Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Jefferson County man and granddaughter injured in explosion of self-made bombs
A Jefferson County man and his granddaughter were injured by an improvised explosive device Tuesday night in Port Hadlock. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports neighbors called in numerous reports of loud explosions happening in the 700 block of Nesses Corner Road. While responding to the scene, deputies got another call reporting a man with a chest injury and fully amputated left arm.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 2:41:22 PM - SOURCE: KONP-AM 1490 Port Angeles
Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:41:22 GMT

Fire destroys Medical Lake home
A house fire burned on State Route 902 near Medical Lake on June 16. The Fire Department was called to 14814 W. at 12:45 p.m. to find the fire already well established. By 4:30 p.m. the fire was still going. A vent pipe for a fuel tank had recently been refilled, causing the fire to flare up every few minutes.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2021 11:14:45 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:14:45 GMT

Cause of Fire That Destroyed Port-Owned Garage In Centralia Under Investigation
Crews are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a detached garage at a Port of Centralia-owned property in the 1100 block of Alder Street Wednesday morning. While the 24-by-30 foot structure is still standing, it has been deemed not structurally sound. Riverside Fire Authority and the Chehalis Fire Department responded to the initial call at 9:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 10:01:45 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 17 Jun 2021 05:01:45 GMT

100 years ago in Spokane: Arson trial centered on the famous Corbin house was beginning
Prosecutors laid out the first-degree arson case against Louis E. Lilge, the caretaker of the landmark D.C. Corbin home. “I will show you that the defendant, Lilge, had worked for some time on a fire plan that would completely destroy the Corbin residence,” the prosecutor said. “Mrs. D.C. Corbin will testify that after the fire, Lilge confessed to her that he had made a complete failure of the job.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2021 5:53:54 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:53:54 GMT

Two people seriously injured in Puyallup house fire
Two people are seriously injured after a house fire in Puyallup Tuesday. Police and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews responded to the house fire, near the 2900 block of 9th St. around 2:30 p.m. Two victims were transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The identity of the victims is unknown.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Crash into Tacoma building may have started fire
A crash into a building may have sparked a fire in Tacoma. Tacoma Fire crews were called to a commercial building in the 1900 block of Marine View Drive around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the building. Everyone inside was able to get out safely. Crews are working to put out the main fire and checking to see if it spread to adjacent buildings.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Fire chaplains called to serve Snohomish
The minutes and hours after loss or tragedy can feel like a deluge of unfamiliarity; plans to make, people to call and questions to answer. In Snohomish, the chaplains of Fire District 4 are at the ready to bridge the gap to better days. “Our entire purpose is to help other people in times of need, in times of stress, when difficult things happen,” said Dana Uplinger, chaplain coordinator for the fire district.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 10:57:37 PM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021 05:57:37 GMT

Man thrown from truck, killed in rollover crash near Mica
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal rollover crash that threw a man out of his truck near Mica. The Sheriff’s Office received a call from someone saying they came across the crash site on Belmont Road. The caller told authorities a truck had gone off-road down an embankment and crashed.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 11:33:51 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:33:51 GMT

Man, woman found dead after fire at Seattle homeless camp
A man and woman were found dead early Monday after a fire at a Seattle homeless camp, emergency officials said. Crews responded to the scene, in the 3000 block of 25th Avenue South, at around 3 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames at the encampment, said Kristin Tinsley of the Seattle Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2021 3:13:59 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 14 Jun 2021 22:13:59 GMT

Washington heads into wildfire season with a drought and 410 blazes so far on state land
As he makes the rounds on his Okanogan County ranch, Joel Kretz watches for moisture with fire on his mind. It’s been a cold spring, said Kretz, who is also a GOP state representative, “and then every time it rained, we got a ton of wind afterward, dried it all up.” Every Washington wildfire season brings a reckoning with the tea leaves to get a lead on what the summer and fall might bring: snowpack levels, weather predictions, drought conditions.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2021 2:14:45 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 14 Jun 2021 21:14:45 GMT

One person still missing after Brownstown Tavern Fire
Fire crews say one person is still unaccounted for after a suspicious fire tore through the old Brownstown Tavern. The fire ignited overnight Saturday with crews called to the building near the intersection of Branch Rd and Brownstown Rd west of Harrah at 4:40 a.m. The owner, Tim Catilleja had testified in a federal trial against Jordan Stevens this past week; Stevens is accused of killing a woman in Toppenish in 2019.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 15 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan County: Allegedly Drunk Man Attempts to Flee Car Fire Scene With Fire & Rescue Apparatus
An allegedly intoxicated driver attempted to flee the scene of a car fire with Chelan Fire & Rescue’s command vehicle Saturday night. According to assistant fire chief Brandon Asher, Chelan Fire and Rescue arrived to a car fully involved with fire on Highway 97, just south of milepost 240 at 11:12 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2021 10:48:56 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
Posted on Sun, 13 Jun 2021 17:48:56 GMT

