Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Colfax volunteer firefighter honored for 50 years of service
He doesn’t wear his “Class A’s” much anymore, he’s also humble. “I don’t need all this attention,” Jim Krouse said. The Colfax Fire Station could be Jim Krouse’s second home, or first. “They needed help loading the hose one morning when I was walking my dog,” Krouse said. That day, just before Labor Day in 1969, would change Krouse’s life.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2019 6:39:25 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:39:25 GMT

Dozens of female firefighters empowered during Spanaway event
A group of female firefighters trained together in Spanaway over the weekend during an event that was meant to both mentor and empower them. The event brought together more than 40 female firefighters from California and Washington. They covered live fire training, worked with power tools and practiced auto extrication.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

80 employees evacuate safely from Spokane Valley cannabis facility fire
Firefighters responded to a fire in a Spokane Valley cannabis facility Saturday evening. Workers at Grow Op Farms, in the 2600 block of North Woodruff Road, found heavy black smoke coming out of a marijuana grow room. When firefighters arrived, there was no visible smoke or flames coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 5:27:11 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:27:11 GMT

Friendly fires helping restore forest health in Naches Ranger District
Around 60 firefighters went into the Cascade foothills Thursday to burn 60 acres of forest within the Naches Ranger District. Cool weather with a friendly wind from the southwest sending smoke up toward the Wenas and Kittitas valleys made it a perfect day for the U.S. Forest Service to keep working toward its goals.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 5:30:54 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:30:54 GMT

Shed fire forces road closure in Benton City
A shed fire forces a blockade of Snow Lane in Benton City overnight. The Benton County Sheriff's Office shared these pictures, above, of Benton City firefighters at work on the blaze on Sunday. The road was blocked off for hours as firefighters got the fire under control. KAPP-KVEW has reached out to officials to learn more about the cause of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 4:40:17 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:40:17 GMT

Cheney Fire Department chief says new main attack engine 'The Swiss Army knife of engines'
Cheney’s Fire Department debuted their new main attack engine last Friday afternoon in the Yoke’s Fresh Market parking lot. To hear Fire Chief Tom Jenkins describe it, the only thing the $800,000 vehicle can’t do is cook dinner. “It’s like the Swiss Army knife of fire trucks,” Jenkins said of the new engine, which officially replaced the department’s 32-year-old No.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 3:08:38 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:08:38 GMT

Update: Okanogan County firefighter severely burned in Eastern Washington wildfire faces 'long recovery,' doctor says
VIDEO: The wife of an Okanogan County firefighter says her family is taking each day at a time as he recovers from severe burns to more than 50% of his body. Christian Johnson, a volunteer assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District 3, was hurt while battling the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan in early September.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 5:18:13 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:18:13 GMT

New Benton County Fire Station Bids See Progress
A new fire station that has long been awaited is in the works for residents of Benton County Fire District #4 off of Keene Road and Highway 224. The station plans are being looked over by the city and the Port of Kennewick and seeing progress this week. This new fire station would be the first new station built in the district in over 20 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 4:38:32 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 23:38:32 GMT

Benton County firefighters extinguish brush fire along I-82
Benton County firefighters extinguished a brush fire that grew to about a quarter acre on Thursday morning. The fire broke out along I-82 eastbound near milepost 99.2 around 10 a.m. According to Benton County Duty Chief Scott Hawley, a lack of winds helped the situation, and the first arriving truck was able to knock out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 11:46:40 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:46:40 GMT

Report on Clark County deaths tied to opioids in dispute
Officials at Clark County Public Health are disputing a presentation given to the Vancouver City Council on Monday evening that claimed the region’s opioid-related overdoses were dropping. Deaths linked to opioid overdoses are not dropping in any sort of statistically significant way, said Public Health Director Dr.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 6:38:36 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:38:36 GMT

Update: In North Seattle, firefighters slower to arrive after 'cancer house' station closes
In the three months since firefighters abandoned a north Seattle station long suspected of sickening crew members stationed there, response times in the area have slowed by as much as 60%. Between June 18, when Station 31 — nicknamed the “cancer house” by firefighters — was shuttered, and July 31, responding units took a minute and a half longer than normal to respond to fires and basic medical incidents in the area near Interstate 5 and North Seattle College, according to data provided by the Seattle Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 5:51:49 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:51:49 GMT

'It just builds up': Washington firefighters struggle with PTSD long after the fires go out
In the 27 years Tom Hatley has worked as a structural and wildland firefighter, he says he has lost count of the number of fatalities he’s seen. “I’ve lost track — I’m sure hundreds,” he says. “I remember one year, I was called Dr. Death because every time I was on call — I had like six fatalities in six months.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 5:52:14 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:52:14 GMT

Spokane Firefighter Honors Victims of 9/11
Nearly 3,000 miles from Ground Zero, a City of Spokane Firefighter, Lieutenant Alex Mickschl, stands tall on a hill in Liberty Park. He’s positioned right next to I-90, waving the American flag throughout the day; he does so with a sense of pride and patriotism. For 17 years in a row, Mickschl has posted himself right here waving his flag proudly for everyone to see.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 10:44:40 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:44:40 GMT

