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Evacuations, destruction as massive fire roars through historic downtown Bothell
A massive three-alarm fire ripped through historic downtown Bothell on Friday morning, gutting one building after another and sending huge flames billowing into the darkened sky that could be seen for miles. By mid-morning, firefighters were still battling the blaze as it flared up repeatedly and threatened more structures.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2016 7:38:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:38:00 GMT

Finalist chosen for the permanent Tukwila Fire Chief position
The City of Tukwila announced Jay Wittwer as the finalist for the City’s permanent Fire Chief position. His confirmation will be presented to the City Council on Monday, August 1. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm in the Tukwila City Council Chambers located at 6200 Southcenter Boulevard, Tukwila, Washington.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 3:36:21 PM - SOURCE: Tukwila, WA
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:36:21 GMT

Mount Vernon announces new fire chief
Bryan Brice will be the city’s new fire chief, according to a news release from the mayor’s office. Brice, who will start Aug. 8, is coming from Oxnard, California, where he was chief of an eight-station fire department. Before that, he was a division chief with the Orange County Fire Authority, where he worked for 26 years.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2016 4:12:30 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (
Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:12:30 GMT

Reflected heat to blame for Downtown Spokane fire
Spokane fire crews are responding to a fire at a historic downtown Spokane building on Thursday afternoon. It happened at 1:40 p.m. at the historic Washington Cracker Company building on W. Pacific. It is now used as a mixed-use business and a soon to be coffee bar. There were reports of heavy smoke from the roof of the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 5:18:29 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:18:29 GMT

Yakima firefighters detail dramatic effort to save helicopter
As a damaged helicopter hovered above the Yakima Air Terminal earlier this week, firefighters stacked pallets on the tarmac to ensure it could land safely. Details of the operation last Sunday were not released by the Yakima Fire Department until this morning. The King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter had been attempting to land searchers on Mount Adams, when its fuselage and one of its skids were badly damaged after striking a rock outcropping.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 12:37:48 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:37:48 GMT

Everett Fire Department upgrades GPS trackers on rigs
Every morning before dawn, Rick Robinson checks the laptop that’s mounted inside his Everett Fire Department rig. The software on the laptop is supposed to show the current location of every city fire truck and ambulance. A few months ago, it wasn’t working so well. Emergency rigs were missing from the screen.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2016 6:59:08 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:59:08 GMT

Vancouver: Driver runs from I-5 bridge crash, leaving women, child in burning vehicle
A driver fled on foot early Thursday after crashing a minivan on the Interstate 5 Bridge between Vancouver and Portland, Ore., abandoning a small child and two women who were inside the burning vehicle. Transportation crews who were working on the bridge came to the rescue of the women and child, busting out a window of the minivan to help them escape before the flames spread, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

City of Battle Ground reviews first 6 months of new fire and emergency services provider
In December of 2015, the City of Battle Ground entered into a contract with Clark County Fire District 3 to provide fire and emergency services within the city beginning January 1st of this year. The City of Battle Ground does not employ fire and emergency services personnel, but rather contracts with a professional fire agency to provide services within the city limits.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 11:32:54 AM - SOURCE: Battle Ground, WA
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:32:54 GMT

8-year-old girl killed, 5 injured as fleeing suspect crashes SUV into pickup in Ephrata
An 8-year-old girl was killed and five persons injured Wednesday when a suspect and two others fleeing from police in an SUV ran a stop sign at high speed and crashed into an off-duty deputy's pickup with three people inside, officials said. The violent force of the crash sent the suspect's SUV spiralling into a power pole and sent the pickup hurtling through the garage door of a house nearby.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 11:13:14 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:13:14 GMT

Man is accused of threatening to burn Washougal City Hall
A homeless man is facing a charge of making a bomb threat, including communication, in Washougal City Hall. Scott Daniel Gioia, 38, is accused of telling a city employee on July 14, he was going to “burn city hall down.” The statement was allegedly made after he asked to see Mayor Sean Guard to talk about his feelings on the availability of help and resources for the local transient population.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2016 1:57:02 AM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:57:02 GMT

Oil train derailment in downtown Spokane would pose ‘extreme challenges,’ consultant says
There’s no escaping the rumble of freight trains in Nick Linden’s office. He’s one of the owners of Vic B. Linden Sign Advertising Inc. at 122 S. Lincoln St., which shares a wall with the elevated train tracks that carry crude oil through downtown Spokane. For more than six decades, the commercial sign company and the rail tracks have been neighbors.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2016 9:18:46 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:18:46 GMT

Vashon's fire department strengthens its water rescue capabilities
Thanks to a specialized paddle board purchased through a grant from Vashon Rotary, island firefighters say they can now respond to marine rescue situations more quickly and safely. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) receives about 30 water-related calls a year, according to Ben Davidson, who heads the department's marine rescue team.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2016 1:49:57 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - metered site
Posted on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:49:57 GMT

