Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

2-alarm fire burns former White Center funeral home
PHOTOS: Firefighters were battling a 2-alarm fire at a what used to be a funeral home in White Center Wednesday morning. The fire broke out just after 4:30 a.m. at the home in the 10700 block of 16th Ave SW, according to Puget Sound Fire firefighters. Crews from Tukwila, Skyway have joined Puget Sound Fire in fighting the fire, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 10 asks for for EMS tax renewal
Spokane County Fire District 10 is asking voters to approve the renewal of an emergency medical services levy on the Aug. 4 ballot. The 10-year levy has been repeatedly approved by voters with strong support since 1994, said Fire Chief Ken Johnson. The first levy was for six years. “They did it so they could start putting medical equipment on the trucks,” he said of the first levy in 1994.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 5:16:14 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:16:14 GMT

Whatcom man suspected of starting fire in downtown Bellingham - his fourth this year
A Whatcom County man with a history of starting fires who police believe “presents a danger to the public” is suspected of lighting another in downtown Bellingham last week along Cornwall Avenue. Bellingham police booked Daniel Peter Mawhinney into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree arson June 29, and jail records show he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 9:16:46 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 04:16:46 GMT

Kittitas County issues burn ban, effective Saturday
The Kittitas County Fire Marshal implemented a burn ban in different fire district zones around Kittitas County for fire safety, according to county officials. Kittitas County says it implements a burn ban when the fire danger reaches a critical level. They say the burn ban will go into effect Saturday, July 11, at 12 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Two die during Fourth of July celebrations in Skagit County
Two fatalities and a house fire were among the emergencies first responders were called to during the Fourth of July holiday. One death was caused by a firework and another by an accidental gunshot wound. A house in Mount Vernon caught fire after fireworks set some nearby trees ablaze. On the afternoon of July 4, a Camano Island man died at Skagit Valley Hospital after sustaining what was reportedly an accidental gunshot wound in the woods south of Hamilton.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 5:41:12 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:41:12 GMT

Saddle Mountain Fire grows to nearly 6,000 acres in Grant County
Hundreds of firefighters have been up all night working to contain the Saddle Mountain Fire, which as of Tuesday morning has grown to an estimated 5,760 acres according to Public Information Officer and firefighter Ben Shearer. The fire is currently 10% contained. There's currently no evacuations in place, no structures have been damaged and there are no road closures in place.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 7:45:52 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:45:52 GMT

80 new COVID-19 cases reported in Yakima County; 4 virus deaths
The Yakima Health District reported 80 new COVID-19 cases and four more virus death cases in Yakima County. As of Monday evening, YHD says there are at least 7,935 confirmed cases and a total of 150 deaths. They say 146 people died with underlying conditions. 43 people are hospitalized, with 7 people intubated, and 4,798 have recovered, according to the health district.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Brush fire along eastbound I-90 near Kittitas Co. caused blocked road, authorities say
All lanes of eastbound I-90 near Kittitas County were blocked for several hours Saturday due to a brush fire sweeping the south side of the road. Around 1p.m. Saturday, Troopers responded to a brush fire along the south side of I-90 near milepost 131, Kittitas County and 5 miles west of Vantage. Trooper John Bryant said in a Tweet early Saturday afternoon that roads are currently blocked due to heavy smoke over the roadway.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2020 10:42:21 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:42:21 GMT

Volunteer burnout a problem for fire district, according to South Whidbey chief
Availability of firefighters has become a critical need for South Whidbey Fire/EMS staff, according to fire district officials. To meet needs, the fire district is asking voters to approve a levy lid lift of 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value during the August primary. If approved, the lid lift would increase from 65 to 95 cents and go into effect in spring 2021.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2020 1:04:38 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:04:38 GMT

Man rescued after falling down 30 foot embankment in Cowlitz County
Firefighters rescued a man who feel down a 30-foot embankment in Cowlitz County on Sunday, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue. Firefighters responded to the area of Beacon Hill Drive and Mountain View Drive at 1:30 p.m. A 54-year-old man was walking his dog on the tracks when he slipped and fell down the embankment and called for help, firefighters said.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Crews battle 2-alarm fire at Puyallup elementary school
Crews spent hours battling a two-alarm fire Sunday at a Puyallup elementary school, emergency officials said. Puyallup firefighters initially responded to the scene, Karshner Elementary at 15th Street NW and 8th Avenue NW, at around 11 a.m. after receiving an alert from an automatic fire alarm. When crews arrived, they found black smoke and flames erupting from the school.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima firefighters believe fireworks caused 250 acre wildfire near White Swan
Yakima County firefighters believe a wildfire that was started over the weekend just north of White Swan was caused by fireworks. According to Yakima County Fire District #5, the fire was contained at 250 acres. Their crews worked alongside Yakama Nation Fire Management with air resources and dozers.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 10:19:04 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:19:04 GMT