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue to launch rescue swimmer program
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue is moving ahead with developing a rescue swimmer program, after various members of the district were divided in recent months about the program’s merits. At the Aug. 28 board meeting, the five commissioners voted unanimously to direct Chief Charlie Krimmert to draft operating protocols for the program, which the district first launched in 2016, but never fully implemented.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 1:55:44 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 08:55:44 GMT

City of Hoquiam Receives $50,000 Grant for New Cardiac Monitors
The City of Hoquiam has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants program (AFG FY 2018). This grant will fully fund the purchase of two new cardiac monitors in the Hoquiam Fire Department to replace aging cardiac monitors that are critical for providing advanced life support medical services.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 7:37:56 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:37:56 GMT

Fire Authority Asks for Yelm Council's Support as It Seeks Funding for Revitalized Stations
During a regular Yelm City Council study session last week, communications officer Joyce Willms and commissioner Jeff Dehan, both with Southeast Thurston Fire Authority, presented to the council their intent to apply for a $900,000 capital facilities grant from the state and asked for the support of the council.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 1:01:16 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:01:16 GMT

Firefighters' personal cars broken into at Pasco fire station
The Pasco Fire Department are now keeping an eye on their parking lot after some firefighters had their cars broken into. Sometime on Monday night or Tuesday morning, thieves broke into two cars in the parking lot of their fire station on Oregon Avenue. Several things were taken including an external hard drive, sunglasses, a medical kit and more.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 4:42:40 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:42:40 GMT

Darrington, Oso volunteer fire districts get almost $600K from Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Darrington Fire District 24 and Oso Fire District 25 a $593,110 grant to assist in recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters and EMTs. The funding will be available to both for four years. The fire districts rely on volunteers to ensure that their communities are protected during emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 1:42:43 AM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019 08:42:43 GMT

Walla Walla, Finley firefighters provide aid in New South Wales
A strike team consisting of firefighters from Walla Walla, Finley, and more are taking their talents overseas – to assist with the Drake Fire in Northern New South Wales. On Monday, the team reported they spent the night "hard at it on the Drake Fire ground." According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, hundreds of firefighters are working to contain blazes in Drake near Tenterfield, where alerts are in place.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

FEMA gives Vancouver Fire Department nearly $1 million
The Vancouver Fire Department received $937,000 in federal grant money for new equipment and training programs, the department announced Friday. The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be used for two projects: replacing 107 outdated breathing apparatus units and providing specialized training in responding to hazardous materials.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 5:46:41 PM - SOURCE: The Columbian
Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:46:41 GMT

Forest Service performs prescribed burn near Plain
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is doing a 60-acre prescribed burn near Plain. The burn is about two miles northwest of Plain, according to an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest news release. Winds are predicted to be calm today with possible gusts of 5 mph out of the west in the afternoon, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 2:38:34 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 10 Sep 2019 21:38:34 GMT

Wildfires are burned into Washington's history — and our headlines
Wildfire smoke has been an unwelcome guest in Puget Sound the past two summers, with acrid, yellow smoke polluting the air and clogging lungs. Warnings about the health risks have been issued. Seattle is setting up filtered air "breathing rooms." Mayor Jenny Durkan has declared that Seattle be "Smoke Ready" as residents are told to expect more smoke, more frequently as the climate warms and Northwest summers get hotter and drier.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 5:48:30 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:48:30 GMT

Lightning storm sparks wildfire on Orcas Island
PHOTOS: Saturday’s lightning storm sparked a small wildfire near Eagle Lake on Orcas Island early Sunday morning. A 10 foot-by-10-foot area of fire burned multiple trees, brush and root beds just after midnight Sunday, according to Orcas Island Fire. Some 200 gallons of water and three hours later, six fire crews had the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2019 2:11:18 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 08 Sep 2019 21:11:18 GMT

Bond for Benton County Fire District #1 fire truck and station renovation on November ballot
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Benton County Fire District #1 have placed a capital improvement bond on the November 5 ballot. This bond would last for 20 years and be an estimated 10-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value (AV). This is one cent less than the two bonds that were recently paid off.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 2:32:13 PM - SOURCE: NBC KNDO 23
Posted on Fri, 06 Sep 2019 21:32:13 GMT

Orcas Island home destroyed by intense blaze
PHOTOS: At 3:27 p.m. on Friday, September 6 Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire in the 6300 block of Deer Harbor Road. Crews arriving on scene confirmed a large home completely engulfed in flames. “The heat was incredibly intense,” shared Firefighter Ben Luna, who was first on scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 5:51:21 AM - SOURCE: Orcas Issues News & Views
Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:51:21 GMT

FBI helps boost reward for Kingdom Hall attacks in Thurston County to up to $61,000
The ATF says the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a string of attacks on Jehovah’s Witnesses halls in the past year has been increased to up to $61,000, with the Federal Bureau of Investigations offering up to $25,000 this week. The ATF says it’s also offering up to $25,000, the Arson Alarm Foundation is offering a reward from its annual $10,000 fund and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is offering up to another $1,000 through Crime Stoppers of South Sound.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 5:14:23 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:14:23 GMT

