Daily Dispatch: Washington News
Spokane Valley first responders warn distracted driving is an increasing threat locally
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:30:51 -0700
Forty-one first responders were killed by distracted drivers while on the side of the road in 2018, a 60% increase from 2017 according to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. As of May 2019, 21 firefighters have died due to people driving distracted in areas where firefighters are responding to incidents.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 10:30:51 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV Fox 28 Spokane
Fireworks ban sought for south Snohomish County
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 02:41:39 -0700
Fire authorities have drafted a petition to ban consumer fireworks in parts of south Snohomish County where they aren’t already illegal. Commissioners for South County Fire approved the petition last week. They sent the request to the Snohomish County Council, which has the authority to ban the sale and use of fireworks outside city limits.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 2:41:39 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Five-acre brush fire extinguished in Manson
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:15:52 -0700
Strong winds drove a brush fire to a little over 5 acres Friday night near Wapato Lake Road, according to Chelan County Fire District 5. Firefighters were called out shortly before 10 p.m. to the blaze, started by a transformer, Fire Chief Arnold Baker said. If it weren't for the wind, he said, "we wouldn't have had an incident.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2019 3:15:52 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Editorial: It's time to stop the bucket brigade - State needs funding source to prevent and fight wildfires
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 01:45:02 -0700
Brace yourself, Western Washington: The state Department of Natural Resources warns this year’s wildfire season is going to be a doozy. DNR has already reported 478 wildfires; 187 of them have been on our side of the state. “The recent spike in temperatures is only going to make things worse,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz recently told our Editorial Board.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 1:45:02 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Port Angeles man arrested in arson probe of fire
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:27:22 -0700
A 50-year-old Port Angeles man was arrested Sunday night for investigation of first-degree arson. John H. Hann, age 50, has his first appearance today at 1 p.m. in Clallam County Superior Court. Hann was apprehended during an investigation of a fire that Port Angeles police said was deliberately set in a multiunit building near First and Albert streets, according the department’s Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 10:27:22 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Emerson Elementary School kids meet some big wheels in Hoquiam
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:30:50 -0700
One of the last days of school for Emerson Elementary School in Hoquiam will probably be a memorable one for its students as they got to explore different types of trucks and cars on Vehicle Day Thursday. A school tradition since 1994, Vehicle Day brings the students of Emerson Elementary out of the classroom and onto the playground where various cars and trucks were available for their perusal.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 10:30:50 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Hanging out - First responders practice hoist rescues In Wenatchee
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:00:41 -0700
Firefighters, cops and medics took turns this week rappelling from a prop helicopter in Olds Station. The first responders were practicing hoist rescues, the type of recovery often used to pluck stranded or injured hikers from remote areas. Mounted above Chelan County Fire District 1, Station 11’s hose tower, the prop helicopter matches the district’s helicopter that’s currently in service, which adds important overlap between training and real world rescues, said Chief Brian Brett.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 4:00:41 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Spokane Valley Fire Department, Starbucks program to award gift cards to Good Samaritans
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The Spokane Valley Fire Department and a local Starbucks have joined forces to award citizens going above and beyond with coffee. "When firefighters respond to a call and find a citizen already on hand helping, they offer more than a thank you," SVFD said in a release. Under the new partnership, the Starbucks at Pines and Sprague has provided a $4 thank you reward card for SVFD crews to give out to Good Samaritans along with their thanks.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Update: Two arrested after string of arson fires near Soap Lake
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:38:15 -0700
Two arson suspects have been arrested after iFIBER ONE News aired last week’s story about a recent rash of fires throughout the countryside near Soap Lake. The Grant County Sheriff’s office announced the arrests on Thursday. 21-year-old Alexandra Gray of Ephrata was arrested on suspicion of four counts of 2nd degree arson and four counts of second degree burglary.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 6:38:15 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Follow-up: Owner feeling grateful in Snohomish - Market fire could have been worse
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:36:27 -0700
Keith Stocker lost a storage building to fire late Tuesday night. The flames also reached an exterior wall of the popular Country Market building at Stocker farms. The following day, his first instinct was gratitude, not a sense of loss. He knew it could have been a lot worse. “It touched it but it didn’t take it,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 6:36:27 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Woman found dead after fire destroys part of Gig Harbor duplex