Firefighter recruits train to survive wildfire season at Fairchild Air Force Base
VIDEO: Fighting fire is about teamwork, which is why Fairchild Air Force Base hosted Airway Heights and Cheney Fire Departments, as well as Spokane County Fire District 3 and 10, for fire training exercises. As the Inland Northwest is getting further into fire season, about 20 recruits trained to take on the elements Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 14 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Crews put out fire at scrap metal yard in Snohomish County
Snohomish County fire crews extinguished a fire at a scrap metal yard in Clearview on Sunday afternoon. People who live near or downwind of the fire were asked to close their doors and windows to avoid breathing in the smoke. Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue responded to the fire in the 18800 block of Yew Way in the morning.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 14 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Woman airlifted to Seattle hospital after apartment fire in Chelan
A woman was airlifted to a Seattle hospital following a fire in her apartment Friday night in Chelan. Chelan Fire and Rescue responded just after 11 p.m. Friday to a reported structure fire at an apartment complex on East Gibson Avenue. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke coming from the front of a lower level apartment.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2021 9:09:40 AM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Mon, 14 Jun 2021 16:09:40 GMT

Three cats killed in Whatcom County mobile home fire in busy day for firefighters
Three cats were killed and a Whatcom County family was displaced by a mobile home fire Thursday afternoon in Maple Falls believed to be caused by a heat lamp. Whatcom County Fire District 14 crews were called at 12:03 p.m. June 10 to the 8500 block of Lilac Lane for the report of a structure fire, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2021 1:12:53 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 13 Jun 2021 08:12:53 GMT

Walla Walla County District #5 Fire Chief Says Fire Near Hansen Loop Could Burn For Days
Walla Walla County Fire District #5 Fire Chief, Michael Wickstrom, says they were notified about a wildland fire off Dodd Road and Highway 12 this afternoon. It was burning along the railroad tracks. According to Wickstrom, Dispatch kept getting calls of a second fire off Hansen Loop on the peninsula.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2021 10:12:01 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Mon, 14 Jun 2021 05:12:01 GMT

WA Notify saved lives, officials say
The Washington State Department of Health reported Wednesday that its COVID-19 exposure notification tool saved an estimated 30-120 lives and likely prevented about 6,000 cases during its first four months while in use. Researchers at the University of Washington and the DOH released the results on Monday after conducting a modeling study of the tool.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

NTSB releases report on Custer oil-train derailment
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its report regarding an oil-train derailment and fire in Custer, Wash. NTSB officials said Thursday their report focused solely on how the derailed tank cars performed in the crash. Ten tank cars derailed and five caught fire in Custer on Dec. 22.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

2020 wildfires and smoke damage cost Woodinville winery its entire vintage release
A renowned winery in Washington announced it will not release a 2020 vintage due to smoke damage. The owners of Betz Family Winery in Woodinville said their vineyards were impacted by the Evans Canyon wildfires last September. "There is just nothing and it’s extremely sad. And we’ll be honest, we certainly hoped, we tried, we prayed, we hoped, but it just wasn’t meant to be," said Bridgit Griessel, owner and president of Betz Family Winery.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Naches: Autopsy for man found burned in a small brush fire finds no evidence of foul play
An autopsy for the man found dead, his body burned in a small brush fire in Naches has found no evidence of foul play, like a bullet or stab wound. The medical examiner says there's no clear cause of death yet. The county coroner says a toxicology report will be able to determine whether or not the man died from drugs or alcohol, or if the fire is what killed him.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane firefighters add new vehicles to their fleet for the summer
Spokane Fire District 9 is adding a new Utility Terrain Vehicle or UTV to its fleet, which is good news considering the UTV’s are a shared resource. "One of them is down in Oregon right now at a wildland fire, and it's a great tool for wildland firefighters because if you have an injury where it's hard to get to we can provide quick medical access to those folks and get them out of there," said Richy Harrod, District 9 Division Chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam County: Man sprays gas, sets fire at pumps, employee jumps into action
VIDEO: A Sequim man is facing arson, assault and other charges after Clallam County officials say he sprayed gasoline on a van, gas pumps and witnesses and then set a fire. The whole incident captured on surveillance video shows the actions of a quick-thinking employee, who prevented what deputies said could have been a catastrophic event.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Structures lost to fire near Soap Lake
It took firefighters two hours to contain a blaze that burned on multiple properties and torched multiple structures on Wednesday in the Soap Lake area. Firefighters say the blaze at 915 Road 19 NE was first called out at 2:29 p.m. Authorities say the fire started in the backyard of a home, but the cause remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 7:56:02 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 02:56:02 GMT