Bellingham firefighter dies in off-duty tractor accident
A Bellingham firefighter and well-known community member was killed in an off-duty accident Monday evening. Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Hewitt says Brian Cain died in a tractor accident on his property on Goshen Road. Brian served as a fire fighter for the past 19 years after working for the Bellingham Public Works Department for 12 years.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 8:50:16 PM - SOURCE: KGMI-AM 790
Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 03:50:16 GMT

Washington, Oregon projected to have worst wildfire seasons in the U.S.
Despite the rainy, cloudy weather, Washington is in the middle of wildfire season. This year, projections show Washington and Oregon have the worst wildfire risks in the nation. We have already had more than 300 wildfires in our state. The state is dealing with a $9 billion budget shortfall because of COVID-19, but the Department of Natural Resources says it is prepared to take on a regular fire season.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 9:48:41 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:48:41 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews rescue puppy after it unintentionally locked itself in owner's car
Spokane Valley Fire Department members are "wagging their tails happily" so to speak after crews successfully rescued a puppy after it unintentionally became locked in a car on Tuesday. According to SVFD, firefighters responded after a woman stated she left her keys in her car and her puppy stepped on the door lock, locking the woman out of the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:57:15 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:57:15 GMT

Business booming for Clark County fireworks stands, firefighters expect busy Fourth of July
With parades, festivals and firework displays cancelled, there’s a boom in business for firework stands catering to those who plan to light their own fireworks at home. In unincorporated Clark County, it’s legal to set off fireworks and Hazel Dell fireworks stands told FOX 12 they’ve been slammed with business.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle: Two people rescued by nearby kayakers after seaplane crashes into Lake Washington
Authorities said two people were rescued by nearby kayakers Wednesday night after a seaplane crashed in Lake Washington. The Seattle Fire Department said firefighters were called to about 200 feet from shore near the 300 block of Lakeside Avenue South for a seaplane crash. One person was standing on top of the plane, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 7:14:04 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:14:04 GMT

East Jefferson Fire Rescue responds to raging house fire
Firefighters from East Jefferson Fire Rescue helped knock down a house fire on the eastern shore of Sequim Bay early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported just after midnight, at 12:12 a.m. July 1, according to Clallam County Fire District 3. No one was hurt in the fire, which reportedly caused $1.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 1:04:34 AM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:04:34 GMT

13 Everett firefighters quarantined after exposure to coronavirus
Over 10 Everett fighters are currently quarantined in their homes after being exposed to coronavirus over the weekend. The Everett Fire Department said 10 firefighters are quarantined following a co-worker who reported being ill after a work shift. The firefighter needed medical attention and tested positive for COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

'You never think something like this could happen': Man drowns while tubing on Spokane River
Jaspreet Singh Turna was one of the good ones. His friend, Taylor Smith, spoke of him fondly. "He was he was just so welcoming, right when he met you," Smith said. "He had a way of making you feel comfortable and part of the group." Jaspreet's sister, Amandeep, said he was was her whole world. "He embodied intelligence, kind-heartedness, generosity, sweetness, beauty, genuineness, and love.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 6:42:20 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 01:42:20 GMT

Fire burning in Yakima Canyon closes SR 821
A fire spreading that is burning hundreds of acres has shut down Canyon Road between Selah and Ellensburg. The fire has sparked near milepost 21 of SR 821. SR 821 is closed at MP 3 near Sundown Ranch and at MP 24/Thrall Road in Kittitas County. Crews on scene say between 300-500 acres have burned.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane mayor, others hold off on push for Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases spike
As coronavirus cases spike in the Spokane area, Mayor Nadine Woodward and county commissioners are holding off on their push to move into the next phase of Washington state's reopening plan. The Spokane County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to health officer Dr. Bob Lutz on Wednesday, June 17, asking him to take “immediate action” in beginning the process of applying for Phase 3.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan County Fire Hazard Level Moved to ‘High’
Chelan County Commissioners predictably moved the county's Fire Hazard Level from ‘Moderate' to ‘High' Monday. "It's dried out quite a bit in the valley zone." said Fire Marshal Bob Plumb, "Down by the river we've had a number of fires. Even with the little bit of rain we got yesterday (Sunday), it's going to dry right back out today.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 8:56:00 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 03:56:00 GMT

