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Kent-based Puget Sound Fire picks new chief
The Puget Sound Fire board selected Matthew Morris, fire chief in Henderson, Nev., to be the new chief for the Kent-based agency. Morris, one of three finalists for the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority position, has worked with the Henderson Fire Department since 1996 and became chief in 2016. “This was a difficult decision because of the high quality candidates we had in the final three,” said Bill Boyce, Kent City Council president and a fire board member.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 1:03:55 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:03:55 GMT



Medical call turns violent, man pulls gun on Spokane firefighters
Firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis to save others: Walking through burning buildings, performing water rescues, and fighting brush fires. But, what was at first a normal medical call last week turned into a very dangerous situation for Spokane firefighters. "The person went from a normal status like you and I talking here to extremely violent," said Spokane Fire Chief Schaeffer.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2017 6:52:48 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:52:48 GMT



Woman escapes mobile home fire near Deer Park in Spokane
A woman was able to escape a mobile home that caught on fire early Thursday morning in a remote area near Deer Park. About 25 firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 4 and other agencies were called to the home at 26028 N. Spotted Road at about 6 a.m., where they found it fully engulfed in flames, said Megan Hill, spokeswoman for Fire District 4.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2017 9:33:50 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:33:50 GMT



Firefighters appreciate construction crews help contain Mead brush fire on Newport Highway
As soon as a fire breaks out, firefighters rush to the scene. But something interesting happened at the fire in Mead along Newport Highway on Tuesday. A group of construction workers who were at a site just across the road saw the smoke and flames, hopped in their water tanker, and immediately drove across the street.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2017 6:39:10 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:39:10 GMT



4 RVs destroyed in fire at lot in east Vancouver
Four RVs at a vehicle storage lot in east Vancouver were destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to 606 N.E. 192nd Ave. just before 11:30 a.m. for the reported fire, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Pete Adams said. Several explosions were reported prior to firefighters’ arrival and crews could see plumes of black smoke from the highway, Adams said.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 1:55:24 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:55:24 GMT



Fire destroys Mount Vernon building at closed business
A fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed a building at the closed Summersun Nursery at 4100 E. College Way. Mount Vernon Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Malone said the fire was reported at 3:26 p.m. and the first fire trucks arrived at 3:31 p.m. The building was not in use and had no power running to it.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2017 4:11:41 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:11:41 GMT



Four Spokane firefighters recovering after exposure during hazardous gas leak at retirement home
Six people were taken to the hospital and 75 residents at the Riverview Retirement Community in the 1800 block of E. Upriver Dr. had to be evacuated Tuesday evening due to a hazardous gas leak. The Spokane Fire Department responded to the call around 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival crews discovered there was a leak of r22 Freon, which is a refrigerant, from a hazardous gas container.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 10:54:26 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:54:26 GMT



North Spokane fires close Highway 2, force people from their homes
Firefighters have contained two brush fires burning miles a part from one another in north Spokane County. The Pit fire, started right off Highway 2, Tuesday afternoon and burned two acres. The fire closed Highway 2 for a period of time. Firefighters told KXLY there were several ignition points. Firefighters from six different agencies quickly knocked the fire down, only to have another fire start miles up the road.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 8:30:18 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:30:18 GMT



Seattle Fire Department: New rescue swimmer pilot program could help save more lives
The Seattle Fire Department has launched a year-long pilot program that could help save more lives during water rescues using teams of highly-trained rescue swimmers. The department held a demonstration off the shores of Alki Beach in West Seattle on Tuesday morning. As part of the demonstration, the King County Sheriff's Office Guardian One helicopter flew overhead as a Seattle firefighter dressed in a red and black suit entered the water and swam out to someone in need of help.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 7:10:35 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:10:35 GMT



Yakima garage fire takes the lives of one dog and three parrots
A fire destroyed an attached garage at a South Naches Road home and spread into the home’s roof and crawl space Tuesday. The fire broke out shortly before noon in the garage at 9645 South Naches Road, according to firefighters. Before firefighters were able to control the blaze, it spread through the roof space and damaged the master bedroom and bath, according to Naches Fire Department officials.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 1:51:59 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:51:59 GMT



Firefighters knock down brush fire on Redmond-Duvall-Woodinville border
Firefighters from three cities moved quickly to extinguish a brush fire in the 13300 block of 242nd Avenue Northeast on Tuesday afternoon before the blaze could cause significant structural damage. The fire, which burned around one-half acre of pasture, was reported at 1:24 p.m. Lynn Cash lives on the property and said she and her family were gone when it started.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2017 1:47:41 AM - SOURCE: Redmond Reporter
Posted on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:47:41 GMT



Fire departments expand to keep up Tri-Cities population growth
Tri-Cities has seen an explosion of growth over the last decade and more people means more work for fire departments. “We're all in the same crunch,” stated Pasco Fire Department Assistant Chief Dave Hare. Here's a look at the numbers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 Kennewick’s population numbered 73,917, Pasco had 59,781 and Richland had 48,058.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 10:29:20 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:29:20 GMT



