Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Firefighters shocked by live power lines in Shoreline fire
Three people, including two firefighters, were injured in a house fire in Shoreline Thursday night. Firefighters say witnesses reported explosions. Two firefighters were shocked trying to douse the flames. "They were both on a hose line and there were downed power lines and they actually had a shock," said Michelle Pidduck, with the Shoreline Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 2:03:57 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:03:57 GMT

LimeBike warehouse in Ballard catches fire
David Cuerpo from Seattle Fire says the fire started when one of the LimeBike battery packs ignited and caused other packs to catch fire. The sprinkler system activated and contained the fire within the room. The Vault Response Team was activated when the crews found high voltage signage; water from sprinklers mixed with battery acid can conduct electricity and pose a risk to firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Ballard
Posted on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan Fire District 1 Takes One Step Closer to New Station 10
Thursday afternoon, Chelan Fire District 1 held a special commissioners meeting to examine the construction bid offered and steps moving forward with the future Station 10 project. By the end of the meeting, the commissioners took Chief Brian Brett’s recommendation to accept the bid from the lowest bidder, T.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 10:39:01 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:39:01 GMT

Clark County Clark County Fire & Rescue responds to four crashes in just over an hour
Clark County Fire & Rescue deployed all of its resources while responding to four crashes in just over an hour Thursday morning. One crash came after an assault and car thefts in Skamania County that led to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office pursuit. “It really depleted our resources for a little bit,” Fire & Rescue Chief John Nohr said.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 8:46:37 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:46:37 GMT

Auburn residents escape burning home
A smoke alarm alerted two residents in time to escape their burning home on Auburn’s West Hill Thursday afternoon. According to the Valley Regional Fire Authority and South King Fire and Rescue, the mid-afternoon fire heavily damaged the home at 321st and 58th and burned three cars. As of 4 p.m., two cats were reported missing.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 1:42:03 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:42:03 GMT

Fire crews, DNR battle Wiser Lake wildfire that reportedly injures firefighter
Approximately three to five acres of a grass field has burned in a wildfire burning south of Lynden on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 14, and a firefighter was reportedly transported from the area with dehydration. The fire has been named the Wiser Lake Fire, Washington State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Janet Pearce told The Bellingham Herald.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 2:37:06 PM - SOURCE: The Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 21:37:06 GMT

Spokane-area crews quickly extinguish house fire in East Central area
Spokane-area firefighters responded to a house fire in the East Central area near Underhill Park Thursday morning, preventing the fire from spreading from the second story. Spokane Fire and Spokane Valley Fire Departments responded to the fire at a residence in the 2900 E. Block of Hartson Ave. around 1 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 10:47:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:47:00 GMT

Richland mobile home severely damaged by fire
A fire caused major damage to a mobile home in Richland Wednesday afternoon. According to the Richland Fire Department, multiple people who were inside when the fire broke out managed to get out safely. Firefighters rushed to the home on Proton Lane near Center Street shortly after 5 p.m. When they arrived, heavy flames were showing out the windows on two sides of the home, and the fire was threatening two other nearby buildings.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 7:50:44 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 15 Aug 2019 02:50:44 GMT

No injuries in reported ‘bug bomb’ explosion in Seattle's Capitol Hill apartment building
Seattle Fire responded but fortunately found no flames after a reported explosion blew open doors inside an E Olive Way apartment building Wednesday. According to SFD radio updates on the just before noon incident, units were dispatched after a resident reported an explosion inside the E Olive Way at Bellevue building.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 11:38:17 AM - SOURCE: CHS Capitol Hill Seattle News
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:38:17 GMT

Williams Flats Fire burning over 45,000 acres improves to 80-percent containment
The Williams Flats Fire burning over 45,000 acres on the Colville Reservation has moved up to 80 percent containment. The fire containment has improved by 15 percent the past couple days, going from 50 to 65 Wednesday and 65 to 80 Thursday. Firefighters are working to strengthen and secure lines around the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 11:14:25 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:14:25 GMT

Swimmer describes car landing in pool at Seattle gym
A Seattle man is being called a hero after he helped save a 69-year-old driver who crashed through the glass wall of an LA Fitness center -- the car landing in the middle of the swimming pool. The bizarre incident happened just before 8 a.m. Monday at the LA Fitness near Aurora Avenue North and 132nd Street.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM. Seattle
Posted on Thu, 15 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Maple Avenue fire station in Snohomish not closing, officials insist
Fire District 4’s station on Maple Avenue is not closing — not in mid-September, anyway. The question arose, though, after a video excerpt from a city tour at the station Wednesday, Aug. 7 posted to Facebook by fire commission candidate Evan Merritt’s campaign spread locally. Fire District 4 posted a response to the video and commentary on Friday, Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 1:54:11 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:54:11 GMT

Issaquah resident spent 33 years in 911 dispatching
He’s been called the master of fire dispatching for the Eastside due to his knack for anticipating firefighter needs while under the pressures of a quick-burning blaze. Dave Stuby’s 33 years in emergency dispatching may have something to do with it. But it was also his dedication. Early on in his dispatching career, a new truck in Woodinville caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Issaquah Reporter
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters battle commercial fire in Kennewick
Firefighters are trying to salvage any equipment they can at Baker Produce in Kennewick after a fire burnt through it late Tuesday night. Over 70 firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the fire on Railroad Avenue after someone called in saying they saw smoke coming from Baker Produce at about 11:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 3:39:44 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:39:44 GMT

