 18-year veteran of Spokane County Fire District No. 9 died Thursday at the scene of a brush fire, the firefighting agency reported. Cody Traber was “fatally wounded” after he fell from the Wandermere Bridge while responding to the scene of a reported brush fire, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office told KHQ News.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 3:31:37 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 27 Aug 2021 22:31:37 GMT



East Wenatchee Brush Fire Held to 2 1/2 Acres
The skies above East Wenatchee are clear again after a brush fire sent of short-lived column of smoke into the air just after 3:15 Friday afternoon. The 2.5 acre fire was east of 27th Street and North Baker Avenue in grass and brush. Crews from Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded and had the fire knocked down by about 4:00 pm.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2021 3:31:52 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sat, 28 Aug 2021 22:31:52 GMT



Clark County Fire District 6 helps celebrate volunteer's 100th birthday
Members of Clark County Fire District 6 joined in on the birthday festivities for Alvera Kelly as she turned 100 years old earlier this month. She was married to Glenn Kelly, the first paid career firefighter for District 6. Her party on Aug. 1 was held at the Salmon Creek United Methodist Church. “She was so thrilled to see the firemen show up.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2021 7:08:29 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 28 Aug 2021 14:08:29 GMT



Rooster Comb Fire menaces Squilchuck area south of Wenatchee
The latest in a seemingly endless summer of large wildfires broke out early Sunday evening south of Wenatchee, as the Rooster Comb Fire erupted on Methow Street near the foot of Squilchuck Canyon and quickly surged into the surrounding drainages. Firewatchers put the initial size of the blaze at about 75 acres after it was reported about 4:49 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NCW Life Channel
Posted on Mon, 30 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Crews use fire to prevent growth of Schneider Springs Fire to the south
Crews set controlled fires on Bethel Ridge on Wednesday evening to prevent the Schneider Springs Fire from moving south. The burn was scheduled for earlier in the day Wednesday but was postponed because conditions were not ideal. Firefighters hoped to continue the firing operation Thursday, but conditions were not favorable, fire information officer Kate White said.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 6:49:49 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 27 Aug 2021 01:49:49 GMT



Kitsap County firefighter unions push back on state vaccine mandate
Union leaders representing firefighters in departments throughout Kitsap County are pushing back on a state mandate that health care workers – including firefighters, paramedics and EMTs – be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those representing South Kitsap, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, Poulsbo and North Kitsap firefighters joined union leaders for Tacoma, Pierce County and South King County departments in signing on to a letter to Gov.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 3:42:42 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 22:42:42 GMT



Update: Police piecing together path of construction worker’s deadly rage in Benton County
Police and crime lab technicians began investigating Thursday the deaths of a couple inside their east Kennewick home. They are believed to be the parents of a 43-year-old suspected gunman who went on a deadly rampage Wednesday, killing his neighbor and wounding another man before igniting a series of fires.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 27 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Colfax volunteer firefighter crowned Miss Washington
Miss Colfax Lorien Smith was so excited for her friend being named Miss Congeniality, she was stunned when Miss Washington for America Strong was named. "It was hitting me when they said last my name. It was a 'wait a minute. Did they just say what I think they said?'" Smith said. "I was in tears ..
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Whitman County Gazette
Posted on Fri, 27 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Woman, children saved from burning SUV north of Leavenworth
A woman and three children were pulled out of a burning SUV Wednesday evening near Leavenworth. Chelan County Fire District 3 told our news partner Newsradio 560 KPQ that the SUV crashed into a gully at about 5 p.m. near the 16000 block of Chumstick Highway. A passerby came upon the wreck and noticed the woman unconscious behind the wheel, and three children in the back seat.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 11:06:42 AM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Fri, 27 Aug 2021 18:06:42 GMT



Police: 4 confirmed dead in multiple homicides, arsons and a police shootout in Benton County
VIDEO: Authorities believe that one gunman killed three people and wounded another during a lengthy crime spree of shootings and arsons that spanned much of Benton County on Wednesday morning. The series of events began in Finley when authorities were called about several fires and a shooting just before 4 AM.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS/CW+ 19 Pasco
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Investigators looking into how RV fire started after it erupts in Seattle
VIDEO: Investigators are trying to figure out what caused an RV to erupt into flames early Thursday morning. The big RV fire started off Aurora Avenue North and McGraw Street around 1:15 a.m. Seattle fire said the blaze erupted and threatened to spread to a nearby vacant building. Fortunately, its crews managed to keep it from spreading and no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Containment improves on Schneider Springs Fire in Yakima County, 73,403 acres burned
Firefighters have improved containment on the Schneider Springs Fire that has burned more than 73,000 acres in Yakima County. On Thursday, officials said the fire burning northwest of Naches has burned 73,403 acres and is eight percent contained. There are nearly 600 firefighters working to contain the fire using six air resources, 45 engines, 6 dozers, and 24 other fire apparatus.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVEW-TV ABC 42 Kennewick/KAPP-TV ABC 35 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Auburn firefighters union opposes vaccine mandate
The union representing the Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters came out against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that was issued by Gov. Jay Inslee. Inslee issued the proclamation on Aug. 9. The mandate carries the full weight of the law and prohibits healthcare workers from working if they have not been vaccinated by Oct.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Structure Fire Sends Smoke Over South Wenatchee
Residents of a mobile home in the 200 block of Boodry Street in Wenatchee are now displaced after a fire Wednesday morning completely destroyed the structure. Chelan County Fire District 1 Captain Al Torres said they received the call around 10:40 am and when crews arrived the building was fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 10:55:40 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 05:55:40 GMT



