Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Second combine fire in three days near Almira destroys home and outbuildings
Another combine fire wreaked havoc north of Almira this week. Almira Fire Chief Dennis Pinar says a combine started a fire in a standing grain field at the north end of Sorensen Road about 12 miles north of Almira. Pinar suspects that the combine caused a spark that started the blaze. Pinar says he and his crews were called out to the blaze at about 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 6:28:51 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2020 01:28:51 GMT

Skogen promoted from No. 2 to chief of Buckley Fire Department
The city of Buckley didn’t have to look far to find its new fire chief, promoting Eric Skogen from the No. 2 job to the fire department’s top post. The fire chief position became available following the retirement of Alan Predmore, who spent most of his working life in a Buckley uniform. Following 13 years as a city police officer he switched to the fire/EMT operation and led the department for 23 years.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 1:05:09 PM - SOURCE: Enumclaw Courier Herald
Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:05:09 GMT

Teens honored for life-saving rescue at Camas Potholes
Hannah Salinas said she didn’t think before leaping. It didn’t matter that the Vancouver teen was standing about 15 feet above the water at the Camas Potholes, an area near Round Lake known as a place where accidents and even fatalities are not uncommon. It didn’t matter that she might get hurt. At that moment, all Salinas, 17, and her friends, Hillary Darland, 18, and Maddy Gregory, 17, knew was that they had to help.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 6:28:47 PM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2020 01:28:47 GMT

Many 'Flu' Cases in Seattle This Winter Were Actually COVID-19, Study Finds
The start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. may have been earlier and far larger than official records indicate, according to a new study. Researchers found that a substantial portion of people, including children, in Seattle who were suspected of having the flu this past winter likely had COVID-19 instead.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gizmodo
Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire near Nespelem now at 2,580 acres
GPS mapping of the Lower Coyote Creek Fire now put the acreage burned at 2,580 acres. Previous estimates were at 4,500 acres for the fire burning in sage, grass and trees southwest of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation. The fire's cause is under investigation; it was reported Aug. 9. On Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 1:30:06 PM - SOURCE: Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:30:06 GMT

WSU study will use phone app to help people with asthma during wildfire season
Young people who have asthma will test a phone app to help them manage their condition during wildfire season in a Washington State University College of Nursing-led study that’s getting under way. The study is currently recruiting participants ages 18-26 in the Pacific Northwest, said Julie Postma, principal investigator and associate dean for research at the College of Nursing.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2020 4:32:02 PM - SOURCE: Washington State University
Posted on Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:32:02 GMT

Fire Crews Respond to 'Mysterious' Vehicle Fire in Franklin County
Franklin County's Fire District 3 and the Franklin County Sheriff's office responded to a fire around 11 in the evening Wednesday, August 12. Firefighters contained what they call a mysterious vehicle and brush fire near the intersection of Selph Landing Rd and highway 395. Firefighters say someone driving by the area saw a truck on fire and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 6:01:45 AM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:01:45 GMT

East Wenatchee residents lose their home to fire
VIDEO: Firefighters fought a difficult blaze Wednesday night in the Springhill Drive loop just west of the SR 28 and 31st St. NW intersection in East Wenatchee. The fire’s incident commander, Cam Phillips, says Douglas County Fire District 2 was notified of the blaze at 8:26 p.m. Phillips says the owners of the home had a camper and truck parked five feet away from the single-story house; he believes one of the two caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 11:01:58 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:01:58 GMT

Chelan Fire and Rescue Douse Mobile Home Blaze in Chelan Falls Area
Chelan Fire and Rescue crews were called out to a second-alarm structure fire in the 400 block of Wyoming St. in Chelan Falls around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Chief Mark Donnell says the first responders found a 10-by-30 mobile home that was fully engulfed in flames. “Basically, it burned the trailer down to the ground and we put it out.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2020 9:27:26 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:27:26 GMT

Worker Suffers Serious Burns in Butane Explosion at Grand Mound CBD Extraction Facility
A worker at a CBD oil extraction facility in Grand Mound was hospitalized with serious burns on his legs, face and head after a butane explosion, according to a release by the West Thurston Fire Authority on Wednesday morning. The employee, a 51-year-old man, works at Footprint Biosciences. He was inside the room where the explosion occurred, according to the fire authority.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2020 10:44:23 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:44:23 GMT

Enumclaw Fire Department aids in Bonney Lake fire
The Enumclaw Fire Department was one of nine departments to send aid to a brush fire in Bonney Lake last week. According to Bonney Lake’s East Pierce Fire and Rescue, the fire — which was located just past the state Route 410/Veterans Memorial Drive intersection, on the downhill trek to Sumner — was reported around 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2020 1:05:48 PM - SOURCE: Enumclaw Courier Herald
Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:05:48 GMT