Evacuation notices reduced for Williams Flats Fire, now 50 percent contained
The Williams Flats Fire has reached the 50-percent mark for containment and sits at 45,359 acres, while multiple evacuation notices have been reduced. Previously under Level 3 evacuations, the following areas are now under Level 1 evacuations: Areas south of Four Corners, On or near the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt along the Ninemile-Hellgate Road.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 9:53:10 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:53:10 GMT

$10,000 reward for info on arsonist who set fires at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville
Marysville Police are asking for the public's help to solve an arson at Cedarcrest Middle School. Detectives say fires were intentionally set in a building behind the classrooms and in a dumpster at about 5:30 am on Thursday, August 1st, and caused more than $70,000 in damage. "We're hoping that there has been communication, some type of communication between those responsible through either social media or through texting or some other type of communication where they're actually providing information that they were there, or that they witnessed it, or they were part of the act and give us a little bit of lead into which way to go from here," said Marysville PD Det.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 6:54:55 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:54:55 GMT

State Archives and Library awarded for saving artifacts from Aberdeen Armory fire
When the Aberdeen Museum of History burned down in June 2018, a team from the Washington State Archives played a crucial role in rushing to rescue and restore thousands of historic artifacts, historical documents and photographs from the basement archives before water and soot damage destroyed them. To recognize the effort by the State Archives and Washington State Library to preserve Grays Harbor history, the Washington State Historical Society will present both groups one of its seven annual awards — the David Douglas Award, recognizing contributions to inform or expand appreciation of Washington State History.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

South King Fire and Rescue considers new military leave policy
South King Fire and Rescue commissioners are hoping to approve a new policy that would provide employees who are in the military and called to serve extended deployments military leave differential pay without needing board approval. South King’s board of commissioners unanimously approved differential pay for firefighter Brandon Church — an active reservist for the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2019 1:04:51 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:04:51 GMT

Weekend storms both beneficial, challenging for crews on Williams Flats Fire in Colville
Firefighters say the weekend storms were both beneficial and challenging at the Williams Flats Fire as heavy rain caused flash flooding and washed out several roads. The blaze, which was sparked by lightning back on Aug. 2, is listed at about 44,600 acres and is currently 45 percent contained. Following Saturday night’s storms that reduced fire activity, 64 firefighters were unable to return to the incident command post overnight and remained on the fire due to flash flooding.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2019 12:05:49 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 12 Aug 2019 19:05:49 GMT

Suspicious fire damages Pierce Co. Kingdom Hall, may be linked to earlier arsons
Federal agents and the Pierce County Fire Marshal are investigating a suspicious fire that broke out early Tuesday outside a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Puyallup. The Jason Chudy of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said there are indications the blaze may be linked to a series of previous arsons last year at Kingdom Hall churches in Thurston County.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 11:24:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:24:36 GMT

Lightning looked at as suspected cause of fire that burned home to the ground near Moses Lake
A two-bedroom home near Moses Lake apparently became a casualty of Saturday night’s severe lightning storm in north central Washington. Grant County Fire District 5 Chief Dan Smith says his crews were dispatched to the home in the 5500 block of Road 3 in Mae Valley at around 9:30 p.m. When crews arrived, Smith says 80%-90% of the home was consumed by fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2019 4:40:30 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 12 Aug 2019 23:40:30 GMT

Monster truck crashes into electrical equipment at Clark County Fair
An out-of-control monster truck crashed into a piece of electrical equipment Sunday at the Clark County Fair, causing a small fire. No one was hurt, officials said. The truck named Bounty Hunter caught air, bounced when it landed and then teetered on its rear wheels, veering toward the barrier at the fair’s grandstand dirt track.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2019 2:05:19 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 12 Aug 2019 21:05:19 GMT

Family of four displaced after fire destroys Finley home
A Finley family is without a home after a fire broke out Sunday morning. Around 4:15, Benton County Fire District #1 responded to a double-wide home near Locust PR SE and Finley Road. When they arrived, it was engulfed in flames. The fire started in the garage and spread to the house. Fire officials say smoke detectors alerted everyone in the home.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2019 10:37:15 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 11 Aug 2019 17:37:15 GMT

Spokane owner of world’s largest Smokey Bear collection is ready to celebrate icon’s 75th birthday
Ray Kresek says the origins of what he calls the world’s largest Smokey Bear collection – which exists in a crowded but neatly arranged room in the basement of his home on the far North Side of Spokane – can be traced back to 1950. Smokey, who debuted in a 1944 ad campaign, was just 6 years old at the time, and Kresek was a 12-year-old in Oroville, Washington, whose teacher found matches in his pocket.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 09 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Williams Flats fire hits 40,000 acres; more than 1,000 personnel on scene
The Williams Flats Fire has hit 40,000 acres as more than 1,000 fire personnel on scene. The blaze remains about 25 percent contained as of Thursday night. Level 3 evacuations are in place southwest of Wilmont Creek to Whitestone Lookout Road. Residents in the Wilmont Creek drainage are under Level 2 notice and all residents and campers along the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River, from the Falls Creek/Cougar Canyon Road south to Wilmont Creek Road are under Level 1, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:31:03 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 09 Aug 2019 07:31:03 GMT