Food truck back on road in Bellingham just weeks after arson
VIDEO: On Monday, the owner of a popular food truck in Bellingham plans to return to his normal hours approximately 3 weeks after an arsonist destroyed his trailer. Someone set the Tacos El Tule truck on fire in the early morning hours of August 16 as it sat parked in owner Joey Robles's driveway, he said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 2:02:40 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019 09:02:40 GMT

Hiker falls 100 feet after losing footing on rock’s edge at Riverside State Park in Spokane
After one misstep, a young hiker fell 100 feet, leaving officials scrambling, trying to save his life. Friday night at Riverside State Park, fire fighters say a 21-year-old was stepping off a rock onto a ledge, when he fell. A gap that was just a few feet, but a risk, that officials say people take way too often.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2019 5:39:09 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:39:09 GMT

How Washington's 'summer of fire' nearly destroyed Seattle, Spokane and Ellensberg
Today's residents of the Pacific Northwest worry about wildfires burning our forests. But one summer in Washington it was our cities that burned. In 1889, as the Territory of Washington was poised to become a state, a triple tragedy occurred. Seattle, Ellensburg and Spokane — all booming communities — burned to the ground in quick sequence, changing lives and the course of history.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 5:51:21 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:51:21 GMT

Two South King firefighters receive Medal of Valor
In the fire and rescue service, positive outcomes after emergencies are rare — although treasured when they occurred. Two South King Fire and Rescue firefighters recently received the Medal of Valor honor from the department for their exceptional efforts and successful water rescue of a female victim last October.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 1:06:40 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019 20:06:40 GMT

Volunteer firefighter training heats up in Pullman
The Pullman Fire Department held a practice physical test Saturday morning for candidates interested in the Reserve Firefighter Program. “I’m really interested in the medical side of EMS and fire because it’s 80 percent of what firefighters do,” said Finley Harrison, freshman biology major who is trying out for the reserve program.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:37:19 AM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:37:19 GMT

Washington Ranchers Push To Create Fire Fighting Teams In 'No Man's Lands'
It was a hot, dry summer afternoon when Molly Linville glanced out her front windows and noticed a rare storm pushing down the narrow valley where she raises cattle. Then came five lightning strikes in quick succession. And five plumes of smoke. She thought things would be OK. She was wrong. “I wasn’t as concerned as I should have been from the get-go,” Linville said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 1:56:26 PM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019 20:56:26 GMT

9/11 memorial complete on Orcas Island
A structural beam from the fallen towers of 9/11 has found its forever home at the Eastsound Fire Station on Orcas Island. Its journey began as many as 50 years ago with the construction of the original World Trade Center in New York City, where it remained steadfast for over thirty years – until tragedy struck.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 2:56:21 AM - SOURCE: San Juan Islands' Sounder
Posted on Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:56:21 GMT

Spokane firefighters learn how to perform gondola rescues
VIDEO: Firefighter's trained for a unique rescue location this week; the iconic SkyRide over the Spokane Falls. It's the annual training for Spokane Fire Department's Technical Rescue team to get familiar with how to respond in the event of an emergency. The gondola ride is considered "One of the Top 12 Scenic Cable Rides in the World" in 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler, Daily Traveler and MSN.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 06 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Pullman experiencing slower wildfire season
Washington has seen fewer wildfires this year than expected, according to officials at the Pullman fire department. Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said this wildfire season in Pullman was predicted to be similar to 2015, with lots of fires and smoke. This year, the wildfire season is slower because there are better resources like aerial firefighters, and the department has been extinguishing fires more quickly.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:35:38 AM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Fri, 06 Sep 2019 07:35:38 GMT

Update: Community, fellow firefighters stepping up in support of badly-burned Okanogan assistant chief
An Okanogan Assistant Fire Chief has been receiving overwhelming support from the community and from fellow firefighters after being badly burned fighting the Spring Coulee Fire last weekend. The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation has been supporting Christian Johnson and his family as he undergoes treatment and recovery from the second and third-degree burns he sustained on over 60 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 10:46:28 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 06 Sep 2019 17:46:28 GMT

Kids can be firefighters for a day at the Spokane Fire Department's Junior Fire Academy
The Spokane Fire Department is hosting their annual Kids Junior Fire Academy in River Park Square on Saturday. . Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to learn alongside local firefighters and see if they have what it takes to one day become one. The free event will have a junior combat course where kids will be able to spray a fire hose, perform a "rescue," race to put on their uniforms and "knock down" a door.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:48:24 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 05 Sep 2019 19:48:24 GMT