Haze from Siberian wildfires filtering into Western Washington
If you've noticed the skies have been a little bit hazy (when they're not covered in marine layer clouds), you can blame huge wildfires burning in Russia. The jet stream is carrying smoke from the blazes in Siberia up across the interior of Alaska and then blowing it southeast over the Gulf of Alaska and into Western Washington, according to the National Weather Service.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

14 wildland firefighters in quarantine after fellow firefighter diagnosed with COVID-19
Fourteen firefighters with the Department of Natural Resources are now in quarantine after a fellow firefighter tested positive for coronavirus. The firefighter was asymptomatic and tested positive after responding to the Anglin Wildfire near Tonasket. The fire has since been contained and the fire camp has been demobilized.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Redmond Interim Fire Chief Accepts Position In Georgia
Redmond Interim Fire Chief Don Horton will leave his post next month after taking a permanent position as a fire chief near Atlanta, Georgia, where he can be closer to his family. The city announced Horton's resignation Monday, set to take effect on Friday, Sept. 14. Horton served as Redmond's Deputy Fire Chief for four and a half years and has more than four decades of experience in Virginia, Arkansas and Virginia.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Redmond Patch
Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters battle handful of blazes in Cowlitz County over weekend
Firefighters across Cowlitz County had a busy weekend battling several brush and vehicle fires, though no injuries were reported. It was such a hectic weekend that Cowlitz 2 Battalion Chief James Graham quipped that a freshly-minted lieutenant at the agency got more than he bargained for on his training day Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 6:50:30 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2020 01:50:30 GMT

Firefighters Conduct Hands On Training in Pasco
PHOTO: Hands On Training (HOT), simulates situations that help firefighters prepare for real-life scenarios. "This is to get everybody together to actually do the hands-on part of stuff we learn in books or videos," said Shearer. They mimicked a scenario of a victim being trapped inside a building.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 5:50:56 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:50:56 GMT

Yakima: Woman accused of setting fire to mother's home faces arson charge
A 49-year-old Yakima woman accused of setting her mother's home on fire Sunday possibly faces charges of first-degree arson and violating a no-contact order. The woman made a preliminary appearance Monday in Yakima County Superior Court. Yakima County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call in the 3500 block of Birchfield Road about 12:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 1:42:38 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2020 20:42:38 GMT

1 arrested as church, apartment buildings burn in Olympia
A suspected arsonist has been arrested as firefighters battled three large fires across an Olympia neighborhood early Monday morning that left a church and two apartment buildings heavily damaged. The first fire broke out just before 3 a.m. at the Cambridge Court Apartments in the 2300 block of 9th Ave SW, according to Assistant Chief Mike Buchanan with Olympia Fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire chars 600 acres along Highway 395 south of Kennewick
Tri-Cities fire crews from 10 fire agencies fought a 600-acre wildfire south of Kennewick on Sunday near the same area that burned out of control two years ago. Firefighters were called to the area of East Bateman Road and Bofer Canyon Road about 4:10 p.m. Sunday. A wildland strike team was activated to bring in more resources.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2020 6:37:24 PM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:37:24 GMT

Fire damages Battle Ground home
A Battle Ground home was damaged in a fire Friday. Clark County Fire District 3 crews were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to 603 N.W. 16th St. The first arriving engine found a ranch-style home with flames spreading up its side and into the attic, said Fire Marshal Chris Drone. Firefighters forced their way onto the property through a side gate in the fence and quickly doused the flames from the exterior of the home, Drone said.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 7:45:49 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 08 Aug 2020 02:45:49 GMT

Firefighter on Chikamin Fire tests positive for COVID-19
Eighteen firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service were tested Thursday for COVID-19 after a positive case was reported in the response to the Chikamin Fire north of Plain. They were tested at Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth. Results were not in Friday, hospital spokesman Clint Strand said. Victoria Wilkins, spokeswoman for the Forest Service at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest headquarters, said details on the positive case would not be released to protect the firefighter’s private health information.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 3:37:47 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:37:47 GMT

Woman found dead in burning car near Buckley
A woman was found dead in the driver's seat of her car after it crashed and burst into flames Monday morning near Buckley in Pierce County, emergency officials said. Firefighters and deputies responded to the scene, in the 28900 block of Sumner Buckley Highway East, at around 8 a.m. after receiving reports of a car fire, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

1 injured as fire burns home in South Seattle
One person was found injured after a fire burned a home in South Seattle early Friday morning. The fire broke out just after 12:30 a.m. in the 8600 block of Renton Avenue South, according to Seattle Fire officials. Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the home and one of the home's residents outside suffering from injuries.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Whatcom County Fire District 14 awarded FEMA grant
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, or SBCA’s, are critical equipment for fire fighters and one of our local districts has just been awarded a grant to upgrade theirs. Whatcom County Fire District 14 in Kendall says FEMA has awarded them a grant to replace all of their 18-year-old SBCA’s. The $400,000 grant will also pay for a new filling station and other accessories for the equipment.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 7:49:36 AM - SOURCE: KGMI-AM 790
Posted on Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:49:36 GMT

