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One confirmed dead in Spokane Valley condo fire
Spokane Valley Fire Department investigators confirmed Monday morning that someone died in Sunday night's fire. Investigators say it will likely take several days to complete the investigation. Spokane Valley Firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire in a three-story condominium on the 6000 block of E. 6th Avenue, in Spokane Valley Sunday night.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 3:46:32 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:46:32 GMT

Injured Okanogan County firefighter: Wildfire ‘stood up and made a huge run … flames were licking under my face’
A firefighter is recovering at Harborview Medical Center after getting severe burns on his body while fighting wildfires in the state. Brett Read is many things. He is a husband. He is a father. He’s also a firefighter. He had risked his life to protect others for seven years. Recently, that risk of losing his life was closer than he’s ever experienced.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 9:24:50 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 04:24:50 GMT

Firefighting base at White Pass ski resort becomes 332-person village as bill for Miriam Fire passes $7.5 million
Fighting a wildfire like the 2,680-acre Miriam Fire near White Pass requires a lot of firefighters — and a lot of trucks and planes and helicopters — but it also requires a lot of cooks, a lot of portable toilets, a lot of medical personnel and a whole finance department. The White Pass Ski Area, from which the Miriam firefighting effort is coordinated, is closed for the summer, but it’s been abuzz with activity since a Type 2 fire incident management team was called in Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 10:13:21 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 05:13:21 GMT

2 injured, 2 homes damaged as brush fires raged in South Sound
Two mobile homes were burned and other homes were threatened as two large brush fires burned in the South Sound Sunday, keeping firefighters across the region quite busy. The first fire began near Covington just after 4 p.m. when a witness spotted a fire in the 25000 block of 188th Ave. SE. Firefighters arrived to find a blaze moving toward a home and spreading into thick brush.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighter Saves His Own Family From Bofer Canyon Fire
It's been almost a week since the devastating Bofer Canyon Fire that ripped through South Kennewick, burning down five homes. Action News spoke with one of the families that escaped within minutes of the flames consuming their home, thanks to an off-duty firefighter, who also happened to be the family's son.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 11:44:45 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:44:45 GMT

Spokane Valley fire commissioner steps down after 20 years of service
Joe Dawson served as a fire commissioner for the Spokane Valley Fire Department for more than 20 years before he stepped down in late May to focus on his health. “The doctor told me I had to reduce the stress in my life,” Dawson said. “I have been so relaxed in the last two months.” Dawson, who turns 77 in a few days, said he misses serving as a commissioner but was spending 20 hours a week or more on the job.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 2:59:18 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:59:18 GMT

Benton County firefighters dive into action in the Yakima River for rescue training
Typically, firefighters have to wait for a certified technician to start a swift water rescue. After today, eight firefighters from Benton County Fire District 4 will be certified with another eight coming in September. Prior to the training, if a person was struggling in the water, a firefighter could only put on a life vest and throw a rope bag to the victim legally.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 6:44:03 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:44:03 GMT

Teen admits to starting fire near Soap Lake
Grant County Fire Marshal Bruce Gribble says a teenager has admitted to starting Wednesday’s wildfire that damaged several structures near Soap Lake. One residence and three outbuildings were lost in the about 20-acre blaze started behind a home at 20070 Road B.5 Northeast. A pile of lumber also caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 12:58:24 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:58:24 GMT

Firefighters called to blaze near Yakima Training Center
Firefighters from Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, Yakima Fire, Naches Fire and the training center are fighting a blaze north of Cold Creek. It started Thursday night and last reports say it is around 8,000 acres. According to a Facebook post on Washington State Fire Wire, it is burning on the south side section of the Yakima Training Center and no structures are threatened.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 9:34:01 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:34:01 GMT

Longview: Phil Jurmu to step down as fire chief to lead new Cowlitz County call center
Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu will step down to become the executive director of the newly independent Cowlitz County 911 call center, a board formed to improve the emergency communication and dispatch system in the county. Jurmu said Wednesday that he will start his new position on Sept. 17, but his final day with the City of Longview hasn’t been decided yet.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 3:50:15 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:50:15 GMT

Injured Okanogan firefighter recovering at Harbor View Medical Center
On Saturday, August 13th, Brett Read, an Okanogan County firefighter from District 8, was trying to leave his work area at the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County when flames suddenly intensified. Read became separated from the engine he was working on and was burned. According to a GoFundMe page started in Read's name, Read was taken to Coulee Medical Center and later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 4:41:48 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:41:48 GMT

Washington’s wildfire season on pace to be among worst in recent history
Our wildfire season is heating up to be among the most expensive and longest on record. State fire officials say we haven’t seen a fire season like this since 2015, which was the costliest in state history. Our dry, hot weather isn’t helping crews who are trying to contain the flames already spreading across the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 11:33:46 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:33:46 GMT

Whidbey Fire/EMS out-of-district fire volunteer program gains momentum
In response to the growing need for volunteer firefighters and EMTs, South Whidbey Fire/EMS launched a new program last year to recruit volunteers from outside of the district. So far this year, six EMT out-of-district volunteers have joined the department. They are Seattle residents Sage Cowles, Aron Nolte and Kiel Rasp, Oak Harbor resident Elizabeth Ratterman, Mukilteo resident Kristi Doody and Jesse Jennings, of Edmonds.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 1:43:25 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:43:25 GMT