Kittitas County Fire Marshal: Bowers Field hangar fire in Ellensburg was accidental
The cause of a fire that destroyed two hangars and aircraft at Bowers Field in Ellensburg on Friday was accidental, according to the Kittitas County Fire Marshal’s Office. Interim Kittitas County Fire Marshal Josh Hink said an IASCO employee was removing fuel from one airplane when static electricity caught the plane’s fuel on fire, he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2016 1:49:47 AM - SOURCE: Ellensburg Daily Record
Posted on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:49:47 GMT

Suspicious fire spreads to downtown Spokane hotel
Fire crews responded to a fire in downtown Spokane Tuesday night after flames sparked inside the Les Schwab Tire Center on 2nd and Browne. The fire then quickly spread to the nearby Days Inn Hotel. Fire officials said they are treating the fire as a suspicious act, but did not confirm if they were dealing with an arsonist.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2016 2:57:16 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:57:16 GMT

Clark County Fire District 3 receives life-saving equipment donation
Clark County Fire District 3 received a heart monitor and defibrillator worth $19,648 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The equipment will assist the emergency transport team when responding to cardiac patients and those in need of advanced life support. Firehouse Subs created its safety foundation in 2005 to “providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations,” according to a release from the organization.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2016 6:01:28 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:01:28 GMT

Pasco firefighters in training to learn water rescue skills
Thirty drownings in just four years in our area. A brand new Water Rescue Program out of the Pasco Fire Department is aiming to drastically reduce that number. Now they're training a team of twelve rescuers to respond to any situation they may see on the water. On top of fighting flames, they're now learning to fight waves.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2016 5:12:14 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:12:14 GMT

2 Clark County fires likely accidents; damage estimated at $2 million
Two fires that forced a reported 18 people from their homes early Sunday appear to have started by accident and did an estimated $2 million in damage. Firefighters responded to Sunday’s first fire around 12:30 a.m. at Pine Grove Apartments, 4119 N.E. St. Johns Road, in the Minnehaha neighborhood just north of Vancouver city limits.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2016 8:49:49 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:49:49 GMT

Two vehicles catch fire, three people injured in I-90 crash near Snoqualmie
Firefighters are crediting an off-duty Seattle police officer for pulling a crash victim from a burning car Monday evening on I-90. The crash happened just before 6 p.m. when someone in a truck didn't notice traffic had stopped on eastbound I-90 west of State Route 18. The driver rear-ended a car, which caused a chain reaction with several other vehicles, according to Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman with Eastside Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2016 4:06:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:06:36 GMT

11-year-old falls from Olympia zip line tower
An 11-year-old girl was airlifted to a hospital after she fell from a zip line tower in Olympia Sunday afternoon. Olympia firefighters said they were called to a report that the girl had fallen at the Westwood Baptist Church, on the corner of Kaiser Road NW and Mud Bay Road NW in west Olympia, at about 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2016 3:30:23 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:30:23 GMT

Fire destroys Yakima home, sends 60-year-old man to hosptial
A fire destroyed a mobile home off Fruitvale Avenue Monday night and sent a Yakima man to the hospital with smoke inhalation according to firefighters. Crews say they arrived at the scene of the house fire at Regal Estates of Fruitvale Avenue around 5:50 p.m. Monday night and found the back of the home engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2016 9:21:55 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:21:55 GMT

Dumpster and alley fires causing trouble in Pasco
Police officers in Pasco need your help finding a potential arsonist! The city has recently been plagued by a number of dumpster and alleyway fires. The most recent one was right behind Mexico Lindo restaurant on W. Court Street. Sgt. Scott Warren says that the police department does have a few leads on who might be starting these fires, but they don't have a sure suspect.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2016 10:48:36 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:48:36 GMT

Update: Fireworks likely started Bremerton apartment fire
A mother and kids lighting sparklers on a third-floor balcony started a fast-spreading apartment fire Saturday morning that cost 12 people their homes. Bremerton Fire Marshall Mike Six found four sparklers on the balcony of the complex at 321 Wycoff Ave., which caught fire around 8 a.m. He spoke to the 24-year-old resident who said she lit two sparklers with her children, ages 3 and 4.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2016 3:38:50 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:38:50 GMT

Cowlitz 2 may seek $11 million bond to replace two stations
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue wants to replace two of its five stations — the crumbling one in Lexington and the earthquake-vulnerable station at Baker’s Corner in West Longview. On July 27, the district board of commissioners will decide whether to ask voters in November to approve an $11 million, 20-year bond to pay for the new stations as well as a new fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2016 6:53:08 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:53:08 GMT

Snohomish County firefighters, districts prepare for wildfires closer to home
The first time Snohomish County used a state law to send firefighters to a blaze in Eastern Washington, it was 1994. Travis Hots remembers. He was 18, a volunteer from Lake Goodwin. He didn’t know he had to bring his own tent or protective gear. He was issued a paper sleeping bag when he got to Leavenworth.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2016 3:34:03 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:34:03 GMT

Woman rescued after falling 150 feet near Snow Lake area
Two separate hikers had to be rescued after being injured in the Snow Lake area near Snoqualmie Pass on Sunday. Crews from King County Search and Rescue and Bellevue Fire hiked two miles up the trailhead to reach a 40-year-old woman who fell more than 150 feet. Firefighters said the woman has lower body injuries but is in stable condition.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2016 3:04:24 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:04:24 GMT