East Beach Road Fire 75 percent contained
The East Beach Road Fire is now 75 percent contained, the Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team overseeing the operations said Thursday. The fire remained at 84 acres with 84 firefighters at the blaze. The fire was reported July 29 just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle opens free COVID-19 testing site at Rainier Beach High School
The City of Seattle will open a free walk-up COVID-19 testing site at Rainier Beach High School on Friday. It is the third free testing site the city has opened, with plans for a fourth site in southwest Seattle. Starting August 7, the community testing site will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Motor home catches fire in Vancouver
A fire destroyed a motor home Thursday morning in Vancouver’s West Minnehaha neighborhood. Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 10:26 a.m. to 4312 N.E. 12th Ave., for a report of a fire. No one was home at the time, and the neighbors who called in the fire thought it was a brush fire initially, fire department spokesman Bryan Fredrickson said.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 11:53:09 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:53:09 GMT

Above-average risk of large wildfires likely to continue into September for central Washington
Forecasters with the National Interagency Fire Center are predicting above-average risk of large wildfires through August and likely into September. While temperatures were cooler than normal in early July, recent temperatures into the triple-digits several times combined with little precipitation caused fuels to continue to dry.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 3:43:33 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:43:33 GMT

Thad Hovis named new South County Fire chief
The South County Fire Board of Commissioners has selected Thad Hovis to serve as Fire Chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in during the board’s Aug. 5 virtual meeting via teleconference. A 25-year fire service veteran, Hovis has been serving as interim fire chief since the retirement of Fire Chief Doug Dahl at the end of March.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 2:54:43 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:54:43 GMT

Massive two-alarm brush fire spreads to abandoned home, vehicles in Maple Valley
VIDEO: Firefighters contained a large two-alarm brush fire Wednesday evening that spread to an abandoned home and trailer in Maple Valley. A spokesperson for the Puget Sound Fire Department said firefighters were called to 24100 SE 2412st Street in Maple Valley for a residential fire. Multiple people called 911 after seeing a large thermal column emanating from the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire west of Cheney burns 17 acres, under control
A fire broke out west of Cheney Wednesday afternoon. Because the flames were so close to homes, it triggered a massive response. As two planes dropped water on the fast moving flames, and crews on the ground worked to contain the blaze, law enforcement from Cheney and Spokane County went door-to-door telling people they needed to leave right away.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 2:37:34 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:37:34 GMT

Not home, but still healthy: Precautious Spokane-area first responders stem spread of COVID-19
In the midst of an evolving pandemic, very little is absolutely certain. So it can’t be said with unwavering surety that the cautious and calculated approach taken by emergency responders in Spokane County is to credit for their relative good health – but it certainly didn’t hurt. As community spread of COVID-19 continues to rise in Spokane County, the number of first responders out of work remains low, despite the close quarters in which they often work and high-risk situations they enter.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 5:57:40 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:57:40 GMT

Fire spreads quickly through mobile home in Vancouver
Firefighters rescued a cat from a mobile home fire Tuesday in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood. Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 9:49 a.m. to Sky Ridge Estates mobile home park, 13217 N.E. 59th St., for a report of a residential fire. While en route to the fire, dispatchers relayed that a witness reported someone had entered the home and not exited, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Joe Spatz said.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 1:53:12 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 04 Aug 2020 20:53:12 GMT

Wildfire smoke across state leads to new COVID-19 concerns
As several wildfires continues to burn across our state, the threat of wildfire smoke is leading to new concerns with COVID-19. Local health officials are telling everyone to be prepared as wildfire smoke may create additional risks for people with COVID-19 and worsen symptoms. “Poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke may make it even harder for people to fight COVID-19 since both have the potential to affect the lungs, and other overlapping parts of the immune system,” said King County Health officials.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Q13 FOX Seattle
Posted on Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Big Fire on Konnowac Pass Forces Evacuations
A big fire continues to burn on Konnowac Pass. Firefighters say the fire is now at more than 1,000 acres at 75 percent containment. Officials at the Northwest interagency coordination center say 49 firefighters are on the scene of the fire that started at about 3:40 Monday afternoon. The fire threatened homes and forced evacuations on Monday night but no homes were burned and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NewsTalk 1280 KIT
Posted on Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

2-alarm duplex fire in Vancouver caused by improperly discarded cigarette butts
A fire that ripped through adjoining duplexes Friday morning in Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood was caused by improperly discarded cigarettes, according to a deputy fire marshal. The preliminary investigation found that the blaze was preventable and the result of “a careless smoker discarding cigarette butts in bark dust,” Vancouver Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Lawry said.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 4:45:15 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:45:15 GMT