Eastern Washington in first-of-its-kind drought advisory with dry conditions across US
Much of the Western U.S. is in a drought right now, and after one of the driest springs in 100 years, Eastern Washington is no exception, with the state having issued a drought advisory for everywhere east of the Cascades and south of the Puget Sound. The first of its kind ever issued in Washington, the drought advisory warns people that conditions are ripe for a drought, and that they should take precautions, such as being conservative with water usage.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Cause of massive fire at vacant building near Seattle Center still unknown
Seattle firefighters say there was evidence of “transient activity" before a massive fire broke out inside a vacant building near Seattle Center Tuesday. The building used to be a dance club years ago before shutting down, and police say they've gotten calls about squatters in the past. Firefighters said the cause has been ruled as ‘undetermined’ because it has been too dangerous for them to go inside the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Refrigerator fire ignites propane tank and burns down Burien home, police say
An “aging” refrigerator caught fire and sparked a chain reaction that destroyed a home, Washington police said. The Burien home is a “complete loss” after the fridge malfunctioned and caught fire in the garage around 6:20 a.m. May 30, according to a news release the King County Sheriff’s Office posted Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle is the first major US city to fully vaccinate 70% of residents 12 and up against COVID-19
Seattle is the first major American city to fully vaccinate at least 70% of residents 12 and older, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday. Seattle surpassed San Francisco, which led the country in vaccinations. Currently, 78% of Seattle's population 12 years old and up has at least begun the vaccination process.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Two-alarm fire near Seattle's Space Needle sends smoke billowing into sky
A two-alarm fire in a vacant building sent smoke billowing into the sky Tuesday afternoon near the Seattle Center. According to the Seattle Fire Department, crews were called around 4:00 p.m. to 5th Ave N and Harrison St. Crews believed that the building was vacant and later said that they used thermal imaging and did not find signs of anyone inside.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 5:59:05 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 09 Jun 2021 00:59:05 GMT

Follow Up: Spokane firefighters grieving after fatal crash involving fire truck kills 3
Firefighters across north central Washington were airing their grief over a deadly wreck involving a fire truck north of Spokane on Monday. Three people riding in a car died in a crash involving a fire truck, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper J. Sevigney said on Twitter that the crash happened Monday afternoon on US Highway 395 northbound at Grote Road and near Loon Lake.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 1:31:23 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 20:31:23 GMT

Firefighters keep Dayton fire from spreading to numerous historic buildings
Firefighters from Columbia and Walla Walla Counties managed to contain a roaring fire at the Eagles Lodge before it could spread to neighboring historic buildings. The blaze broke out at approximately 3:00 PM on Tuesday afternoon on Main Street. Columbia County Fire District #3 handled the call initially.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 09 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Fifth-wheel fire caused by child playing with fire
A fifth-wheel trail was destroyed Tuesday night after firefighters say a child was playing with fire. Grant County Fire District 13 responded to the Rimrock community for the reported trailer fire. The trailer was a total loss, according to fire district 13. Firefighters determined a child playing with fire caused the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 8:39:06 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 09 Jun 2021 15:39:06 GMT

Moses Lake Fire Department responds to small brush fire near Ten Pin
Moses Lake Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a sagebrush fire, which started in a shelterless encampment behind Ten Pin Inn & Suites (1157 N. Stratford Road). MLFD Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Derek Beach said the department received the call around 6:30 p.m., while several crews were on their way back from a structure fire, which a sprinkler system was able to control, when the call came in.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 9:09:06 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Wed, 09 Jun 2021 04:09:06 GMT

3 killed in crash with firetruck near Loon Lake
VIDEO: Three people died after a crash involving a car and a firetruck near Loon Lake on Monday afternoon. WSDOT East tweeted that both directions of Hwy 395 reopened Tuesday morning. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. at US 395 northbound and Grote Road, close to milepost 187. KREM's Casey Decker was at the scene and spoke to officials about how the incident occurred.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Body found by crews fighting brush fire in Yakima County; cause of death unknown
Law enforcement officials are investigating after a man's body was found by crews fighting a brush fire. Officials say firefighters responded to the blaze off of U.S. Highway 12 west of Naches at about 6:15 p.m. Monday. As crews fought the blaze, they discovered a man's body within a burned area of brush, prompting them to notify the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Shortage of volunteer firefighters in Yakima County continues as we get into wildfire season
A huge shortage of volunteer firefighters persists across the Valley as we get into what could be an even worse fire season than last year. "It is a constant battle to get people to volunteer," says Yakima County Fire District 5's Chief Kevin Frazier. A few decades ago, Frazier says they had well over 300 volunteer firefighters, now they have half that to cover the same 750 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

I-90 fire burns about 40 acres in Grant County
The I-90 Fire, burning in Grant County near the Wild Horse monument, has been contained according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies say the fire sparked at about 540 p.m. Sunday afternoon and burned about 40 acres. A helicopter from the Department of Natural Resources was brought in to get the blaze under control.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire Extinguished off Greens Canyon Road in Orondo
Just after 2:20 Sunday afternoon Rivercom dispatch received report of a wildfire off Greens Canyon Road in Orondo four miles south of the Beebe Bridge. On arrival Orondo Fire Department found a one-acre fire quickly spreading up the steep hillsides of the Columbia River. A second alarm was struck with 18 fire apparatus and 56 firefighters from agencies in Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan Counties as well as the DNR and BLM.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 4:42:06 PM - SOURCE: Lake Chelan Now
Posted on Mon, 07 Jun 2021 23:42:06 GMT