Fire destroys mobile home near Sunnyside
A double-wide mobile home was destroyed in a Sunday afternoon fire, Yakima County Fire District 5 officials reported. Firefighters were called around 5 p.m. for a fire at 1262 Rader Road. Arriving crews found a fire under the front door and venting from the roof. The homeowner was attempting to put it out with a garden hose, according to a fire district news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 1:45:34 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:45:34 GMT

King County Fire Marshal: ‘Essential to practice firework safety’
King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts says that if you decide to use consumer fireworks, please do so with caution and follow local rules and regulations. In addition, remember that social distancing and wearing a mask is required in public. “This is not a normal year,” he says. “We’re limited in terms of how we celebrate safely as a community.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 1:01:05 PM - SOURCE: Enumclaw Courier Herald
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:01:05 GMT

75 new COVID-19 cases reported; 2 more virus deaths in Yakima County
The Yakima Health District reported 75 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths Monday evening. YHD says there are at least a total of 7,316 confirmed cases in Yakima County. According to the health district, 138 people have died from COVID-19, and the 134 people who died had underlying health conditions.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Fire Department: One person found dead in house fire near Liberty Park
A 72-year-old man was killed in a house fire early Monday morning. The Spokane Fire Department responded to the fire on E. 6th Ave and S. Magnolia St around 3:15 a.m. Firefighters had to force their way into the home and found heavy heat and smoke. According to the fire department, the house was found to be in “hoarder conditions” and had unstable flooring.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Police arrest man who set off explosive device in Bemiss neighborhood
Authorities quickly arrested a teenager thanks to the help of witnesses after an explosion in a residential neighborhood near Rogers High School on Sunday afternoon. Police received reports of a loud explosion in the 1700 block of East Rockwell Avenue at about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to a Spokane Police Department news release .
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2020 8:10:32 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 03:10:32 GMT

Motorhome Catches Fire on SR 10 West of Ellensburg, Causes Delays and Brush Fire
A fully engulfed motorhome parked on the side of the road on State Route 10, 7 miles west of Ellensburg, started a brush fire Sunday around 2:30 pm. Trooper John Bryant said the fire burned some surrounding brush and trees, but fortunately a fire station was pretty close to the area. “The motorhome had been parked there a couple weeks.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2020 7:46:46 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 02:46:46 GMT

COVID-19 could be to blame for unprecedented increase in wildfire starts in Washington
The number of wildfires burning across Washington has risen steadily over the past two years, but the 2020 core fire season is looking to pull way ahead in wildfire starts. And this year’s unprecedented uptick in the number of fires has an unforeseen culprit: people cleaning their yards during the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Salem Statesman-Journal - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

House fire damages cost over $50,000 in Yakima
A house fire's estimated cost is $50,000 in damages that happened on the 3900 block of West Lincoln Avenue in Yakima Friday afternoon. Yakima Fire crews arrived to the residence around 3:30 p.m. to an attic fully engulfed in flames that spread into the main part of the house. Fire crews said no one was inside at the time and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 9:47:16 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
Posted on Sat, 27 Jun 2020 04:47:16 GMT

Washington exceeds 30,000 COVID-19 cases one day before statewide mask mandate
Washington state's confirmed COVID-19 case total exceeded 30,000 Thursday, just one day before Governor Jay Inslee's statewide mask mandate will be in effect. The Washington State Department of Health reported 30,367 COVID-19 cases, up 498 from Wednesday, and 1,300 deaths, up seven from the state's last coronavirus report.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters extinguish two Kent apartment fires
Puget Sound Fire extinguished two separate apartment fires on June 24 in Kent. At about 12:34 p.m., firefighters responded to the 400 block of Novak Lane for a fire at the Alderbrook Apartments, according to an email from Puget Sound Fire spokesman Capt. Joe Root. Firefighters saw smoke from the window of a third-floor apartment.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 1:13:30 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:13:30 GMT

Governor: Spokane ‘right on the verge of a very dire situation’ as COVID-19 cases continue rise
Welcome to the first wave, Spokane. Gov. Jay Inslee visited Spokane on Thursday amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates that are higher than they’ve ever been and increasing hospitalizations. What he found was equal parts disheartening and hopeful. “Spokane is right on the verge of a very dire situation because of this pandemic,” Inslee said.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Chehalis Selects Fire Service Veteran as Interim Fire Chief
The City of Chehalis selected Ted Hendershot, former assistant fire chief with McLane/Black Lake Fire Department in Thurston County, to serve as the interim fire chief of the Chehalis Fire Department. The city is searching for a permanent replacement after the departure of Fire Chief Ken Cardinale. Cardinale, who has been serving as both the Chehalis Fire Department Fire Chief and Lewis County Fire District 6 Interim Chief, has accepted a full-time fire chief position with LCFD6 and will be leaving the Chehalis Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 5:36:49 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:36:49 GMT