Four fires set at Seattle’s Ballard homeless camps
Several small fires in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood overnight are being investigated as arson. All of the four fires were set in homeless camps in a six-block area along the Burke Gilman Trail between Northwest 36th Street and Northwest 42nd Street. One fire burned a pile of items that a homeless man had been collecting for the past few months.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 5:16:42 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:16:42 GMT



3 pulled from Nooksack River in massive rescue operation
hree people who fell into the Nooksack River were saved in a massive rescue operation Monday. Several agencies worked together to rescue the three, who tumbled into the river when their craft overturned late Monday afternoon. The three spent hours in the water before they could be brought out by helicopter.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 8:45:37 AM - SOURCE: KOMOnews.com
Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:45:37 GMT



Crews douse brush fire near Trinidad
A brush fire burned about 50 acres Monday near Basalt Drive Northwest outside of Trinidad. The fire was reported about 10:35 a.m. and went to a second-alarm about 12:10 p.m., but was contained by early afternoon, said Brian Brett, assistant fire chief with Douglas County Fire District 2. Assistant Chief Cam Phillips said about 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 4:11:01 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:11:01 GMT



Crews nearing full containment of wildfire that threatened Wanapum Village
Wildfire crews over the weekend neared full containment of a blaze that blackened 24,640 acres in the Army’s Yakima Training Center and threatened a tribal village of some 250 residents. Crews had the fire 90 percent contained Sunday and expected full containment that afternoon, according to a news release from firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 9:56:31 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:56:31 GMT



Firefighters: Human-caused fire closes Yakima Greenway
Yakima fire officials say an early Monday morning fire that blackened up to 6 acres and closed the Yakima Greenway was caused by a person. "We believe it was set by a person," said Yakima Fire Department Shift commander Tom Schneider. It is not known if the fire, located next to the Yakima Greenway east of the old Boise-Cascade mill site in northern Yakima, was deliberately set or was a campfire that went out of control, Schneider said.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 9:56:37 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:56:37 GMT



Man set fire to home with wife and kids inside, Tacoma police say
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson after Tacoma police said he started a fire at a home with his wife and two children inside. Police said the 47-year-old man threw a container full of gas at a front window of a house in the 4000 block of South Warner Street about 10:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 1:42:27 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:42:27 GMT



100 acre fire burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
A fire is burning in the Pasayten wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest about 18 miles north of Mazama. It has grown to 100 acres since this morning and is continuing to spread to the east/southeast, said the United States Forest Service. Eight smokejumpers were deployed this morning from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to suppress the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2017 10:47:41 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:47:41 GMT



Estimated 5,000-acre fire continues burning on Yakima Training Center
Firefighters were expected to work into the night Thursday to contain a 5,000-acre fire burning in the Army’s sprawling Yakima Training Center. The fire — on the east side of the training center near the Columbia River — started Wednesday evening. Firefighters have contained the north end, but as of Thursday afternoon only 10 percent of the south side was contained, according to an Army news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 7:52:48 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:52:48 GMT



Grant County Fire District 5 debuts new tender
After nearly a year of work, Grant County Fire District 5’s newest water tender is on the road for fire season. The former propane truck, one of two chassis the district purchased for about $70,000 from Canada, was built by district personnel, not only allowing the district to save money, but giving them the ability to customize the tender with equipment they know works for wildfires in the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 4:34:39 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:34:39 GMT



Update: Crews dealing with increasing costs, burial grounds in Bateman Island Fire
It's been burning for nearly a week, and we learned today that the fire on Bateman Island is racking up a hefty bill. We can't give you an exact number, but Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington estimates fighting this fire has cost close to $100,000. But unlike most wildfires that are funded by state or federal agencies, because Bateman Island is part of Richland city property, the bill for this fire is falling on the city's lap.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12:42:10 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:42:10 GMT



Spokane County: Second body found in burning house also shot in head
Both people whose bodies were found inside a burning home in Spokane Valley died of gunshot wounds to the head. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the second victim Thursday as 70-year-old Bobby Kihara. The medical examiner says the circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 2:28:41 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:28:41 GMT



Father, 4-year-old boy killed in Auburn fourplex fire
A man and a 4-year-old boy were killed overnight in a fire at an Auburn fourplex. Firefighters were called around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 2600 block of O St NE to the report of people trapped inside a fire. Fire crews said police arrived at the scene first but without proper equipment were unable to rescue them.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 7:47:14 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:47:14 GMT



Fire burns building at Fircrest School in Shoreline
Firefighters are battling flames at the Fircrest School property in Shoreline. The fire started at about 9 a.m. at the building at 155th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center houses about 200 people with mental disabilities. The laundry facility is the building that caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 11:15:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:15:00 GMT



Pasco Fire Department preps new recruits for real flames
Firefighting is not an easy job, and today we experienced some of the intense training Pasco Fire Department leaders put their new recruits through. A group of three firefighters burst into a burning building, but the smoke was just a simulation, and the victims just dummies. All this was part of a ten-week training academy to prepare new recruits for real fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 5:58:31 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:58:31 GMT