Toddler found in burning Yakima duplex remains in critical condition at Harborview
A 2-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday after he was rescued from a burning house early Friday in Yakima, where he had been left alone. The boy, who was first taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Yakima police. Yakima firefighters, assisted by crews from West Valley, were called to the duplex in the 1200 block of South 41st Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2021 7:35:27 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Sun, 06 Jun 2021 02:35:27 GMT

Lucy the dog alerts residents to house fire in Kingston
A 13-month-old mixed breed dog named Lucy is being hailed as a hero after sounding the alarm to occupants sleeping on the bottom floor of a Rash Road house as fire tore through its upper story in Kingston early Saturday morning. All escaped safely. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue and Poulsbo Fire Department crews were called to the two-story, 2,000-square-foot home just after 4:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2021 6:26:00 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Sun, 06 Jun 2021 01:26:00 GMT

Blaze on Oregon-Washington Border has Burned 3,700 Acres; Firefighting Hindered by ‘Extreme Winds’
A fire that crossed the border from remote Northeast Oregon into Washington has consumed 3,700 acres, and firefighters say “extreme winds” Saturday limited their ability to attack the blaze by air. The Joseph Canyon Fire was among multiple blazes that started Thursday night and Friday morning after thunderstorms passed through the region.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Big Country News
Posted on Mon, 07 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Two-alarm Parkland fire leaves 20 people homeless
A massive two-alarm fire that raced through the Aravia Apartment complex in Parkland is being blamed on a charcoal grill. A dozen apartments were affected, and at least two units were destroyed. Some residents said the sprinkler system never came on. They said that is why the damage was so extensive.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 07 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Valley apartment fire caused by barbecue, 14 people displaced
A fire at a Spokane Valley apartment complex Friday night displaced 14 people and severely damaged two units, according to fire officials. Fire officials said a propane barbecue placed too close to flammable materials on a second-story balcony caused the fire, SVFD said no one was hurt in the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2021 10:16:50 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Sun, 06 Jun 2021 05:16:50 GMT

Tacoma home under construction destroyed in fire
A home under construction in Tacoma was destroyed in an early morning fire Friday. Tacoma fire crews were called to the1200 block of South Ferry Street around 3:30 a.m. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. No one was inside. Firefighters started battling the flames in defensive mode from the outside to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

New tool could help you escape wildfire smoke in Washington this year
When a supermassive smoke plume blanketed Washington last September, all eyes turned to the Washington State Department of Ecology. “People were all sucking in this superthick smoke for a little over a week and kept asking, ‘When is it going to change?’ ” says Andrew Wineke, a communications representative with Ecology.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Benton City arsonist is avoiding arrest, sheriff's office offers reward for info
Local authorities are actively looking for a suspect accused of burning a residential building just outside of Benton City in March. The suspect’s name is James Gaines. He is a 37-year-old man from Burbank, Washington and he is suspected of committing Arson to the first degree. A nationwide extraditable warrant was issued for his arrest.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 7:39:33 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 04 Jun 2021 02:39:33 GMT

Kittitas County's Burn Ban and Fireworks Ban begins Friday, June 4th
Kittitas County's Burn Ban and Fireworks Ban to go into effect midnight on Friday, June 4th, 2021. Several fire districts have already experienced fires in the lower county. Effective 12:00 AM, Friday, June 4th, 2021 a county-wide burn ban and fireworks ban will be in effect for Kittitas County until further notice.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 1:24:44 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23/KNDU-TV NBC 25 Richland
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 20:24:44 GMT

At least 2 people hurt after large rocks thrown at cars driving on I-90 in Western Washington
At least two people were hurt when rocks or large pieces of concrete were thrown at cars on Interstate 90 in Western Washington. According to the Mercer Island Fire Department, firefighters responded to two different calls Tuesday night of rocks hitting cars on I-90 near the Mount Baker Tunnel in Seattle.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:59:22 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 19:59:22 GMT

Team Rubicon sending 40 veterans and volunteers to Malden to help with fire-mitigation
Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran-led non-profit disaster response organization, is deploying 40 veterans and volunteers to Malden and Pine Creek to help with fire-mitigation ahead of the 2021 fire season. The group is responding to calls for help from Whitman County officials to remove thousands of dead trees left in the wake of last years devastating fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 03 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Walla Walla County Emergency Management host two 'FireWise' workshops
Walla Walla County Emergency Management Department has scheduled in-person "FireWise" workshops at two locations. The first will be at the Walla Walla County Fire District 4 (6549 Mill Creek Road, Behind WWFD 4 Station 41) June 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and the Walla Walla County Fire District 8 (10145 E.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 1:24:45 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23/KNDU-TV NBC 25 Richland
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 20:24:45 GMT