Kittitas County first responders ready to handle wildfire threats over the next few months
As Kittitas County begins to experience the first wildfires of the 2020 season, local first responders are up to the task of ensuring they are dealt with in an expeditious manner. Although the county saw a relatively mild fire season in 2019, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Chief John Sinclair said the conditions this year suggest that we will not see a repeat of last season.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Record News
Posted on Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters battle brush fire near Rattlesnake Ridge
Fire crews are battling a brush fire located south of Moxee near Rattlesnake Ridge, according to the East Valley Fire Department. Fire crews say the fire burned at least 5 acres and it continues to spread. Currently, firefighters say they are dealing with very windy conditions, and fire whirls have popped up.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Three Okanogan County fires 100% contained, causes under investigation
Firefighters have completely contained three fires in Okanogan County that forced evacuations. The Anglin Fire near Tonasket started on July 27 and was 100% contained on August 1. Two outbuildings were destroyed and one home was damaged. It burned nearly 2,000 acres. The fire forced evacuations, which have since been lifted.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2020 11:56:55 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:56:55 GMT

Hard-fought East Beach Fire continues burning near Lake Crescent
A stubborn wildfire at Lake Crescent may take longer to extinguish than previously expected, a spokesman for the team managing firefighting efforts said Saturday. The East Beach Road Fire, believed to be human-caused, stood at 65 acres on a steep slope above East Beach Road on the north side of the lake in Olympic National Park land.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2020 2:42:32 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:42:32 GMT

Spokane: Firefighters knock down fire at apartment complex
VIDEO: Firefighters quickly knocked down a fire at an apartment complex in Cannon’s Addition early Monday morning. Around 9:15 a.m., a family’s five-year-old daughter smelled smoke in her apartment at Maple Manor. According to the child’s mom, she told her dad and they found smoke coming from the bathroom.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 9:48:09 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:48:09 GMT

Family credits smoke alarms with saving lives after fire breaks out in Spokane home
VIDEO: One Spokane manufactured home owner is crediting smoke alarms for alerting her to a fire that broke out in her home. According to a release from the Spokane Fire Department (SFD), the smoke alarms, which were installed by SFD's Smoke Alarm Install Program, allowed the woman and her two great grandchildren to safely evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Flags to be lowered to honor Spokane firefighter who passed away a day after retiring
Flags will be lowered on August 3 to honor a Spokane firefighter who recently passed away. Ed Foster suffered a cardiac event one day after retiring from the Spokane Fire Department. Cardiac incidents are a leading cause of death for firefighters and in light of the circumstances involved in his passing, Foster’s death is considered Line-of-Duty.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2020 9:48:45 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:48:45 GMT

Fire rips through duplexes in Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood
Two people and their pets escaped via second-floor balconies as a fast-moving fire destroyed their adjoining duplexes Friday morning. The fire was reported at 9:16 a.m. at 3609, 3611, 3615 and 3619 Olive St., in Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood. Jason Underhill, 22, was getting ready for work when he smelled smoke.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2020 9:36:48 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:36:48 GMT

6 months in, here's a breakdown by race, age of who is getting COVID-19 in King County
At once the focal point of the novel coronavirus crisis, King County's case rate has slowed compared to the U.S.'s other hotspots. Even in Washington, it's been bumped out of the 10 counties with the highest rates of cases per 100,000. But the virus was still spreading in July, and the state was carefully optimistic about decreases and plateaus it's seen in the county, especially as those decreases look to be new.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Post Intelligencer
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Family dog dies as fire destroys home on Lake Tanwax
A family's dog died when a fire destroyed their home on Lake Tanwax Thursday evening. The two-alarm fire broke out just after 5:30 p.m. in the 33800 block of Tanwax Drive East near Eatonville. Photos from the scene showed flames reaching dozens of feet high as firefighters worked to douse the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Greenhouse Fire burns on as 105 degree temperatures approach
Three hundred personnel are still hard at work containing a wildfire covering over 5,100 acres west of the Colville Indian Agency, along Columbia River Road to Highway 155. Tuesday temperatures reached 101 degrees, the humidity dropped to 11% and wind gusts hit 28 miles per hour, according to a news release from the Northwest Incident Management Team.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 8:50:18 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 03:50:18 GMT

Firefighters quickly extinguish house fire in West Central Spokane
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a house fire early Thursday morning in West Central Spokane. One woman was home at the time of the fire in the area of Indiana ave. and Cannon St., saying the fire started in the back of her yard before flames extended to her attic. Spokane Fire Department Fire station 3 received the call before 4 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 5:44:25 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:44:25 GMT

Crews bringing Anglin, Green fires under control in Central Washington
Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on two wildfires burning in north central Washington state despite the intense, record-breaking heat which has gripped the region, the State Patrol reports. The Anglin Fire, which broke out Monday afternoon about eight miles east of Tonasket, is now 50% contained and all mandatory Level 3 evacuation orders have been lifted.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Anglin Fire near Tonasket now at 50% containment, Level 3 evacuations lifted
The Anglin Fire burning over 1,700 acres near Tonasket is now 50 percent contained and some evacuation orders have been reduced. All Level 3 evacuations have been removed. A level 2 evacuation order remains in place for Rehmke Rd. south of Siwash Rd. and all roads connecting to Rehmke Rd. Level 1 evacuations are still in place for the Cayuse and Island Mtn.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 8:55:13 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 03:55:13 GMT

