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Agreement would give Camas-Washougal chief command of two fire agencies
Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart would also take command of East County Fire & Rescue under an agreement in the works between the city and fire agency. The Camas City Council and East County Fire & Rescue commissioners had a workshop Monday night to discuss the agreement, in which the city would provide administrative and management services to ECF&R by contracting for part of Swinhart’s time on a monthly limited basis.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2016 8:19:02 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:19:02 GMT

Follow Up: Arlington signs fire, EMS coverage contract with District 21
Less than a week after the three commissioners of Arlington Heights Fire District 21 agreed to a new Emergency Medical Services and mutual aid contract with the city of Arlington, the City Council voted unanimously to approve it Sept. 18. City administrator Paul Ellis explained that District 21 has agreed to pay the full balance for EMS and mutual aid services provided to the district by the city in 2015.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 1:44:35 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:44:35 GMT

Authorities Still Seeking Cause of Chehalis Fire as Story of Rescue Emerges
Few developments have been released as the investigation into a house fire in Chehalis last week continues. No follow-up reports have yet been filed by investigators, but Chehalis Police Chief Glenn Schaffer said those investigating the fire are checking video footage and waiting to determine what could have caused it.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 3:21:00 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:21:00 GMT

Yakima Firefighters Mourn Loss Of Accelerant Detection Dog
Yakima Fire Department firefighters are mourning the loss of a team member. Wesley, a black lab was the department’s Accelerant Detection dog. Wesley worked closely with his partner, Shift Commander Jennifer Norton since 2004 when the two graduated from Canine Academy in Front Royal Virginia as a certified Accelerant Detection team.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 7:04:30 AM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:04:30 GMT

Arson suspected in overnight fire at vacant Longview convenience store
Fire officials suspect arson was the cause of a fire at a vacant convenience store in Longview, Wash., late Thursday night. Firefighters reportedly had to cut through boarded up doors with a chainsaw in order to fight the fire. Though bystanders were initially yelling things like "Get out!" when firefighters arrived, a report from Longview officials said a quick search found the building to be vacant.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: katu
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Fire reported at Alcoa Intalco Works smelter near Ferndale
A fire at the Alcoa Intalco Works aluminum smelter led to a major emergency response Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22. Crews from four fire districts, as well as Alcoa’s own fire crews, were called to the scene at 4050 Mountain View Road around 4 p.m. Light smoke was reported coming from a building at the facility.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 1:41:45 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:41:45 GMT

Longview: Officer, firefighter evaluated at hospital over chemicals used in suicide attempt
Two emergency responders were evaluated at the hospital Wednesday evening after responding to a suicide attempt at a Longview apartment. Longview Fire Engine 81 was called out to 1705 Hemlock Street about 4:40 p.m. on reports that someone had been posting suicidal messages on Facebook. The person who called 9-1-1 said they managed to get ahold of the person by cell phone, but they sounded unintelligible.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU
Posted on Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle Fire releases report ahead of one-year anniversary of duck boat crash
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly Ride the Ducks crash on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle. Five people died in the Sept. 24, 2015 crash, 16 were critically injured. Now KOMO has obtained an internal report by the Seattle Fire Department on their response that day to one of the largest mass casualty accidents in the city's history.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 9:41:02 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:41:02 GMT

Fire crews investigating powdery substance at Spokane jail mail facility
Spokane Fire Department crews are investigating a white powdery substance that was discovered when an employee opened a letter Wednesday afternoon at the City of Spokane property facility. Inmate mail is processed at the facility, located at 1307 W. Gardner Ave., where storage for jail inmate property is also housed.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 4:49:36 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:49:36 GMT

Police: Everett man set fire to ex-lover's home, waited outside to kill her
A judge set bail at $500,000 for the man accused of trying to burn down his ex-lover's home. Terrence Peters, 55, is facing first-degree arson charges after authorities say he intentionally set fire to a North Everett apartment Tuesday morning. Police say Peters lit the fire, then waited outside the woman's porch "to kill her," but then fled to avoid being captured.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Suspicious fire destroys Pasco construction warehouse
A suspicious blaze destroyed a Pasco construction company warehouse Tuesday night. About 40 firefighters from eight agencies in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties responded to the 11 p.m. fire at CWallA, at 216 S. Sixth Ave. Crews had it under control by 2 a.m., said Pasco firefighter Ben Shearer.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 10:43:11 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:43:11 GMT

Smoke alarm alerts mom, daughter to fire burning through Lynnwood apartment
A mother and her daughter escaped from an early morning fire in their Lynnwood apartment after being awakened by a smoke alarm. The fire was started by food left cooking on the stovetop, Julie Moore with the Lynnwood Fire Department said. The mother escaped with minor injuries and was treated by firefighters on scene, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 7:41:47 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:41:47 GMT