Viral TikTok video shows altercation on Moses Lake before boat fire
The driver of a boat on Moses Lake claims passengers on another boat harassed them and yelled gay slurs at them before the second boat caught fire over Memorial Day weekend. The incident on Sunday, May 30 was caught on camera and posted on TikTok. The TikTok went viral, with over one million likes.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Two Washington electric utilities opt out of power shut-offs to prevent wildfires in 2021
Two Washington electric utilities buffeted by serious power line fires during last September’s windstorms have opted not to develop plans for public safety power shut-offs that could be used to prevent the ignition of such blazes. During those windstorms, a fire started by a sparking Avista Corp. line destroyed 121 homes in the Malden area of Eastern Washington.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 6:02:26 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 01:02:26 GMT

As temps rise, so does anxiety of state's firefighters about upcoming wildfire season
Warmer temperatures across much of Western Washington this week have ignited growing concerns among some firefighters about the threat that brush fires and wildfires could pose as the summer months near. Residents of one neighborhood near Bonney Lake were jolted Monday when a small brush fire broke out just below Highway 410, the same location impacted by a devastating wildfire last September during which several hundred acres of land between Bonney Lake and Sumner burned.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

House burns near Port Angeles airport
A renter who left his home for 20 minutes returned to a house on fire. No one was injured in the blaze in the 2100 block of West U.S. Highway 101 just south of William R. Fairchild International Airport, reported at 10:20 p.m. Monday, Jake Patterson, Clallam County Fire District 2 fire chief, said Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Washington firefighters, lawmakers help homeowners prepare for wildfires
Fire crews near Bonney Lake scrambled to douse a small brush fire that sparked in an area haunted by a wildfire that burned hundreds of acres and destroyed several homes last year. As warm weather continues through the next several days, firefighters warn the public to begin thinking about wildfire threats within their communities.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2021 7:42:00 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 01 Jun 2021 02:42:00 GMT

Fire station in Woodland receives first new engine in 21 years
The Scott Avenue fire station received a new engine May 25 to save money and increase safety. The engine is one of three the Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue purchased and will receive by the end of the year. Each rig cost $627,000. A fourth new engine was purchased for $650,000 through a federal grant given to the Cowlitz Indian tribe.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2021 4:51:03 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 31 May 2021 23:51:03 GMT

Controlled burn during wildland fire training in Richland
The Richland and Pasco recruit academies burned a field in West Richland today for experience with wildland fires. The firefighters were trained on how to control a spreading fire by digging with hand tools, fire hose deployment, and spreading fire with a drip torch. The firefighters perform this training before the beginning of fire season in June.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2021 1:32:55 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Sun, 30 May 2021 20:32:55 GMT

Two campers airlifted to Harborview after trailer fire near Manson
Medical crews airlifted two campers to Harborview Medical Center after their trailer caught fire early Saturday morning north of Manson. Chelan County Fire District 5 received a report of a fire and explosions above Wapato and Roses lakes just before 2 a.m., according to a Fire District news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2021 1:51:31 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Sat, 29 May 2021 20:51:31 GMT

'It could be pretty bad:' Fire danger rises in Washington this week
Fire danger is rising across the state and around the West Coast this week. Meteorologists said this wildfire season could be severe for many communities in the western states. Western Washington's impressive snowpack is helping to lower the risk of large fires in the forests of the Cascades and Olympics.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 01 Jun 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima Fire fleet continues to deal with mechanical difficulties, attrition
The Yakima Fire Departments trucks are old and are more often needing repairs. Making them unavailable for service for hours, days and sometimes weeks. "I started to feel a little worried and concerned about it," Jeremy Rodriguez, Deputy Chief for YFD said. "Our eldest rig is 21 years old." He went on to say there hasn't been any issues with responses to fires or emergencies because of the mechanical difficulties, but believes that could happen in the future if the fleet remains the way it is.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 28 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Woman Found Dead After Mobile Home Fire in Yakima
The Yakima Fire Department is investigating a fatal fire reported at 1609 Fruitvale Blvd. Firefighters were called to the scene at about midnight Wednesday. When they arrived they found a motor home on fire. After dousing the flames they found a 56-year-old woman dead. An investigation is underway but authorities say they believe it was an accidental fire and no foul play was involved.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 12:58:10 PM - SOURCE: KATS-FM 94.5
Posted on Thu, 27 May 2021 19:58:10 GMT

Arson Suspect Arrested in Mount Vernon
On the evening of May 26, Mount Vernon Police and Fire responded to a reported brush fire on Hoag Road, west of Continental Place. A witness reported observing a male walking away from the area of the fire, yet no one matching the description was located upon checking the area. In the wee hours of May 27, a similar call was received reporting a brush fire in the area of the Country Store located near Fir Street and Riverside Drive.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 9:48:22 PM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Fri, 28 May 2021 04:48:22 GMT

Firefighters battle blaze at Oak Creek Apartments in east Vancouver
The Vancouver Fire Department responded early Thursday morning to a fire in one of the units at the Oak Creek Apartments in east Vancouver. Fire crews were called around 3:15 a.m. to a 12-unit apartment building at 11412 N.E. 49th St. Engine 6 arrived within five minutes and contained the blaze to one apartment, according to an agency press release.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 1:16:42 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 27 May 2021 20:16:42 GMT