For the fifth-straight year, the Lighthouse Festival will honor local heroes with an appreciation dinner
For the fifth-straight year, the Lighthouse Festival will honor local heroes with an appreciation dinner. New this year, however, is that the dinner will be combined with the annual sponsors/VIP dinner. The dinner is Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Mukilteo Lighthouse at 6 p.m. After the dinner, the annual fireworks show will take place around 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 1:03:51 PM - SOURCE: Mukilteo Beacon
Posted on Thu, 05 Sep 2019 20:03:51 GMT

Tacoma Fire Department launches TFD's Safe Station Program
The Tacoma Fire Department launched the TFD’s Safe Station Program at Fire Station 1 (901 Fawcett Ave.) on August 28, 2019, the first Safe Station program in Washington State. The program offers 24-hour seven day a week help to individuals experiencing opioid use disorder, and provides an additional way to access and receive immediate opioid use disorder treatment and other needed resources.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 6:52:24 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma Daily Index
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:52:24 GMT

Vashon Island: Fire district builds new search and rescue prop
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue recently upgraded its search and rescue prop — a training space it uses for current firefighters and students in the fire academies it hosts twice a year. In the place of two old shipping containers at the end of their useful life, there is a new structure designed to be flexible and mimic a residential three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, with a one-bedroom, one bathroom configuration also possible thanks to movable walls.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 1:07:28 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 20:07:28 GMT

Update: More than $22,000 raised for injured Okanogan firefighter Christian Johnson
More than $22,000 has been donated since Wednesday for injured Okanogan firefighter Christian Johnson. Over 300 people have donated on a GoFundMe account created Wednesday to help Johnson’s family with expenses. An account is also set up at North Cascades Bank under the Christian Johnson Donation account.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 10:52:57 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:52:57 GMT

VIDEO: Firefighters Battle Arborvitae Fire in West Yakima
Yakima Firefighters battled flames from a burning arborvitae in the area of South 53rd Avenue and Chestnut Wednesday (Sept. 4) afternoon. The fire, reported shortly after noon, might have started in a faulty transformer or by downed power lines. An investigation is underway. The fire came close to a home and an RV, but firefighters were able to douse the flames before anything else burned.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 1:56:59 PM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 20:56:59 GMT

9/11 ceremony planned for Port Angeles
A formal ceremony honoring first responders and the lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks is set for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 9/11 Memorial Waterfront Park in Port Angeles. The ceremony at what was previously called Francis Street Park, 400 N. Francis St., will feature presentations by public safety officials, patriotic music and bagpipes, said Alan Barnard, who is organizing the event.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 6:17:55 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:17:55 GMT

Spokane considering locks for water hydrants; adding fill stations for other companies
The City of Spokane is considering adding locks to its fire hydrants, and adding fill stations throughout the city for third-party companies to use after water was contaminated in a Hillyard neighborhood. In July, residents in some Hillyard neighborhoods were without water after a hydroseed truck was using the city's water hydrant to fill their truck and contaminated it.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 4:43:35 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 03 Sep 2019 23:43:35 GMT

Update: Group pays for family expenses of burned Okanogan County firefighter
At a concert in Enumclaw benefitting the Wildland Firefighter Foundation Sunday, Director Burk Minor got a call about an Okanogan County fire chief that was badly burned in the Spring Coulee Fire. "I was ready to go on stage with 10,000 people and a burn survivor right next to me and getting the call about another one, it took me back to ground zero with that," Minor said.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 11:17:03 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 06:17:03 GMT

Sequim schools get lethal threat training
On Aug. 29, the Sequim High School auditorium played host to two sessions of a training seminar put on by Jesus Villahermosa, Jr. of Crisis Reality Training. School district staff and members of the community learned about how to better handle active shooter or active lethal threat situations. “There’s no perfect plan for these situations,” said Villahermosa, who said that he retired from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as a sergeant and member of their SWAT team several years ago.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 1:49:08 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 08:49:08 GMT

Police arrest man for alleged arson in Grandview
A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson after he allegedly threw a "ball of fire" at the porch of a Grandview home. According to police, the house's garage was heavily damaged in the fire and two cars were completely destroyed. Jose Antonio Aranda Saldana initially told police he accidentally lit some papers on fire and that's how the garage caught fire, but later said he lit the fires because it would turn to gold.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 8:42:45 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 03:42:45 GMT

Fire claims homes and vehicles near Chelan
An out-of-control brush fire killed a dog and gutted several vehicles just before 2:30 p.m. on Monday near Chelan. At about 2:28 p.m., Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a reported brush fire approximately 1 ¼ mile up Washington Creek. Firefighters from various jurisdictions including a helicopter were dispatched to assist.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 5:44:24 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019 00:44:24 GMT

Small wildfire spotted in Olympic National Park
A small wildfire has been spotted burning in the wilderness of Olympic National Park, according to National Park officials. The fire, so far burning just 2 acres, is smoldering on the southern slope of Mt. Dana, about 21 miles south of Port Angeles. Officials said they first got word of the fire on Saturday following days of lightning strikes over the mountains last week.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 8:34:05 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:34:05 GMT