Volunteer firefighters needed in Spokane County
Spokane needs volunteer firefighters. Over the past few years, the number of volunteers has dropped drastically, and with fire season seeming to get worse every year, now is the time to help. Seven out of ten firefighters that you meet are volunteers, but that number is going down. The volunteer fire council says since 2016, volunteer numbers are at their lowest ever.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 4:42:21 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 08 Aug 2019 23:42:21 GMT

Crews work to stop Colville Reservation fire from jumping the Columbia, prepare for the possibility it will
Fire crews worked through Wednesday night to keep the William Flats Fire on the Colville Indian Reservation from jumping the Columbia River at Lake Roosevelt and moving farther east toward the Spokane Indian Reservation. Those efforts were successful as of late Thursday when more than 900 firefighters continued to battle the fire, but locals and officials remained concerned that the southeast flank of the fire would cross the Columbia and move toward the town of Hunters, where flakes of ash were falling Thursday evening.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 9:54:15 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:54:15 GMT

What Benton County firefighters recommend to do during a fire warning
It's fire season, which means another red flag warning has been issued in our area. This time with threats of thunderstorms starting today and lasting till Saturday. The combination of extreme heat, winds, and thunderstorms mean the possibility of a fire starting is extremely high. The Benton County Fire District had some tips in preparation for such a threat.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 8:58:12 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 09 Aug 2019 03:58:12 GMT

Spokane helicopter crew rescues three hikers in Cascades after death of fourth hiker, a UW professor
When helicopter crews in Western Washington were unavailable Sunday, a team from the Spokane area jumped into action to rescue three hikers from a peak in the Central Cascades. The call for help came after a fourth member of the hiking group, 61-year-old Ann Nelson, lost her footing on a narrow path and fell to her death on Iron Cap Mountain.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 7:09:08 AM - SOURCE: SWX Sports & Weather Right Now
Posted on Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:09:08 GMT

Voters approving East County Fire and Rescues levy lid lift
Voters gave a thumbs up to East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) in yesterday’s primary election. With approximately 80 percent of the votes counted on Tuesday night, 59 percent of voters had approved ECFR’s proposition to restore levy rates to the $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value (APV) rate originally approved by voters in 2008.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 3:20:36 AM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:20:36 GMT

2-year-old saved with CPR after nearly drowning outside Kennewick
A 2-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital after a report of a near-drowning Wednesday afternoon off Cottonwood Drive near Wiser Parkway, according to Benton County Fire District 1. The Benton County Sheriff's Office told KAPP-KVEW several people were around, and the girl was supervised when she went in the pool.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 6:41:21 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 08 Aug 2019 01:41:21 GMT

Williams Flats Fire grows to 34,000 acres; Level 3 evacuations in place
The Williams Flats Fire has now scorched more than 34,000 acres as residents of about two dozen homes remain under mandatory evacuation notices. The blaze is about 25 percent contained and no structures have burned, according to fire officials. Fire activity was so intense on the northeast edge of the fire Wednesday that firefighters had to disengage for safety reasons.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 6:45:31 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:45:31 GMT

Yakima Fire Department puts out two house fires
The Yakima Fire Department put out two house fires within about eight hours overnight. Firefighters first responded to the 700 block of S. 17th St. at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday for a report of smoke coming from the eaves of a house. The fire charred the roof's structural support, so crews removed the ceiling in order to put out the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 12:45:03 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 07 Aug 2019 19:45:03 GMT

Medical Lake to become part of Fire District 3 after measure earns strong voter approval
Voters in Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 voted to merge the city’s fire department with the district Tuesday night. In Fire District 3, the measure passed with 71.3% of the vote. Medical Lake voters passed the measure with 74.1% of the vote. Both measures needed a simple majority or 50% to pass.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 9:49:14 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 07 Aug 2019 04:49:14 GMT

Crews have responded to unusually high number of vehicle fires in Tri-Cities this year
Firefighters in the Tri-Cities say they have been responding to an unusually high number of vehicle fires this year. Chief Lonnie Click with Benton County Fire District #1 said those vehicle fires often lead to roadside starts of wild land fires. This is mainly due to dry vegetation going directly up to the side of the road, quickly getting set ablaze when a car on fire pulls over to the side.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 7:47:51 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 07 Aug 2019 02:47:51 GMT

Alaska wildfire poses unique challenges for Spokane firefighters called to assist
In the depths of Southcentral Alaska, a small tourist town called Talkeetna sits on the edge of the Susitna River, below Denali National Park, where the continent’s tallest peak towers over the mixed spruce and hardwood trees, the hilly terrain and the rivers. On July 3, 13 miles south of Talkeetna, a bolt of lightning struck the brush and started burning.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 1:52:44 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:52:44 GMT

Fire destroys Twisp home, shed
A house and shed were destroyed in a Tuesday evening blaze. “All hands responded to a double structure fire in downtown Twisp,” officials from Okanogan Fire District 6 said Tuesday evening. “A shed in the backyard exploded and caught the house on fire. Quick positioning of fire engines kept the fire from spreading to adjacent homes.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 1:48:59 AM - SOURCE: Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:48:59 GMT