Puget Sound Energy Failure Cause Of Greenwood Explosion, Report Finds
An “improperly abandoned” Puget Sound Energy (PSE) gas pipeline was the cause of an explosion in Greenwood that leveled two buildings and damaged nearly three dozen businesses in March 2016, a new report finds. PSE could be subject to up to $3.2 million in penalties. The Washington Utilities And Transportation Commission released the report Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 4:40:51 PM - SOURCE: CBS Seattle KSTW-TV & KPTK-AM
Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:40:51 GMT

Driver injured in crash with Sounder train in Seattle neighborhood
A man was injured when a car collided with a Sounder commuter train Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened around 4 p.m. as the Southline Sounder Train No. 1513 passed the Holgate Street crossing near 3rd Avenue in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, officials said. The man driving the car was trapped inside the wreckage and firefighters had to tear the roof off the car to free him.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 4:59:29 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:59:29 GMT

Huge grant eases burden off taxpayers to build new Asotin Co. Fire Dist. 1 fire station
It’s been three years in the making, and Asotin County Fire District 1 is one step closer to getting a new station. They just received a Community Development Grant from the State of Washington for $750,000. Chief Noel Hardin says the community has grown…they have out grown the station. Their current building is outdated and they have had to add on extra buildings to accommodate for their growth.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW TV
Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Newborn abandoned at Yakima Fire Station on Christmas Eve brings her adopted family back for a tour
The family who adopted a baby abandoned at a Yakima fire station on Christmas Eve stopped by the station this weekend to catch up with the firefighter who first found the baby. The baby, now dubbed Evie, was found outside Fire Station 92 around 6 a.m. on December 24th, 2015. She had been wrapped in towels and left in a cardboard apple box, and doctors said that she might not have survived if firefighter JoAnna Albrecht hadn't heard her crying outside.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 4:41:45 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:41:45 GMT

Suspicious fire destroys car near Pasco housing complex
Police are looking into a suspicious fire that burned a car outside a Pasco Housing Authority complex on Monday night. The fire was noticed about midnight in the backseat of a 1994 Chevy Lumina parked on the 200 block of West Margaret Street. Flames engulfed the car, police said. The fire is under investigation by police and fire officials.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 10:46:49 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:46:49 GMT

Police: Injured woman, 50, may be suspect in Everett arson
Police are looking for an injured 50-year-old woman who is a possible suspect in an overnight arson at an Everett home. The incident unfolded late Monday or early Tuesday at a home near Hawthorne Elementary School in the 1200 block of Poplar Street. Investigators later said they were looking for a woman who is considered a "possible suspect" in the arson, which scorched the entryway to a home there.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 9:47:58 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:47:58 GMT

Tenants evacuate as flames scorches patio at Seattle apartment complex
Residents at a Seattle apartment complex said they started knocking on each other’s doors as soon as the fire alarms went off. Tenants evacuated early Tuesday morning as flames burned through portions of the second and third floors of the Union View Apartment complex, Seattle Fire said. The building's sprinkler system extinguished the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 7:42:11 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:42:11 GMT

Central Pierce Fire interim chief tries to step down but is persuaded to stay
Some jobs just keep pulling you back. That’s something Tim Pierce learned after agreeing to take over as interim fire chief for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue with 30-minutes’ notice. The position came open earlier this year when the former interim chief, Jack Andren retired. After a few weeks with nobody leading the department, the Board of Commissioners asked Pierce at its Aug.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2016 1:47:57 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:47:57 GMT

Federal grant will enable hiring of 50 new Spokane firefighters, extend medical services
A nearly $9 million federal grant will allow the City of Spokane to hire 50 more firefighters next year and extend service hours for medical units dispatched to non-life-threatening calls. “Nothing but good news from the Spokane Fire Department this morning. We’re very humbled by the government’s support of our community,” Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said at a news conference Friday.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 3:48:08 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:48:08 GMT

West Valley fire chief to retire after 39 years of service
After 39 years of service West Valley Fire and Rescue chief David Leitch announced he is retiring Thursday. Chief David Leitch started his career at the age of 20 as a volunteer firefighter in 1977 with the West Valley Fire District according to a news release from the district. Since then, Leitch has worked in several ranks with the fire department, including Lieutenant, Yakima County Fire District 12’s first full-time training officer, and as Deputy Chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 1:58:12 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:58:12 GMT

Arlington Heights Fire District agrees to partner with city on coverage
The Arlington Heights Fire District 21 station was again a packed house Sept. 14. The fire commissioners tentatively agreed to a new coverage partnership with the city of Arlington. The interim fire chief announced plans to welcome back volunteers and invite greater citizen input. And the community continued to express its skepticism, even as the campaign to recall the commissioners ended.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2016 1:47:03 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:47:03 GMT

Rock Creek Fire in mop-up phase, 80 percent contained
The 1,383-acre Rock Creek Fire northwest of Naches is 80 percent contained, and the multi-agency Northwest Incident Response Team coordinating the firefighting is preparing to hand things over to local personnel. Fire behavior was minimal Saturday as crews worked to mop up hotspots along containment lines, according to a news release from the response team this morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2016 10:44:01 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:44:01 GMT