Assistant Okanogan County Fire Chief severely burned fighting Eastern Washington wildfire
An assistant fire chief has been severely burned while fighting a fire in Okanogan County that began over the weekend. The Spring Coulee Fire was sparked Sunday afternoon south of the town of Okanogan, county emergency officials said. The fire spread quickly to the north. During the fire fight, Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Graham Fire and Rescue hires 20 firefighters as call volume continues to increase
Graham Fire and Rescue in Pierce County just added 20 new firefighters, saying it should help them save lives with quicker response times. “It’s awesome,” said newly hired firefighter Matt Lester. “It is an awesome place to be and it is an awesome profession.” Lester and the others were brought on board after voters in the area approved resuming the fire department levy, Prop One, and after getting a few words of encouragement from off-duty firefighters who went door-to-door.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters cycle through Inland Northwest to raise money for wounded veterans
Biking close to 100 miles a day is no easy feat. Throw in some uphill climbs and your ride just got even more intense. For the next few weeks, firefighters will trade in their turnouts for bike jerseys and shorts as they will ride towards Colorado Springs. "He put out a call to help with this R.I.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2019 4:36:42 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 01 Sep 2019 23:36:42 GMT

Volunteers to fly to Bahamas to help with hurricane relief
As Hurricane Dorian slowly crawls across the Bahamas pounding the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, volunteers from the Northwest are standing by ready to help. Just 100 miles away on the Southeastern coast of Florida, it’s a waiting game to see where and if Dorian will make landfall. “We are just starting to experience the first outer bands of the hurricane here in Orlando,” said Sil Wong, who is leading a team from Kitsap County based Empact Northwest.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane: Olive Garden thanks local first responders with free meals on Labor Day
Olive Garden is delivering free meals to firefighters at Spokane Fire Station 2 and 13 on Labor Day to thank them for all they do. This is the eighteenth year that Olive Garden has delivered food to first responders across the country. Since its start in 2002, over 12,000 meals have been delivered to first responders.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2019 9:51:25 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 03 Sep 2019 04:51:25 GMT

Bellingham house fire ‘got into the attic space, and we had to chase it a little’
Quick work by Bellingham Fire Department crews to knock down a residential fire Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 28, in the Alabama Hill neighborhood prevented it from spreading to a nearby house or two cars parked in the driveway. Firefighters responded at 3:30 p.m. to the 2800 block of Erie Street, Captain Dave Pethick told The Bellingham Herald, and arrived to find the garage in flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 30 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle crews battle fire at office building at Boeing Field
A fire at an office building at Boeing Field was quickly put out by firefighters Thursday evening. The fire started in an office building on East Marginal Way at 16th Ave. South. The building was evacuated and no one was hurt, according to Seattle Fire. The area was not one of Boeing's airplane production facilities and production was not affected by the fire, a spokesperson for Boeing said.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: King 5 News
Posted on Fri, 30 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chehalis Flags Property North of Downtown for New Fire Station
The City of Chehalis is in the early stages of acquiring an unidentified parcel of land at the intersection of Chamber of Commerce Way and State Avenue for a new fire station, according to City Manager Jill Anderson and Fire Chief Ken Cardinale. Anderson stated during a city council meeting Monday that an appraisal has been ordered and the owner of the site is interested in selling the property.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 10:45:33 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:45:33 GMT

2 fires in as many days at a Lynnwood condo
A fire broke out two days in a row in the same condo in Lynnwood, and Thursday's fire left 10 people without a place to stay. Fire crews responded to an attic fire at the Forest Lynn Condominiums just before 6 a.m. Thursday. Crews were at the same unit fighting an attic fire they deemed as arson Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:36:13 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 29 Aug 2019 19:36:13 GMT

Police trying to ID man's body found at Renton brush fire; death considered possible homicide
Authorities say the death of a man whose body was found at a Renton brush fire is now considered a possible homicide. The man's body was found Tuesday when firefighters responded to a fire at a homeless camp near Oakesdale Avenue SW. His death was initially believed to be accidental, but police said Thursday that investigators discovered several wounds that were not related to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 3:40:56 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 29 Aug 2019 22:40:56 GMT

Fire near Parke Creek Road in Kittitas Co. in mop up stage, all evacuations lifted
A brush fire in Kittitas County burned approximately 75 acres and crews are now mopping up as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, the fire was burning approximately 75 acres as of 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday. The blaze threatened ten structures. Crews have lifted all evacuations in the area and Parke Creek Road has been reopened.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 9:53:04 PM - SOURCE: KREM 2 News
Posted on Thu, 29 Aug 2019 04:53:04 GMT

Tri-Cities area firefighters participate in 'Mobile Fire Training Experience'
Brand new, state of the art technology used for firefighter training is in the Tri-Cities for three days thanks to a national company called LION. The purpose of the LION Mobile Fire experience is to give firefighters safe, realistic and repeatable firefighting experience with the latest technology.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 6:42:40 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 29 Aug 2019 01:42:40 GMT