2-alarm fire burns building in Seattle's International District
A 2-alarm fire is burning a commercial building in Seattle's International District Thursday morning, sending a thick column of smoke across the neighborhood and nearby freeways. The fire broke out just before 5 a.m. in the 800 block of S. Weller Street and quickly advanced to a second alarm, according to Seattle Fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Governor Inslee announces statewide mask mandate; state reports 483 new cases
The Washington State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 483 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths. Statewide totals have reached 29,869 cases and 1,293 deaths, up from 29,386 cases and 1,284 deaths on Tuesday. King County continues to be the hardest hit with 9,453 cases and 604 deaths.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 3:15:14 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:15:14 GMT

Police investigate rash of arsons in South Seattle
A series of arsons in South Seattle has triggered an alert from fire officials, who say businesses and residents should take steps to prevent more of the deliberately set fires. At least eight of the arsons occurred Monday through Wednesday, and the majority of them were located along or near Rainier Avenue South.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 8:34:27 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:34:27 GMT

Spokane firefighters hoping to use goats for wildfire prevention as soon as July
With warm temperatures comes the anticipation of wildfire season for firefighters. They’re training differently because of the pandemic. One four-legged friend could be lending them a hoof. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer is looking to use goats to help prevent wildfires. “This goat and a bunch of his buddies, a bunch of his family members will be able to reduce the fuels in areas where fire could be easily moved from one area to another and endanger homes,” Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 6:39:47 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 01:39:47 GMT

Everett Fire thinking about shift to regional fire authority
The city is exploring making its fire department an independent taxing authority, which would largely split it off from the city’s ailing budget. Mayor Cassie Franklin has contacted neighboring jurisdictions about partnering with Everett Fire to create a regional fire authority (RFA), which would levy and collect property taxes for fire and emergency medical services.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 1:03:49 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:03:49 GMT

Update: Spokane police arrest woman suspected of arson at over 20 properties
Spokane police officers arrested a woman Tuesday suspected of starting a string of fires involving more than 20 burned properties all set Monday morning, according to a news release. Police found Stephanie Register, 36, at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza and booked her into jail on one count of second- degree arson with more charges pending.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 8:25:03 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 03:25:03 GMT

Vancouver Fire Department gears up for Project Home Safe
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office and the city’s volunteer Fire Corps will kick off its Project Home Safe fire and life safety campaign in Vancouver starting this July. Project Home Safe focuses on preventing the leading causes of residential fires in Vancouver, including unattended cooking, improper disposal of smoking materials and unattended candles.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 7:07:30 AM - SOURCE: City of Vancouver, WA
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:07:30 GMT

Five patients evaluated after exposure to toxic fumes in Seattle
Five people were evaluated by medics after being exposed to toxic fumes at a construction site Monday morning, officials said. Seattle fire crews responded to the 10300 block of Meridian Ave. North around 11 a.m. to reports of fumes in part of a building undergoing construction. The building area was evacuated and five people with minor symptoms were evaluated.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fall City Fire District puts M&O levy on November ballot; asks voters to approve increase from current levels
In early June the Fall City Fire Department – King County Fire District No. 27 – announced it would be putting a measure requesting voter approval of an excess levy on the November 3rd general election ballot. Fire District Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2020-01, requesting that King County Elections submit a Maintenance & Operations (M&O) levy to Fall City voters – who last year rejected a ballot measure to merge the district with Fire District 10 and make the Fall City Fire Department part of Eastside Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Living Snoqualmie
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle City Council worries emergency access to CHOP not sustainable
Three people were the target of gun violence this weekend while inside the protest zone in Capitol Hill called CHOP. One teenager died from his injuries. After the violence over the weekend, elected leaders and first-responders warn dispatching first-aid inside the protest zone can be tricky. While the Seattle Fire Department is used to running towards danger, a spokesperson insists exceptionally dangerous incidents like the shootings that unfolded this weekend, require department medics to first wait for police officers to first secure the scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 4:44:17 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 23:44:17 GMT