Fire crews up containment on Twenty-Five Mile Fire near Chelan
The Twenty-Five Mile Fire near Chelan is up to 18 percent contained while some evacuations have been reduced. The fire has burned more than 11,000 acres, according to incident command. More than 600 personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire command has announced the evacuation level has been downgraded to Level 2 for South Lakeshore Drive.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 5:15:09 PM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:15:09 GMT



New base in Olympia will improve response to growing number wildfires in western Washington
About one-third of the 1,600 wildfires reported in Washington state started west of the Cascades. Now, for the first time, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is basing an air tanker, along with other aircraft, at the Olympia Airport so crews can fight those fires on the side of the state that’s most associated with rain, but where summers have become drier.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Spokane Valley fire chief announces retirement
Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Bryan Collins will retire March 1 after what will be nine years as the department’s leader, according to an SVFD news release. Collins and the Board of Fire Commissioners will conduct a search process that will ultimately lead to the selection of the next fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 11:31:26 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2021 06:31:26 GMT



As Green Ridge Fire slows east of Walla Walla, evacuation notices lowered north of the fire
The Green Ridge Fire continues to slowly grow in the Blue Mountains 30 miles east of Walla Walla, with an additional 49 acres burned Monday, Aug. 23. The fire, which has burned for more than six weeks, has consumed 39,471 acres of mountainous wilderness as of Tuesday, Aug. 24, and is 35% contained. Despite warming temperatures and drier conditions Monday, fire growth remained minimal due to residual moisture from the weekend’s light rains.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Region: 'Gray skies and that dull orange orb in the sky' - The view from NW fire lines
Thousands of firefighters are on the ground in our region, trying to control wildfires that have already consumed hundreds of thousands of acres. They battle raging flames, haze that affects their visibility and air quality, and now, spiking COVID-19 cases. KLCC reporter Brian Bull has been entrenched with the men and women on the fire lines in the Pacific Northwest this season.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Brush fires on side of I-5 in north Seattle slow midday traffic commute
Firefighters were called Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a series of blazes that broke out on the side of Interstate 5 in North Seattle after a motorhome caught fire and ignited the surrounding brush, authorities said. The fire occurred around 1 p.m. on the northbound side of I-5 near the Northgate Avenue exit, and live video from state Department of Transportation cameras showed active flames as vehicles traveled past on the freeway.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Cooler weather aids efforts to contain Schneider Springs Fire near Naches
Cooler weather and higher humidity is helping firefighters make progress in fighting the Schneider Springs Fire burning northwest of Naches, which is now at 68,183 acres and 3% contained. “All of our containment depends on the fire behavior and the weather,” said Jacob Welsh, public information officer for the Schneider Springs Fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVEW-TV ABC 42 Kennewick/KAPP-TV ABC 35 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Alaska Airlines flight evacuates after landing at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle due to cell phone fire, officials say
An Alaska Airlines flight arriving from New Orleans had to evacuate shortly after landing at Sea-Tac Airport due to a cell phone fire Monday evening, officials said. At about 8:30 p.m., the Port of Seattle Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the cargo hold of Flight 751. Alaska Airlines officials said based on a preliminary investigation, as the aircraft was waiting for a gate, a passenger’s cell phone caught on fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Benton County firefighting boat will make a stretch of the Columbia River near Tri-Cities safer
The stretch of the Columbia River along Benton County’s southern border used to be a lonely place to get in trouble. Rescue crews had drive from the Tri-Cities, taking an hour to get into the water. For the last month though, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies quickly rescued several people from a sinking boat, helped a stranded boater and responded to an emergency beacon.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Kent convenience store destroyed after someone shoots fireworks off in parking lot
PHOTOS: Someone illegally shooting off fireworks early Tuesday morning has destroyed a Kent convenience store. Firefighters were called out to the 23800 block of 104th Avenue SE around 1:30 a.m. for the fire. Both Kent police and fire departments were there for the two-alarm fire. Puget Sound Fire said crews worked to extinguish the fire for a while and soon found out fireworks were the cause.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Stevens County: Ford-Corkscrew Fire now 56-percent contained; level 3 evacuations still in place
Firefighters continue to put in good work and have more of the Ford-Corkscrew Fire contained. Stevens County Fire District No.1 said on Monday night the wildfire was 56-percent contained and had 15,787 acres. Monday will be the last planned night for crews to be out. They will be working until midnight and then reassigned to the day shift.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