Hero citizens and first responders save child, elderly woman from flames in Bremerton
Kenneth Patterson and Tony Masga were in the car Saturday morning when they saw flames shooting out of an apartment building on Wycoff Ave. The heat from the fire so intense, glass was breaking and smoke was everywhere. "I just jumped out the car without the crutches…and I went hobbling I went hobbling over here,” said Patterson.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2016 10:39:22 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:39:22 GMT

More fire agencies to get involved in 'rapid response plan' in Kittitas County
With another fire season well underway, fire agencies in the Cle Elum area are pooling their resources more than ever to better protect people and their property. Nine families were forced to evacuate their homes after a fire in early July. “It's kind of scary going into this season," said Fire District 7 spokesperson Richelle Risdon.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2016 7:57:26 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Sat, 16 Jul 2016 02:57:26 GMT

Investigation underway after fire torches van at Fox Island Alliance Church
Returning to his hometown of Fox Island this summer, Skylar Brown’s plans centered around music and ministry. Brown, 23, traveled from Lakeside, Montana back to the island with his friends — Tim Johnson, 24, Adam Cullen, 23, and Elijah Waldrop, 19 — as part of an intern group from Youth With a Mission to spend six months at the Fox Island Alliance Church and introduce their band, Minus Tim, to the Seattle music scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2016 6:43:15 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:43:15 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 4 asking voters for higher EMS levy
Voters in Spokane County Fire District 4 north of Spokane will see a renewal of the district’s emergency medical services levy on ballots arriving in the mail for the August election. The levy has been in place since the 1990s and has been renewed by voters every six years, said Fire Chief Randy Johnson.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2016 4:42:34 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:42:34 GMT

Brush fire below apartment complex quickly contained in north Spokane
Spokane firefighters quickly knocked down a brush fire that threatened several cars and an apartment complex on Friday. The fire started on a hillside near Gray and Atlantic below an apartment complex. Firefighters say the complex and some cars were threatened, but it was quickly put out before any major damage was done.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2016 10:41:34 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:41:34 GMT

Poulsbo man accused of arson, making threats
A 42-year-old Poulsbo man accused of lighting afire a pile of gasoline-doused debris piled in the street before fighting with a police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to counts of attempted second-degree arson and felony harassment. Police had responded to the scene after receiving reports of a man acting irrationally and yelling at neighbors.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2016 9:49:44 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:49:44 GMT

South Tacoma duplex fire that killed 3-year-old ruled accidental
A fire that killed a 3-year-old boy inside the family’s South Tacoma duplex has been ruled accidental. Fire investigators said although combustible materials were found inside the home in the 6400 block of South Tyler Street, they cannot determine the exact cause of the May 25 blaze. “The investigation centered around the possibility that the 3-year-old started the fire, but we were unable to determine that,” Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2016 3:32:34 PM - SOURCE: the news-tribune
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:32:34 GMT

Sunnyside man sacrifices his hand to save a child
Every year at the beginning of July, we are reminded how dangerous fireworks are. this year there were hundreds of injuries and doctors at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle treated 18 people for hand injuries alone. One of those injuries happened close to home in Sunnyside. A man sacrificed a part of himself to save a child.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2016 8:47:33 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:47:33 GMT

New Burlington fire chief settles into job
It’s been almost a month, but Burlington Fire Chief Levon Yengoyan is still getting his new office set up. Yengoyan took the reins at the Burlington Fire Department in mid-June, more than a year after the city’s previous full-time chief resigned. “I wanted the job because of the people I met here,” Yengoyan said.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2016 7:35:14 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:35:14 GMT

Firefighters battle blaze at old Seattle Times building
Firefighters were once again called to the former Seattle Times headquarters Wednesday night after a fire broke out inside the vacant building. The building, located at John Street and Fairview Avenue, has been popular with transients since the Times left in 2011. Seattle fire crews were called to the building Wednesday night at about 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 10:16:07 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:16:07 GMT

Wildfire response challenges in Okanogan County
In Okanogan County, Commissioner Jim DeTro describes the old way of fighting fire as rushing in with resources to protect people and property. But he says the new method of attack focuses too heavily on managing the wildfire. "We need to change things fundamentally. We have to go back to fighting fires and not managing fires, and that comes right back to initial attack," said DeTro.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 6:11:35 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:11:35 GMT

First responders, businesses get in on Pokemon craze in Clark County
Everyone is getting in on the Pokemon Go craze. “So I've got a Weedle here, a single Pokemon,” said Grady Dunlap who found the digital character while using the Pokemon Go app and walking around Clark County Fire District 6’s Station 61. The point of the game is to explore the real world and capture Pokemon.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 7:50:38 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 02:50:38 GMT