Level 3 evacuations in effect for Williams Flats Fire burning over 21,000 acres on Colville Reservation
The Ferry County Sheriff's Office says a Level 3 evacuation notice is now in effect for residents in the area of Little Nine Mile Creek West to Whitestone lookout as well as for everyone south to the Columbia River. Residents under Level 3 evacuations are instructed to leave immediately. The Williams Flats Fire is burning 21,190 acres on the Colville Reservation and is currently 25 percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 9:52:25 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 06 Aug 2019 16:52:25 GMT

Triple whammy: Seattle seeing smoke from wildfires in Siberia, Alaska & E. Washington
Oh no, here we go again? Not quite... In what is seemingly becoming an August ritual in the Pacific Northwest, our typical blue skies are turning a bit hazy, thanks to some wildfire smoke blowing through the area. Luckily, it's nowhere near as intense or thick as the episodes of the past two summers, and air quality near the surface around the region remains relatively good.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters battle two brush fires in Federal Way
Firefighters extinguished a backyard fire before it was able to spread to neighboring homes, then responded to a second brush fire at Dash Point State Park on Monday. At approximately 3:47 p.m., South King Fire and Rescue responded to the brush fire near the 39600 block of 3rd Ave. S. A resident had illegally burned some brush in their backyard, according to SKFR Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 1:47:55 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:47:55 GMT

Fire destroys house in South Wenatchee
Fire destroyed a house in South Wenatchee on Monday night. The blaze broke out around 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Marr St. and prompted the response of crews from Chelan County Fire District No. 1 and Douglas County Fire District No. 2. “We arrived to a fully-involved, two-story, wood-frame structure fire,” explained Chelan 1 Battalion Chief Cary Neu.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 6:38:04 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:38:04 GMT

Williams Flats Fire burning nearly 17,000 acres on Colville reservation, remains 20% contained
The Williams Flats Fire burning on the Colville reservation continues to be 20 percent contained and sits at 16,781 acres. Heavy smoke and reduced visibility have been preventing water-scooping planes and large retardant capable aircrafts from flying. Tuesday, firefighters continue to work on reestablishing a safe anchor point to begin fireline construction on the northeast flank.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 9:52:25 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 06 Aug 2019 16:52:25 GMT

Climber rescued from Dragontail Peak southwest of Leavenworth
A hiker was rescued Sunday morning from the south side of Dragontail Peak, located southwest of Leavenworth. A 911 call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday by Hezekiel Hinshaw, a 25-year-old Olympia who told dispatchers he had hiked the mountain and became “stuck on cliffs,” according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 10:42:06 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:42:06 GMT

Northwest towns like Issaquah 'woefully unprepared' as fire risk grows
Nestled in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely candidate for anxiety over wildfires. The region, famous for its rainfall, has long escaped major burns even as global warming has driven an increase in the size and number of wildfires elsewhere in the American West.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

'A Total Sense Of Belonging': Northwest Tribes Lament Fire On Rattlesnake Mountain
The fire that engulfed Notre Dame cathedral shocked the world earlier this year. And a wildfire in July on Rattlesnake Mountain in southeast Washington similarly shocked Northwest tribes. Treeless Rattlesnake Mountain is over 3,600 wind-swept feet above sea level. It’s part of the Hanford Reach National Monument, designated by President Bill Clinton, home to rare plants and fauna.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2019 7:47:29 AM - SOURCE: OPB.com
Posted on Sun, 04 Aug 2019 14:47:29 GMT

Esquatzel Fire in Franklin County 80% contained, allegedly caused by car towing trailer
Franklin County firefighters made a lot of progress in the past few hours on the Esquatzel Fire. According to Franklin County District 1 Fire Chief Eric Mauseth, the fire is 80% contained. About 475 acres have burned, and he does not believe that number will grow overnight. Winds played a huge factor in this fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2019 10:43:45 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 05 Aug 2019 05:43:45 GMT

Left Hand Fire Winding Down
The Left Hand Fire, burning 17 miles northwest of Naches, is under control and in mop-up. The blaze burned roughly 3,406 acres as of Sunday morning, causing an estimated $7.6 million in damage. Firefighters are continuing to focus on mopping up the fire’s edge, removing excess equipment and supplies, and repairing the effects of the suppression effort on the landscape.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2019 1:37:52 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:37:52 GMT

Sulphur Fire in Franklin County blackens more than 1,100 acres
Firefighters contained a blaze that scorched 1,150 acres of grass, sage and wheat stubble between Connell and Kahlotus. Crews from Franklin County fire districts 1 and 3 and Benton County fire districts 1 and 4 are putting out the remaining flames and reinforcing fire lines on the Sulphur Fire Saturday after getting control of the blaze by 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Williams Flats Fire grows to 10,000 acres; Smoke drifts into Wenatchee
Wildland Firefighters continue efforts to contain a large lightning-caused brush fire that flared up Friday near Lake Roosevelt. The Williams Flats Fire is reported at over 10,400 acres and growing as of Sunday afternoon. Drift smoke from the fire is affecting air quality in the Wenatchee Valley. The Williams Flats Fire started on August 2, 2019 after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NCW Life Channel
Posted on Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima Fire Department revamps website to better connect with community
The Yakima Fire Department is finding a new way to connect with the community. The department has revamped its website to be more interactive. "If you want to find out what station would respond to where you live, you can do that. What it does is it pulls up this interactive map that has all the departments and fire station districts," said Chief Aaron Markham, Yakima Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 6:43:25 PM - SOURCE: KNDU-TV NBC 25 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 01:43:25 GMT