Federal funds awarded to help with firefighting costs in Central Washington
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for three fires burning in central Washington, including the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas and Grant counties near Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam. Early Sunday morning, FEMA granted the state’s request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grants to help with firefighting costs for the Grass Valley Fire burning in Douglas and Grant counties.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 1:03:33 PM - SOURCE: Grand Coulee Star
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:03:33 GMT

Washington has the worst air quality in the country
Unhealthy smoky air from wildfires is blanketing the Northwest. The National Weather Service says Washington state had the worst air quality in the country Wednesday. In Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the hazardous level, prompting Chelan County officials to distribute masks.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 7:45:09 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:45:09 GMT

Pilot survives as Fire Boss plane goes down in Ferry County
A Fire Boss plane went down in Ferry County this afternoon while fighting one of the 70 fires that sparked east of the Cascades after the lightning storms and winds Saturday. According to the Department of National Resources, the aircraft’s engine failed while fighting a fire, forcing the pilot to leave the fire line and making a hard landing on a logging road.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 6:42:39 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:42:39 GMT

Chehalis Council Approves Emergency Resolution Related to Asbestos in Fire Station
The Chehalis City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday allowing acting City Manager Glenn Schaffer to expedite the process of paying for work related to the removal of asbestos from the fire station. The resolution allows the city to enter into contracts with firms hired to test for and remove asbestos found Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 12:30:19 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:30:19 GMT

FEMA authorizes funds to fight Boyd's Fire
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help fight the Boyd's Fire, located three miles northwest of Kettle Falls. FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O'Hare approved the state of Washington's request on Monday. The fire, which started on Saturday, has burned over 3,000 acres of state and federal land, and forced portions of State Route 20 to close.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Homeless man arrested after more than 20 dumpster fires in Bellevue, Redmond
Investigators say at least 18 dumpster fires are believed to have been intentionally set early Wednesday morning. Firefighters started getting calls about the fires about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday. Bellevue fire said fires were being lit until about 1 a.m. All of the fires were set in dumpsters behind businesses in Bellevue and Redmond.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 6:41:41 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-FM Radio
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:41:41 GMT

Aberdeen, Hoquiam fire, EMS consolidation talks heat up
With the impending retirement of Hoquiam Fire Chief Paul Dean Oct. 1 and now a letter of support from the presidents of both the Aberdeen and Hoquiam firefighters unions, discussions between the two cities about consolidating fire and EMS services seems to be picking up steam. The letter was presented to the Hoquiam City Council Monday.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 7:45:31 PM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:45:31 GMT

Cougar Creek Fire containment grows six times over acreage burned in past 24 hours
For the first time since it broke out on July 28, there is more official containment to report than growth on the Cougar Creek Fire. Firefighters battling the blaze, which is centered about 20 miles northwest of Entiat, took advantage of favorable weather conditions on Tuesday and made significant progress in both suppression and containment efforts.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 10:48:12 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:48:12 GMT

Clark County, Yacolt public safety mentor and guide retires after 47 years
It’s the end of an era in Yacolt as longtime public safety leader Tom McDowell has officially stepped away from his post at Clark County Fire District 13 and North Country EMS. Most recently assistant chief for the two agencies, McDowell has been a part of the town and surrounding region’s fire and medical response services for nearly five decades, serving as chief for much of that time until his July 31 retirement.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 1:42:13 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector.com
Posted on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:42:13 GMT

Seattle City Council says contracted ambulance workers deserve better pay
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) employed by a city contractor help and transport sick and injured people across Seattle but earn as little as $15 per hour as they respond in ambulances to incidents that can range from car crashes and psychiatric crises to strokes. They deserve more, the City Council declared Monday with a resolution that calls on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration to seek better wages and benefits for the EMTs.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 8:10:20 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:10:20 GMT

Yakima firefighters deal with 7 suspicious fires, 4 labeled arson, in past 5 days
The 911 call came in and firefighters put out a warehouse fire at Fruit Packers Supply, only to have the same building ignite again two days later. “With these businesses, buildings, infrastructure, trucks and all that material it's a rough estimate of about twenty million (dollars),” Jeff Pfaff with Yakima Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 7:06:31 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:06:31 GMT

Pasco firefighters are getting their own multi-story live fire training facility
After an almost two-year process, a new live fire training facility will soon be available for Pasco firefighters and departments in the surrounding regions. "It's great to be getting this put together and it's wonderful for the Pasco Fire Department and the city to have this facility here," said Pasco Fire Chief Bob Gear.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 6:41:28 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 01:41:28 GMT

Defensible space around Kennewick homes saves them from Bofer Canyon Fire
Five houses were lost in the Bofer Canyon Fire on Saturday. Many more homes were threatened but managed to still stand. The Bofer Canyon Fire moved so quickly through south Kennewick, fire crews didn't have time to make it to houses getting stuck in the path of the blaze. Fire officials said a defensible space around homes helped save several homes.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 8:22:34 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:22:34 GMT