Kent Regional Fire Authority considering name change
The Kent Regional Fire Authority plans to have a new name by next year. "No longer will we be called the Kent Regional Fire Authority, we will be called the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority," said Les Thomas, a Kent City Councilman and member of the RFA board, at the July 5 City Council meeting. But the new name isn't a done deal yet.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 1:02:07 PM - SOURCE: Covington & Maple Valley Reporter
Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:02:07 GMT

Mukilteo firefighters join regional wildfire team
The Mukilteo Fire Department has joined an interjurisdictional wildfire team. Mukilteo firefighters are now members of the Snohomish County Fire Chief’s Fire Coordinating Group. The Mukilteo City Council on July 5 authorized Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign the city’s fire department onto the wildfire team.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2016 6:51:17 AM - SOURCE: Mukilteo Beacon
Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:51:17 GMT

New medical clinic focused only on treating Seattle firefighters
A new primary care clinic focused on treating Seattle firefighters is set to open this week. The clinic will be run by Qliance, a Seattle-based membership-based company, and will be located above Seattle’s Fire Station 2 in Belltown. The International Association of Fire Fighters cites studies showing firefighters face a high risk for heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, hepatitis and stress.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2016 5:24:10 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:24:10 GMT

Public opinion sway Clarkston council to fully staff firefighters' shifts for now
New information about Clarkston firefighters and your public safety. The mayor and city council has decided they'll keep shifts fully staffed, but this decision didn't come without emotional pleas from the public. "People have voted over and over and over again to have this... These men are fine men, they do a wonderful job," said resident.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: klewtv
Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighter injured in house fire near Auburn
A firefighter was injured during a fire that destroyed a home near Auburn early Wednesday morning. The fire broke out just after midnight at the home on SE 400th Street, near the Muckleshoot Public Works area. That road was shut down for several hours between State Route 164 and 180th Avenue SE. Crews from Mountain View Fire and Rescue were able to finally put out the flames, then brought in heavy equipment to help sift through the charred remnants of the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 7:49:50 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:49:50 GMT

Emergency Services in West Richland could be cut if levy doesn't pass
$600,000 is on the line for the Benton County Fire District 4. Their emergency services now hanging in the balance. "We have proven that we have reduced ambulance response time by. An average of three minutes in our community," says chief Bill Whealan of the fire district. The levy would pay for staffing, and equipment for 24 hours, 7 days a week across two stations.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 5:59:02 AM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:59:02 GMT

Seattle: Woman rescued from Magnolia apartment fire
A woman had to be rescued from an apartment fire in Magnolia. The fire started on 34th Avenue West just after 2 a.m. Wednesday. The occupant called 911 saying she was trapped in her apartment. She was escorted out by firefighters and is being treated for smoke inhalation. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly and contain it to one unit.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2016 6:16:20 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:16:20 GMT

Centralia Home Burns; Earlier Fire Reported on Same Street
No injuries were reported after a Centralia home was seriously damaged by a fire early Monday morning. The fire, which was reported at 3:30 a.m. Monday, was the second reported in the 100 block of Clearview Heights in less than 18 hours. Both fires started near the homes’ garages, said Assistant Chief Rick Mack of the Riverside Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2016 3:13:04 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:13:04 GMT

Heartwarming reunion after baby delivered by firefighters in Samammish
It was a special reunion for a group of firemen at Fire Station 83 in the city of Sammamish Monday morning. It was the first time three firefighters who helped deliver a baby at the side of the road on June 7 were able to meet the little boy who came into the world unexpectedly, surprising everyone, including his parents.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2016 9:36:55 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:36:55 GMT

13th Avenue house fire in Kennewick temporarily displaces family
The fire started in one of the units of a fourplex off 13th Avenue and Olympia. Kennewick's Fire Department got to the scene Sunday night and fought the flames to keep them from spreading into the other units. Fire Captain Cary Cole tells us, " there is moderate damage to the apartment unit, but we were able to keep the fire spreading to the other units.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2016 9:11:57 PM - SOURCE: kndo
Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:11:57 GMT

Castle Rock fire levy could mean first lift in 50 years
Depending on how voters decide in the Aug. 2 primary election, Cowlitz County Fire District 6 in Castle Rock may see its first fire levy increase in 50 years to help retain ambulance service. This year, volunteer levels are at an all-time low, with only four volunteer EMTs residing within the fire district.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2016 2:12:29 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:12:29 GMT

Pine Creek station's 30 years celebrated
More than 60 current and former Pine Creek employees attended the 30th anniversary of the Pine Creek station on Saturday. In the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument area, Pine Creek has provided advanced ambulance service to visitors since 1986. Reunion attendees came from all over Washington and Oregon, as well from California, Montana, Arizona and Mississippi.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2016 6:03:07 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:03:07 GMT

Three cars, apartment catch fire in Longview
Firefighters responded to the report of an apartment fire around 12:15 a.m. Saturday at 818 9th Avenue. Crews arrived and found three cars ablaze with flames spreading to the second floor of the building. Residents were evacuated and crews quickly extinguished the fire. Firefighters remained on scene for about two hours while investigating the incident and checking for fire that may have spread into the apartments.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2016 3:23:18 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 09 Jul 2016 22:23:18 GMT