Slow start to Spokane wildfire season might signal late end
Spokane’s wildfire season has been mild, helped by colder weather, but firefighters are ready for a late start. “We’ve been blessed so far,” Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer said. Among other benefits, Schaeffer said the slow wildfire season has saved money for the fire department, noting that the department’s budget for overtime for firefighters is $240,000 less today than it was last year.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 10:52:55 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 05:52:55 GMT

Renton Fire patch left on Irish cliffs honor spirit, journey of fallen firefighter
PHOTO: A pristine patch from Renton Fire placed some 4,500 miles away along the emerald shores of western Ireland is stirring memories of a fallen firefighter, and the journeys firefighters take in serving the community. A recent traveler to Ireland's Cliff of Moher snapped a photo of the Renton Fire patch and wristband strapped along a fence, and sent it to Renton Fire officials with a note simply stating they thought they'd like to see it.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 4's new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus improves visibility, air capacity
Fire District 4 is using a new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. An SCBA is a piece of personal protective equipment used by firefighters to breath clean air in smokey, hazardous environments. The new devices were commissioned to meet current National Fire Protection Association Standards. The masks are larger, providing more visibility to the user.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Mason County wildfire 100 percent contained; evacuations lifted
VIDEO: A fast-spreading wildfire in the Union area forced evacuations Thursday evening. Officials said the fire was burning uphill from SR 106. No structures had been impacted as of Thursday night, but the fire prompted Level 3 evacuations in the following areas: E. 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets; E. Main Street, E.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 9:51:36 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 04:51:36 GMT

Ken Johnson, Spokane County Fire District 10's new chief, honored for opportunity
Spokane County Fire District 10 has a new fire chief, but Ken Johnson is no stranger to the district. He started his career there as a volunteer firefighter when he was 16. Because of his age he wasn’t allowed to volunteer at building fires. “At the time you could do wildland fires,” he said. As a teenager he worked with someone who was a volunteer firefighter and often disappeared when his pager sounded.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 5:22:07 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:22:07 GMT

Lake Chelan fire chief moving on after decade-long tenure
Wednesday marked the end of an era for the city of Chelan and one of its top emergency management officials. After ten years of service to the resort town of 4,200 residents, Chelan County Fire District No. 7 Chief Tim Lemon is retiring. “Of the forty years (of his career) this is probably the ten years I enjoyed the most,” Lemon told us.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 5:37:59 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:37:59 GMT

Fire at Share House in Vancouver displaces 58 homeless men
Fifty-eight homeless men were displaced by a small fire late Tuesday night at the men’s shelter in downtown Vancouver. The fire at Share House, 1115 W. 13th St., was reported at 10:50 p.m. It originated on the top floor in a room shared by two residents, Share Deputy Director Amy Reynolds said. Neither resident was in the room at the time.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbian
Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

The DuPont Fire Department purchased two new fire engines
These replaced the 1983 Sutphen Engine, the 1995 H&W Engine, and the 2004 Pierce Engine. The City sold the three engines for a combined total of approximately $113,000, which went into the Equipment Rental & Revolving Fund (ER&R) that helped pay for the new engines. Unlike our previous fire engines, these two Spartan fire trucks are identical making training more efficient, easier, and faster.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 7:00:50 PM - SOURCE: City of Dupont, WA
Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019 02:00:50 GMT

Retired teacher re-enlists, this time as an EMT with East Jefferson Fire Rescue
The oldest resident EMT with East Jefferson Fire Rescue has been a librarian, a music and theatre teacher, a doula assisting in births, and an employee of the Department of Health and Human Services. Dahti Blanchard, at age 64, retired from her teaching position at Swan School in Port Townsend, but that only lasted a year.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 1:03:21 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:03:21 GMT

Kirkland Fire department celebrates awards and promotions
The Kirkland Fire Department recently celebrated promotions and awards, honoring recent advancements to battalion chief, lieutenant and captain, while recognizing Firefighter of the Year, Officer of the Year, and two Medal of Valor award recipients. The Medals of Valor went to firefighter Jesse Martindale and Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 3:24:49 AM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019 10:24:49 GMT

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Chief warns of firefighter layoffs, station closures if property tax levy fails
The chief of the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority says more than a dozen career firefighter positions could be cut and two of the department's four full-time fire stations could close if a maintenance and operations levy proposal fails in the up-coming primary election. Property owner Jim Elsner supports the levy.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 7:51:28 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019 02:51:28 GMT

Backyard fire eventually spreads, burning 2 Seattle homes
PHOTOS: A fire that apparently started just outside a home spread to burning two homes in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood Tuesday evening. Firefighters received the original call around 9:45 p.m. for flames coming from the back of a home in the 3200 block of 37th Place South, according to David Cuerpo with Seattle Fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cowlitz 2 fire stations will accelerate fire response times
Frames and piping are going up at a pair of bond-funded fire stations that Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue plans to have operational by early 2020, and the agency is hoping to bring back some features earlier considered too costly. The new stations at Baker’s Corner in West Longview and along West Side Highway in Lexington are part of a voter-approved $11 million improvement project, which includes purchase of a new fire engine and equipment for the stations.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 4:42:24 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 30 Jul 2019 23:42:24 GMT