Orcas Fire experiences communications outage during double search and rescue effort, fire call
A communications outage left San Juan County Dispatch unable to hail Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel for several minutes during a double search and rescue effort on Mount Constitution Saturday night. The OIFR frequency went down following a power outage while rescue crews were on the mountainside attempting to locate a total of three people lost in two separate areas.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 10:50:15 AM - SOURCE: Orcas Issues News & Reviews
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 17:50:15 GMT

After early COVID-19 concerns, fireworks stands in Tulalip’s Boom City to open Friday
The boom is returning to Boom City in Tulalip despite concerns over COVID-19, with fireworks stands opening for business on Friday. Some vendors were unloading boxes of fireworks by the pallet-load on Monday and putting them in their storage trailers. Others were simply checking out their stands and getting ready to move in.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyNorthwest.com
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Washington state reports 455 new cases of coronavirus, bringing state total to 28,680
The Washington State Department of Health reported on Sunday a total of 455 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5 new fatalities over the past 24 hours. The new cases bring the total of confirmed cases around the state to 28,680 and the number of deaths to 1,270. King County continues to have the highest number of coronavirus cases with a total of 9,211 confirmed cases, 1,732 hospitalizations, and 600 confirmed deaths.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

With experts predicting a highly active fire season, Spokane residents will need to help reduce risk
The Inland Northwest could be in for a highly active fire season this summer, despite several weeks of relatively cool, wet weather, regional fire and weather experts say. After a somewhat dry winter and early spring in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, weather patterns have turned wetter in recent weeks, with parts of northeastern Washington receiving 8 inches of rain within the last month.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2020 5:07:01 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 21 Jun 2020 12:07:01 GMT

Arson cases in Spokane double from last year
The Spokane Fire Department is noticing an alarming trend. Arson around the city has increased 100 percent. In June 2019, firefighters had responded to 20 arson related fires. This June, that number is 40. “That is a remarkable increase and something we don’t normally see,” said Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 11:41:32 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Sat, 20 Jun 2020 06:41:32 GMT

Spokane Police asking for help identifying person of interest after string of fires
The Spokane Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a person of interest in a series of early morning fires in North Spokane. Early on Monday, June 22, officers responded to a report of fire and gunshots on East Crown. When they arrived, they found two cars on fire and small explosions coming from the fires, which they believe accounted for the reports of gunfire.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 11:20:04 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox 28 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 18:20:04 GMT

Auburn Fire Department’s first female firefighter retires after 21 years
In her 21 years with the Auburn Fire Department and Valley Regional Fire Authority, Janeen Ruge, Auburn’s first female firefighter, delivered at least five babies and calmed many frightened patients. As a certified member of VRFA’s Technical Rescue Team, she plucked imperiled people from fast-moving waters, handled hazardous materials, and helped with structural collapses and rope rescues.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 1:04:36 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 20:04:36 GMT

Fire Destroys Four Buildings on Farm up Nahahum Canyon
Four outbuildings were lost in a fire up Nahahum Canyon in Cashmere Wednesday. Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief Phil Mosher says when crews arrived, a fairly large structure was fully involved in flames. “That extended to a pumphouse, and another shed, and another good-sized outbuilding. It then spread in the tall grass a little ways, but we were able to corral that.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:47:48 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:47:48 GMT

Wenatchee: Brush Fire Sparked Above Gun Club in Number 2 Canyon
A fast moving brush fire developed Thursday afternoon in the 2700 block of Number Two Canyon Road above the Gun Club and spread slowly to about 50 acres to the top of the ridge with Number One Canyon. The area near the fire in #2 Canyon is on a LEVEL 1 advisory for residents 1 mile up canyon and 1 mile down canyon of Gun Club.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 6:07:57 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 19 Jun 2020 01:07:57 GMT

Sale of fireworks in Clark County begins June 28; Use allowed in unincorporated areas July 4
Residents of Clark County can use fireworks to celebrate Independence Day in unincorporated parts of the county from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4. “Even though fireworks are offered for sale starting on June 28, remember that they are not allowed to be used until July 4,” Interim Fire Marshal Dan Young said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 1:00:20 PM - SOURCE: TheReflector.com
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 20:00:20 GMT

Catching up with the San Juan Island fire chief
Things are good at San Juan Island Fire and Rescue, according to Chief Norvin Collins, and he said he’s interested in seeing what life will be like for emergency services post-COVID-19. “Things were fine before — doing all-hazard, getting out and taking care of the community,” Collins, a firefighter with three decades of experience, said.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 2:09:59 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:09:59 GMT