West Pierce County Battalion Chief: Ketron Island man's tractor helps firefighters get to Horizon crash site
When a stolen Horizon Q400 plane crashed in dense forest on Ketron Island in Puget Sound Friday evening, it not only killed pilot Richard Russell, but created quite the fire. Ketron Island does not have a fire department, and typically any fire there would be covered by the state Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 10:39:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:39:36 GMT

Grass Valley Fire holds at 74,000 acres; burned firefighter in satisfactory condition
A firefighter injured while fighting a large wildfire in Douglas County is stable at a Seattle hospital, and the fire itself held steady overnight Sunday as the weather cooperated and additional resources came in. The Grass Valley Fire remained at roughly 74,000 acres Monday morning - about the same size it was measured on Sunday, according to incident spokesperson Ben Shearer, and is now 10 percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 8:13:19 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:13:19 GMT

Second suspected arson fire in 2 days levels Yakima warehouse; $20 million in damage
Arson is blamed for a four-alarm fire Saturday morning at a Yakima warehouse that required fire crews from as far away as Kittitas County and caused an estimated $20 million in damage. It was the second time in 48 hours that fire broke out at Fruit Packers Supply Inc.Both fires are under investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 13 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Cougar Creek wildfire is now more than 26K acres, only 5 percent contained
Nearly 1,100 firefighters are tackling the Cougar Creek wildfire which has grown to more than 26,000 acres with only 5 percent containment. The blaze is now spawning additional spot fires. Fire spokesman Nick Mickel says the challenge comes when a spot fire pops up while trying to maintain their containment line.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2018 6:19:28 PM - SOURCE: MyNorthwest.com
Posted on Sun, 12 Aug 2018 01:19:28 GMT

Neighbors survey damage after fast-moving wildfire destroys multiple Kennewick homes
As Saturday's wildfires rushed toward homes, the folks living in the fires path had only minutes to grab what they could and escape. At least two homes are completely destroyed in the Canyon Lakes area, where the evacuation order was eventually lifted so folks could protect their homes from flareups as firefighters attacked it from the rapidly-advancing front line.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 2:17:39 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:17:39 GMT

Rogue plane takes off from Sea-Tac Airport; crashes on remote Pierce County island
“My pilot speaking,” her tweet began. “It’s a Horizon Q400 big turboprop. Some guy stole it. Looked up how to fly on the internet. He’s been around Mount Rainier, now is going to Olympics. He doesn’t know what he is doing. He has everything in the area locked down.” Within the hour, Sea-Tac Airport confirmed the rogue mission: "An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 6:08:57 AM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Sun, 12 Aug 2018 13:08:57 GMT

Miriam fire near White Pass is now at 2,236 acres with 9 percent containment
The Miriam Fire near White Pass, which started in July, is now at 2,236 acres and it is 9-percent contained. According to a press release, firefighters have finished working on the Ginnette Lake to Twin Peaks area. Crews are still utilizing structure protection work on ski area structures. There is a new Emergency Area Closure that has been issued for the Clear Fork Fire (located in the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest) expanding the current closure area associated with the Miriam Fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 7:08:05 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:08:05 GMT

Former Orting Valley firefighter saves own life, rips leg from underneath loaded truck in Pierce Co.
A logging truck driver is recovering after being run over by his own fully loaded truck near Lake Kapowsin in Pierce County on April 16. West used a special set of skills to save his own life, even though he ended up losing a leg. "I basically felt or heard the bones in my leg break," Troy said. As he stood tightening the load of his logging truck deep in the woods, it started to skid, knocking him under the back wheels.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 5:36:35 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:36:35 GMT

Cougar Creek Fire nears homes, Ardenvoir placed on Level 2 evacuation notice
After burning for two weeks in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Cougar Creek Fire is now posing a serious threat to life and property as it pushes closer to the Entiat River Valley. The wildfire swelled by nearly another 2,000 acres since yesterday and is now listed at 12,314 acres in size.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 9:43:41 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:43:41 GMT

First responders and dealing with post-traumatic stress
Firefighters see and deal with devastating events on a regular basis, and it can have lasting effects on their mental health. Crystal Murphy served as a firefighter and EMT for the Lacey Fire Department. After years of struggling with post-traumatic stress, she took her life on Christmas Day. "From a day-to-day perspective firefighters see a lot of things that no human should ever have to see," said Chief Bill Whealan with Benton County Fire District 4.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 11:39:25 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:39:25 GMT

Arlington council okays ambulance utility fee
A $15 ambulance utility fee to slash mounting EMS costs and devote more general fund money for public safety needs was approved by the City Council Monday. The new fee will appear on city residential and business customers’ utility bills starting in September. The council had the option to consider a $10 monthly fee presented by City Administrator Paul Ellis that would not have met all immediate needs, vote against the fee altogether and hand the issue back to staff for further research.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 2:16:57 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:16:57 GMT

Fire Near White Pass Grows by Nearly 600 Acres Overnight
Firefighters anticipate dry, gusty winds Friday, following days of hot and arid weather, will worsen the spread of the Miriam Fire, which was at more than 1,900 acres Thursday. Possible thunderstorms could ignite more fires. Lightning from a Saturday thunderstorm sparked a 5-acre fire near White Pass, which is burning slowly in the area around Shoe Lake, Clear Fork and Pacific Crest trails in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 10:50:55 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:50:55 GMT