Firefighting efforts focus on ridge in Left Hand Fire to protect homes, businesses
Firefighters are working to keep the Left Hand Fire from descending a ridge to State Route 410 and homes in the area, officials assured residents Tuesday. About 100 people crowded into the Nile Community Church hall to hear representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, state Department of Natural Resources, members of the incident management team handling the fire, as well as county emergency management and air-quality officials give a report on the status of firefighting operations and answer questions from people concerned about the fire that has burned since July 23.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 3:58:27 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019 10:58:27 GMT

Brush fire burns about 40 acres west of Moses Lake
A brush fire burned about 40 acres Tuesday afternoon on Bureau of Land Management property west of Moses Lake. The fire was first reported about 2:30 p.m. along North Frontage Road, near Hiawatha Road and Road A Northeast, about 10 miles west of Moses Lake. Grant County Fire District 5 Capt. Travis Svilar said a total of about 15 fire trucks were on scene to contain the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 7:35:26 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019 02:35:26 GMT

Key Peninsula Fire seeks permanent levy for medic services
For at least three decades, voters in Key Peninsula have routinely approved six- or 10-year tax levies to fund emergency medical services provided by Fire District 16. Now the district, also known as the Key Peninsula Fire Department, is asking voters to make the levy permanent. “The community has passed this levy time and time again, so it’s clear they want to support EMS services,” said Chief Dustin Morrow.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan County Fire District #1 Hoping to Double Helicopter Fleet By Next Wildfire Season
Chelan County Fire District #1 is looking to double their helicopter fleet after sending the parts for a second helicopter to a company near Olympia. Northwest Helicopters have been contracted to take an old Bell UH-1 Iroquois (known by many as a ‘Huey’) and parts and convert that inventory into a functional wildland rotor.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 3:49:03 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 29 Jul 2019 22:49:03 GMT

Wildfire smoke impacting air quality across the Yakima Valley
Multiple wildfires in and around Yakima County is bringing a lot of smoke into the Yakima Valley. The Yakima Health District said breathing in that wildfire smoke isn't healthy for anyone. As of Monday, in the Lower Valley, the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, meaning the elderly, children and those with asthma should limit their time outdoors.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 7:44:24 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:44:24 GMT

Vegetation fire nearly threatened several Kennewick homes, fire now out
A vegetation fire nearly caused four houses to evacuate early Tuesday morning in Kennewick, but a brick fence kept the flames from spreading to them. The fire was reported just before 3:30 a.m. along US 395 near W 27th Avenue, and grew to about a half an acre in size because of winds, according to Battalion Chief Mikal Barnett.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 4:38:59 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 30 Jul 2019 11:38:59 GMT

Dozens of homes told to evacuate due to Left Hand Fire outside Naches
Dozens of homes have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire that has burned an estimated 2,500 acres of forestland near the Yakima-Kittitas county line. The Left Hand Fire was started by lightning in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest off Highway 410 about 17 miles northwest of Naches on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 6:42:35 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 30 Jul 2019 01:42:35 GMT

Fire Rekindles at Vacant Lot, Former Site of Hoquiam Paper Mill
Hoquiam firefighters responded to another report of 20-foot flames at the former site of the paper mill off of Bay Avenue this morning. A source at the department tells us a ground-level fire has been smoldering and burning at the site for most of this month. While it doesn’t threaten any structures on the property, the fire found more fuel this week and has been flaring up overnights.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 5:56:31 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Tue, 30 Jul 2019 12:56:31 GMT

New wildfire near Stehekin has blackened 150 acres
A forest fire erupted over the weekend in a remote area of Chelan County. The Devore Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber three air miles southwest of Stehekin in the Glacier Peak Wilderness at an elevation of approximately 8,000 feet. According to fire officials, the blaze has consumed roughly 150 acres as of Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 10:40:23 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 29 Jul 2019 17:40:23 GMT

Man struck, killed by Marysville Fire District aid car
A Marysville Fire District aid car driven by a firefighter struck and killed a pedestrian as it returned from a trip to the hospital. The Seattle Times reports a 55-year-old man from Bellingham was killed early Saturday morning on Highway 529 on the bridge over Steamboat Slough. The man's name was not immediately released.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2019 10:48:54 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 28 Jul 2019 17:48:54 GMT

Kennewick man sent to Harborview with severe burns after garage fire
A man suffered serious burns after a garage goes up in flames at a Kennewick home. Kennewick firefighters responded at 12:15 a.m. on Underwood Street near 27th Avenue and Vancouver Street to a garage up in flames. When they arrived, a man was outside the home with third-degree burns. According to Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2019 9:50:20 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 28 Jul 2019 16:50:20 GMT

Left Hand Fire Northwest of Naches, Aided By Winds, Doubles in Size Saturday
The Left Hand Fire, burning roughly 17 miles northwest of Naches, more than doubled in size Saturday. Strong winds drove the fire’s southern and eastern flanks. Firefighters had success in establishing containment lines on the west flank to keep it on the ridge above the State Route 410 corridor. A Sunday morning update from the U.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2019 9:38:25 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 29 Jul 2019 04:38:25 GMT