Medical Event Claims Life of Grays Harbor County Woman Whose Home Was Burning
A woman whose home was destroyed by fire in the Satsop area early Wednesday morning had been talking with Sheriff's deputies just before she suffered a medical event, collapsed and died, according to a news release from Grays Harbor Fire District 5. Firefighters and deputies responded to a trailer fire in the 0-100 block of Keys Road west about 1:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 9:56:42 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 28 May 2021 16:56:42 GMT

Seattle's Grover Cleveland STEM High School damaged by fire
An overnight fire at Grover Cleveland STEM High School in South Seattle caused an estimated $4,000 in damage, officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, on 15th Avenue near Boeing Field, at about 2:35 a.m. after receiving an alarm. Crews knocked down the flames quickly. Officials at the scene said sprinklers in the building helped contain the fire to an athletic training room and limit its spread.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 6:32:37 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 27 May 2021 13:32:37 GMT

Suspicious Fire Guts Home near Benton City, Say Deputies
According to Benton County Deputies, and Benton County Fire District crews, the home was burned to the ground. A person of interest is reportedly being sought by Benton County Deputies after a house fire burned through an unoccupied building. Around 9PM Wednesday night, Deputies and Fire crews responded to the blaze on North Schumcher PR Road near Benton City.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 10:52:24 AM - SOURCE: KFLD-AM 870
Posted on Thu, 27 May 2021 17:52:24 GMT

Seattle: Deadly crisis calls drive first responders, community in search of new ways to respond
Finding alternatives to crisis calls is an experiment now underway at the Seattle Fire Department. A program called Health One has a social worker ride with firefighters, and instead of racing from call to call, the team can spend extra time with each patient. In no way is Health One set-up to replace police functions.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 4:26:46 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 27 May 2021 11:26:46 GMT

East Jefferson Fire Rescue may get contract to manage Port Ludlow fire department
East Jefferson Fire Rescue may take over the management of Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue if commissioners for the two departments can find agreement on a proposed contract. Port Ludlow fire commissioners reviewed a draft proposal for an interlocal agreement at their last meeting. The contract would see East Jefferson Fire Rescue handle administrative and management services for Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, a department that had 19 employees and expenditures of $2.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 1:19:46 AM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Thu, 27 May 2021 08:19:46 GMT

Noonchester named Grant County Fire District 8 chief
Joe Noonchester has been selected as the new chief of Grant County Fire District 8 and will take over the job July 1. Noonchester will replace David Patterson, who retired April 26, after 12 years with the department, five years as chief. Barbara Davis, business manager for GCFD8, said Noonchester has about 20 years experience in firefighting.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 1:11:32 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 08:11:32 GMT

Semi-truck and trailer destroyed by fire in Yakima
A fire consumed a semi-truck and a trailer in Yakima on Monday, causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damages in the process. According to a release issued by the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) on Tuesday, fire crews responded to the scene of 1500 North 6th Ave; near Berglund Lake and the Naches River.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 3:35:02 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 22:35:02 GMT

Benton County Fire Captain named 2021 EMS Responder of the Year
Congratulations to Captain Scott Hawley, from the Benton County Fire Protection District 2, for being this years EMS Responder of the Year! This past weekend Captain Hawley was awarded the 2021 EMS Responder of the Year for Washington State at the annual 2021 Washington State Fire Fighters' Association Annual Fire School and Conference held in Wenatchee, WA.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 6:59:06 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 01:59:06 GMT

WSDOT incident response vehicle struck on northbound I-405 in Bothell
A Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Incident Response Team (IRT) truck was struck by another vehicle on northbound I-405 just south of State Route 527 in Bothell Wednesday morning. The toll lane and left general purpose lane of I-405 are currently closed. A 3-mile backup was reported in the area just before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle City Council votes to move 911 dispatching out of police department’s control
The Seattle City Council unanimously voted Monday to move the 911 dispatch call center from the Seattle Police Department’s jurisdiction. In the move, 911 dispatching would no longer be funded by the police department. Instead, 911 dispatching will be moved to a newly established civilian-led Community Safety and Communications Center.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 9:40:17 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 04:40:17 GMT

Yakima Area Fire Departments Prep for Upcoming Fire Season
Last summer wildfires burned more than 700,000 acres of land across the state. One of the worst in the Yakima Valley was the Evans Canyon fire which burned over 70,000 acres. Local fire officials fear more of the same this year. Even though summer is still another month from now the recent winds and dry land is troubling to local firefighters and that's why they aren't wasting any time in preparing for wildfire season.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Man gets 20 months for plan to burn Seattle police precinct during protests
VIDEO: An Alaska man was sentenced to 20 months in prison for trying to set fire to a Seattle police precinct during last summer's racial justice protests. Desmond David-Pitts pleaded guilty to a federal arson conspiracy charge in January, acknowledging he set a fire to trash piled outside the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct Aug.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