Longtime South King Fire volunteer Bill Brand dies at 90
When a call came in for volunteer firefighters of the Federal Way Fire Department in the 1970s, you could count on Bill Brand to arrive within minutes, quickly pulling up outside of the fire station in his little yellow truck. William “Bill” Brand, a longtime Federal Way resident, died May 12 from health complications with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Guest puts out Camas Hotel fire; manager charged with arson
A man is facing arson charges for starting a fire inside the historic hotel he manages in Camas, police said. A hotel guest called 911 on Wednesday morning after hearing a smoke alarm inside a guest room on the 3rd floor of the Camas Hotel & Suites on NE 4th Avenue. The guest extinguished the small fire inside the room with a fire extinguisher, the Camas Police Department said.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOIN-TV CBS 6 Portland
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Isolation, Quarantine Site at Arena in Everett to Move to State Fairgrounds in Monroe
The COVID-19 isolation and quarantine site at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett will be relocated to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, said Scott North, manager of Snohomish County’s Joint Information Center. The facility has only provided shelter to fewer than 30 people since it opened in April, but it is able to house up to 150 people.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

City of Goldendale maintains WSRB fire insurance rating
The City of Goldendale has maintained its insurance rating with the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) at a Protection Class 6. The classification follows an analysis conducted by WSRB, an independent, non-profit public service organization that has been serving the State of Washington since 1911.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Goldendale Sentinel
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Governor calls Yakima Valley 'epicenter' of state's current COVID-19 outbreak
Residents of coronavirus-ravaged Yakima County must do more to prevent the spread of the pandemic, Gov. Jay Inslee said during a press briefing on Tuesday. "Right now the valley is, unfortunately, the epicenter of this earthquake of this virus,” said Gov. Inslee. Yakima County has 250,000 residents but has recorded more than 5,700 cases of COVID-19, the second-highest total in the state after the much larger King County.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle city crews make major changes to CHAZ/CHOP protest zone
Big changes are happening at the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP (formerly known as CHAZ – Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone). All morning starting around 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Fire Department have been trucking out orange barricades, and moving concrete barricades.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

North Bend: I-90 crash leaves semi truck fully engulfed in flames
PHOTO: A fiery crash on I-90 as left the freeway blocked for the second time Tuesday morning and a semitruck burning. The crash happened in the westbound lanes just east of SR 18, according to the WSDOT. Video from the scene showed huge flames coming from the wrecked semi. All westbound lanes are blocked at milepost 31 for the fire and crash investigation.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan County Fire District 1 One Step Closer to New Station
Folks cruising on North Wenatchee Avenue can catch a glimpse of the progress on Chelan County Fire District 1’s new station as it moves along through the construction process. The new station is set for a substantial completion date on September 25 with a punch list to continue on through October 16 and plans to move in on October 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 2:41:00 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:41:00 GMT

Fire in Longview destroys vacant house, no injuries reported
Alate-night fire in a vacant Longview house seriously damaged the house Monday, but there were no reported injuries, according to fire officials. Just after 11 p.m., firefighters received a call about smoke coming from the attic of the boarded-up house, located in the 300 block of 21st Street in Longview.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 9:48:40 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:48:40 GMT

Orcas Fire rolls out new ambulance, resumes in-person training
A new ambulance is on the frontlines of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue’s emergency response fleet. Originally slated to roll out early this year, getting the ambulance outfitted and ready for service was delayed due to COVID-19. After battling issues with aging vehicles, repeated mechanical failures and increasingly costly repairs, the agency was in desperate need of a new and reliable ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 9:44:50 AM - SOURCE: Orcas Issues News & Views
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:44:50 GMT

Follow Up: Victim in Longview fire last week remains in critical condition
Awoman injured by a fire in her Longview apartment Wednesday night remained in critical condition on a ventilator and responsive to treatment as of Monday morning, Longview Fire Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said. Longview firefighters and insurance investigators have determined the fire started on a cooktop in the apartment's kitchen, Buzalsky said, but it's not yet clear what exactly caused the fire to start.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 3:44:40 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 22:44:40 GMT