Kennewick firefighters rescue deer stuck in irrigation canal
Kennewick firefighters rescued a deer found stuck in an irrigation canal on Tuesday. When the fire department was called to the scene in the morning. A firefighter tied a lasso and looped the deer on his first attempt. The deer was safely pulled from the water. Firefighter from stations 4 and 5 were both dispatched to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 6:16:21 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2018 01:16:21 GMT

Authorities investigate attempted arson at Kingdom Hall in Yelm
Authorities on Wednesday were investigating after someone tried to set fire to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Yelm. This comes after four other recent attacks on Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses in Thurston County that are being investigated as hate crimes. In the latest incident, authorities were called around 7:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:56:46 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:56:46 GMT

Largest W. Wash. wildfire torches 800 acres in Olympics; hikers ordered to leave
The largest wildfire in Western Washington raced through thick timber Thursday in a popular recreation area on the east side of the Olympic Mountains, nearly doubling in size in 24 hours and prompting fire officials to close several trails and roads into the area. Meanwhile, officials were readying a mandatory evacuation order for all hikers and campers in the area of Hamma Hamma Road leading into the Lena Lake area, about five miles west of Highway 101.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 09 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

4 suspicious fires in Yakima Thursday morning
Fire crews in Yakima responded to four separate fires Thursday morning, one that did more than a million dollars in damage at a warehouse. YFD says all are considered suspicious. Crews first were called out to a brush fire at the Yakima Greenway at 1:41 a.m. 911 callers said trees and brush were burning near HWY 12 and 16th Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 6:53:24 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV
Posted on Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:53:24 GMT

Firefighters fear Cougar Creek fire could explode by week's end
A wildfire in Central Washington swelled nearly 50 percent in size overnight, and more firefighting crews headed to the area Wednesday amid fears that a change in the weather could cause the blaze to explode by week's end. The so-called Cougar Creek fire in Central Washington grew from about 6,100 acres on Tuesday afternoon to nearly 9,200 acres by Wednesday morning, prompting a series of evacuation orders including a mandatory evacuation in one area.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 3:09:03 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 08 Aug 2018 22:09:03 GMT

Teen was scared to jump off Moulton Falls bridge; broke 5 bones when someone pushed her, video shows
Many of us have been there at some point or another: standing nervously atop a diving board or rock, looking down into the water, trying to will ourselves to get over the fear and jump. Of course, most of the time, we’re not standing on a bridge 30 feet above a river, which is where one 16-year-old found herself in Moulton Falls, near Yacolt, Wash.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 6:47:08 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:47:08 GMT

New Lynden fire chief fire chief chosen
A new fire chief has been chosen, and the police force is nearly at full strength again. The new chief will be Mark Billmire, now of McCall, Idaho, where he headed a fire force for six years until June. The Lynden City Council on Monday unanimously confirmed Mayor Scott Korthuis’s choice of Billmire, who will begin work here on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 7:56:33 AM - SOURCE: Lyndentribune
Posted on Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:56:33 GMT

Family member says 23-year-old woman did not make it out of burning Ridgefield home
A man says his 23-year-old granddaughter did not make it out of a house that caught fire in Ridgefield early Wednesday morning. Crews responded to the fully-involved house fire at 3:51 a.m. in the 29300 block of Northwest 41st Avenue. The grandfather says he lives next door and has no idea what caused the fire that destroyed the home his granddaughter was inside.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Wed, 08 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Silver Lake Fire crews battle flare up, blaze grows to 334 acres near Cheney
Fire officials say better mapping has given crews on the front lines of the Silver Lake fire near Cheney a better idea of the size of the fire Wednesday. Previously reported as 100 acres, firefighters say the fire is now 334 acres in size. Firefighters say 30 acres of that new total was due to new growth between the two fires that make up the Silver Lake Fire, but still within the containment lines.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 3:21:49 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:21:49 GMT

6 escape as flames destroy home in Everett
Six people ran to escape flames overnight after fire broke out at a home in Everett. Crews responded to the scene, near Maple Street and Everett Avenue, shortly after midnight Wednesday after receiving reports of smoke and flames billowing from the home. The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 8:38:57 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:38:57 GMT

Bothell fire lieutenant fights cancer with Mercer Island community support
Kirk Robinson’s Facebook feed is full of uplifting content: photos of his firefighting career, videos of his two boys skateboarding and boating, inspirational news stories, family selfies and “throwback” memes. There is so much negativity in the world, he said, and he likes to share the good things. But at the beginning of the summer, he decided to post something more personal, and less positive: that he’s been fighting cancer for the past year and a half.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 5:43:14 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Posted on Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:43:14 GMT

Seattle police: Man barricades self in ex-girlfriend's RV, sets it on fire
A man is under arrest after barricading himself inside his ex-girlfriend's RV and then setting it on fire Tuesday morning in Seattle's SoDo district, police said. Officers responded to the scene, in the 800 block of South Dakota Street, at about 4:30 a.m. after a 44-year-old woman called 911 to report that her ex-boyfriend was there in violation of a no-contact order, said Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 2:13:54 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 21:13:54 GMT