State Fire Marshals Office Stressing Preparation for Wildfire Awareness Month
May is Wildfire Awareness Month and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is reinforcing the importance of being prepared after 2020 saw more than 1,500 wildfires that burned over 823,000 acres in Washington. Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Wittenberg said residents should prepare in part by putting together both an evacuation plan and a family communication plan, which designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact in case your family is separated.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 11:59:30 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 NewsRadio
Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 18:59:30 GMT

16 people displaced after fire at Longview apartment complex
Fire crews in Longview, Washington battled an apartment fire late Sunday night that displaced 16 people. Firefighters were called to 3858 Pennsylvania Street just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday. People living in nearby apartment units and others living in the complex came out to the parking lot, causing a “chaotic” scene, according to Longview Police & Fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Family cow pulled from mud hole by Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue and TLC towing
PHOTOS: Firefighters may be known for saving kittens from trees, but Thursday afternoon Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue was called in to pull a cow from a mud hole. The cow, which lives in the 3700 block of NE 259th St. east of Ridgefield, slid down a 20-foot embankment and got stuck in mud up to its belly.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 5:20:11 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sat, 22 May 2021 00:20:11 GMT

Levels 2, 1 evacuation notices issued for homes near brush fire in Chelan County
Levels 2 and 1 evacuation notices have been issued for homes near a brush fire burning in Chelan County. Washington State Patrol troopers at one point closed State Route 97A at Swakane Canyon Road due to the fire, but it has since been reopened. However, the fire is still burning in an area away from the road.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Benton County first responders receive ‘rare’ Life Safety Award for saving victims in fire
Two deputy sheriffs and two firefighters with the Benton County Fire District 1 received the Life Safety Award in a ceremony Thursday afternoon, acknowledging their “hard work and bravery” from a rescue performed at a house fire in Finley last October. Firefighters Jorge Guerrero and Danielle Gore and Deputies B.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 9:12:43 AM - SOURCE: KVEW ABC 42 Tri-Cities
Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 16:12:43 GMT

Camas OKs consultant to review fire merger
The city of Camas has selected an outside consultant to review the merger of Camas’ and Washougal’s fire departments. The Tualatin, Oregon-based Merina + CO will meet with stakeholders, conduct a facilitated analysis of the decade-long partnership between the cities’ fire departments that formed the existing Camas-Washougal Fire Department in December 2013, and develop recommendations for the future of fire and emergency medical services in the Camas-Washougal area.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 1:34:48 PM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2021 20:34:48 GMT

Structure fire near Wapato spread to nearby vehicles
A storage building and several vehicles have been destroyed by a fire that erupted in Wapato Thursday morning. Yakima County Fire District 5 says it got the call of the structure fire just after 9:30 Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived they found a shed and trailer burning at the 6100 block of N.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 21 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

How Avista is preparing for wildfire season in the Inland Northwest
The Inland Northwest is gearing up for wildfire season and so is the area's biggest utility company, Avista. A DNR report released on Tuesday found it was a tree limb that fell onto an Avista power line that caused last year's devastating Babb Road Fire that destroyed the towns of Malden and Pine City.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 21 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Grant County firefighter honored with state patrol's Lifesaving Award
A Grant County firefighter was honored Thursday with the Washington State Patrol Lifesaving Award for risking his life to save a trapped driver from a burning vehicle. The state patrol held a surprise ceremony on Thursday for Grant County Fire District 6 firefighter Daniel Baergen, who was joined by family and fellow firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 8:44:34 AM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
Posted on Fri, 21 May 2021 15:44:34 GMT

Hiker 'hoisted out by pure muscle' after rock knocked him unconscious at Palouse Falls
A 28-year-old man from Walla Walla was rescued and flown to a local hospital on Tuesday after he was knocked unconscious by a football-sized rock at Palouse Falls State Park in Eastern Washington. The man and his wife went on a hike at Palouse Falls on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Facebook post from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

City of Spokane inks new four-year deal for ambulance service
Amid calls for continuity from city leaders, the Spokane City Council approved a four-year contract with American Medical Response for ambulance services on Monday. The new agreement maintains the significant price hike hesitantly approved by council members under a one-year bridge contract last year.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 11:52:33 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2021 06:52:33 GMT

Boat catches fire at Blaine Harbor, no injuries
A boat at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center caught fire Sunday morning. On May 16 around 11:34 a.m., Blaine Police Department officers responded to a report of a boat on fire at Blaine Harbor, 235 Marine Drive, spokesperson Tami Bhachu told The Northern Light in an email. The officers arrived on the scene before North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR).
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 1:06:46 AM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2021 08:06:46 GMT

Needing air: Local fire department seeking $25,000 in donations to replace old air respirators
Grant County Fire District 7 is in dire need of air in terms of updating the apparatuses that provide oxygen to firefighters when navigating through thick smoke during a blaze. The High Rollers Auxiliary is the fundraising liaison for the fire department. For the first time, the auxiliary club has moved its fundraising efforts online; a GoFundMe has been started.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 6:50:08 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2021 01:50:08 GMT