'So many good memories lost': Seattle's Shanty Cafe destroyed by fire
It's been about four years since the people of Seattle said goodbye to a restaurant that had been on Elliott Avenue since 1914. "It's a great place, it really has been," one customer said. But after the doors closed in 2016, the Shanty Cafe never reopened and Sunday morning, the building that once housed this piece of Seattle history was reduced to ash.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations keep Spokane in Phase 2
Many residents in Spokane County are anxiously awaiting the go-ahead for more businesses to reopen and activities to resume. But health officer Dr. Bob Lutz says we are still not prepared to move ahead in the state's "Safe Start Plan." When Spokane County eventually moves to Phase 3 of reopening, gatherings of 50 people or less will be allowed, restaurants and taverns can operate at 75% capacity, bars can reopen at 25% capacity, theaters and recreation facilities can reopen at 50% capacity, and libraries and museums will reopen.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 News Spokane
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Man arrested for lighting cabin on fire, stealing firearms in Kittitas County
A man was arrested in Kittitas County on Sunday for allegedly starting fires and burglarizing a cabin. According to the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, a resident in the 9000 block of Colockum Road called to report a fire at their cabin on Friday. Deputies arrived to find the cabin been set on fire with flares scattered around the cabin and firearms had been taken.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 2:57:26 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:57:26 GMT

Tacoma woman accused of setting 5 Seattle police cars on fire
Police arrested a Tacoma woman accused of setting five Seattle police cars on fire during riots last month in downtown Seattle. According to the Department of Justice, Margaret Channon, 25, was taken into custody Thursday at her home in Tacoma. Channon is charged with five counts of arson. The police cars were parked around 6th Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 5:20:29 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:20:29 GMT

Orcas Island volunteer firefighters step up for virtual climb
Orcas Island Volunteer Firefighters are coming together to join thousands across the nation for a virtual climb this Saturday, June 13. The firefighters were originally slated to participate in the 29th Annual Firefighter Stair Climb with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Seattle this March but were put on standby due to COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 2:35:06 PM - SOURCE: Orcas Issues News & Views
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 21:35:06 GMT

West Thurston Responds to Fire in Converted Shed in Grand Mound
A storage building that had been converted into a residence in Grand Mound was damaged Thursday morning by a fire, the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority reported. The fire was reported just after 8 a.m. Thursday in the 5900 block of 189th Avenue in Grand Mound. “Crews arrived to find a storage building that had been converted to a small home with smoke and flames showing in the upper floor,” according to a social media post.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:47:31 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:47:31 GMT

Chehalis Fire Department In Search of New Chief; Cardinale to Transfer to LCFD6 by September
Ken Cardinale, who has been serving as both the Chehalis Fire Department Fire Chief and Lewis County Fire District 6 Interim Chief, has accepted a full-time fire chief position with LCFD6 and will be leaving the Chehalis Fire Department. Cardinale’s transition from LCFD6 Interim Chief to full-time fire chief will go into effect on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:49:30 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 19:49:30 GMT

Spokane County Man To Forge Symbolic Axe To Help Struggling Firefighters
Symbolism can be very powerful. Several years ago, a Texas blacksmith created a small steel sword that is now used as part of a ritual aimed at preventing veterans from committing suicide. And now a disabled veteran from Elk, Washington is crafting a similar symbol for struggling first responders. About four years ago, a retired Marine officer named Steve Danyluk and a friend, Danny Prince, were talking about the rising rate of suicides among military veterans.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Public Radio
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Two people injured in Longview apartment fire
Two people were injured in an apartment fire in Longview Wednesday evening, fire officials said. Longview Police and Fire responded to a reported fire at the Fremont Village Apartments on 3rd Avenue at 6:20 p.m. A 911 caller told dispatch that people were trapped inside one unit. Crews knocked down the fire within 10 minutes of arriving at the scene and found one person unresponsive in the first-floor hallway.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Car fire sparks warning from troopers as summer approaches
VIDEO: A car went up in flames along I-82, Wednesday evening. It’s sparking a warning from state troopers. Firefighters were seen dousing the flames. The Toyota Camry became a total loss. State troopers say the driver noticed a strange noise coming from the engine, that's when she got out and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Senator discusses preparations as severe wildfire season is predicted for Pacific Northwest
With the Pacific Northwest heading into what is predicted to be a severe wildfire season, Sen. Maria Cantwell asked for answers about preparedness efforts. According to a release from Cantwell's office, during a Tuesday hearing she asked a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about how new technologies can be implemented to better help firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:57:10 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 09 Jun 2020 19:57:10 GMT

Chehalis to Place Emergency Fire Station on Now-Vacant Land on Arkansas Way
After considering more than a dozen possible sites, the Chehalis city council agreed Monday to place an emergency fire station on Arkansas Way, between Walmart and Home Depot, and formally declared an emergency that assigns contracting authority to the city manager. City staff, specifically City Manager Jill Anderson and Public Works Director Trent Lougheed have been in the process of analyzing 15 possible locations for an emergency fire station and after presenting the most promising three options, the council selected and are moving forward with preparing the city-owned site on Arkansas Way.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 9:37:00 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 16:37:00 GMT