Lawsuit: Washington DNR blames Avista for starting Boyd's Fire
A lawsuit filed in Ferry County Superior Court by Washington's Department of Natural Resources alleges Avista Corporation did not take care of trees and brush surrounding power lines, which ultimately led to the start of 4,000-acre wildfire that destroyed several homes. The "Boyd's Fire" started August 11, 2018 and was caused by "hazardous dead ponderosa pine tree that collapsed onto electrical lines owned, maintained and operated by Avista," according to the lawsuit.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 4:03:01 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 23:03:01 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 3 neutral on treatment facility
Leaders with said they won’t take a stance on the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s proposed Medication-Assisted Treatment facility now or later. “We’ll never give a recommendation on whether or not they should have the facility or not. It’s not our place to say,” Fire Chief Ben Andrews said, in a Monday interview.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 1:04:40 PM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:04:40 GMT

Firefighters 1,600 Mile Bicycle Ride Fundraiser Stops in Cle Elum
Inspired by a triple amputee veteran who received a specially adapted smart home from the Gary Sinise Foundation, firefighters from Washington state will bicycle from Seattle to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in a fundraising effort to help build adapted homes for injured veterans who are accepted into the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:47:48 PM - SOURCE: KATS-FM 94.5
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 19:47:48 GMT

Media Investigation: A shortage of ambulances in Yakima
A KIMA investigation uncovered a limited number of ambulances serving our area. That shortage causing delays when you call 911. Recently the Yakima fire chief spoke out, citing private ambulance companies prioritizing transports between hospitals over actual 911 calls. Today, we went on a ride along with Advance Life Support, or ALS ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV
Posted on Thu, 29 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue hires new chief
The new head of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is no stranger to embattled departments. Tim Lemon came to the island after serving as chief of Chelan Fire and Rescue, where he oversaw a volunteer membership increase of nearly 77 percent. He said his recipe for success is to focus on both the individuals in uniform and those residing within district boundaries.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 1:45:21 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:45:21 GMT

Massive 2-alarm fire burns old Snohomish lumber mill
Firefighters battled a 2-alarm blaze early Wednesday morning at an abandoned lumber mill in Snohomish. The fire began at about 12:45 a.m. near Harvey Airfield east of SR 9. The first units on scene arrived to find the building engulfed in flames and called for additional help, going to a second alarm, according to Asst.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Kennewick: Fire Crews Controlling Training Blaze With 'Push of a Button?'
Imagine if you're a firefighter, and you could train with 'controllable' fire? One you could 'stop' while an instructor offers advice, then resume? This week through Thursday the 29th, fire crews from all over the area are participating in what's called LION training at the fire center on S. Ely street.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 10:38:03 AM - SOURCE: KFLD-AM 870
Posted on Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:38:03 GMT

Man’s body found during Renton fire investigation
A man's body was found Tuesday while firefighters were putting out a brush fire in Renton. The Renton Police Department says smoke was seen near Oakesdale Ave SW around 5 p.m. with reports of explosions also being called in. When firefighters got to the scene, they found the victim. His identity hasn’t been released.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 6:42:26 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 01:42:26 GMT

Spokane's fire season may seem slow, but it's far from over
So far, this wildfire season is much quieter than in past years. We haven’t seen the large wildfires we typically see by now, and we’ve seen only a couple smoky days all summer long. However, fire officials are warning the public against getting complacent about fire safety, as we still have weeks left of fire season.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 6:45:17 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 01:45:17 GMT

Washington Wildfire Crews Lend Hand to Alaska
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced they are sending crews to help a hand in Alaska with fires. The Department of Resources sent a press release on Tuesday with the following information: This week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatched 69 more wildland firefighters to Alaska to help fight the raging, record-breaking wildfires there.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19 Pasco
Posted on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Washington is usually ablaze with wildfires this time of year - What happened?
After choking down smoke and watching large swaths of forest burn the past two summers, much of Washington state braced for the 2019 wildfire season with N95 masks in hand and air purifiers waiting to kick in. But now it’s late August, when fire activity usually peaks, and we’re still waiting for the Big Fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 5:42:48 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Tue, 27 Aug 2019 12:42:48 GMT

Ammunition was ignited during motorhome fire on Blewett Pass
PHOTOS: Ammunition was going off inside a burning motorhome that shut down Blewett Pass for almost three hours last Friday. The 40-foot motorhome was being driven by 64-year-old Kim Michael Goodwin, 64, of Chelan. It was pulling a trailer with a quad when it broke down about 10:20 a.m. Goodwin pulled the motorhome to the side of the Highway 97 about six miles north of the summit as it burst into flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NCWLIFE
Posted on Tue, 27 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Update: Firefighters still investigating cause of Roche Fruit Company fire in Yakima
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire at a fruit packaging plant. The cause of the fire at Roche Fruit Company is still under investigation. The fire started Friday night around 8:30 p.m. Over 500 wooden bins were damaged. The fire department says the property owner helped move several of the bins - something that kept the fire from spreading.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 5:36:58 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:36:58 GMT