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 06:13:03 -0700
Just one of two people who lived in a Gig Harbor duplex made it out alive from a fire Wednesday night. Thursday morning, firefighters found the body of a woman who could not escape the flames on the second floor of her home. The fire was reported around 11:30 p.m. when neighbors started frantically calling 911 for help.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 6:13:03 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Spokane Fire Department hailed for citizen engagement in PulsePoint app
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
In 2014, the Spokane Fire Department, along with almost every other fire department in Spokane County, joined the PulsePoint app that gives information about each call they are dispatched to and summons aid from CPR certified citizens in the event someone has a heart attack. Earlier this month, Spokane Fire was honored with the 2019 PulsePoint Agency of the Year award, bringing representatives from the California-based nonprofit to Spokane to deliver the award in person.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Suspicious car fire spreads to home in Graham; suspects seen on surveillance video
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:42:54 -0700
VIDEO: The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a suspicious car fire quickly spread to a home in Graham and caused significant damage. Neighbors told Q13 News that someone was driving in the 17700 block of 93rd Avenue Court in the gated Silver Creek community about 1 a.m. Thursday when they saw a car and house in flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 7:42:54 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Selah home severely damaged in early morning fire
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:42:41 -0700
A Selah home sustained major damage in a fire that broke out early Thursday morning. The fire broke out on the 2200 block of North Wenas Road before at 3:17 a.m., and witnesses saw flames coming from the front half of the home. Firefighters from Selah, Gleed, and Yakima fire departments arrived at the scene as the front half of the house was engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 7:42:41 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Warm, Dry Conditions Continue to Cause Concern Among State's Fire Officials
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 06:08:19 -0700
Extended forecasts continue to predict a busy fire season as dry, warm weather settles in the area, and state officials and meteorologists warn of the ease in which a wildfire may be sparked in such conditions and the adverse effects high temperatures can have on vulnerable populations. “Our firefighters are concerned that we may see more wildfires this week due to rising temperatures and higher wind speeds,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, in a Department of Natural Resources press release.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 6:08:19 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
100 people evacuated from Northgate Mall in Seattle after pepper spray incident
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
About 100 people inside Northgate Mall were exposed to pepper spray and had to be brought outside because of coughing and eye irritation Wednesday morning. The Seattle Fire Department responded about 10:30 a.m. to the mall where scores of people were standing outside and complaining about eye irritation and coughing.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Talks will continue on combining Northshore Fire Department with others
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 13:07:16 -0700
Combining the fire departments of Woodinville, Shoreline and Northshore is still a possibility — an option that the Northshore Fire Department board of commissioners approve exploring. At a recent gathering on June 4 the topic of regionalization was brought before the board again. During a commissioner meeting in May, firefighter union leaders expressed that the option should be explored.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 1:07:16 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Fire damages part of popular Stocker Farms in Snohomish
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
A late night fire burned part of a popular summertime fruit stand in Snohomish, but luckily the fire was extinguished before it was able to do significant damage. It was just after 10 p.m. when a relative with Stocker Family Farms was driving by the area, smelled smoke and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the outside part of a storage area near a main building.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Chicks perish, goats escape in Greenbank barn fire
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 01:50:25 -0700
A heat lamp ignited a fire early Tuesday morning, killing chicks and destroying a barn in Greenbank, according to Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin. Hartin did not know how many chicks had been in the barn at the time of the fire. The homeowners awoke around 2:40 a.m. and saw flickering in their window, he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 1:50:25 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Home destroyed in White Point fire on San Juan Island
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 01:44:16 -0700
San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to an early morning residential fire in the area of White Point area on San Juan Island on June 11. The blaze was contained in a two-story residential structure that started around 2:15 a.m. The residents were able to quickly evacuate the home and call 911.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 1:44:16 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
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