Clark County Fire & Rescue to hold virtual town hall meetings on Woodland annexation
Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Chief John Nohr will hold virtual town hall meetings to discuss the upcoming vote on the City of Woodland annexing into the fire district. The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on Tue., June 9; Tue., June 23; Tue., July 7 and Tue., July 21 utilizing Zoom. The contract to provide fire suppression and emergency medical services to the citizens of Woodland has been in place since 2013.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clark County Today
Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters respond to blazes at historic brewhouse in Tumwater
A fire that damaged the historic brick brewhouse on the Deschutes River below Tumwater Falls Saturday night appears to have been intentionally set, a city official said Sunday. There’s no power to the building, spokeswoman Ann Cook said, which rules out an electrical fire. Investigators are looking into the cause and origins of the fire, searching for chemicals used to accelerate the fire and burn patterns.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Tue, 09 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Family dog exposed to smoke but rescued by first responders from a garage fire in Woodland
A family dog was exposed to smoke but rescued by first responders from a garage fire Sunday in Woodland. Clark County Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched at 7:19 p.m. to a report of a fire at 169 Marty Loop. The first crew, from the Woodland station, arrived at the house in six minutes, according to a news release from the fire agency.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 11:36:56 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2020 18:36:56 GMT

Chelan, Douglas and Grant Fire Districts Work 200 Acre Brush Fire
All hands were on deck for the 200 to 250 acre brush fire south of Rock Island Sunday evening as Chelan, Douglas and Grant County fire district crews, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service worked against extremely windy conditions. According to Douglas County Fire District 2 Captain Seth Ellis, crews were dispatched to the fire just before 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 10:44:04 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2020 17:44:04 GMT

Sheriff: Teen arrested in arson at Bremerton-area Walmart store
Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 15-year-old juvenile in connection with an arson Saturday at a crowded Walmart store near Bremerton, officials said. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office says the juvenile was arrested at home after investigators received several tips from the community. The blaze in the children's clothing section of the store caused an estimated $3 million in damage and endangered more than 300 people who were in the store at the time, sheriff's officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2020 4:01:30 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 07 Jun 2020 23:01:30 GMT

Fire crews from across the region honor fallen Washtucna hero
Fire crews from all over the region gathered this weekend to show their support for a fallen local hero. Loved ones say retired firefighter Garth Blauert was killed last week after a tree damaged by a storm fell on him. They say the accident happened Garth’s home, about a mile out of town. Friends say he had been cleaning up trees and debris from the storm for two days before the tragedy.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2020 3:59:18 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Sun, 07 Jun 2020 22:59:18 GMT

2 killed, 11 injured in three-vehicle head on collision near Orondo
PHOTO: The Douglas County Fire District 4 says 13 people were involved in a three-vehicle head-on collision Sunday afternoon on Highway 97 north of Orondo, with two people being declared dead at the scene. According to DCFD4, first units on scene found the crash involved three vehicles, one boat and a camp trailer.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 6:43:33 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox 28 Spokane
Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:43:33 GMT

Coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,159 in state
The coronavirus claimed six more lives in Washington state over the past 24 hours as it continued its relentless assault amid the economic reopening of most counties and ongoing mass protests against racism and police brutality. The additional fatalities pushed the statewide death toll from coronavirus to 1,159.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Power restored downtown aside from two Spokane buildings after vault fire
Power has been restored to the downtown core aside from two buildings after an Avista vault fire this morning, according to a KREM reporter on scene. Fire crews have left the scene. Power was out from Post st. to Division going east and west, and from Riverside ave to the river going north and south this morning.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 6:49:46 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:49:46 GMT

131 new COVID-19 cases reported in Yakima County
The Yakima Health District reported an additional 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday evening. YHD says there are now at least 4,234 confirmed cases in Yakima County. There are no new COVID-19 deaths. According to the YHD website, there are 42 patients who are currently hospitalized and 11 people who are intubated.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS News Yakima
Posted on Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Failed bathroom exhaust fan ignited Vancouver apartment fire
An apartment fire that displaced three families Sunday in Vancouver was caused by a bathroom exhaust fan’s electrical failure or malfunction, according to the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office. The accidental fire at the Maple Court Apartments, 2402 E. Eighth St., caused nearly $53,000 worth of damage, Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 5:18:45 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:18:45 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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