Western Washington not Immune From Wildfire Risk
Wildland fires in the United States are becoming commonplace. There have been significant fires all throughout the West and British Columbia in the last month with individual homes and even neighborhoods being lost to fire. In California, the wildland fire season is now year-round. Typically, the wildland fire season here in Washington begins in June and heats up in the months of July, August and September.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gov Tech
Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Two brush fires burn near Wapato miles apart
Fire crews are working to extinguish two brush fires near Wapato. Authorities said one brush fire burned 10 acres, located to the right of I-82 eastbound roads near milepost 47 and 50, Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews said the fire is completely controlled. Another brush fire is burning about a mile and a half away and has burned 80 acres.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 5:25:23 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:25:23 GMT



Man wakes up to flames ripping through Kitsap Co. home
Firefighters say a man was hospitalized after he awoke to flames ripping through his home in Kitsap County Wednesday afternoon. The house is in the 9600 block of Misery Point Road, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue said. No other injuries were reported. Firefighters were on scene for several hours Wednesday night making sure the flames were completely extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 4:47:40 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:47:40 GMT



Hundreds line procession route to honor Lynden fire chief
Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Lynden Tuesday afternoon to honor the city’s fire chief. Robert Spinner died from an apparent heart attack late last week, according to the Whatcom County Fire Chief's Association (WCFCA). On Tuesday, the Lynden Fire Department escorted his body from the Whatcom County Medical Examiner's Office in Bellingham to Gillies Funeral Home in Lynden.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 6:36:29 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:36:29 GMT



Elderly woman found safe after early morning house fire in Federal Way
A 92-year-old woman who originally was reported missing early Wednesday after her home was gutted by fire has now been located alive and safe. Fire crews rushed to the scene, in the 700 block of SW 310th Street, at about 5 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about smoke and flames spewing from the single-story home, said Deputy Battalion Chief Dave Mataftin of South King Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 10:33:44 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:33:44 GMT



Benton, Franklin County fire departments are in desperate need of volunteers
Firefighters said the number of calls are going up, but their fighting force is going down. Both Benton and Franklin Counties rely heavily on volunteer firefighters and need more. "Without the volunteers we couldn't survive," Benton County Fire District #4 Captain Ed Dunbar said. Dunbar started as a volunteer firefighter in 1983, and 20 years later he turned firefighting into a career.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 7:40:26 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:40:26 GMT



Man falls from Camas waterfall, rescued by raft, ropes
Firefighters used a raft and ropes system to rescue a man who suffered possibly serious injuries after falling from a waterfall near Round Lake in Camas. A man, whose name was not released but described as in his 30s, fell from the falls in the area known as the Potholes at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Payne said.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 11:16:47 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:16:47 GMT



Yakima firefighters and police investigating three suspicious fires
Yakima Police and Firefighters are investigating three suspicious fires that started Wednesday morning. Firefighters tell NBC Right Now they were originally responding to a dumpster fire near Walnut and 7th Street around 4:00 a.m. On their way, they found a house on fire on the 200 Block of South 7th Street.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 10:52:39 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:52:39 GMT



Firefighters standing vigil over body of Lynden fire chief
In a tradition as old as the service, firefighters from Lynden and around Whatcom County are standing vigil over the body of Lynden interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner, who died Friday of an apparent heart attack while on duty. It is the first line of duty death in the Lynden Fire Department’s 107-year history, according to a statement issued late Sunday, and the second on-duty firefighter death in Whatcom County – the other line of duty firefighter death was in March 1950, when Whatcom County Fire District 7’s Chief Clyde Eaton suffered fatal burns as a barrel of fuel exploded at a fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



2 killed in Spokane Valley house fire
Authorities are investigating a fire at a home in Spokane Valley. The call came in around 1:42 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities said two bodies were discovered in the home near North Sipple Road and East Indiana Avenue. Melanie Rose with the Spokane Valley Fire Department confirmed the scene has become an active crime scene, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office will be handling the investigation.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 10:37:28 AM - SOURCE: krem.com
Posted on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:37:28 GMT



Update: Two under investigation for Mount Vernon fire that killed children
Two children died and three adults were injured in a fire Saturday morning, and now two people who had recently been evicted from the Mount Vernon-area home are in jail for investigation of arson and two counts of first-degree murder. The children were ages 8 and 6, according to the probable cause affidavit.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 4:17:19 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:17:19 GMT



Bills designed to reduce wildfires, add firefighting funding activate this week
Three of the four state bills that have been tooled to prevent the catastrophic wildfire seasons we saw in 2014 and 2015 will take effect this week. State Rep. Tom Dent and Sen. Judy Warnick of Moses Lake were an influence on these bills which passed during the 2017 legislative session. House Bill 1711 requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to prioritize money spent on forest treatment to prevent fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 3:12:18 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:12:18 GMT



Selah Fire Chief: Slim chance of determining cause of Selah Ridge fire
Investigators say it’s unlikely the cause will ever be determined of a Sunday brush fire believed to have started in a homeless camp near the confluence of the Yakima and Naches rivers that then crested the Selah Ridge. “They disappeared,” Selah Fire Chief Gary Hanna said of those living in the camp.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 2:03:51 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:03:51 GMT