32 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday in Grant County
Another 32 COVID-19 cases were confirmed Tuesday in Grant County, bringing the running total of confirmed cases to 1,177 during the pandemic. Tuesday’s cases are residents of Mattawa, Moses Lake, rural Othello, Quincy and Royal City, according to the Grant County Health District. Test turnaround time for cases since Friday averaged about four days.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 8:47:53 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 03:47:53 GMT

Update: Suspect arrested after 2 victims die in North Seattle motel arson
A 24-year-old man has been arrested for arson in connection with a large fire at a North Seattle motel earlier this month that left two people dead and four others injured, police said. Some of the victims suffered extensive burns and some jumped from third-floor windows to escape the flames. Investigators later determined that the July 13 fire at the Hillside Motel in the 2400 block of Aurora Avenue North had been deliberately set.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 3 reports clean state audits
Clallam County Fire District 3 has been given a financial clean bill of health from state officials. Officials announced Tuesday that the fire district has passed its 2018-19 state audits with no findings. The audits, conducted by the Office of the Washington State Auditor, included both an accountability and a financial audit.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Colockum fire in Chelan County now 90% contained, evacuations reduced to level 1
The Colockum Fire burning in Chelan County near the small town of Malaga is now 90% contained and evacuation levels have been reduced. According to the Southeast Washington Interagency Team, the fire broke out at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24. The next day, the fire spread to the west and threatened additional homes.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 8:50:03 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 03:50:03 GMT

Spokane Fire Department Saddened to Announce the Death of Recently Retired Firefighter Ed Foster
Spokane Fire Department (SFD) is saddened to announce the death of recently retired Firefighter Ed Foster on July 26, 2020 due to complications from a cardiac event. Firefighter Foster joined SFD on March 29,1993 and was most recently assigned to SFD Fire Station 17 prior to his retirement on June 25, 2020.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane City
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

2 new wildfires pop up in Eastern Washington, prompting some evacuations
Two new wildfires are burning in northern Eastern Washington Tuesday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The Anglin Fire broke out near Tonasket Monday night and had grown to 1,000 acres Tuesday morning. Firefighters don't have any containment on it and some evacuations have been ordered, though DNR officials did not provide specifics.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

COVID-19 deaths related to facility outbreak now up to 12 in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Public Health Department reported new coronavirus cases and deaths from two long-term care facilities in Ellensburg. As of Tuesday, KCPHD says Pacifica Senior Living has reported four deaths and Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab in Kittitas Valley has eight deaths, totaling 12 deaths in Kittitas County.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

No one injured in Spokane Valley shop fire
No one was injured in a Spokane Valley shop fire late Monday night. A loud smoke detector alerted the homeowner, who was able to call firefighters to the scene on E. Empire Ave around 10:30 p.m. The Spokane Valley Fire Department said the smoke detector had a unique sound and was able to be heard from inside the main residence.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 8:38:32 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:38:32 GMT

Man found dead after fire destroys Rainier mobile home
A Rainier man was found dead after his family’s mobile home caught fire early Saturday, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said. About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office and Southeast Thurston Fire Authority responded to a fire on the 900 block of Tipsoo Loop North in Rainier and arrived to find a mobile home engulfed in flames, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2020 9:15:06 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Sun, 26 Jul 2020 16:15:06 GMT

Target shooting to blame for 40-acre fire burning near homes outside Kennewick, officials say
Authorities say people shooting targets are to blame for a wildfire that was burning near homes in the Badger Canyon area Friday afternoon. Pasco Fire Deputy Chief Ed Dunbar said nearly every fire agency in the Tri-Cities region was called to the scene off South Badger Canyon Road just west of Kennewick around 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 9:47:27 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 25 Jul 2020 04:47:27 GMT

2 rescued and a third person escapes Wenatchee apartment fire
Two men were rescued from a residential apartment fire early Saturday in Wenatchee. A third man was able to escape on his own according to Chelan County District 1 spokeswoman Kay McKellar. Firefighters were dispatched to a two-story apartment building in the 600 block of Orondo Avenue about 2:15AM.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2020 4:41:32 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sat, 25 Jul 2020 23:41:32 GMT

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue proposes bond to build new stations
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR) is preparing a bond that would allow for facilities improvements and new fire stations that could go to voters on the November 3 general election ballot. The bond, if approved by the district's commissioners on Monday and approved in the fall, would begin to be collected in spring of 2021.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Colockum Fire near Wenatchee now 80 percent contained, Level 2 evacuations in place
Level 2 evacuations are still in place for the Colockum Fire, which has now burned 3,337 acres in Chelan County near Malaga. The fire is currently 80-percent contained. The fire is burning at Kingsbury Road and Colockum Road, according to Chelan County Emergency Management. It sparked shortly after 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 9:01:49 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Sat, 25 Jul 2020 04:01:49 GMT