One dead in Kelso house fire
A man died early Friday morning in a house fire in the 2400 block of Burcham Street, according to Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue. Crews were dispatched about 2:50 a.m., arriving to see heavy smoke and flames from the back of a two-story home. More crews were dispatched. A woman escaped the fire with three dogs and told firefighters there was still one person inside.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 9:52:01 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:52:01 GMT

Spokane Co. radio dispatch goes down for several hours
Emergency crews worked hard Thursday to figure out what caused a massive failure of the Spokane County radio dispatch system. Communications for more than a dozen fire and law-enforcement agencies came to a stand-still from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday. At the dispatch center, crews said they could answer 911 calls, but they had zero ability to talk to each other.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 3:38:25 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:38:25 GMT

One person killed in multi-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 101 in Clallam County
PHOTO - One person was killed in a 9:22 a.m. wreck involving three vehicles on U.S. Highway 101 near Laird Road, west of Port Angeles. Clallam Fire District No. 2 Assistant Chief Dan Huff reported that the driver of a Ford Bronco died at Olympic Medical Center as a result of injuries from the wreck.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Update: $2,500 bail set for woman accused of pointing fake gun at Thurston County firefighters
A Thurston County judge set bail at $2,500 for Sharon D. Hallman, 68, who is suspected of pointing a replica shotgun at firefighters Wednesday at her south Thurston County home. Hallman appeared Thursday before Superior Court Judge James Dixon, who found probable cause for one count of third-degree assault.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 2:10:06 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:10:06 GMT

Lawmakers plan to lower wildfire impact, expenditures
A century of fire suppression has its side effects in the forest: The buildup of fuel. Bushes, small trees, dead branches, deep layers of grass and dried needles. Fire experts say that kind of material used to burn off naturally in low intensity fires that left trees standing to live hundreds of years.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 10:29:58 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:29:58 GMT

Woman brandishes fake shotgun at firefighters in Thurston County
A 68-year-old Thurston County woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly brandished a replica shotgun at firefighters who had responded to a medical alarm at her mobile home. Neither the woman nor the firefighters was injured, and the woman will be booked into the Thurston County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, said Chief Deputy Brad Watkins of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 4:03:05 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:03:05 GMT

Lynden Fire Chief to retire next April
Fire Chief Gary Baar will retire next April, councilor Dave Burns reported at the Sept. 6 City Council meeting. By then, Baar, 65, will have 35 years of fire service with the Lynden Fire Department, six of those as assistant chief before becoming chief in 2006. He took some time off last year after having heart valve surgery.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 6:14:34 PM - SOURCE: Lyndentribune
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:14:34 GMT

House fire sparks brush fire near Chewelah
Authorities said a house fire sparked a brush fire near Chewelah Wednesday afternoon. Department of Natural Resources officials said the fire is burning three to five acres on Flyckt Road and Upper Cottonwood southwest of Chewelah. Officials said the fire is moving toward other structures but no evacuations were in place as of 3:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 10:26:22 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:26:22 GMT

Tri-Cities: Commercial airline crash simulation drill helps agencies prepare for the worst
Tri-Cities airport simulated an event today that everyone hopes will never actually happen. More than 25 jurisdictions, departments, and companies participated in the emergency airfield exercise, which simulated a large commercial airplane crash. In the simulation, a commercial airline crashes upon landing, whereupon 30 of the 50 passengers are taken to area hospitals and 5 are deceased.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 7:53:12 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:53:12 GMT

Mukilteo Fire Department hires firefighter from Fire District 4
The Mukilteo Fire Department has welcomed a new firefighter. Jacob Taylor, of Lake Stevens, was sworn in as an officer by Mayor Jennifer Gregerson on Sept. 6. He was hired by Fire Chief Chris Alexander. Taylor was most recently a volunteer and then part-time firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Snohomish County Fire District 4, for which he served three years.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 1:17:05 PM - SOURCE: Mukilteo Beacon
Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:17:05 GMT

Hundreds of logs burn when fire erupts at Parker mulch facility
A spectacular log fire at a Parker mulch manufacturing facility Tuesday is predicted to continue burning until Friday. Four log stacks about 100 feet long and three stories tall began burning about 3 p.m., sending flames leaping 30 feet high and creating a black column of smoke visible in downtown Yakima.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 7:22:31 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2016 02:22:31 GMT

Gender bias in Vancouver Fire Department under investigation
The city of Vancouver hired an outside investigator earlier this year to look into issues of gender-based discrimination within the Vancouver Fire Department. That inquiry is ongoing now. Emails obtained by The Columbian raise questions about how female firefighters are treated in Vancouver. In April, a firefighter was using the women’s restroom at Station 10 when her male boss walked in on her.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 8:38:54 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 03:38:54 GMT