Kids presumed dead, 2 arrested after fire rips through Mount Vernon home
A mother is in a burn unit at Harborview Medical Center and her two children are presumed dead after flames ripped through her Mount Vernon home early Saturday morning. Neighbors say her two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, weren't able to escape the flames. Records show two people have been arrested for investigation of murder and arson in Skagit County, but it's unclear whether those arrests are related to this fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2017 6:10:17 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:10:17 GMT



Brush fire spread from homeless encampment near Selah
A brush fire that crested Selah Ridge and spread north and south as it moved up the hillside began early Sunday afternoon at a homeless camp north of Harlan Landing before growing to more than 400 acres, authorities said. Though no homes had been evacuated Sunday evening, firefighters were concerned about the threat to homes near Lookout Point.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2017 10:57:15 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:57:15 GMT



Thick smoke seen for miles as SE Seattle warehouse burns
Thick columns of smoke could be seen for miles Sunday morning as firefighters battled big flames at a warehouse in Southeast Seattle. The blaze broke out shortly after 5 a.m. near the corner of South Grand Street and 22nd Avenue. The manufacturing warehouse is located just a block or two from the Coleman Playground near Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



More firefighters, equipment to battle Canyon Creek Fire near Carlton
A state Type 3 Fire Management team this morning assumed coordination of firefighting efforts on the Canyon Creek Fire, located near Carlton in the Methow Valley. A new estimate of size and containment will be issued later today. The Type 3 team took over at around 6 am. Sunday and ordered additional resources to battle the blaze, which has officially scorched 300-plus acres.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2017 2:13:54 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:13:54 GMT



No injuries as fires destroy Yakima, East Valley homes
Firefighters in Yakima and East Valley were kept busy Thursday afternoon with a pair of fires that heavily damaged two homes. The earlier fire was at 9 N. 36th Ave. in Yakima. Jaime Ramos said his wife’s parents and his 11-year-old stepson were home when the stepson discovered the fire. Ramos was at work and his wife was shopping at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 10:21:34 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:21:34 GMT



Volunteer firefighters are the driving force to getting through fire season
Does making next to nothing and facing house or brush fires every couple of days sound like a dream job opportunity? Fire Chief Nathan Craig said this is the reality for many of the firefighters in the Yakima Valley and across the United States. "70 percent of our country is protected by volunteer firefighters," he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 5:52:01 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:52:01 GMT



Fire official: Man suffers burns after suspected hash oil explosion in Hazel Dell
A man remains hospitalized after suffering burns from an explosion that fire officials suspect was caused by an attempt to extract hash oil at his Hazel Dell apartment Saturday. Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 were called to The Ridge Apartments, 6208 N.E. 17th Ave., at about 3:30 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 3:12:06 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:12:06 GMT



Wildfire near Columbia River is 35 percent contained; highway reopens
Firefighters are grateful for cooler weather Thursday as they continue battling the Dry Creek Fire burning on the Washington state side of the Columbia River near White Salmon. As of Thursday morning, the wildfire measured 337 acres and was 35 percent contained. According to Northwest Incident Management Team 6, the fire is burning on Washington State Department of Natural Resources and private timber company lands in southern Klickitat County.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:04:08 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:04:08 GMT



Update: Arrest made in the Investigation of July 2nd Fire at Marysville Value Village
Last night the suspect in the Value Village fire that occurred in the early morning hours of July 2nd turned himself into Investigators at the Marysville Police Department. The suspect, a 36-year-old Marysville man, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for a felony charge of Reckless Burning 1st degree.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 5:38:10 PM - SOURCE: Marysville, WA
Posted on Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:38:10 GMT



Firefighters attack Wenas, Cottonwood fires Friday
Two wildfires are burning in the Selah area. Multiple efforts are working to control a 500-acre brush fire at Wenas Lake as of Friday, 2:29 a.m. according to the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center. A second fire, known as the "Cottonwood" grass fire has burned 25 acres since 7:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2017 10:37:36 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:37:36 GMT



Lynnwood fire crews respond to fire south of Everett started by fireworks
Illegal fireworks are being blamed for an early morning fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a warehouse in unincorporated Snohomish County south of Everett. An employee called 9-1-1 at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday to report flames coming from a skylight in the 45,000-square-foot warehouse in the 2800 block of 119th St.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 7:11:33 AM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:11:33 GMT



Sea-Tac firefighters drill for crash emergency against renewed concerns
Sea-Tac firefighters and police were joined by first responders from 18 other agencies around the South Sound for a required drill for an airplane crash on Wednesday. Using an old 757 fuselage mock up, the pretend scenario was the crash of a Boeing 737 with 150 people on board, just short and to the right of the airport's center runway.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 6:46:50 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:46:50 GMT



Bellevue high-rise catches fire early Thursday
A fire at the top of a building near the U.S. Bank Plaza in downtown Bellevue caused a major response to the city early Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to the 10800 block of NE 8th St. to find flames coming from the top of a high-rise building there. Crews put out the fire over the course of several minutes, and they limited it to the penthouse there.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 5:31:52 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:31:52 GMT