Update: Cops say Auburn man shot to death, then home set on fire
An incident that began as a fire has turned into allegations of murder. On Wednesday, a mobile home in the the 29600 block of 142nd Avenue South was destroyed by fire. Police now say in court documents that a teen who lived in trailer was shot to death in retaliation for an earlier fight. Two men both described in court documents as transients have been arrested and are being held on $1 million bail for investigation of murder and arson.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: komo news
Posted on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Bothell: Semi-truck plunges off I-405 overpass onto freeway below, killing driver
A semi driver was killed Friday night when his truck and trailer went over the side of an elevated off-ramp and landed upside down on the highway below. That driver has now been identified as Alan Mooney of Federal Way. The crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. in the Bothell area. Mooney was heading westbound on State Route 522 when he attempted to exit onto Interstate 405, according to Trooper Chris Webb with the Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: komo news
Posted on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima man dies in crash; Vehicle flipped and caused a brush fire
A 23-year-old Yakima man is dead today as a result of a crash yesterday that started a wildfire. Cody J. Gadley died after beingthrown from a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder he was riding in at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday. The Washington State Patrol said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2016 9:29:07 AM - SOURCE: Sunnyside Sun News
Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:29:07 GMT

Clark County fire district merger up to voters
After years of discussion and shared services, Clark County Fire District 2 might merge with Clark County Fire & Rescue. Residents of District 2 will decide whether to merge during a vote on Aug. 2. To pass, the vote will require a simple majority. District 2 covers a small portion of Clark County between Woodland and La Center.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2016 8:12:11 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 03:12:11 GMT

Candidates for Department of Natural Resources chief in Olympia for Monday forum
Candidates for Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands will gather on Monday in Olympia to make the case for why they should oversee 5.6 million acres of the state’s land and lead firefighting efforts against often-dangerous summer blazes. The event is hosted by Washington’s League of Women Voters and sponsored in part by The Olympian.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2016 4:23:46 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:23:46 GMT

Obituary: Bob J. Schmitt, retired Edmonds firefighter
Bob J. Schmitt, age 64, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the British Virgin Islands, while swimming in the beautiful waters and living life to the fullest. Bob was born on Jan. 29, 1952 in Auburn, Wash., to Jim and Joanne Schmitt. He was a 1970 graduate of Auburn High School. Bob married Sini on March 24, 1984, and they were happily married for 32 years.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2016 6:41:14 AM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:41:14 GMT

Questions linger after Spokane courthouse evacuation; letters sent by felon’s wife
The Spokane County Courthouse was evacuated for more than an hour Thursday morning amid fears that a poison-laced envelope had sickened county workers. Two court employees and a sheriff’s deputy felt scratchy throats, headaches and chest pains at about 10:30 a.m. after one employee opened a letter in a room on the third floor, Spokane Fire Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Rollover accident north of Soap Lake causes brush fire
A rollover accident north of Soap Lake sparked a brush fire Wednesday afternoon and caused the closure of state Route 17. Firefighters with Grant County Fire District No. 7 responded to the scene, about nine miles north of Soap Lake on SR-17, about 1:10 p.m. The unidentified driver of the vehicle was reportedly ejected as it rolled, with sparks igniting brush near the road and wind causing the fire to spread.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2016 7:31:40 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:31:40 GMT

Homeowner missing as mobile home erupts in flames in Auburn
A mobile home erupted in flames Wednesday afternoon, and fire investigators fear it might have claimed a life. A neighbor called 911 to report in the fire in the 29600 block of 142nd Ave. SE. Firefighters arrived to find large flames and billowing smoke from the double-wide mobile home. Their firefight was hampered by the fact that the home was at the end of a long driveway with no close fire hydrants.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 12:56:34 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:56:34 GMT

Clark County Firefighter hurt in blaze recovering
A Clark County Fire District 13 firefighter is at home recuperating after a roof collapsed on him while fighting a fire earlier this week. Chuck Andrus, a captain who has spent seven years with the fire agency, was part of a crew working a Yacolt-area house fire Monday, Fire Chief Ben Peeler said. Crews were called at about 7:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 8:52:56 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016 03:52:56 GMT

Houts, Sequim fire commissioner, ends five-decade career
For Richard Houts, fighting fires was a natural fit. His father was a fireman, his uncles and cousins, too. By the age of 16, he was at it as well. So began a five-decade fire service career interrupted briefly by military service and some semi-retirement work for a corporation (a consultant for fire suppression issues, no less).
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 1:08:28 PM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:08:28 GMT

Richland & Kennewick fire agencies work to adopt "Hostile Action" training
The Pasco Fire and Police departments have already established a "Hostile Action" training to handle the most stressful of situations. Now, Benton County fire agencies in Kennewick and Richland are working to adopt the same training procedure. "Whether that be a mass casualty incident , an active shooter event.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 5:32:42 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:32:42 GMT