Man allegedly tries to burn down Grandview home with his family inside
Deputies say a man threatened to kill his parents with a knife, then tried to burn down their Grandview home while his family was inside. Early Monday morning, Samuel Junior Orozco, 30, allegedly chased his parents around their home with a knife off Hornby Road between Belma and Grandview Pavement roads, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 2:38:45 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:38:45 GMT

South County Fire teams try out new rescue craft during lake training
PHOTOS: It was the perfect afternoon to be on the water, but it was all business for technical rescue crew members from South County Fire Monday. They were trying out a brand new inflatable rescue craft with a series of water rescue drills designed to keep their skills razor sharp. The new craft, a 10-foot inflatable equipped with a 9.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 9:57:40 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Tue, 27 Aug 2019 04:57:40 GMT

Firefighters battle stubborn blaze outside Roche Fruit Co. in Yakima
Yakima Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused crates belonging to Roche Fruit Co. to go up in flames overnight. Firefighters say they were called to a commercial structure fire in the area of North 3rd Avenue and Poplar Avenue around 8:30 Friday night. Arriving firefighters were met with massive piles of hollow crates in flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV
Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Everett-area firefighters rescue scared dog trapped on narrow ledge
PHOTOS: "Who needs the Marvel Universe when you've got firefighters?" That's what one commenter posted after seeing a tweet about the rescue of a dog that got trapped on a narrow roof ledge of an Everett home over the weekend. According to a post on South County Fire's Twitter page, the dog went out an open window onto the roof, but the ledge was so narrow that it couldn't turn around to get back to the window.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Despite fire in commissary building, Longhorn Barbecue in Spokane will be open for business today, owner says
The Longhorn Barbecue along Highway 2 will be open for business Monday, despite a fire in the commissary building earlier in the morning. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the fire impacted a detached, refrigeration area, but did not affect the restaurant. Fire crews first responded around 4:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 8:09:44 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:09:44 GMT

RV destroyed by fire along I-405 in Renton
An RV has been burned to its shell after it caught fire along I-405 in Renton Sunday afternoon. Flames began shooting from the RV as it sat disabled in the southbound lanes near the exit to Lake Washington Boulevard, according to Renton Fire. The RV eventually became fully engulfed, and by the time firefighters got the fire out, all that was left was a charred frame.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Bikers ride Spirit Lake Memorial Highway in DeRosier memorial ride
On an otherwise still morning near Mount St. Helens’ Johnston Ridge Observatory, it was hard to miss the sound of more than 100 motorcycle engines raring up Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Clad in leather jackets and sunglasses, the bikers made the roughly 60-mile ride Saturday morning from Kelso for what they hope to be only the first year of the annual Deputy Justin DeRosier Memorial Ride.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2019 5:26:09 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:26:09 GMT

New Clark County Fire District 6 chief will be one of 50 female fire chiefs nationwide
The Clark County Fire District 6 Board of Commissioners appointed an employee of two decades to take the reins as fire chief next year — serving among only 50 female fire chiefs nationwide. Kristan Maurer will become fire chief Jan. 1, according to a Fire District 6 blog post. The district’s website indicates that Maurer is already serving as one of two assistant chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:43:21 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:43:21 GMT

‘This won’t be the end of Tacos El Tule’ owner says as arson claims Bellingham food truck
Jose Robles said he was abruptly awakened at 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, by his wife telling him the Bellingham Fire Department was at their door. Their taco truck, Tacos El Tule, was on fire. Robles said it was sheer confusion and commotion when he went outside, and for about 30 seconds, he thought he was just having a nightmare.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 8:04:38 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:04:38 GMT

Annual Fill the Boot Campaign Saturday in East Wenatchee
Firefighters from Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 will be out at the intersection of 9th St. and the Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee Saturday for the annual Fill the Boot campaign. The fundraiser, which collects money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association will run from 9:00 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 5:47:33 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:47:33 GMT

Warm temps, wildfire smoke possible for western Washington next week
A big change to our overall weather pattern in western Washington is forecast to happen the last week of August. For the first time in a long time, we will see a persistent easterly offshore flow which will help give us a streak of warm temperatures, as well as potentially give us some wildfire smoke.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Posted on Fri, 23 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Crews extinguish fire at apparent vacant house in northwest Spokane
Spokane Fire crews were able to knock down a house fire in northwest Spokane Friday morning. The fire was reported at a home near Ash St. & Carlisle Ave around 9 a.m. Friday. Crews tell KHQ's Patrick Erickson the fire was confined to the basement of the house. The home appears to be vacant with no gas or electricity, and no one was inside at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Fri, 23 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

26 percent of 911 calls in Medical Lake weren't being answered; here's how the small town fixed the problem
In Medical Lake, if there was a fire, car crash, or any big emergency, one in four 911 calls, weren't being answered. "We've struggled to meet the rising call demands out here," former Fire Chief, Jason Mayfield, said. The Medical Lake Fire Department, until Wednesday, was made up completely of volunteers, something that Chief Mayfield says, has been hurting the community for years.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 2:40:35 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 21:40:35 GMT