Fire destroys trailer home in Kennewick
Fire crews are on the scene of a large fire that destroyed a trailer in Kennewick. Flames continued to swarm the property at the corner of South Gum Street and 27th Avenue. Authorities say the fire actually started in the yard and quickly spread to the manufactured home on the property. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the home and a few trees on the property--so the fire didn’t damage any other buildings, and luckily nobody got hurt.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 2:38:47 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:38:47 GMT



Multiple agencies battle 3-alarm fire at Skyway mobile home park
Firefighters from multiple agencies battled a 3-alarm fire at a mobile home park in Skyway Tuesday night. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. at the park on Beacon Coal Mine Road. Crews said at least five mobile homes were involved, and three of them were confirmed to have been lost. Fire authorities determined early Wednesday morning that the fire was accidental.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 12:03:44 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:03:44 GMT



4-year-old dies after being pulled from Spokane River
Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said late Tuesday that a 4-year-old child has died at the hospital after being pulled from the Spokane River near the Downriver Golf Course. It happened just before 7:30 p.m. Witnesses say the boy's family was on the course and had stopped near the river when they turned their backs for a moment and the boy was gone.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 9:10:50 AM - SOURCE: KQNT-AM 590 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:10:50 GMT



Group donates water to Yakima firefighters after recent wildfires
It’s been a busy month for crews battling fires all across the Yakima Valley. Today, members of the American Legion post 36, showing their appreciation by providing Fire Station 91 with a pallet of water. Volunteers donating money to help restock, given their recent workload. Members said it's a way to remind them that their hard work does not go unnoticed.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 6:17:31 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:17:31 GMT



Pullman firefighters deployed to fight wildfire in Oregon
From British Columbia to Eastern Washington, Idaho and into Montana, local agencies are donating their resources to help fight those wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. These are images of the Ana Fire currently burning in south central Oregon. So far, 6,000 acres have burned and it’s 20-percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: klewtv.com
Posted on Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Yakima: Memorial is re-dedicated to 4 fallen 30 Mile Fire firefighters
16 years ago, four firefighters lost their lives battling the 30 Mile Fire in Okanogan County. Today, their lives will be honored at the West Valley Fire Department. Reporter Gilbert Magallon learned that the four firefighters who lost their lives in the 30 Mile Fire were all from our region. There was 30-year-old Tom Craven of Ellensburg, 21-year-old Devin Weaver of Yakima, 18-year-old Karen Fitzpatrick of Yakima, and 19-year-old Jessica Johnson, also from Yakima and a member of the West Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2017 7:21:26 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:21:26 GMT



Lewiston City Council unanimously vote to continue EMS contract for Asotin County
For eight years the Lewiston Fire Department has been helping provide EMS services for Asotin County. Monday, city council heard from the fire chief about why they should continue this service. City Council considered renewing the agreement with Asotin County First District 1. Lewiston Fire Chief, Travis Myklebust spoke to the council about the services they provide saying, they not only provide EMS services across the river, but those on shift aren’t exclusively in Washington for that time.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: klewtv.com
Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Upper Valley firefighters get quick grip on Chumstick wildfire
Upper Valley firefighters quickly encircled a brushfire that broke out Monday evening and led to low-level evacuation notices. The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. along the east side of Chumstick Highway, opposite Sunitsch Canyon. Firefighters from Chelan County Fire District No. 3 and 6 tackled the blaze, while Chelan County sheriff’s deputies issued Level 1 evacuation notices (be prepared, no imminent threat) to homes in a one-mile radius, from Chumstick Highway milepost 3 to milepost 6.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2017 3:12:01 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:12:01 GMT



Pullman Fire Department works to strengthen community ties
Five-year-old Willy Smith is no stranger to firetrucks. In fact, Smith had climbed onto one before on two other occasions before Saturday when he got his third chance during an open house event at the Pullman Fire Department's newly renovated Fire Station No. 2. But this time was different - he was going to be sitting up front rather than in back.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Fire crews quickly get Spokane garbage truck fire under control
Authorities are investigating an arson fire at Shopko in Lacey Monday morning, according to Lacey Fire District 3. The fire was set in the compactors behind the store at 5500 Martin Way E., and extinguished before it could spread. It was reported shortly after 10 a.m. The fire department reports Lacey police are searching for a suspect.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2017 4:36:40 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:36:40 GMT



Fire destroys boats at Everett Marina
The Department of Ecology is working to clean up Everett Marina after a massive fire destroyed several boats Saturday night. The fire started around 8 p.m. in the 1700 block of W Marine View Drive. Crews at the scene say smoke and flames engulfed a boat as it was docking. The fire spread to several other boats.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2017 10:50:23 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:50:23 GMT



New Woodland fire station is taking shape
Firefighters can easily see light passing through the cracks in the exterior of their old fire station. When it rains the roof drips water onto the floors, and if an earthquake ever hit, they aren’t sure if the tired building could withstand the rumbling. The old fire station at 100 Davidson Ave. hasn’t seen any major remodels or upgrades since it was built in the late 1970s.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2017 7:43:25 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 08 Jul 2017 02:43:25 GMT