Fire threatens fruit bin piles, Yakima home
Firefighters battled a blaze Friday night off Highway 12 in Yakima that threatened Washington Fruit and Produce Company fruit bins and a nearby home. Several fire agencies responded just before 9 p.m. to reports of a fire near the Yakima Greenway, westbound on the highway near the 16th Avenue exit. Arriving firefighters found that the fire was actually located near the eastbound lanes on the other side of the highway, according to Yakima Fire Shift Commander Tom Schneider.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2019 1:52:15 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:52:15 GMT

Cheney Complex Fire fully contained
Four separate fires in the Cheney area, which were sparked by lightning on the night of Tuesday, July 23, were fully contained Sunday morning. Because of their close proximity, the fires were labeled the Cheney Complex Fire. It was estimated the four fires burned a combined total of 171 acres, or about a quarter mile.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2019 10:45:07 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 28 Jul 2019 17:45:07 GMT

Weekend fire heavily damages mobile home in East Wenatchee
An East Wenatchee residence was heavily damaged by fire on Sunday morning. Fire Chief Dave Baker from Douglas County Fire District No. 2 tells us the blaze was reported at 11:10 a.m. in the 400 block of 9th St. NE after a passerby noticed smoke billowing from the interior of a mobile home. Baker said crews from his department and Chelan County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 11:50:53 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 29 Jul 2019 18:50:53 GMT

Two children dead after Prosser house fire
Sheriff Jerry Hatcher with Benton County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the two people killed in this morning's Prosser house fire were children; a 7-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. Firefighters pulled the two children out of a house fire in Prosser early Thursday morning. Benton County Sheriff's Deputies say fire engines were called out sometime after 5:50 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 5:12:49 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23
Posted on Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:12:49 GMT

Spokane's new emergency communications center taps next leader
Mission accomplished, for the most part. Spokane Regional Emergency Communications announced that its first director, Steve Reinke, will depart in September after shepherding the new agency through its launch on July 1 without the city of Spokane as a partner. Reinke was hired last year on a short-term basis to help guide the integration of multiple agencies across the county into a single emergency communications facility, now known as SREC.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 26 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Left Hand Fire in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest spreads into hard-to-access terrain
A fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest grew from 20 acres to 160 acres as of Thursday as embers from the fire jumped outside fire lines. “We’ve been somewhat successful in dealing with those spot fires, but the fire perimeter is larger now,” Naches Ranger District spokesman Randy Shepard said, adding that the Left Hand Fire was not contained.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 7:56:29 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Fri, 26 Jul 2019 02:56:29 GMT

Pipeline Fire north of Selah spreads; evacuation notices remain in place
A brush fire in the L.T. Murray Wildfire Area near Selah spread to 4,000 acres as of Thursday morning. The Pipeline Fire was 10 percent contained as of Thursday evening, according to Stevie Mathieu, a spokesperson for the state Department of Natural Resources. The fire started at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday as a thunderstorm passed through the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 12:36:08 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:36:08 GMT

Everett Fire Department Among First 25 Agencies Nationwide To Receive NFPA Grant
The Everett Fire Department is among the first 25 agencies nationwide to be awarded a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) grant. The grant allows the department to participate in the first round of the NFPA Community Risk Assessment (CRA) pilot project, which will eventually have 50 participating agencies.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyEverettNews.com
Posted on Fri, 26 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Medical Lake voters will decide if city fire department is absorbed by Spokane County Fire District 3
Medical Lake has had its own fire department since 1904, but voters could decide next month to eliminate the department and transfer the city’s one fire station to Spokane County Fire District 3. If a simple majority of voters in both Medical Lake and Fire District 3 approve ballot measure 1 on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 26 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Thurston 911 Asks Voters for Sales Tax Increase to Fund New Radio System
Thurston County voters will decide this November whether to double the sales and use tax that funds emergency communication systems and facilities — a measure that Thurston 911 Communications says is necessary to replace outdated radio equipment. The Thurston County Board of Commissioners voted to include the measure on the November ballot, at the request of TCOMM.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 6:45:27 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 01:45:27 GMT

Firefighters battle 3,000-acre blaze north of Selah
Firefighters are battling a 3,000-acre blaze several miles north of Selah, according to Yakima Valley Emergency Management. The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon. Fire officials have been unable to determine the cause but believe it may have begun during the lightning storm Tuesday night. As of late Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had been unable to contain the fire, which is burning on L.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 6:35:53 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 01:35:53 GMT

Evacuations lowered for fires burning in Cheney
Evacuation notices have been lowered for people living near the Cheney Complex Fire. Level 3 evacuations for those in between SR 904 and the railroad were lowered Level 2 late Wednesday night. And those along Highway 904 up to Cameron Road -- who were under a Level 2 evacuation notice -- were lowered to a Level 1 advisory.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 3:37:48 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:37:48 GMT

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue extinguishes attic fire in downtown Blaine
A house fire in downtown Blaine was extinguished by North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) on Sunday evening. The emergency call came in around 6:20 p.m., said NWFR division chief Herschel Rostov, who was the first to arrive on scene. The fire occurred in the 400 block of 9th Street. Rostov arrived in a response vehicle to manage the incident, and was followed by Ladder 63 from Birch Bay and numerous other emergency vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 1:59:54 AM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:59:54 GMT