Spokane’s newest deputy fire chief ready to help
Rex Strickland couldn’t be further from home. Coming from a county in Virginia whose eastern edge rubs against the nation’s capital, the Spokane Fire Department’s newest deputy fire chief is used to the rain. Lots of rain. And the people. Even more of them. That means he’s also acclimated to a bit more action than he’ll get in the other Washington’s second biggest city.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Six structures, seven outbuildings lost in Angel Springs Fire in Lincoln County
Fire officials say six structures and seven outbuildings have been lost in the Angel Springs Fire burning about seven miles northeast of Davenport in Lincoln County. The about 4,500-acre blaze is 15 percent contained after it was reportedly sparked by farming equipment Aug 2. As many as 170 structures remain threatened and Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:31:45 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:31:45 GMT

East Jefferson firefighter receives new heart after years of giving to community
When there is an emergency, calling 9-1-1 is what we instinctively do. Within minutes, assistance is on its way to help, whether it is a fire, accident or medical call. Reece Chambers, 41, a lieutenant with East Jefferson Fire-Rescue (EJFR), is one of those dedicated professionals who often answers the call and renders aid.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 7:16:55 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:16:55 GMT

'I can't afford to work here:' Seattle EMT workers demand better wages
When people need medical transport in Seattle, it’s usually American Medical Response (AMR) that does it. But with the company’s seven-year contract with the city coming to an end, workers are asking for better wages. “Because contrary to popular belief, we are not paid like our brothers and sisters in the fire service,” EMT John Moore said.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Pasco: Long-Awaited Plan to Combine Mid-Columbia 911 Dispatch Services Scheduled
The Southeast Communications Center (SECOMM) emergency dispatch center in Richland, managed by Benton County Emergency Services (BCES), will begin fielding all Mid-Columbia 911 calls effective 3:00 a.m., on Monday, August 6, 2018. The Transition & Buy-in Agreement to have Franklin County and City of Pasco dispatch services join BCES and form a bi-county operation of emergency dispatch services, was formally reached by all parties in June, 2017.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 10:24:38 AM - SOURCE: City of Pasco
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:24:38 GMT

Spokane Valley firefighters respond to man yelling for help in Spokane river
Spokane Valley firefighters responded to a report of a man yelling for help in the middle of the Spokane River around 3 p.m. Monday. The caller could see he man in the river just west of the Denny Ashlock Foot Bridge. He was not wearing a life jacket. As firefighters were trying to find the man, a passing power boat pulled him on board and took him to the north side of the river, where he was met by the Spokane Valley Fire Department water rescue team.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 4:55:01 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018 23:55:01 GMT

Chehalis Fire Department Building Evacuated Due To Asbestos
The Chehalis Fire Department’s station was evacuated Friday and remains vacated after asbestos was found while workers removed floor tiles as part of an ongoing renovation process. Per state Department of Labor and Industries Regulations, the fire department cannot use the station until it’s deemed clean by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2018 10:18:01 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 04 Aug 2018 17:18:01 GMT

Firefighter airlifted to hospital as Miriam Fire near White Pass rages uncontained
A firefighter was injured Friday while fighting the 700-acre Miriam Fire burning near White Pass. Fire management officials reported that the injured firefighter was airlifted to a local hospital, but further details and his status were unknown Friday evening. The lightning-sparked fire nearly tripled in size Wednesday and Thursday and is zero percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2018 10:30:19 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Sat, 04 Aug 2018 17:30:19 GMT

Benton City house fire sends one person to hospital
One person was injured in a house fire early Monday morning. Firefighters were called out to a home on the 800 block of Babs Avenue at about 5:30 a.m. When they arrived, fire crews saw smoke and flames coming from inside the home. They said the fire started in the back side of the home and spread throughout the house.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 9:52:14 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018 16:52:14 GMT

Firefighters prevent RV, shed fire from spreading to home in Clallam County
Firefighters prevented a fire in Gales Addition from spreading to a home that was about 5 feet from a fully engulfed outbuilding Sunday. When firefighters from Clallam County Fire District No. 2 arrived at the fire on the 2300 block of East Fifth Avenue east of Port Angeles at about 2 p.m. Sunday, they saw flames and smoke shooting out of a recreational vehicle and a nearby outbuilding, Assistant Chief Dan Huff said.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Fire in Auburn among latest brush fires to spark concern
A new week brings new concerns about brush fires across the region as temperatures inch back up again. One brush fire on the West Hill of Auburn kept firefighters busy all day Sunday. The fire broke out Saturday night, but firefighters spent much of the afternoon Sunday keeping an eye on hot spots to make sure the fire didn't flare back up.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 7:36:14 AM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:36:14 GMT

Growing Miriam Fire near White Pass: Officials order evacuations, closures
Evacuation orders and road closures have been extended for the Miriam Fire, as crews begin the process of containing the blaze near White Pass. A Level 3 evacuation order, meaning “go now,” was given Thursday for the area on the north shore of Rimrock Lake, according to the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 2:21:42 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:21:42 GMT