Early Saturday morning fire damages residence in Lacey
Fire damaged a residence in Lacey early Saturday morning, according to Lacey Fire District 3. But it wasn’t your typical fire, Battalion Chief Pat Harn said Sunday. It was hidden, he said. Fire crews were dispatched to the 4700 block of 39th Court Southeast about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. After they arrived, the house was filled with a light haze, but there was no sign of fire, Harn said.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2017 2:34:09 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:34:09 GMT



Brush fire, garage blaze keep Clallam Fire District No. 2 firefighters busy
Clallam Fire District No. 2 responded to two fires, one along the Elwha River and the other located in a garage and attached shed, within three hours of each other Friday night. No injuries were reported. Fireworks are suspected in starting a reported brush fire near the Elwha River bridge, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike DeRousie.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2017 2:09:55 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:09:55 GMT



Draft plan for PenCom, JeffCom merger expected by end of month
Emergency dispatch services for Clallam and Jefferson counties are getting closer to becoming a regional entity. Clallam County Peninsula Communications [PenCom] and JeffCom 911 Communications — the 9-1-1 communication dispatch service for Jefferson County — have made small steps to potentially merge together as a consolidated emergency dispatch service, according to Karl Hatton, regional emergency communications director.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2017 2:04:55 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:04:55 GMT



Level 3 evacuation orders in place for wildfire burning in Grant County
Level 3 evacuations are in place in Grant County due to a large brush fire burning in the Upper Goose Lake recreation area north of Othello. Level 3 evacuations mean that residents must leave immediately. Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office say the fire is burning in the wildlife refuge at Upper Goose Lake.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2017 3:54:49 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:54:49 GMT



Rattlesnake Hills Fire in Yakima County grows to 2,500 acres
A wildfire in Yakima County grew to at about 2,500 acres on Thursday. The Rattlesnake Hills Fire started on Wednesday at about 10:48 p.m., according to Deputy State Fire Marshal John Wabel. It is burning near Moxee, which is about eight miles southeast of Yakima. The fire is 0 percent contained. The grass and brush fire is threatening homes, crops, and communications infrastructure.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 11:55:38 PM - SOURCE: KING 5
Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:55:38 GMT



Agencies retrieve 17 tubers from Snoqualmie River in two water rescues
Two water rescues and a motorcycle accident near Fall City made for an eventful evening for Fire District 27 emergency personnel, and surrounding agencies yesterday. None of the 17 people involved in the water incidents were injured during their adventures, but a motorcyclist who crashed after hitting a patch of gravel sustained a broken shoulder and some broken ribs, said FD 27’s acting Lieutenant Joe Springer.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 1:18:19 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:18:19 GMT



Update: Suspect in custody for Langley arson
Island County Sheriff's Department said a fire that destroyed two homes and damaged others in Langley on Thursday morning was intentionally set. Sheriff Mark Brown said they arrested 48-year-old Blake Fountain on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire in the 5700 block of Capt Vancouver Drive.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2017 6:17:01 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:17:01 GMT



Vancouver City Council OK with fireworks ban
The official report isn’t likely to hit their desks until early August, but city officials say they saw enough this past week to pass judgment on Vancouver’s new, controversial ban on fireworks. “A couple years from now, no one will think about it,” said City Councilor Ty Stober. Stober and other members of the council said they were generally happy with the fireworks ban they unanimously passed in October 2015 that took effect this year.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 10:48:08 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017 05:48:08 GMT



Four-Plex in Pasco Burns for a Second Time in a Year
Firefighters are on the scene of a four-plex in Pasco that started around 3 AM this morning at 2210 West Henry Place. This same building was partially burned about a year ago, and it was boarded up during the reconstruction. No one was displaced by the fire. Police are now investigating how the fire started in a discarded lumber pile next to the rear wall and moved into the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2017 9:08:26 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:08:26 GMT



Camas-Washougal firefighters rescue dog trapped in canyon
The days of firefighters climbing trees to rescue cats are mostly in the past, but on Thursday officers from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department completed the increasingly rare animal rescue. The department was alerted early Thursday morning that a dog was barking from somewhere downhill from the intersection of Northwest Ostenson Canyon Road and Northwest 18th Loop in Camas.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 9:18:38 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:18:38 GMT



Arson suspect arrested in massive Whidbey fire
An arson suspect has been arrested after flames raged through two large homes Thursday morning on the south end of Whidbey Island, officials said. Crews responded to the scene, in the 5700 block of Capt. Vancouver Drive, southwest of Langley, at around 5:30 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames spewing from a home there.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 7:09:57 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:09:57 GMT



Yakima Crews battle Rattlesnake Ridge Fire South of Yakima
A major fire is burning south of Yakima on Rattlesnake Ridge. Firefighters estimate at least 4,000-5,000 acres have already burned. Many homes have been threatened and neighborhoods in the Thorpe Road area have been evacuated. Roosevelt Elementary School on 16th Avenue in Yakima has been opened for any who have fled their homes.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 9:54:58 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:54:58 GMT



New ambulance coming to Montesano fire department
The Montesano City Council is being asked to green light the purchase of a new ambulance. The ambulance will be a “medium duty” model and will replace the city’s 2006 ambulance. Fire Chief Corey Rux says the 2006 ambulance is at the end of its service life. While medium duty models are more expensive initially, Rux said he believes the medium duty ambulances outlast light duty models by five years.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 2:51:46 AM - SOURCE: The Vidette
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:51:46 GMT