Hot spot reignites blaze in downtown Olympia warehouse overnight
Firefighters were called for the second time in two days to the site of a two-alarm warehouse fire that originally started Tuesday in the 200 block of Adams Street in downtown Olympia. Fire broke out around 2:33 a.m. Wednesday in an inaccessible corner of the burned building. A hot spot in the southwest corner of the warehouse was hidden underneath a pile of debris, Deputy Fire Chief Gregory Wright said.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2016 2:03:51 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:03:51 GMT

City-owned trucks destroyed, damaged by arson in Bellingham; suspect at large
A city-owned truck was destroyed and five others sustained damage during an arson incident overnight, police said. The suspect got away and remains at large. Firefighters responded to the scene, a city-owned parking lot one block east of the Bellingham Municipal Court building, just before 4 a.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a fire, said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2016 1:23:09 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:23:09 GMT

Dog rescued, roof heavily damaged in Mercer Island fire
A large fire that sent flames shooting through the roof of a Mercer Island home Tuesday night likely started in the attic, firefighters said. A neighbor first spotted the fire at 7200 West Ridge Road and called 911, according to the Mercer Island Fire Department. The family wasn't home when the fire started, and firefighters were able to rescue a dog inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

7 hurt in rollover crash of SUV, motor home on Hwy. 101 near Olympia
A large SUV and motor home flipped over on Highway 101 near Olympia on Tuesday, trapping two people inside the SUV until they were rescued by emergency responders, officials said. Three children also were pulled from the wreckage. In all, seven people sustained minor injuries in the crash, which backed up traffic on Highway 101 west of Olympia for over an hour.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2016 2:44:14 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 05 Jul 2016 21:44:14 GMT

Dozens treated for fireworks-related injuries at Harborview Medical Center
The Fourth of July is over but area hospitals are still waiting to see if more people will be rushed in after suffering injuries due to fireworks. Two people, including a teenager, were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after suffering devastating hand injuries at a popular field used to light fireworks in Auburn.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 10:06:17 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:06:17 GMT

Early morning fire forces people out of Yakima home
The Yakima Fire Department says two people had to leave their home, early Wednesday morning after a fire broke out. Firefighters say around 12:31 a.m. a smoke detector went off, alerting the two people inside the double-wide home along the 800 block of N. 40th Ave. Yakima police got to the scene first and made sure both people made it out of the home safely.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2016 6:42:58 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:42:58 GMT

100-year-old warehouse destroyed by fire overnight in downtown Olympia
A 100-year-old warehouse was destroyed early Tuesday after a massive fire tore through a city block in downtown Olympia. Fire officials say it's too early to say whether the two-alarm blaze may have been started by July Fourth fireworks. Crews responded to the fire, at State Avenue NE and Adams Street NE, at about 1:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2016 7:55:47 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:55:47 GMT

Firefighter hospitalized for smoke inhalation after Tacoma fire
It was a wake-up call Jeff Stice and his family did not expect this July 4th holiday weekend. Just after 1 a.m. Monday morning, Pierce County Fire officials say the fire started in the power panel in the garage. The flames intensified due to the three vehicles that were inside, including a Tesla. “Everything in there was a fuel and it burned pretty ferociously,” says Fire Chief, Cliff Mccullom.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2016 11:18:48 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:18:48 GMT

Longview Fire Department to create window safety promotion
Vancouver parents Jason Cunningham and his wife Becca thought they had done everything they could to childproof their home. They installed child-proof locks on cabinets, installed mesh on their deck railing to keep their kids from falling or getting stuck, and kept any and all chemicals out of reach and locked up.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Fallen Seattle firefigher honored at Boeing Field
It remains the deadliest fire in Seattle's history. 32 people died when a B-29 prototype bomber crashed into the Frye Meatpacking Plant in the SoDo neighborhood. Among the dead was Luther Bonner, 23, a relatively new member of Seattle's firefighting ranks. He was killed after being overcome by gases released when the plant's refrigeration lines were severed.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2016 2:58:14 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:58:14 GMT

Washington firefighter works 50th fire season
As firefighters across the state prepare for another wildfire season in Washington, one man is preparing for his 50th and final season on the fireline. Brock Shero is on the Northwest Incident Management team and has decided to retire after he finishes his fifth decade of service later this year. “I’ve seen a lot of challenges, I’ve seen a lot of changes, the one thing that hasn’t really changed is the hand tools we use, they're the same we started with 50 years ago,” Shero said.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2016 11:01:03 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:01:03 GMT

Elk hangs out with firefighters in Kittitas County
It's not every day wildfire crews get support from their four-legged friends. Over the weekend, a friendly elk shared some affection to firefighters and officers battling the wildfires in Kittitas County. "She is making her rounds, giving kisses to each firefighter and officer here," Kittitas County Fire District #7 said on the Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2016 7:01:37 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 04 Jul 2016 02:01:37 GMT

2 elderly people hurt in King County's Skyway house fire
An elderly woman was burned in a Skyway house fire Friday morning when she tried to rescue the family dogs. An elderly man suffered smoke inhalation. Firefighters went to the house in the 6700 block of South 120th Street just before 7:45 a.m. They found smoke coming from the back of the house. The woman suffered burns when she tried to rescue four dogs.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2016 11:23:19 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:23:19 GMT