King, Pierce County firefighter unions push back against Governor Inslee’s ‘vaccination or termination’ mandate
Sources in fire departments across King County told KIRO 7 a solid 30% of on-duty firefighters, paramedics and EMTs are not vaccinated for COVID-19 now. And in some fire stations, they told us that number is close to 40%. Some firefighters told their unions they won’t get vaccinated to abide by Gov.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Twenty-Five Mile Fire near Chelan at 10,500 acres; 8% contained
The Twenty-Five Mile Fire burning near Chelan is now listed at eight percent contained as fire behavior is expected to increase as warmer weather returns. The fire has burned more than 10,500 acres since sparking Aug. 15 on the south shore of Lake Chelan. One structure has been lost in the blaze, according to incident command.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 6:07:25 PM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 01:07:25 GMT



Two people dead, two injured in north Spokane house fire
Firefighters responded to a house fire in north Spokane Sunday afternoon that left two people dead and others injured. Spokane Fire received a call about an explosion at E. Nebraska Ave. and N. Perry St. They saw a house engulfed in flames as well as two cars on fire when they arrived. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said two people have died, one was a man and the other was a 17-year-old girl.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Three-alarm Puyallup cold storage fire still smoldering as crews extinguish hot spots
The large fire that broke out Saturday at a Puyallup cold storage facility was still smoldering more than a day after it started. The 3-alarm commercial fire started Saturday around 5:20 a.m. and prompted evacuations in the area due to concerns of toxic fumes. Residents in a one-mile radius of the facility were advised to shelter in place Sunday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Schneider Springs Fire sees little growth in Yakima County despite high winds
High winds Sunday didn’t contribute to much growth on the Schneider Springs Fire. As of Monday morning, the fire 18 miles northwest of Naches was 67,534 acres with 3% containment, according to a Monday morning update from the fire incident team. "Wind was a high concern from the predicted weather going into the day, but the fire remained mostly on the ground and the winds did not contribute to any significant fire growth," the update said.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Former Spokane Fire Station No.1 building to be redeveloped into new restaurant, bar in downtown Spokane
PHOTO: Spokane-based Copeland Architecture & Construction has filed a pre-development application with the city on behalf of property owner B&H Enterprises LLC Number 1 to convert a two-story building once home to Spokane Fire Station No. 1 for a project described as Firehouse restaurant at 418 W. First Ave.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Vaccine mandate may affect fire crews in the Tri-Cities area
In early August, Governor Inslee announced a mandate requiring all health care workers, including firefighters, get the COVID-19 vaccine. "He wanted to make sure that we have a healthy frontline workforce, you know in the medical arena," said the International Association of Fire Fighters 7th District Vice President, Ricky Walsh.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS/CW+ 19 Pasco
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Green Ridge Fire east of Walla Walla remains at 39,235 acres; now 35% contained
Firefighters were continuing to make progress on containing the Green Ridge Fire and Lick Creek Fires this weekend. Both fires maintained their size Friday night, according to an update released by the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black (RMIMTB) on Saturday. The Green Ridge fire is now at 39,325 acres.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVEW-TV ABC 42 Kennewick/KAPP-TV ABC 35 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Woman clinging to life after two-alarm Edmonds house fire
A woman is in the hospital and clinging to life after a house fire early Friday morning in unincorporated Edmonds. Firefighters say neighbors called them to the home just before 3 a.m. in the 5300 block of 134th Place SW. There, crews found a home with flames bursting out of the front door when someone told them the woman was still inside.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 20 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



‘GO NOW!’ More Level 3 evacuations and community meeting for Schneider Springs Fire in Yakima County
PHOTOS: Fire authorities working the massive Schneider Springs Fire in Yakima County announced on Thursday new Level 3 evacuations: “Level 3 GO NOW! evacuation notices have been issued for all residents along SR410 from the Intersection of Highway 12 to Little Naches and Bumping Lake Road.” First responders will be going door-to-door to let people know they need to evacuate for their safety.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVEW-TV ABC 42 Kennewick/KAPP-TV ABC 35 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 20 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Seattle nears record number of fires set at homeless camps this year
VIDEO: The city is on track to set a record for the number of homeless encampment fires that have been reported this year, an accomplishment that few people are proud of. According to city data, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 520 fires in homeless encampments in 2019, a figure that rose to 825 in 2020.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 20 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Train car on fire in Spokane treated as hazmat incident
PHOTO: The Spokane Fire Department received numerous calls about a train car on fire on the elevated tracks near Sunset Blvd, according to Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. The fire has been extinguished but authorities are treating the contents of the car to make sure it is not hazardous because it was not labeled.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 20 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Twenty Five Mile Fire Getting Large North of Wenatchee, Specialized Firefighting Crew to Battle It
The Twenty Five Mile Fire is now burning almost 10,000 acres at Lake Chelan north of Wenatchee. It’s also threatening more than 720 homes with evacuation notices, with many of them at the highest level where people are asked to leave immediately. Ryan Rodruck with the state Natural Resources Department says the weather this weekend could present a challenge to firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 7:40:34 PM - SOURCE: KPQ 560 AM/101.7 FM Wenatchee
Posted on Fri, 20 Aug 2021 02:40:34 GMT