Clallam and Jefferson emergency dispatch centers take steps toward unity
Emergency dispatch services for Clallam and Jefferson counties are getting closer to a regionalization shift. Clallam County Peninsula Communications (PenCom) and JeffCom 911 Communications — the 9-1-1 communication dispatch service for Jefferson County — have made small steps to potentially merge together as a consolidated emergency dispatch service, according to Regional Emergency Communications Director Karl Hatton.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 2:36:49 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:36:49 GMT



Federal Way Auto Wrecking suffers total loss in fire
Federal Way Auto Wrecking suffered a total loss after a fire engulfed their 2,600 -square-foot building Wednesday morning. South King Fire and Rescue responded to the business, 37430 Military Road South, at 1:18 a.m. Deputy Chief Gordon Goodsell said the building was very old and large, which required firefighters to be there for about seven hours as they worked to extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2017 2:34:44 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:34:44 GMT



Fire damages Carter Park-area rental home
A fire that appeared to start in a grill spread to the side of a rental home in the Carter Park neighborhood Wednesday night. Firefighters were called to the Sunset Terrace Apartments, 3102 Kauffman Ave., shortly before 10 p.m. Mike Decker, the home’s tenant, said his young daughter was over that evening, and they had settled in to watch television.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2017 11:48:41 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:48:41 GMT



Richland Firetruck Engine Blows Up and Starts Fire
A month-and-a-half-old Richland fire truck is toast after it’s engine blew up, destroying the truck and sparking a blaze along Interstate 82 Monday afternoon. The truck lost power and brakes before the firefighter did an amazing job of pulling the now-on-fire truck over to the side of the interstate about 2 miles outside of Finley.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2017 8:15:23 PM - SOURCE: KEYW-FM 98.3
Posted on Wed, 05 Jul 2017 03:15:23 GMT



Kitsap County volunteer firefighter killed in cycling accident
On Sunday, 77-year-old Joe Vlach was killed in a cyclist accident just outside Poulsbo. He was hit by a car near the intersection of State Route 308 and State Route 3 in Kitsap County. “Last night I sat in this chair and I watched the driveway, waited for my dad to drive in on his bike,” said Vlach’s son, Scott on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 05 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Fireworks lead to 2-alarm fire in Renton neighborhood overnight
An improperly extinguished firework is believed to be the cause of a two-alarm fire early Wednesday morning in Renton. The call came in at about 1:30 a.m. for a home in the 15700 block of SE 168th St. According to fire officials, a firework was improperly disposed in a recycling bin in the back of a home there, causing it to reignite and spread to the house.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2017 6:31:46 AM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:31:46 GMT



Fire causes partial roof collapse at Tacoma apartments near University Place
A 12-unit apartment building in Tacoma near University Place went up in flames Tuesday afternoon, resulting in a partial roof collapse, Tacoma fire officials said. The two-alarm fire at 2602 Westridge Ave. West started at about 4 p.m. and caused damage to all 12 apartments in the building, but no one was believed to be hurt or missing, said Tacoma Fire Department spokesman Joe Meinecke.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2017 1:48:28 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 05 Jul 2017 08:48:28 GMT



Teen's 4th of July joyride ends with family's SUV torched in the Skyway area
A 14-year-old boy, who took his parents' SUV for a joyride to get fireworks, wound up accidentally torching the vehicle outside the family's home Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to a home on S. 122nd St. in the Skyway area for a vehicle fire around 9:45 a.m. According to the King County Sheriff's office, the boy took the family's SUV without permission, picked up some friends, went to buy fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July the returned home.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2017 6:31:45 AM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:31:45 GMT



For 2nd consecutive night, fire breaks out at same vacant Lakewood motel
For the second night in a row, fire erupted at the vacant Colonial Motel in Lakewood. West Pierce Fire said the one-story motel at 12117 Pacific Highway SW was not safe for firefighters to enter Tuesday night and that crews were taking defensive measures to keep the fire in check. Firefighters put out a blaze at the same motel on Monday night.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2017 7:09:14 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:09:14 GMT



Wildfire prompts Level 2 evacuation notice in Naches
Fire crews are battling a 500-acre wildfire burning near Highway 12 at Naches. The Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management said the fire threatens homes in the Naches area. S. Naches Rd is closed between Ranger Rd. and Rosenkranz Rd. A Level 2 evacuation order is in place, which means residents can return to their homes but be ready to leave if conditions change.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2017 6:14:53 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 03 Jul 2017 01:14:53 GMT



New Ocean Shores Fire Chief tasked with surf rescue review
Newly hired Ocean Shores Fire Chief David Bathke on Monday night was introduced to the City Council and the public, and he promptly was asked to wade into one of the city’s most emotional debates — whether it can fund and maintain a more comprehensive surf rescue response or staff a surf rescue team.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2017 10:48:04 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Sun, 02 Jul 2017 17:48:04 GMT