City of Clarkston, Clarkston Firefighters’ Union agree on a contract
After two years of negotiations between the Clarkston Fire Department and the City of Clarkston, a new contract is finally in place. KLEW News Reporter Alex Crescenti spoke with both sides and joins us in-studio with new information. A representative from the Clarkston Firefighters Union and city officials both tell me they are pleased with this outcome.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: klewtv
Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Marysville firefighter sings national anthem at Seahawks game
Local Keith Taylor, a battalion chief for the Marysville Fire District, had the honor of singing the national anthem for the Seattle Seahawks' opening game on Sept. 11. He was joined by many other Marysville firefighters who participated in the flag ceremony in the opening ceremonies of the Seahawks' first regular season game of the year.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 1:00:29 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:00:29 GMT

Wildfire in Grant County completely contained Tuesday
Fire crews managed to contain the 230 Yard Fire Tuesday night, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. The wildfire, which started on Sunday, burned a total of 208 acres, according to officials. The wildfire, located on the east side of the Columbia River near Elmer City and Grand Coulee, canceled school on Monday for Lake Roosevelt High School.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 7:55:32 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2016 02:55:32 GMT

Regional crews respond to "very hot, difficult" fire at Tyson Food Plant in Wallula
Forty firefighters from across the Columbia Basin responded to a three-alarm fire at the Tyson’s Food Plant in Wallula Tuesday morning. Firefighters say the blaze started in the rendering area of the facility around 4 a.m. which is where animals go to get fat removed. Walla Walla Fire District 5 Chief Mike Wickstrom described the blaze as, “Very hot, difficult and smokey.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 11:08:07 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:08:07 GMT

Rekindled Old Lady Creek Fire burns 3,000 acres in Klickitat County
A rekindled fire on private Washington land overtook a structure Monday and caused dozens of homes to be evacuated. The fire was first reported around 2 p.m. near 407 Old Hwy 8 in Klickitat County. It quickly spread west and south towards Hwy 14 in Sundale, county officials said. Over 3,000 acres reportedly burned by 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: koin
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Structure fire in Toppenish results in the deaths of five dogs
Firefighters are still investigating how a structure caught on fire and produced devastating results. It happened on the 1900 block of Larue Road in Toppenish. The structure that caught fire was an out building. The fire spread to trees and a pickup truck that sustained damage, but some of the most valuable possessions in the out building were five dogs, four of which were puppies.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 6:47:22 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:47:22 GMT

Man held on $10,000 bail for downtown Kennewick arson fire
A man remains in jail on $10,000 bail on allegations he set fire to tables and chairs outside a downtown Kennewick nightclub. Scott G. Erdman, 54, has pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to second-degree arson. His trial is set for Oct. 24. Erdman also has a pending residential burglary case for allegedly removing the door from the trailer of a Kennewick neighbor and discharging a fire extinguisher inside.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 7:42:17 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:42:17 GMT

Cooler weather helps crews fight two fires in Central Washington
Weather is playing a crucial role in the effort to fight two wildfires burning in Central Washington. Near Grand Coulee, the 230 Yard Fire has burned about 500 acres and is 40 percent contained. The Elmer Fire is also burning near Elmer City. That fire is 10 percent contained and has burned 5,500 acres.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 7:25:41 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:25:41 GMT

More firefighters arriving at Rock Creek Fire Northwest of Naches
About 250 firefighters are now on the scene of the Rock Creek Fire, which has burned 660 acres of timber on the Naches Ranger District to the north of State Route 410. That's about double the personnel from Sunday and a Type II incident management team took over the fire this morning, said spokesman Randy Sheppard.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 10:29:31 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:29:31 GMT

Fire burning near Elmer City, Grand Coulee 40 percent contained
Grant County fire officials said crews are responding to the 230 Yard Fire burning on the east side of the Columbia river near Elmer City and Grand Coulee. Officials said the fire has burned 500 acres and is 40 percent contained as of Monday morning. State fire mobilization was approved on Sunday night.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Remembrance of Sept. 11 springs up in Port Angeles around bagpipe player on anniversary of attacks
The sound of bagpipes filled the air around an I-beam from Ground Zero at the Francis Street Park on Sunday, marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks amid an impromptu ceremony. Ricky McKenzie, a retired Coast Guard Veteran, has played his highland bagpipes at the Port Angeles 9/11 memorial for the past three years.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 7:23:49 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:49 GMT

Eastside Fire and Rescue, Issaquah investigate perfluorinated chemicals found in soil sample
A soil sample taken from the site of Eastside Fire and Rescue headquarters showed a detection of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which have been found recently in several local water wells, the city of Issaquah announced Thursday. The soil samples were taken by a water system consultant the city of Issaquah hired to study potential sources of the PFCs.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2016 1:47:17 AM - SOURCE: Issaquah & Summamish Reporter
Posted on Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:47:17 GMT

4 escape Bellevue fire in Lake Hills neighborhood
Four people alerted by smoke alarms escaped a fire Monday morning that gutted a home in the Lake Hills neighborhood. None of the residents of the home in the 1300 block of 144th Avenue Southeast was injured in the fire. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the house. They extinguished the blaze but not before it badly damaged the home.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 9:53:01 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:53:01 GMT