Spokane apartment complex catches fire
An apartment complex on Spokane’s South Hill caught fire Thursday afternoon, seriously damaging two units and the attic. Spokane County Fire District 8 Chief Tony Nielsen said no one was injured in the fire, which started near the pool at the Cedar Canyon Villas apartment complex, but that at least two of the 12 units in the building were seriously damaged.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 10:22:21 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 03 Aug 2018 05:22:21 GMT

Gilbert Fire near Twisp blows up nearly 20 times in size with "Extreme" behavior
A lightning-sparked wildfire burning in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley in Okanogan County has seen a massive expansion over the past 24 hours. The Gilbert Fire, which is burning roughly 20 miles northwest of the town of Twisp, exploded from 250 acres in size to approximately 4,500 acres on a day that saw high winds and very low humidity in the region.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 12:54:42 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:54:42 GMT

Skagit County commissioners, stakeholders plan next steps in EMS transition
A new, fire-based EMS system will begin operating in central Skagit County on or before Jan. 1, 2019, following an ordinance passed July 25 by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners. The ordinance also dissolves the Central Valley Ambulance Authority (CVAA) as of July 31, 2019. “It’s the first time the county and cities have had a unified view of how the system should work,” said EMS Director Jeff Sargent.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 7:20:18 AM - SOURCE: Skagit County
Posted on Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:20:18 GMT

Sheep Creek Fire near Northport grows to 249 acres, is five percent contained
The Sheep Creek Fire, located approximately six miles north of Northport is five percent contained, has 350 fire personnel working on the blaze and has grown to 249 acres since sparking on Monday. The fire is burning on private land with mixed timber and pockets of heavy logging slash and standing dead timber.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chewelah Independent
Posted on Fri, 03 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Kirkland firefighters deployed to fight fires in Oregon and California
Six Kirkland firefighters have recently been deployed to assist in fighting wildfires in Oregon and California. On July 21, Captain Ken Henderson and Firefighter Shawn McDougall were sent to fight the Natchez Fire south of Cave Junction, Oregon and were then reassigned to the Klondike Fire that is moving toward the Grants Pass area.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 7:29:44 AM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:29:44 GMT

Riverside Fire Authority Sues Lewis County Assessor, State Over Levy Dispute
The Riverside Fire Authority is seeking to recoup a six-figure amount in lost revenue from a discrepancy over levy collection, and it’s breaking new legal ground with a lawsuit against Lewis County and the Washington State Department of Revenue. At issue is whether levy limits — state laws governing the amount of property taxes that can be collected for a given levy — can be ignored when correcting a previous “underlevy,” a year in which the taxing authority failed to collect the proper amount from taxpayers.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Freeman School District honors Spokane County Fire District 8 for ongoing support since school shooting
The Freeman School District recently presented Spokane County Fire District 8 with a special award in recognition of the fire district’s support since a school shooting at Freeman High School in September. The award of “Outstanding Contributions and Support” during the 2017-18 school year was presented at a recent school board meeting.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 6:44:35 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:44:35 GMT

Cougar Creek Blaze Grows to 1,559 Acres
The Cougar Creek Fire has doubled in size to 1,559 acres with 0% containment. Information Officer Norma Brock said the increased figure is due to fire growth and better mapping of the lightning caused blaze. The fire is 12 miles NW of Ardenvior and about 7 1/2 miles NE of Plain. Winds Thursday from the west/northwest are expected to gust to 25 mph and continue to push the fire to the southeast.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 10:19:36 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:19:36 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 9 outfits vehicle to respond in difficult terrain
Spokane County Fire District 9 has created a new type of first response vehicle for backcountry wildfires that has been in hot demand so far this summer. The district purchased a quad utility task vehicle and outfitted it with climbing and medical equipment in addition to a backboard and Stokes basket, which are used to haul injured firefighters out of danger and to more advanced medical treatment.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 8:14:46 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:14:46 GMT

Longview police and fire departments train in active shooter simulation
At Columbia Heights Elementary School on Wednesday, police and firefighters knocked open doors, searched for gunmen, and rushed to save the lives of victims. The smell and blast of gunpowder gave the scene the scent and sound of a real gunfight. But it wasn’t real. It was one of many scenarios during a six-day active shooter training session, which police and fire personnel used to test their inter-department communication and readiness for one of the worst kinds of calls they can receive.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2018 10:29:57 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 05:29:57 GMT

Tanker truck overturns under West Seattle Bridge, leaks gasoline
PHOTOS: A tanker truck overturned under the West Seattle Bridge and began leaking gasoline, forcing the closure of an intersection, the Seattle Fire Department said. The driver was able to get out after the tanker overturned at Chelan Avenue SW and West Marginal Way SW, the department said. It did not say if the driver had suffered any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2018 2:49:06 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:49:06 GMT

Governor declares state of emergency, National Guard utilized for Washington wildfires
Gov. Jay Inslee signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday for all 39 counties to ensure immediate response of firefighting resources to protect people, homes, businesses and property from the threat of wildfire. “Catastrophic fires are burning up and down the West Coast, putting a strain on our firefighting resources,” Inslee said.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 5:03:34 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:03:34 GMT