Federal Aid Arrived For A Burned Town; It May Not Be Enough For Next Fire Season
There is anxiety along the picturesque, rolling wheat fields and pine forested draws of the Palouse in eastern Washington right now, where folks will tell you it looks and feels more like mid-July than the middle of May. "Just a watch and see, [you] pray a lot," says Cindy LaMontagne. The dry winds have been blowing an unusual number of days, with little or no rain, which stirs up trauma for people like her who lost their homes in a fast moving range fire last Labor Day.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXJZ CapRadio
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Report blames tree blown into power lines for Malden fire
A state investigation into the Labor Day fire that burned 80% of the homes in in the Whitman County town of Malden blames a damaged tree that was blown into power lines. The report by the Department of Natural Resource alleges that a closer inspection of the tree was warranted. The report does not specifically blame Avista Utilities for not inspecting or removing the tree.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 19 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Kennewick firefighters rescue woman who crashed into canal, DUI suspected
The Kennewick Fire Department rescued Robin Berry, 57, Tuesday morning after crashing a pickup truck into a canal. The Kennewick Police Department says Berry was traveling east on Creekstone Dr. near S. Williams St. and failed to follow the curve of the road, thus driving into the canal. Firefighters were able to get a ladder into the bed of the pickup truck, and rescue Berry.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 4:49:46 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 18 May 2021 23:49:46 GMT

State’s Department of Natural Resources Landowner Program succeeded despite pandemic
Clearing fire fuels is critical to reducing the risk of wildfires in the summer months. Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources Landowner Program focuses on fire hazard abatement on private land. The program saw more landowners interested in participating in the program during the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 19 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Pasco police arrest alleged arsonist for setting fire to apartment doors
A man was arrested by Pasco Police for allegedly attempting to set fires outside the door of three apartments shortly after midnight on Monday. According to a Facebook post by the Pasco Police, officers responded to the 200-block of W Shoshone St. on Monday. There, officers made contact with the suspect — Edgar Rolon Rodriguez — in a smoky upper hallway.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 5:39:25 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 19 May 2021 00:39:25 GMT

Kelso man facing arson charges accused of threatening to burn down Toledo tribal housing complex
A Kelso man facing 11 charges in Cowlitz County faces new allegations in Lewis County, where he is accused of breaking into a Cowlitz Indian Tribe housing complex Wednesday in Toledo. Authorities say John A. Threlfall previously threatened to burn down the Cowlitz Indian Tribe housing complex and kill everyone inside.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 4:11:59 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 18 May 2021 23:11:59 GMT

Kennewick Police Apprehend Suspected Arsonist at Rite-Aid
A man was arrested for reckless burning over the weekend in Kennewick. It's that time of year around the Tri-Cities where a simple spark could start a fire that could cause massive damage. The expected winds over the next few days for sure wouldn't help things either. It's dry and hot and it's always a bad mixture especially during fire season here in the Columbia Basin so someone recklessly starting a fire is a pretty serious offense.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2021 5:57:21 AM - SOURCE: KEYW-FM 98.3
Posted on Mon, 17 May 2021 12:57:21 GMT

Seven people displaced after fire on Spokane's South Hill
An early morning fire on Spokane's South Hill has the Red Cross helping displaced people Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around 2 a.m. at the corner of South Lincoln and West Lincoln Place. The fire happened at a big house that was converted into apartments. Fire officials said seven people live in the building, but it's unclear right now how many are displaced.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 18 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Washington launching 988 hotline for mental health emergencies
The State of Washington hopes a new three-digit number for people to call when they are experiencing mental health crises will do what 911 did for first responders. Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill designating 988 as the state's suicide prevention hotline, part of a nationwide system. It launches July 2022 and will tie together in-state call centers with 911 operators, police, and behavioral health providers, to connect people in distress with immediate help.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 18 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

1 injured in two-car rollover crash in Spokane
PHOTOS: A woman was sent to the hospital for injuries she suffered in a two-car rollover crash on E Mission Ave near South Riverton Ave Tuesday morning, Mission was closed for about an hour, but has since reopened. Spokane Fire crews said two other people, who were inside a Jeep that rolled, were okay.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 18 May 2021 07:00:00 GMT

Central, South Kitsap fire & rescue seek partnership, levy renewals
The chiefs of Kitsap Peninsula's two biggest fire districts — Central and South Kitsap — believe they've found work their agencies can do better together. For instance, when one department sends the bulk of its firefighters to battle a blaze, could the other send an ambulance to its fellow district and deploy to other medical emergencies during the fire? Or could the agencies share certain vehicles, supplies and personnel? "We already collaborate quite a bit at the chief level," said John Oliver, chief of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 8:14:50 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Sat, 15 May 2021 03:14:50 GMT

Parade honors local healthcare workers, first responders in Spokane
PHOTOS: Healthcare workers and first responders who have cared for the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic were honored Friday with a parade. Vehicles from the Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department and American Medical Response drove by local hospitals and the Spokane Regional Health District to thank those healthcare workers.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 1:29:13 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 14 May 2021 20:29:13 GMT



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