Update: Spokane Firefighter injured in apartment fire posts update: 'I did what every guy on this job would do'
Charles McKenzie, the Spokane firefighters injured in an apartment fire in north Spokane Wednesday was transferred to Seattle's Harborview Hospital for treatment of his burns. McKenzie was injured the during the two-alarm fire at the Rosewood Club Apartments trying to save two people. Those people, a man and a woman, unfortunately, didn't make it.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 8:41:09 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Fri, 09 Sep 2016 03:41:09 GMT

2 rescued after car goes over cliff in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
Two elderly women drove off a cliff in Point Defiance Park on Thursday and had to be rescued. Witnesses called 911 about 12:30 p.m. to report seeing a car drive through a fence and over an embankment at a viewpoint off Five Mile Drive on the northwestern side of the Tacoma park. The car came to rest about 150 feet down a steep hill.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2016 1:42:21 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:42:21 GMT

Follow-up: Spokane Fire Department says deadly fire could have been prevented
A fire at a North Spokane apartment complex killed two people Wednesday afternoon. Officials said the blaze was hotter than most other fires. Wednesday, fire officials explained how one of their men was hurt as he tried to rescue two people inside the Rosewood Club Apartments on Magnesium Road. Firefighters said the heat from the fire blew the glass out of a rear sliding glass door and allowed a lot of oxygen to get inside.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 7:47:16 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Fri, 09 Sep 2016 02:47:16 GMT

Follow-up: Missing iconic 9/11 flag, found in Everett, returns to New York City
On September 11, 2001, amid the burning ashes of the World Trade Center, three New York City firefighters hoisted a small American flag removed from a nearby yacht. It was 5 p.m. on a day that would radically change the course of history. The image, captured by a former photographer from The Bergen Record, became a symbol of hope and resiliency in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2016 5:12:49 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:12:49 GMT

Gas drained from Stevens County fire truck
Fire officials said someone drained the gas from a fire truck in Stevens County. Stevens County Fire District Commissioner Arden Fritz posted on Facebook that the truck was parked on the Evans Cutoff to help his fire district. This was to help with response to people living on Williams Lake Road. He said thankful they did not have to respond to a fire, but it could have been a bad situation if they did.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 9:13:04 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:13:04 GMT

Yakima elementary school evacuated after a gas leak is detected
At around 10:26 this morning, McClure Elementary School was evacuated after the smell of gas filled classrooms. "Luckily staff pulled the pull box, evacuated the kids and no one was injured, but we did have a little bit of a gas odor inside of the building," said Jeff Pfaff, PIO for the Yakima Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 9:21:13 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:21:13 GMT

Two dead, firefighter badly hurt in north Spokane fire
Fire crews on the scene of a two-alarm apartment fire in North Spokane report two people have died Wednesday evening as a result of the fire. Crews on the scene say an adult woman and an adult man have died, but those people have not been identified. A firefighter was injured while trying to save those two people.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 8:14:39 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 08 Sep 2016 03:14:39 GMT

Related: Firefighter recovering in Seattle hospital after north Spokane apartment fire
Two people are dead and a firefighter is in the hospital after a fire at an apartment complex in north Spokane. The firefighter sustained second and third-degree burns while trying to save the two people inside. At last report the firefighter was in serious condition. .The 29-year-old probationary firefighter has burns to his upper torso.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Arlington Fire Chief Stedman receives Chief Fire Officer Designation
Fire Chief Bruce Stedman of the Arlington Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on July 15, 2016 to officially confer the re-designation upon Chief Stedman. Chief Stedman is one of only 1,175 CFOs worldwide.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 1:35:57 PM - SOURCE: Arlington, WA
Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:35:57 GMT

Snoqualmie Fire Chief earns Chief Fire Officer designation for second time
After recently earning his designation as Chief Fire Officer for a second time, Snoqualmie Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Mark Correira has plans to implement professional credentialing tools for other firefighters in his department. The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), the only accreditation program for fire services organizations, reviews professional accomplishments of its applicants and awards designations.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 1:17:37 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:17:37 GMT

Ambulance rate hike requested for out-of-towners in Port Angeles
The Port Angeles Fire Department is asking the city to increase ambulance transport rates, though there would effectively be no change for Port Angeles residents. During a public hearing Tuesday, Fire Chief Ken Dubuc told the City Council it should allow the fire department to increase its rates, putting their prices closer to the average in the region.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 7:30:32 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:30:32 GMT

Four, including firefighter, injured in Yakima house fire
Four people, including a firefighter, were injured in a house fire early this morning in the 1200 block of West Washington Avenue. The couple who occupied the home, a trailer, suffered minor to severe burns while a neighbor suffered smoke inhalation, according to the Yakima Fire Department. A firefighter also was injured when debris from the fire struck his eye.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 9:39:30 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:39:30 GMT

Police investigators identify long-lost 9/11 ground zero flag in Everett
A U.S. flag that mysteriously turned up in Everett in 2014 has now been identified as the original iconic flag that was raised by firefighters above the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The extraordinary finding comes after a two-year investigation spearheaded by the Everett police, with assistance from an entire cast of forensic experts in a variety of specialties.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 10:45:42 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:45:42 GMT