Milepost 90 Fire closes Highway 14 in Wishram, Washington, Level 3 evacuations for some
A 10,000-acre fire burning along Highway 14 in the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday evening has forced the closure of the highway and evacuation orders. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire started on Highway 14 and is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs and private land. The Milepost 90 Fire (it was initially called the Avery Fire) started around 4:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2018 7:00:28 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:00:28 GMT

Yakima County: Camps At Clear Lake Evacuated Because Of Miriam Fire Threat
The Yakima Office of Emergency Management along with Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies and other authorities worked Tuesday to evacuate about 400 hundred kids and employees of summer camps in the Clear Lake area as a growing wildfire near White Pass threatened the area. Three camps at the lake were evacuated Tuesday after the area was put under a Level 3 evacuation notice.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2018 5:39:41 AM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:39:41 GMT

Bremerton woman hospitalized after confronting officers, setting fire to home
A 48-year-old woman in mental crisis, who reportedly was about to be evicted from her Bremerton house, was hospitalized late Monday after allegedly dousing the interior in gasoline and setting in on fire. Bremerton police responded to a report of a woman breaking windows at a house near the corner Fifth Street and Chester Avenue at about 3:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2018 1:47:36 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:47:36 GMT

Yakima Fire Department looking into several suspicious fires
Just this past year, Yakima firefighters have responded to over 65 structure fires, and 43 of those are still under investigation. Fire officials say there is quite a bit of material that has to be looked through until a cause can be determined for many of those fires. Because of that, many of these fires are still being considered suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2018 10:51:28 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:51:28 GMT

Fallen East Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief remembered on 10th anniversary of death
The American flag at the front of the East Pierce Fire & Rescue headquarters station in Bonney Lake was flying at half-staff Thursday (July 26). That day, staff members and local department representatives gathered for the 10th anniversary of the death of former Chief Dan Packer, who died battling a wildfire in California in 2008, just shy of his 50th birthday.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 3:10:09 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:10:09 GMT

Fire crews nearing full containment of 25 Mile Creek and Chelan Hills fires
Firefighters appear poised to seal the fate of two fires currently burning in Chelan and Douglas counties. Fire officials say the 25 Mile Creek Fire near Manson is 80% contained. Full containment of the once destructive blaze is anticipated to happen Wednesday. State mobilization crews will disperse by Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: iFIBER One News
Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Man Rescued After Fall in Bellingham's Whatcom Falls Park
A man, believed to be in his teens, slipped down a steep cliff Sunday afternoon in Whatcom Falls Park and had to be rescued by a team that included the Bellingham Fire Department. The incident occurred at approximately 4:51 p.m. Sunday near the 15-foot Middle Falls, also known as Pixie Falls. “I don’t think he was jumping or anything like that,” Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Newbold said.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 12:57:36 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:57:36 GMT

Batali gets nod for Bainbridge Island Fire Department board commissioner
Gina Batali was unanimously appointed to the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department at the board’s meeting last week. Batali will serve in the Position 3 seat left vacant by the resignation last week of Bruce Alward. She is a north Bainbridge resident and the former owner of Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Pioneer Square.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Equipment dealer, farmer snap up fire trucks at Spokane Fire Department auction
The Spokane Fire Department sold six vehicles at an auction Saturday morning. Five went to a Cheney man who’ll sell them for parts; the other was picked up by a farmer and developer who intends to use it to protect his family’s farm in Valley, Washington. Jim Paladin, his daughter Crystal Martin and son-in-law Jesse Martin, purchased the single fire truck for $1,600.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2018 5:36:44 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 29 Jul 2018 00:36:44 GMT

Woman, dog survive house fire in Liberty Lake
VIDEO: One woman and a dog survived a house fire that sparked Sunday night at a home in Liberty Lake. According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, it happened on the 1300 block of Wright Blvd. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other homes, but the house it started at was seriously damaged.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2018 11:01:47 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 06:01:47 GMT

West Thurston Firefighter Wins State Award
West Thurston Regional Fire Authority firefighter Michael Morales was presented the Firefighter of the Year award July 20 by the American Legion at its state award banquet in Spokane. The American Legion recognizes providers from around the State of Washington for their efforts in providing outstanding public service.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2018 6:52:25 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2018 01:52:25 GMT

Pullman Firefighters Union: 'We just need additional staff'
Billowing black smoke rises from a house. Three firefighters arrive on scene but are unable to enter unless they know someone is in need of a rescue. So, they watch the flames grow. According to the Washington Administrative Code, firefighters are not authorized to enter a burning building unless four or more firefighters are on scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire forces evacuation of state park on Lake Chelan
Crews continue to battle two wildfires near Lake Chelan. The 25 Mile Creek Fire has forced level 3 evacuations, which means go now, at Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park on the west bank of Lake Chelan. The evacuations begin at milepost 9.5 on South Lakeshore Road and extend to the west, including Hale Road and Shady Pass.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Arlington Fire Department launches swimmers technical rescue team
Last summer on the day before school started, a 16-year-old girl swimming with family in the Stillaguamish River at the Lincoln Bridge went under, and didn’t resurface until her brother pulled her near-lifeless body to the inaccessible side of the shore. Arlington fire personnel initiated lifesaving efforts after swimming to her location and floating her back on a plastic spine board, where she was rushed to a hospital and recovered after weeks in critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2018 1:04:50 PM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:04:50 GMT