Arlington’s Eagle Trail and off-leash dog area closed due to barn fire
PHOTO: Investigators are working to determine the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that destroyed an old barn on the city’s Stormwater Wetland property west of Haller Park. Arlington firefighting crews responding at about 7:30 a.m. arrived to find the barn and adjacent structures fully engulfed. The blaze was extinguished quickly by crews from Arlington Fire, North County Fire & EMS, Snohomish County Fire District 21-Rural Arlington and Snohomish County Fire District 22-Getchell.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 1:50:10 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:50:10 GMT

RV, shop destroyed by fire in Vancouver; cause under investigation
An early morning fire destroyed an RV and a shop in the northeast Vancouver area. At around 2:39 a.m., the Vancouver Fire Department responded to the report of a fire in the 7100 block of Northeast 31st Avenue. FOX 12 spoke to homeowners who said they woke up to the smell of smoke, then ran outside to see their RV up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12
Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 5 tries again for levy increase for equipment improvements
Spokane County Fire District 5 wants to provide a higher level of service to the northern parts of the West Plains as fire risk increases with development and a growing population. The district is asking voters for a property tax levy increase of $0.46 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to fund equipment and facilities improvements.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 2:34:46 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:34:46 GMT

More than 20 fires erupt, nearly 300 bolts of lightning strike around Spokane County Tuesday night
As thunderstorms rolled up from the Palouse and through Spokane Tuesday night, lightning contributed to more than 20 fires in Spokane County alone, Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer said. “We had a surge in fires about 45 minutes ago,” Schaeffer said at about 9:40 p.m. Power outages were reported throughout the Spokane area in the wake of the storms.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Related: Video shows lightning strike power lines, spark house fire in north Spokane
One home and two garages are deemed a total loss following a fire on Gordon Ave. and Division St. Firefighters on scene say the official cause of the fire is under investigation, but crews are looking at a downed power line behind one of the garages. Crews says it's possible the power line ignited a fire in the first garage that then spread to the home and another garage.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 10:52:53 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 24 Jul 2019 05:52:53 GMT

RV, trailer destroyed after fire in Franklin County
Franklin County firefighters brought in multiple resources to help battle an RV fire that spread to trailers and brush. Minutes before 1:30 p.m., Franklin County Fire District #3 worked to put out a fire on Melody Lane near Road 68 and Deseret Drive. Black smoke could be seen from as far as Kennewick.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 4:45:29 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 23 Jul 2019 23:45:29 GMT

Dogs Rescued From Yelm House Fire
The Southeast Thurston Fire Authority responded to a fire on Quail Meadows Court Tuesday, putting out the blaze after dogs were rescued from the home. The City of Yelm posted the following on Facebook shortly after the fire was extinguished “ Not only did the firefighters and our beloved Yelm Police Officer Don Moody rescue these pups from the burning home, Bernadette Pellegrino and other paramedics provided the highest level of care to help the dogs recover from smoke inhalation,” the city wrote.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 1:41:58 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:41:58 GMT

Merger in Snohomish County would make mega fire district with 162,000 residents
A bigger, better, faster and stronger fire district. That is what the fire chiefs of two local fire districts say a proposed merger would bring to their communities. On the Aug. 6 primary ballot is a proposal to merge District 8 in Lake Stevens into Snohomish County District 7, which serves more than 116,000 people from Mill Creek to Monroe and beyond.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: HeraldNet.com - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 23 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane: Firefighters take to the air to combat wildfires
Whenever a fire starts, firefighters on the ground decide whether to call in air support, but are typically quick to do so to make sure fires don't get out of hand. The best case scenario is that an Air Attack plane arrives first, holding a former ground firefighter who can help call the shots and direct aircraft around the fire, essentially acting as an Air Traffic Controller from the sky.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 7:41:22 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 23 Jul 2019 02:41:22 GMT

Cold Creek Fire almost out after costing nearly $1 million
The Cold Creek Fire will have cost nearly $1 million once put out -- but a fire official says it could have been worse. By 2 p.m. Monday, the fire -- which has burned an estimated 41,920 acres on the Hanford Reach National Monument since Thursday afternoon -- was about 90% contained, said Capt. Ron Fryer with the Southeast Washington Incident Management Team.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 7:51:17 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 23 Jul 2019 02:51:17 GMT

Burn restrictions going into place for Spokane area starting Wednesday, July 24
Due to hot, dry conditions in the forecast, certain outdoor recreational fires will be restricted in Spokane County and the Spokane metro area effective Wednesday, July 24. The Spokane Regional Fire Marshals put the restrictions in place for campfires, fire bowls and fire pits. The restrictions will continue until further notice and are subject to change depending on conditions.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 5:38:44 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:38:44 GMT

Firefighters help rescue dog found stuck in tree in Port Orchard
PHOTOS: Firefighters with South Kitsap Fire and rescue helped rescue a dog that was stuck in a tree in Port Orchard on Friday. Officials said the dog climbed onto a fallen tree that was suspended about 25 feet in the air and could not get back down at South Kitsap Regional Park. Firefighters put a harness on the dog and carried her down a ladder by hand.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 23 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT



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