King County paramedics develop EpiPen alternative - for a fraction of the cost
The small plastic box is about the size of a photo frame; what's inside, however, is the picture of cost savings -- and saving lives. King County Emergency Medical Services began producing the injection kits in 2013 as a low-cost alternative to the EpiPen, an auto-injector used to treat allergic reactions.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: komo news
Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Redmond fire wins Hot Shot Crew Challenge
The Redmond Fire Department's (RFD) Team Isabella was recently awarded $10,000 for winning this year's Hot Shot Crew Challenge. The challenge brought in donations that funded the Equipment and Training Grant from the Medic One Foundation. This grant allows RFD to purchase a child simulation mannequin so paramedics and firefighters can train for medical and traumatic emergencies with children.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 2:43:19 AM - SOURCE: Redmond Reporter
Posted on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:43:19 GMT

'Rotting garbage' causes fire on barge in Duwamish Waterway near West Seattle
A fire that broke out on a barge full of shipping containers on the Duwamish Waterway near West Seattle on Monday was caused by rotting garbage inside one of those containers, according to fire investigators. The fire broke out just before 4 p.m. Monday, at the Alaska Marine Lines terminal located along West Marginal Way Southwest, and set off a massive hazmat team response.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2016 5:13:02 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:13:02 GMT

Chelan County: Fire crews on Horse Lake blaze 'hit it hard', suspect arrested
An aggressive initial attack Sunday on a wildfire above the Broadview and Sleepy Hollow Heights neighborhoods slowed and eventually controlled what officials believe may be a human-caused blaze. Three water-hauling helicopters and ground crews totaling at least 100 firefighters corralled the 20-acre blaze Sunday evening as it burned near grassy hillsides still recovering from the devastating Sleepy Hollow Fire of 14 months ago.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2016 3:13:43 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:13:43 GMT

Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue adds new ambulance
Port Ludlow Fire &Rescue has a new $225,000 ambulance. The ambulance from Horton Emergency Vehicles arrived on Tuesday, according to fire district officials in a news release. The purchase allows the district to rotate current units into reserve, reducing the mileage and wear on the other units and extending the life cycle of those units, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2016 3:58:36 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:58:36 GMT

Regional: After 2 bad fire years, this fire season light in Northwest
After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington state, this fire season has been very light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this year thanks to a heavy winter snowpack and some rain in the spring and summer months.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2016 11:03:13 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Sun, 04 Sep 2016 06:03:13 GMT

Man escapes fire at RV in Clark County
Fire officials said a man is lucky to be alive after he escaped a fire in his RV parked in the East Minnehaha neighborhood Tuesday morning. A passerby called 911 about 7:45 a.m. after seeing flames coming from the RV, parked near the The Grove at 72nd apartment complex, 5302 N.E. 72nd Ave., Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2016 11:23:46 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:23:46 GMT

Serendipity leads career firefighter to Klickitat County Fire District No. 3's top position
When he graduated from Washougal High School in 1986, Wesley Long’s career plan was the same as many graduates in that part of Clark County: hook on at the paper mill in Camas and try to keep moving up to jobs with higher pay and more responsibility. He got a good job at the mill in 1987, operating heavy equipment: forklifts, grab trucks, you name it.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 1:16:38 PM - SOURCE: White Salmon Enterprise
Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:16:38 GMT

Firefighters take part in technical rescue training in King County
High risk, low frequency rescues are those that do not take place often, but are exceptionally dangerous to the public and rescuers alike when they do. One of the best ways to combat the risk is through training. Over the last week, firefighters from Kent, Auburn, Tukwila and other departments, all part of the South King County Fire Training Consortium, practiced trench rescue scenarios in a realistic environment.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2016 5:26:50 AM - SOURCE: Tukwila Reporter
Posted on Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:26:50 GMT

Grays Harbor Fire District #5 to Seek EMS Fund Levy on November Ballot
Grays Harbor Fire Protection District #5, which covers the Porter, Elma, and Satsop area of East Grays Harbor County has decided to ask voters to establish an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) funding levy. At the July Commissioners’ meeting, the Board passed a resolution authorizing the placement of a renewable six-year EMS Levy proposition on the November 8th ballot for citizen consideration.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2016 4:47:57 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:47:57 GMT

Update: Critically burned firefighter in deadly Twisp fire making good progress
A firefighter who fought for his life is now focused on goals that are easy to take for granted, like driving and opening doors. Daniel Lyon was critically burned working on the Twisp wildfire last summer. Moments before a complicated surgery, doctor Gary Fudem's hope for his patient is pretty simple.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 9:50:20 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:50:20 GMT

Sheets with massage oil spontaneously combust in Seattle basement
A Seattle landlord has a cautionary tale about a household product that could pose a fire danger. Karen Lucht was fixing up one of her rental properties on Capitol Hill when she smelled something coming from the laundry room in the basement. “There was no smoke, there weren't any flames but there was something in the air,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2016 9:46:45 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Fri, 02 Sep 2016 16:46:45 GMT