Data: High performance CPR is saving lives in Chelan, Douglas Counties
Longtime firefighter Mike Soltwisch says he is a lot more tired after doing CPR today than he was several years ago. He is not complaining. Soltwisch is now doing high-performance CPR, which, experts say, is saving more lives than the CPR protocols of the past. "It's more labor intensive," Soltwisch said.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
Posted on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Crews switch things up after record breaking fire seasons in East Washington
Washington has had 226 wildfires as of Thursday and more than half of them were in Eastern Washington. Firefighters are expecting well over 300 wildfires in just six counties this fire season. "The predictions right now are that we will have a 'normal' fire season," said Guy Gifford with the Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2016 4:42:58 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:42:58 GMT

Follow Up: Arsonists set 10 fires at Renton schools
Arsonists on the loose in Renton, setting at least 10 fires at four schools in the middle of the night. Now the fire marshal is warning people who live around those campuses to be on the lookout. Investigators fear these arsons will escalate, and it’s only a matter of time before there’s harm to a building or people.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2016 10:49:00 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:49:00 GMT

No one injured in Vancouver warehouse explosion
An explosion at a Vancouver warehouse early Friday morning left the building structurally unsound, according to fire officials. Firefighters were called to Powers Paper Company, 1700 W. 20th St., at about 3:45 a.m. for a report of a fire alarm, Vancouver Fire Department Firefighter and Spokesman Darrin Deming said.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2016 11:35:18 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:35:18 GMT

Tri-Cities area fire chiefs team up to issue fireworks warning
Fire chiefs around the Tri-Cities felt so compelled to warn people about upcoming weather conditions, that they teamed up to call their own press conference Thursday. Four fire chiefs from around the region teamed up Thursday to warn people about fireworks this 4th of July weekend. They say resources will be stretched thin and one mistake could cause serious damage.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2016 8:17:46 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:17:46 GMT

Boat fire at Des Moines fuel dock sends up tower of smoke
Firefighters responded Thursday morning after flames broke out in a 40-foot fishing vessel moored next to a fuel dock at Des Moines Marina. The fire sent a cloud of smoke over the marina that could be seen blocks away. One man was aboard the vessel when the fire broke out. He was able to jump off onto the dock and was not injured.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2016 11:36:47 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:36:47 GMT

City leaders voice concerns over oil trains in Spokane
Local leaders gathered on Wednesday night to voice their concerns over oil trains passing through Spokane. City officials have met to discuss oil trains in the past, but Wednesday’s meeting welcomed the voices of local emergency responders. Among them was the head of the local fire union who said that he and his fellow responders would be totally unprepared for an oil train disaster.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2016 5:53:18 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:53:18 GMT

1 under arrest after motorhome destroyed by fire in Lynnwood
One person is under arrest after a motorhome went up in flames overnight in Lynnwood, fire officials said. Police and fire crews responded to the scene, near 159th Place Southwest and Admiralty Way, at about 3 a.m. Thursday after receiving initial calls about explosions in the area. When firefighters arrived, they found a RV fully engulfed in flames on a dead end street.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2016 9:12:49 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:12:49 GMT

Firefighters contain Benton County trailer fire caused by overheated fan
Benton County fire crews say they put a house fire out quickly Wednesday before it was able to spread to the rest of the home. Crews say a fire broke out around 2 p.m. at East Byrson Brown Road Wednesday. Firefighters say the blaze burned much of the kitchen but didn't spread beyond that. No one was home at the time and nobody was hurt by the fire say crews.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2016 5:46:31 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:46:31 GMT

Lynnwood Fire Chief to head Fire District 1 as two entities combine administrative staffs
The City of Lynnwood Fire Department and Snohomish County Fire District 1 will combine administrative staffs, and Lynnwood Fire Chief Scott Cockrum will serve as chief of both Lynnwood and Fire District 1, the two agencies announced Tuesday. Fire District 1 has been without a permanent fire chief since Ed Widdis retired in March.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2016 3:49:19 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:49:19 GMT

More suspicious fires send crews racing to Renton's Lindbergh High School
Another suspicious fire sent crews racing to a Renton high school early Wednesday morning. Firefighters have put out several blazes around Lindbergh High School this month - and they all sound suspicious. Crews also had to respond to at least one fire at nearby Tiffany Elementary School earlier this month.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2016 7:39:55 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:39:55 GMT

One hospitalized, 3 dogs rescued after Washougal mobile home fire
Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs from a Tuesday evening mobile home fire in Washougal that sent one person to a hospital with smoke inhalation. Around 7:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a mobile home fire Gibbon Creek Mobile Estates in Washougal. They arrived to find a flames and smoke coming from a single-wide manufactured home and its attached covered porch, according to the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2016 8:10:55 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:10:55 GMT