Yakima ambulance company gets award, day after fire chief criticizes
A Yakima ambulance company is getting a national award one day after Yakima's Fire Chief criticizes the system and says changes need to be made. Fire Chief Aaron Markham said yesterday that people are waiting too long for ambulances to arrive, meaning they are losing crucial time. "We really don't have a system in place that establishes performance measures for the ambulance companies that respond to our area," Markham says.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 8:09:57 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019 03:09:57 GMT

Truck destroyed when boom touches powerline at Kennewick construction site
PHOTO: A boom truck caught fire when its boom hit a powerline at a construction site on South Vancouver Street Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the construction site at Vancouver and 23rd Avenue just after 12:35 p.m. When they arrived, the truck was fully involved with flames, said Kennewick Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 4:47:14 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:47:14 GMT

Twisp River Fire survivor climbs Mount Rainier: 'It took literally everything in me to get to that summit'
VIDEO: Four years after the Twisp River Fire nearly took his life, burn survivor Daniel Lyon has reached the top of Mount Rainier. As Q13 News first shared with you earlier this week, he's been training for this climb for months, battling through the pain of being burned on 70 percent of his body and the dozens of surgeries that came with it.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 10:54:18 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:54:18 GMT

Homeless man's propane heater sparks brush fire along Moses Lake
A small brush fire Wednesday afternoon along Moses Lake was caused by a homeless man attempting to light a propane heater. The fire was first reported at about 12:50 p.m. along the shoreline behind West Marina Drive. The man told Moses Lake police he was attempting to use a propane heater in his tent but the propane tank wasn’t installed correctly.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 10:41:35 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:41:35 GMT

'It was chaos': Careening dump truck injured 5 in Seattle's Pioneer Square
VIDEO: A woman hit by an out-of-control dump truck remains hospitalized at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. Three men were also treated for injuries, but have since been discharged from Harborview. A dump truck lost control Monday morning and struck a pedestrian and several vehicles before crashing into a Subway restaurant around 9:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

New Bayview fire station on Whidbey Island to open Aug. 24
Reactions to the brand-spanking-new fire station in Bayview range from excitement to curiosity and even “Where did that big building come from?” But most South Whidbey residents know that the “overnight sensation” opening this weekend is actually the culmination of a carefully conceived and meticulously executed strategic plan spanning 12 years.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 1:43:04 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:43:04 GMT

Clark County crews respond to trees, brush fire near NE 179th Street
Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) responded to a report of trees and brush on fire in the 2500 block of NE 179th Street at 1:33 p.m. today (Tue., Aug. 20). Initial arriving crews found a fire of approximately one acre in size burning in trees, brush and grass. No structures were threatened by this fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clark County Today
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Sticky Budz in Yakima County says July fire caused by lab static electricity explosion
Sticky Budz marijuana business caught on fire in July which injured an employee and now the business is speaking on the incident. Sticky Budz says static electricity caused an explosion which occured in the extraction lab. This happened at MLM Distributing. MLM sent a press release on the incident Tuesday which stated the following: On Tuesday, July 31st, 2019 static electricity caused an explosion and subsequent fire in the extraction lab at MLM Distributing in Zillah, Washington.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Follow-up: Baker Produce loses millions of dollars after Kennewick fire
Firefighters have determined how much monetary damage Baker Produce sustained from a massive blaze at their Kennewick facility. According to Kennewick Fire Capt. Brian Ellis, there is several million dollars worth of damage. That includes the structure, product, and equipment inside. On Aug. 13, the fire broke out at 212 W Railroad Avenue near North Fruitland Street and West Canal Drive.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Grant County Fire District #3 Gets New Sign
Grant County Fire District #3 recently installed a three foot by eight foot, full color LED reader board sign in front of their Central Ave station in Quincy. According to a press release from the fire district, roughly 6,000 vehicles pass the fire station daily. The sign was fully funded by a grant from FEMA, at a cost of $31,000.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 5:35:56 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:35:56 GMT

Yelm Area Man Named Chief of Napavine Fire Department
After more than three decades in firefighting, Yelm area resident Dan Mahoney has a title he’s never had before: chief. Mahoney became chief of Lewis County Fire District 5 in Napavine on Aug. 1 after spending his firefighting career — most of which was on a volunteer basis — at numerous departments throughout Thurston County.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 2:10:45 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:10:45 GMT

Mukilteo Fire Department names first female captain
VIDEO: For the first time, a woman has been promoted to captain at The Mukilteo Fire Department, and she's proving persistence pays off. As a young woman, Kelli McNees decided she wanted to be a firefighter, but she wasn't so sure how to get there. "I was like, don't you have to be 6'5'', with the shoulders of a linebacker to pull it off?" McNees said.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 7:55:51 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:55:51 GMT

Update: Speeding caused fire truck rollover in Grant County, state patrol concludes
Sunday’s rollover of a fire truck belonging to Grant County Fire District No. 10 occurred because the vehicle was traveling too fast for conditions, according to the Washington State Patrol. First responders were dispatched shortly before noon Sunday to the area of Road I Northwest and state Route 26, about two miles west of Royal City, for reports of the rollover.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT



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