Kennewick police investigating back alley fire as possible arson
Kennewick police are investigating a possible arson that damaged several tables and chairs stored behind a building in Kennewick Thursday morning. Kennewick police said they believe a fire was intentionally set in the back alley of the 100 block of W. Kennewick Avenue. The fire damaged several tables and chairs that were being stored in the area.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 10:43:36 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:43:36 GMT

Small fire breaks out at assisted living community in Richland
A stove fire broke out at a retirement and assisted living home in Richland on Wednesday but no residents were hurt. Richland fire crews were alerted around noon to a fire at Riverton by Bonaventure on Bellerive Drive. A sprinkler system extinguished the small kitchen fire before crews arrived, said Battalion Chief Ron Duncan.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 8:20:43 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:20:43 GMT

Spokane: I-90 back open after ammonia leak at Thorpe Road beverage company
Interstate 90 was shut down for about an hour Wednesday evening between U.S. Highway 195 and Exit 276 (Thorpe Road) as fire crews responded to an ammonia leak at the same business that also reported a leak Saturday. Fire crews evacuated residences and businesses in the area around Johanna Beverage Co.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 9:49:44 PM - SOURCE: the spokesman review
Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:49:44 GMT

Three fires, four hours leave Yakima fire crews scrambling
Three separate fires involving a vacant business, a car and heavy brush near the Yakima River – all within the span of four hours – meant a busy night for Yakima firefighters. At one point, all 25 on-duty Yakima firefighters were out on the fires. Two of the fires are considered suspicious, while the third was blamed on an abandoned campfire.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 11:44:44 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:44:44 GMT

Suncrest Fire near Leavenworth nears full containment
Fire crews expect to fully contain the Suncrest Fire today and transition management of the 390-acre fire back to local units Thursday. “It’s looking really good out there,” said Jeff Bouschor, assistant operations chief for the Type 2 national fire team now managing the fire. Bouschor said ground crews would work today to secure the edges of the fire, mop up hot spots and do some clearing and erosion management before heading out Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Flaming mice rekindle fire near Touchet
Flaming mice, combined with strong, gusty winds, certainly didn't help fire crews this weekend while they were trying to put out the Frog Hollow Fire in the Touchet area. Fire Chief Larry Hector with Walla Walla Fire District 6 said there were actually three separate fires burning near Frog Hollow Road, along an alfalfa seed field.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 8:16:25 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:16:25 GMT

Camano Island Fire & Rescue to celebrate new equipment
Rain or shine, Camano Island Fire & Rescue welcomes everyone to an open house Sept. 10 at Terry’s Corner Fire Station, 525 E. North Camano Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with hot dogs served for lunch 11:30 to 12:30. Visitors will see the new pump trainer purchased with a donation from Pat Keating, a president of the former Camano City Sparklers and member of the Madrona Fire Sirens auxiliary.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 8:20:22 AM - SOURCE: Stanwood/Camano News
Posted on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:20:22 GMT

Update: Hunter, the lost Lab, reunites with Battle Ground firefighter
Hunter, the black Lab who was mistakenly adopted by another family after going missing while his firefighter owner was away, has been reunited with his owner, according to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. The Humane Society said Battle Ground’s William Jones, Hunter’s owner, returned from a firefighting assignment earlier than expected, and was able to pick up his missing dog Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 8:37:20 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:37:20 GMT

Auburn man severely burned in apartment fire
Quick-thinking neighbors pulled a man from his second-floor apartment when a fire broke out in the Auburn building early Monday morning, the Valley Regional Fire Authority reported. The rescued man, in his early 40s, was stabilized and transported to Harborview Medical Center by King County Medic One.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 1:36:37 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:36:37 GMT

FEMA money to help fight wildfire near Leavenworth
Financial help is on the way to help fight a wildfire that has burned nearly 500 acres near Leavenworth in Chelan County. On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to go towards the firefighting costs of the so-called Suncrest Fire. FEMA said the fire threatens to cause a major diaster, but cooler weather helped firefighters make progress on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 8:50:26 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:50:26 GMT

Three alarm fire destroys home and buildings near Tieton
Firefighters from across the Upper Yakima Valley were called out for a three-alarm fire Friday afternoon that destroyed a home and two garages west of Tieton. Fighting the fire at 3330 Rosenkranz Road was complicated because a fire hydrant behind the house wasn’t working, said Highland Fire Department Chief Sam Glanzer.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 8:36:28 PM - SOURCE: yakima-herald
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:36:28 GMT

Coupeville mobile home destroyed by fire
After firefighters had left his property Sunday afternoon, Bruce Silvia remained next to the charred shell of his house, trying to come to grips with what happened. He was headed to Oak Harbor on Sunday morning, then returned in a panic after the Island County Sheriff’s Office called to tell him his house was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 3:51:48 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:51:48 GMT

Orting Valley firefighter reunites dog, owner at Leavenworth fire
An Orting Valley Fire and Rescue firefighter working a blaze near Leavenworth rescued a dog Monday morning from a burned-out area. A picture posted to Orting Valley Fire’s Facebook page shows Will Lengel holding a dirty West Highlands white terrier in his arms as he walks down a partially burned slope at the site of the Suncrest fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 2:19:58 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:19:58 GMT