Nearby Central Kitsap medics save toddler found floating in Dyes Inlet
A 13-month-old boy found Monday night floating in Dyes Inlet was revived by medics who happened to be nearby after being called to a neighbor's house. “It was a miracle,” said Ron Templeton, whose grandson Teddy has been checked by doctors and is doing fine. Kitsap County sheriff's deputies and medics from Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue had been called at about 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Level 3 evacuations continue for Greenhouse Fire near Nespelem at 20% containment
Level 3 evacuations continue to be in place for the Greenhouse Fire west of Nespelem that is burning about 1,200 acres. The fire is estimated at 20% containment. Firefighters say extreme winds propelled the fire and it is currently moving northeast. The fire is just east of the Columbia River Rd., and jumped the Schoolhouse Loop Rd.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 5:55:22 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:55:22 GMT

Kennewick apartment complex residents evacuate after fire breaks out
Kennewick police and firefighters responded to a fire at Clearwater Bay Apartments just before 11 p.m. Thursday night. Police say heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the balcony of a second story apartment unit. People from multiple units were evacuated. One person suffered injuries including smoke inhalation and minor burns.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 8:38:18 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:38:18 GMT

Spokane crests 3,000-COVID-19 case mark; state tops 50,000
Spokane County topped 3,000 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as the Spokane Regional Health District confirmed 115 new cases. The news came as no surprise to local health officials, who predicted the exponential growth of COVID-19 that has happened in the county in recent weeks. Spokane County Health Officer Dr.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Crews battle 6-acre Red Lake Fire
Steven's County Fire District #1 Chief Mike Bucey says the Red Lake fire started just after noon on Thursday. Some people shooting in the area noticed smoke in the area where they were shooting. They tried to put it out but then called the fire department. The fire had grown to five acres by the time crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2020 6:45:26 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 01:45:26 GMT

Walla Walla emergency management adds new feature for emergency notifications
The Walla Walla Emergency Management Department has added a feature to their emergency notifications system that allows residents to receive text alerts when something is urgent. The notifications include alerts, advisories, and community messages. Walla Walla County citizens can text their zip code to “888777” to receive real-time alerts and advisories directly from emergency management and local agencies.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 5:42:03 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:42:03 GMT

100-acre South Pine Fire forces evacuations in Okanogan County
A 100-acre wildfire reported Wednesday in Okanogan County near Tonasket is threatening structures and has led to evacuation notices, according to tweets from the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team. The team reported level 2 evacuations were in progress in the area due to the South Pine Fire, as the blaze has been named.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 8:08:36 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 23 Jul 2020 03:08:36 GMT

Fire destroys barn in Brush Prairie
A fire destroyed a barn Wednesday in Brush Prairie. Clark County Fire District 3 crews were dispatched at 5:28 a.m. to Northeast 117th Avenue and 119th Street for a report of a structure fire. The first arriving crew found a barn in a field engulfed in flames, Fire Marshal Chris Drone said. Firefighters employed a defensive strategy, Drone said, dousing the flames from the exterior of the barn.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 6:41:06 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 23 Jul 2020 01:41:06 GMT

Police: Roving band breaks into Seattle businesses, setting fires, looting
A destructive, roving band of people broke into several Seattle businesses Wednesday night and set fire to merchandise in some of the stores, police said. The group of about 150 people first gathered at Cal Anderson Park at about 9 p.m., then roamed about the Capitol Hill neighborhood, doing massive amounts of property damage, looting, shooting fireworks, and committing arson, according to police reports.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 23 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Guemes Island's new fire chief makes history
Olivia Snell was never one to doubt her ability to accomplish her goals. Her brothers coached her when she was learning to race motorcycles while growing up in Lancaster, California. “There was no crying. If I crashed, I had to get back up. If I couldn’t make it up the hill, they said I had to keep trying,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Go Anacortes
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Point Roberts Fire Chief asks Trump, Trudeau to open transit
The Point Roberts Fire Chief is asking the federal government to consider opening some international transit. Point Roberts is a trans-border Whatcom County community located near the U.S.-Canada border with no direct access to the mainland United States. Chief Christopher Carleton wrote a letter to President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other officials, saying their residents are particularly dependent on transit through Canada for everything from basic services to healthcare.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 5:36:56 PM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:36:56 GMT

Wildland Fire South of Ephrata Stopped at 20 Acres
A wildland fire near the junction of Highways 282 and 17 south of Ephrata drew a multi-agency response Monday afternoon. Grant County Fire District 13 Battalion Chief Casey McDonnell says they got the call about 1:30 with smoke showing from Ephrata. “It’s in an area that has pretty high potential for fire growth so at that time, Ephrata Fire Department and Grant County Fire District 5 were requested as mutual aid.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 2:37:18 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 21:37:18 GMT