Chelan County Fire District 1 chief outlines plans for wildfire season
Mike Burnett thinks his fire department is well-positioned to fight wildfires this summer. The chief of Chelan County Fire District 1 has made some upper-level staffing changes, gotten the fire district’s helicopter up and flying earlier than last year, and has fire district employees out canvassing neighborhoods next to wild lands so they can tell homeowners how to make their homes more fire resistant.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2016 3:34:57 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World - metered site
Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:34:57 GMT

Firefighters rescue wheelchair-bound man from Kent house fire
Firefighters rescued a wheelchair-bound man from a Kent house fire on Monday afternoon. A fire started sometime after 3 p.m. in a shed in the area of 132nd Avenue SE and SE 266th Street. By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had spread to a neighboring home, according to officials with the Kent Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2016 4:44:51 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:44:51 GMT

Rigorous training under way for state's wildland firefighters
On their instructor's count, the group of new recruits sprinted to the small orange packs that contain the potentially life-saving fire shelters they would attempt to deploy in a worst case scenario. This was just one of the many skills wildland firefighters would learn and practice during a 10-day course conducted by the state in the town of Rainier.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2016 3:05:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:05:36 GMT

Related: Fighting wildfires gives some a second chance at life
Among the two hundred men and women learning wildland firefighting skills in Rainier Monday, most were college students looking for summer work. Few of them have the conviction of Tobin Von Ditter. "This is my dream, I'm not going to take no for an answer," he said. The 31-year-old served 22 months behind bars.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2016 3:33:06 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:33:06 GMT

Fire damages portable at Kent elementary school
A fire broke out at an elementary school in Kent overnight. Crews were called to Scenic Hill Elementary, at 26025 Woodland Way, at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Kent Regional Fire Authority was called to the scene after police discovered the fire while responding to another alarm at the school. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from a portable that’s about 50 feet from the main building.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2016 6:02:53 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:02:53 GMT

Man injured and displaced in Arlington house fire
A fire heavily damaged a house southeast of Arlington on Monday morning. The homeowner, a man who appeared to be in his 50s, also received treatment at the scene for smoke inhalation, officials said. The fire was reported about 9 a.m. along Dogwood Lane, in the Jordan River Trails neighborhood. Crews arrived to find the house’s attic and a nearby shed in flames, said Travis Hots, fire chief for Snohomish County Fire District 21, also known as Arlington Rural.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2016 10:49:10 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:49:10 GMT

Pasco firefighters keep blaze from burning homes, police searching for suspect
Residents officially got the okay to return to their homes around 7 p.m. Sunday after more than 40 local firefighters and emergency responders worked to contain a fire burning near 13th Lane and Washington. Firefighters say the blaze broke out around 4:30 p.m. and windy conditions helped it move fast, quickly threatening 20 homes in the area according to fire crews.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2016 10:27:39 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:27:39 GMT

Man causes Rock Island Grade blaze after burning sleeping bag
A Wenatchee man admitted to causing a fire near Rock Island last night that burned about 150 acres after throwing a sleeping bag into a small fire, according to Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. Gjesdal said 61-year-old Timothy Burt had been living about a mile up Rock Island Grade off of Highway 28 near milepost 12.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2016 3:16:47 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:16:47 GMT

New commissioner joins Bainbridge fire board
Ernst “Fritz” von Ibsch has been appointed to fill a seat on the board of fire commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The board selected von Ibsch from a narrowed field of three candidates at their last meeting in May. The new commissioner was sworn into office on June 9. Five people originally applied for the Position 4 seat, which was left vacant after Eileen McSherry resigned in late March because of longer days and more unpredictable workloads at her current job.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2016 1:04:40 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:04:40 GMT

Cabin burns in fire near Deer Lake Resort in Stevens County
A fire destroyed a cabin and a detached garage early Monday morning near Deer Lake Resort in Stevens County. That fire started around 2:00 am in the 3900 block of Bonita Vista Way. When fire crews arrived on scene, they found the cabin, garage, and some surrounding wooded area completely engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2016 10:55:18 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:55:18 GMT

13-year old boy dies after jumping into Little Mashel Falls near Eatonville
A teenage boy has died after falling into "deep water" near the town of Eatonville in Pierce County. Orting Valley Fire and Rescue crews, South Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Pierce County Sheriff's Office all responded Sunday evening to a report of a water rescue at Little Mashel Falls. The 911 caller told dispatchers that a 13-year old boy jumped into the water and did not come back up, according to Pierce County Sheriff Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: komo news
Posted on Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Nile-Cliffdell fire department getting new fire station
Today marked the beginning of construction for a new fire department in the Nile and Cliffdell area. A groundbreaking ceremony for new fire station took place Thursday morning at 11. The new station will be located adjacent to the Jim Sprick Community Park in the upper valley and has been in the works since the 90s.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2016 7:50:58 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:50:58 GMT

Police on the hunt for possible serial arsonist in Mill Creek
Police in Mill Creek are on the hunt for a potential serial arsonist. There have been at least five suspicious fires, two of them aimed at homes in one neighborhood, one at an office and two at neighborhood parks. People who live in the area are worried their property could be next. Bruce Wojtoviets plans to move his firewood and anything flammable away from his Mill Creek house.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2016 10:36:31 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:36:31 GMT


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