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue fire chief installed as IAFC President
Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Chief John Sinclair was installed Aug. 18 as president and chairman of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), pledging to “shine a light” on several important challenges facing the fire and emergency service, according to a news release from the association.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2016 1:47:42 AM - SOURCE: Ellensburg Daily Record
Posted on Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:47:42 GMT

Calm weather aids crews fighting wildfire near Leavenworth
The smoke from the Suncrest Fire provided an eerie backdrop, the visible evidence of a fire that has scorched 496 acres northeast of Leavenworth. The wind helped it spread quickly and then it began a steady march up the tinder dry hillside. It provided lots of hot, dirty work for some 300 firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kiro7
Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Benton County fire support vehicle damaged in wreck while headed to help at separate collision
A Benton Fire District 1 support vehicle was heavily damaged Sunday when it was hit by an SUV while on its way to a collision scene, authorities said. Battalion Chief Donald J. Taylor was driving the truck, a 1999 Ford F250, which was marked and had its siren on and lights flashing, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2016 5:31:29 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:31:29 GMT

Wildland firefighters: Don't fly drones here in Stevens County
Firefighters this week spotted an unwelcome object in the sky above the Deep North fire: a remote-controlled drone. The camera-equipped hobby aircraft was apparently zipping through the smoke to capture images of the wildfire, which has burned nearly 600 acres of wooded terrain in northern Stevens County.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 11:57:12 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:57:12 GMT

Officials: Spokane Complex Fire completely contained
More than a week after the Spokane Complex Fire began, firefighters have the blaze almost completely contained. Monday morning, crews announced both parts of the wildfire – Wellesley and Yale Road – were essentially completely contained. The Wellesley Fire is 100 percent contained and the Yale Fire is 99 percent contained, up 4 percent from Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: krem
Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Only grocery store in Wellpinit feeds firefighters, fire victims during Cayuse Fire
The only grocery store in Wellpinit stepped up to help those displaced by the Cayuse Mountain Fire this week. Wellpinit Trading Post is the only grocery store and only restaurant in town. The food display cases at the shop are practically bare, because staff have been making lunches and dinners for firefighters and fire victims since the outbreak.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 10:07:49 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:07:49 GMT

Some Clallam firefighters to come home
Firefighters from Clallam County Fire District No. 2 began wrapping up their work on the Yale Fire south of Spokane on Thursday and expected to return to Port Angeles today. Fire District No. 2’s Brush 25 and crew of firefighter/EMTs Rick Leffler and Steve Bentley arrived at the Spokane Complex on Wednesday morning, said Sam Phillips, chief of the district that serves the area around Port Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: peninsula daily news
Posted on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Boeing suggests new weapon in fighting wildfires
Putting a new twist on the notion of fighting fire with fire, Boeing has patented a plan for packing howitzer shells with retardant chemicals and lobbing them into the path of a forest fire. With wildfires raging across the West again this summer, another tactic might be welcome. Talk about a hot market.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 9:34:58 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:34:58 GMT

Crews work to control Cranberry Creek wildfire in Anacortes
Crews worked Friday to control a wildfire burning in Anacortes. The Cranberry Creek fire burned approximately 13 acres on a steep hillside according to the Department of Natural Resources. An eight-person crew responded to the fire early Friday, with 20 more expected to report later in the day. It is unclear if any homes are threatened by the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 11:02:50 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:02:50 GMT

Fire destroys Cashmere gas station
A late-night fire Wednesday destroyed the gas station and mini mart at BJ’s Shell station in Cashmere. The fire started in a motorhome, which was parked on the west side of the building, then spread to the gas station building, firefighters said. The pumps, separated by about 70 feet from the building, did not catch fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 3:20:02 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:20:02 GMT

26 school buses gutted as Puyallup bus barn erupts in flames, explosions
VIDEOS: More than two dozen brand-new school buses were destroyed or damaged when a 2-alarm fire raged through a Puyallup school bus maintenance facility Wednesday afternoon. The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. in the 300 block of 12th Street NW, sending a large plume of black smoke that was visible for miles, and explosions were heard in the area.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2016 2:45:42 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:45:42 GMT

Spokane lawsuit over fireline seeks to curb forest firefighting tactics
The rush by the U.S. Forest Service to cut a fireline through critical fish and wildlife habitat to fight a fire that never came anywhere near has spurred a lawsuit in federal court. Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE), a Eugene, Ore.-based nonprofit, filed the lawsuit last week in U.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2016 9:42:52 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:42:52 GMT

Fire communications being criticized for Cayuse Fire
The Hart and Cayuse Fires burning in Stevens and Lincoln County are burning on both sides of the Spokane River up north. It began as the Hart Fire near Davenport. When it jumped the river, the second fire became the Cayuse Fire, burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The Hart Fire is 4,200 acres and about 20 percent contained as of Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2016 10:49:26 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:49:26 GMT


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