10th person dies from COVID-19 in the Wenatchee Valley
Health officials with the Chelan-Douglas Health District reported the area’s 10th coronavirus-related death late Tuesday morning. The person was a Douglas County woman in her 50s. Local health officials continue to stress the importance of wearing a mask. “For the health of your family, neighbors and friends, it is more critical than ever to wear a mask when in public,” the health district stated in a press release.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 10:39:08 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:39:08 GMT

Man Accused of Setting Centralia House on Fire Charged With Arson
A man accused of starting a fire to a Centralia home while a person was inside reportedly told his mother he had set the house on fire, but denied wrongdoing to authorities. Julian B. McIntosh, 26, of White City, Oregon, was charged with first-degree arson Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court. McIntosh has a White City, Oregon address listed as his permanent address but said in court he lives in Centralia on the property where the fire occurred.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 10:46:40 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 17:46:40 GMT

Retired Tri-Cities firefighter dies of 9/11-related cancer
A retired Kennewick firefighter who went to Ground Zero to help with recovery in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has died. Steve S. Bailie, 68, died Friday in Richland. “It is with our deepest regret and sorrow to report the following line of duty death,” the Kennewick Firefighters Union said on its Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Hikers Rescued After Being Stuck on a Rock Near Chelan Falls Overlook
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office High Angle Rope Rescue, as well as Chelan County Fire District 1, aided four hikers stuck near the Chelan Falls Overlook Monday evening. The report came in around 5 p.m. that four men hiking ended up stranded on rocks at the bottom of the gorge in the river due to the water flow changing.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 10:38:35 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:38:35 GMT

Franklin County firefighters battle structure, haystack fire
Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire that’s burning a large structure and multiple haystacks. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at Sage Hill Northwest Inc. in Mesa, which is a company that exports hay and feed products. It’s located northwest of Basin City.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 2:39:26 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:39:26 GMT

One man dead in house fire in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood
One man is dead after a two-story house fire broke out Saturday afternoon in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood. Seattle Fire Department responded to the house fire around 1 p.m. near 70th and Ravenna Ave. Officials said they found one man on the first floor dead. An elderly woman and man were able to escape the home before SFD arrived.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2020 4:24:38 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:24:38 GMT

Fire destroys Parker home, outbuilding and vehicles
A Sunday morning fire destroyed a house, an outbuilding and four vehicles in this small Mid-Valley community. The house, at 331 Main St., was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived about 7 a.m. Because all occupants were safely outside and power lines were down at the site, the first-arriving crews used a defensive attack focused on protecting threatened adjacent structures, according to a Yakima County Fire District 5 news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 3:41:57 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:41:57 GMT

North Whidbey Fire Commissioners place levy lid lift on ballot
Commissioners for North Whidbey Fire and Rescue are hoping this will be the year that voters in the district approve an increase in the district’s property tax levy. Tuesday night, commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to place the 15-cent levy lid lift request on the November ballot. Nobody from the public commented and the commissioners adopted the measure without comment.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2020 1:02:39 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 18 Jul 2020 08:02:39 GMT

Update: Massive Everett fire causes $25 million loss on waterfront
The wreckage of a four-alarm fire still smoldered, but Port of Everett officials said Friday that the Waterfront Place Apartments are still expected to be built, in one form or another. The 266-unit apartment complex had been under construction on Everett’s waterfront for most of a year, when the more southern of two buildings erupted into a four-story inferno around 5:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 9:36:57 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Sat, 18 Jul 2020 04:36:57 GMT

'It's devastating': Massive fire destroys Everett waterfront apartments under construction
VIDEO: A massive 4-alarm fire tore through a waterfront apartment complex under construction in Everett Thursday, creating a raging inferno that damaged two homes up a nearby hill and partially burning an ambulance and fire truck that had responded to the scene. The fire in one of the two large buildings broke out around 5:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Follow Up: Woodland, Clark County Fire & Rescue see benefits to having permanent arrangement
The arrangement for fire and emergency services between Woodland and Clark County Fire & Rescue could become permanent next month. Woodland and fire district voters will decide in the Aug. 4 election whether the district will annex the city into its coverage area. Voters in both the city and the fire district would need to pass resolutions by a simple majority to approve the annexation.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 6:40:02 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:40:02 GMT

COVID-19 cases in Yakima County top 9,000
The Yakima Health District says there are over 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yakima County. As of Thursday evening, YHD says there was an increase of 371 virus cases, totaling to 9,202 cases. Health officials say 158 cases are from recent testings and 213 cases were from May 20 to July 10 from Yakama Indian Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS News Yakima
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Crews credit smoke alarms for alerting family, saving Spokane Valley home after bathroom fire
Fire crews are once again crediting smoke alarms for alerting a family to a fire in their home. Spokane County Fire District 8 and Spokane Valley Fire Department crews responded to the home on S. Bowdiish High Ct. Friday around 1 a.m. Friday morning. A fire had started in the bathroom near an exhaust fan and had burned into the attic and through the roof.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 8:52:55 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:52:55 GMT