Training mission turns to river rescue after woman is trapped under log on Nisqually River
The Lacey Fire District 3 and Thurston County Sheriff’s Office’s combined swiftwater rescue team was conducting training Saturday afternoon in the Nisqually River at Riverbend Campground. Then they heard people about 300 yards away from them, Lacey Fire Battalion Chief Patrick Harn said, calling for help.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2017 1:47:11 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sun, 02 Jul 2017 08:47:11 GMT



Spokane firefighter punched in the nose while on the job
A Spokane firefighter was punched in the nose while responding to a welfare check Thursday. Lieutenant Dan Strobeck with the Spokane Fire Department said in an affidavit that he responded with his crew to the area of East Broadway Avenue and North Havana Street to reference a welfare check on Jeffory Taylor, 45.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2017 3:34:28 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:34:28 GMT



Ceremony honors longtime firefighters as they retire from Port Angeles department
An unprecedented flag ceremony honored two retiring Port Angeles firefighter paramedics. The Port Angeles Fire Department flew two American flags over the station and presented them to Pete Sekac and Mel Twitchell on Friday in the first retirement ceremony of its kind for the department. Sekac will retire with 37 years of service to the department, and Twitchell will retire with 33.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2017 4:03:51 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:03:51 GMT



Multiple apartment units damaged by fire, smoke Saturday in Ephrata
A fire Saturday afternoon at an Ephrata apartment complex led to fire and smoke damage to several units. The Ephrata Fire Department, along with Grant County fire districts 13 and 7, responded to a structure fire at the Karen Lane Apartments on D Street Southeast. Firefighters arrived to find a fire in one apartment extending to the attic and venting through the roof, according to Grant County Fire District 13.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2017 3:13:35 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:13:35 GMT



300 firefighters battle major wildfires on the west side of the Columbia Basin
Firefighters were digging lines amid good weather conditions to begin corralling the first major wildfires of the season. As of Thursday afternoon, about 56,000 acres had burned. But evacuation notifications had been downgraded for those living closest to the fire lines south and east of Wenatchee. Wildfire smoke that invaded the Spokane area on Wednesday dispersed Thursday morning when the wind shifted.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2017 11:32:55 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:32:55 GMT



Crews battle big blaze at abandoned home in Kent
PHOTOS - Firefighters battled a large fire at a home in an isolated area of Kent Friday morning. Crews rushed to the 22300 block of Russell Road South just before 5:30 a.m. to find the second floor of the home engulfed in flames. Photos show smoke pouring from the structure. The house was abandoned and is owned by the city, Kyle Ohashi with the Kent Fire Department says.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2017 9:05:39 AM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:05:39 GMT



Four new state laws underscore a renewed focus on fire prevention
The damage caused by Washington’s increasingly devastating wildfires hasn’t gone unnoticed in Olympia. Four bills passed this session will take effect next month to help state and local firefighters more effectively prevent and combat wildland fires. Although some funding remains uncertain, legislators hope better collaboration and more prevention efforts will avoid a repeat of the unprecedented wildfire seasons of 2014 and 2015, and perhaps this year.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2017 7:15:44 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:15:44 GMT



'We were called terrorists': Family moves after causing 2016 July 4th fire in Graham
A family who took responsibility for a fireworks accident in Graham last July says they faced massive backlash that led them to move out of the neighborhood. On July 4, 2016, then 13-year-old Ryan Skog was setting off fireworks in his backyard with his mother’s supervision, when a mortar tipped over and fired over his neighbor’s fence.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2017 5:38:37 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:38:37 GMT



Officers: Lit cigarette likely caused Kennewick brush fire
Firefighters believe a lit cigarette caused a small brush fire Wednesday. Officers from the Kennewick Police Department (KPD) and Kennewick firefighters went to the 12000 block of W Clearwater Avenue, just east of Leslie Drive to extinguish an outdoor fire. Firefighters said a lit cigarette that was thrown out a car window probably caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2017 2:52:05 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:52:05 GMT



Benton and Franklin Counties listed at very high, extreme fire danger
With the brittle and dry environment and increasing fire danger, firefighters are responding to a lot of fires in our region. Firefighters say there's no denying it—fire season is here. Benton and Franklin Counties are both currently listed as very high, to extreme fire danger, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2017 6:07:40 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:07:40 GMT



New Woodland fire station takes shape
Firefighters can easily see light passing through the cracks in the exterior of their old fire station. When it rains the roof drips water onto the floors, and if an earthquake ever hit, they aren’t sure if the tired building could withstand the rumbling. The old fire station at 100 Davidson Ave. hasn’t seen any major remodels or upgrades since it was built in the late 1970s.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2017 2:15:45 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:15:45 GMT



Wenas fire grows to more than 2,800 acres, evacuations orders remain in place
About two dozen Wenas Valley homes remained under mandatory evacuation orders Wednesday evening after a wildlands fire grew to more than 2,800 acres. By Wednesday evening about 130 local, state and federal firefighters were battling flames on a ridge thick with sagebrush and tinder-dry cheat grass. A forecast of decreasing overnight winds was expected to help with fire Thursday, but the relief could be short-term with winds expected to pick up over the weekend.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald
Posted on Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT



 

 
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