Fire on federal land near Sequim suspected to be arson
A fire burning on federal land up Palo Alto Road near Sequim Thursday has been put out, but arson is suspected. We spoke with Clallam 3 Assistant Fire Chief Dan Orr: “It looks suspicious to us. We’ve had a similar fire with a similar start. So we’re starting to wonder if we may not have somebody running around doing this.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 6:44:43 PM - SOURCE: MyClallamCounty.com
Posted on Fri, 20 Aug 2021 01:44:43 GMT



Firefighters battle 2-alarm commercial fire in Seattle’s SODO area
Firefighters battled a two-alarm commercial fire at a building on Wednesday evening in Seattle’s SODO area. Crews were called to Seventh Avenue South and South Lander Street, just east of the Seattle Public Schools administration building. A KIRO 7 photographer at the scene saw lots of smoke billowing from the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Stevens County: Ford Corkscrew Fire now 14% contained, 100% of perimeter contained
Stevens County Fire District 1 says crews made significant progress on the Ford Corkscrew fire Wednesday. According to their latest update, the fire remains at 14,000 acres in size and is now 14% contained. What's even more encouraging is that they say they have the fire's perimeter 100% contained.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Tacoma police: Man sets fire in home's bathroom while family is sleeping
A man is under arrest after breaking into a home in Tacoma overnight while the family was sleeping and setting the bathroom on fire, police say. The incident unfolded at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to a home in the 1300 block of East 58th Street. Officers responded to the home after receiving reports of a disturbance and fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Follow-up: Tukwila apartment complex that burned down was one of 'hundreds' without sprinklers in Seattle area
Fire crews in Tukwila are still monitoring a fire at an apartment complex that left three dead and dozens of others displaced. But as the last few hot spots were being put out Wednesday, some are wondering how the fire could’ve gotten so bad in the first place. “Why didn’t this building have fire sprinklers?” Tukwila Fire Chief Jay Wittwer asked.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Containment of Green Ridge Fire East of Walla Walla Continues to Slowly Improve, Now at 29%
On Thursday, August 19, fire officials provided an update on the Lick Creek Fire located 20 miles southwest of Clarkston and Green Ridge Fire located 30 miles east of Walla Walla. According to the update, containment of the Green Ridge Fire continues to slowly improve, and the fire is now considered 29% contained.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Big Country News
Posted on Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Central Washington University researchers study COVID-19 spread during wildfire season in Yakima County
Central Washington University public health professors and students are moving into the second year of a research project looking at how poor air quality during wildfire season might affect the spread of COVID-19 in Yakima County. “We’re really looking at the human behavior aspect in this pandemic and how easy or difficult it might be for people to continue to do COVID-19 prevention when air quality presents the challenge that it does,” Associate Professor Tishra Beeson said.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YakTri News
Posted on Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Historic railroad bridge near Beverly destroyed in brush fire
A historic railroad bridge near the town of Beverly was destroyed by a small brush fire Monday evening. The fire burned about 10 acres of sage brush but destroyed the small railroad bridge that is part of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, according to the sheriff’s office. The bridge crosses over Crab Creek near Beverly.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2021 6:17:40 PM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Wed, 18 Aug 2021 01:17:40 GMT



Region: How The View From Space Is Helping Fight Wildfires On The Ground
Northwest researchers are looking to the skies to help monitor wildfires as well as spot new ones with a new fire behavior forecasting system. The system uses satellites to help firefighters on the ground. The views from space have helped map multiple wildfires this year. Satellites use infrared technology to peer through smoke.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jefferson Public Radio
Posted on Wed, 18 Aug 2021 07:00:00 GMT



Arlington Fire Department becomes part of North County Fire
The Arlington Fire Department has now officially been annexed into the North County Fire and EMS Regional Fire Authority. Rather than being managed and paid for by the city of Arlington, fire services in the city will be operated by North County Fire and EMS Regional Fire Authority, which also covers areas northwest of Arlington's city limits and areas around Stanwood.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2021 1:04:37 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 17 Aug 2021 20:04:37 GMT



 

 
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