Man charged with arson accused of setting fire to East Precinct during 'CHOP' protest
A former Seattle resident was arrested Tuesday in connection to a fire that started outside the Seattle Police's East Precinct during the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, known as "CHOP." Authorities said Isaiah Thomas Willoughby, 35, faces arson charges for his alleged role in the incident. “This is the third case we have charged federally for the criminal acts that tainted otherwise peaceful protests," said U.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 9:03:49 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 04:03:49 GMT

Garrison leaves Brinnon Fire Department after 37 years as commissioner
After nearly 40 years of service, Ron Garrison has retired from his post as a commissioner with the Brinnon Fire Department. His replacement was appointed at a special meeting Monday, July 6 at Station 41, on Schoolhouse Road, thus officially capping Garrison’s 37-year tenure in the position. “He’s been good to work with and he was very passionate,” said department spokesperson and longtime administrative assistant Peggy Ware.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 1:00:55 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:00:55 GMT

Fire danger increases around Inland Northwest amid breezy, hot conditions
Fire crews around the Inland Northwest are on high alert on Thursday and Friday as wind speeds increase with a passing cold front. The combination of hot, dry and windy weather increases fire danger dramatically. The dry front will produce some cloud cover but temperatures will only cool by a few degrees, keeping afternoon high temperatures in the 80s over the weekend and possibly pointing to 90s by early next week.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 News Spokane
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

68 new reported cases of COVID-19 in Yakima County; 2 virus deaths
The Yakima Health District reported 68 new COVID-19 cases, totaling 8,831 confirmed cases as of Wednesday evening. In addition, YHD says there are two new deaths of COVID-19, totaling to 176 death cases in Yakima County. A person in their 70's and one in their 80's passed away due to the virus, according to health officials.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire at former White Center funeral home deemed arson
A fire that burned a former funeral home in White Center has been deemed arson, fire investigators said Tuesday. The 2-alarm fire broke out at 4:30 a.m. last Wednesday in the 10700 block of 16th Ave SW, according to Puget Sound Fire firefighters. The stubborn flames needed firefighters from three districts to finally get it out.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire chars 10,000 acres, damages buildings in Douglas County
A fire that charred 10,000 acres of grass, sage and wheat was stopped about three miles short of town but continued to burn as of Monday afternoon. The Road 11 Fire began about 12:50 p.m. Saturday, July 11. It burned west of Highway 172, near Road 11, and moved northward, then east toward Mansfield, according to Southeast Washington Interagency Team 3.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 1:03:43 PM - SOURCE: Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 20:03:43 GMT

Robbery suspect scales downtown Spokane building to evade police
VIDEO: A robbery suspect is in custody after climbing onto the roof of a downtown Spokane business and jumping between buildings on Wednesday. Authorities initially responded to the 3400 block of W. 2nd Ave. for a report of a domestic violence order violation at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Spokane Police Officer Joshua Laiva.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Clark County Fire & Rescue, Woodland eye fire annexation
Voters in Woodland and throughout Clark County Fire & Rescue’s jurisdiction will have the chance to approve formal annexation of the city into the district with a ballot measure set for a vote in the August primary. The ballot measure would put all of Woodland city limits under the jurisdiction of Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCF&R), with which the city currently contracts for fire protection service.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

8 aircraft, 100 firefighters stop Sunset Fire in Chelan County
Eight aircraft and roughly 100 firefighters contained a wildfire Monday that had the potential to threaten hundreds of homes in Sunnyslope. The Sunset Fire was reported at noon Monday near Sunset Drive and Easy Street. Officials called for a third-alarm response at 12:42 p.m. as the fire spread west toward Monitor and to the east toward Warm Springs Canyon and the Eaglerock Drive subdivision.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 7:31:58 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:31:58 GMT

Battle Ground house fire causes $450K worth of damage, displaces 4
A fire on Monday caused extensive damage to a house in Battle Ground, according to the fire marshal for Clark County Fire District 3. Crews from the fire district and Clark County Fire & Rescue were dispatched at 10:05 a.m. to the 1200 block of Northwest 19th Court for a residential fire. The first arriving crews discovered that the blaze had already spread into the attic of the home, which the fire district said “can be some of the most challenging fires to extinguish.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 7:36:17 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 02:36:17 GMT

Washington reports over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for third time in last week
For the third in the last week, Washington health officials reported over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases during a one-day period. The Washington Department of Health said there are 1,101 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 41,757. The state's death toll due to the virus is 1,399, according to newly released numbers.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

6 injured as victims jump from burning Seattle building to escape flames
Six people were injured -- four of them critically -- as people jumped from the third story to escape flames burning through their building in Seattle early Monday morning. 911 dispatchers received multiple calls for the fire that broke out in the 2400 block of Aurora Ave. North just before 5 a.m., according to Seattle Fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT



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