White Pass Will Manage Without Naches Fire Department
The Naches Fire Department is no longer responding to medical emergencies at White Pass. After a meeting with Yakima County Commissioners Friday, leaders of the Naches Fire District say they don't have enough money in the budget to go to the area anymore. A spokesperson for White Pass says they have enough medical crews on staff to handle emergencies untill other help arrives.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2018 3:13:23 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Sun, 29 Jul 2018 10:13:23 GMT

Chimacum fire leaves couple, pet homeless
A man, a woman and a dog were left homeless after a residential fire in Chimacum whose cause is still under investigation, according to East Jefferson Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Bill Beezley. Beezley informed The Leader his crews received notice of the fire at 2:06 p.m. July 26, and were joined at the scene, in the 100 block of Center Road, just south of the intersection with Highway 19, by fellow responders from Quilcene Fire and Rescue, Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue, the Department of Natural Resources and Engine 91 of Naval Magazine Indian Island.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2018 11:01:25 AM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:01:25 GMT

Moses Lake firefighters stomp out fire
Firefighters in Moses Lake were able to stomp out a late night blaze that started out as a vehicle fire on Thursday before the flames damaged nearby homes. The Moses Lake Fire Department was initially dispatched to a car fire at the residence, located at Longview Street Northeast and Parkway Drive Northeast, about 9:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2018 9:41:02 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:41:02 GMT

3 People are now safe after an house fire in Kennewick
3 people are now safe this morning, after firefighters put out a house fire in Kennewick. Early this morning, fire crews responded to reports of a house fire on the corner of Nevada St. and Yellowstone Ave. The 3 adults were inside at the time of the blaze, and officials say they all got out without any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2018 7:35:47 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:35:47 GMT

Water rescue taken seriously in Yakima County
The Yakima, Naches and Tieton rivers seem like ideal spots to cool off and find respite from the summer heat. Inevitably, people see the shallow, cold waters and overlook the ever-present risks, which can be invisible to those without proper training. When emergency situations arise, local water rescue teams quickly spring into action.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 11:43:09 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 06:43:09 GMT

Fire damages Port Angeles home
Clallam County Fire District No. 2 Deputy Chief Jake Patterson walks to the scene of a house fire at 1615 S. Owen Ave., in Port Angeles that did heavy damage to the structure Thursday. Fire District No. 2 was giving assistance to the Port Angeles Fire Department, which was investigating the blaze. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Bogues said no one was home at the time and no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2018 4:56:50 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:56:50 GMT

Franklin County: When Brush Fire and Dust Devil Meet
Franklin County Fire District 3 posted this video July 24th on their Facebook page, when they responded to a natural cover fire near Ice Harbor Road and Jessica road. No one was injured and no property damage reported, although it did consume between 80-90 acres. But what's remarkable is the dust devil (not a baseball player!) that stirred up the area while they were battling the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 1:44:46 PM - SOURCE: KFLD-AM 870
Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:44:46 GMT

Two firefighters hospitalized after house fire in North Seattle
Two firefighters were hospitalized after fighting a house fire in North Seattle Wednesday night. The fire broke out just before 5:30 p.m. at a home on NE 94th Street. Seattle Fire said one firefighter fell through the roof and into the attic of the home. He was able to exit the home on his own and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2018 9:46:16 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2018 04:46:16 GMT

Interim Spokane Forest Service chief says she will make it ‘easier for all kinds of businesses to work with and on the forest’
The head of the U.S. Forest Service promised Tuesday that the way the Forest Service does business is going to change. U.S. Forest Service interim Chief Vicki Christiansen spoke at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s annual summit. “We have great opportunity and we have significant challenges and this is not going to be business as usual,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 6:02:20 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:02:20 GMT

12-year-old revives her baby brother found in septic tank, East Pierce firefighters say
A 12-year-old girl was able to revive her 2-year-old brother after he was found unresponsive in the family’s septic tank late Wednesday morning in Edgewood, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue. Their mother was able to get the boy out of the septic tank but got stuck in the process, so the girl called 911, East Pierce Fire Chief Bud Backer said.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 7:45:05 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:45:05 GMT

Lewis County Fire District 5 Residents Get Last Chance to Pass EMS Levy
The 5,000 or so Lewis County residents that live within the boundaries of Fire District 5 may have to live without their own emergency medical response system if they don’t vote next month to approve levy funding for the service. The fire district has never collected levy funds to pay for EMS services, which account for 70 to 80 percent of its call volume each year, instead using tax funds collected for fire services.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 10:32:06 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:32:06 GMT

Marysville Fire District trying swimmingly to get water rescue team
Firefighters have to be comfortable around water, obviously. But eight Marysville Fire District firefighters are taking it to the next level. They have completed testing to become members of district’s new Rapid Entry Rescue Swimmer Team. Captains Matt Campbell and Chad Hale, and firefighters Ryan Hopp, Luis Cruz, Solomon Wilson, Chad Solbakken and Jack Reeves, and Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2018 1:23:51 PM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:23:51 GMT



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