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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Firefighters respond to apartment fire near downtown Spokane

VIDEO: An overnight apartment fire forced road closures near downtown Spokane early Tuesday morning. The fire started inside an apartment near South Maple Street and West 6th Avenue. As of 6:00 a.m., the fire was out, although some smoke still lingered in the immediate area. Maple Street was also closed between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue while firefighters worked to contain the fire. The roads have since reopened. The fire started inside a house that had been converted into several apartment units. One of the neighbors told KREM 2 he was woken up by firefighters. “They thought maybe the fire was in my house, so they broke through my door, and then, they we’re like, ‘you got to get out. You got to get out," Greg Garrett said.
KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane

Red flag warning comes as Goat Rocks Fire battle continues

The Goat Rocks Fire northeast of Packwood continues to grow and is still 0% contained after having consumed 3,675 acres of forest as of Monday morning. On Monday from noon to 7 p.m., a red flag warning was put in place in the vicinity of the fire, which is a weather advisory signaling dry, windy conditions that increase the potential for fire growth. Gusty winds from the east were expected to bring dry air into the area, with relative humidity falling into the upper teens and low 20% range. The weather was expected to stay dry Tuesday before a shift to more typical on-shore flow brings in cooler, more humid air and possibly light showers later this week, according to a news release from the Forest Service. The warm weather early this week will likely increase the amount of smoke produced by the fire.
The Daily News - Metered Site

Grant County Fire District 7 receives $20,000 toward new truck

Grant County Fire District 7 received $20,000 toward a new fire truck Friday afternoon courtesy of Teck American Inc. “I can't express my gratitude enough for (Teck American’s) commitment to our community and helping us to make sure we have the resources we need,” said GCFD7 Administrator Josh Chambers. The $20,000 will go towards GCFD7 replacing a Type 3 apparatus - also known as a wildland fire truck. The department lost one of its trucks in June while fighting a fire when the truck rolled with two personnel inside. Chamber said the loss of the truck was significant for the department given fire trends in the region. Chambers explained that over the last few years, the district has seen an increase in fires and that they need apparatuses like the Type 3 truck because they can hold more water and can be outfitted to be operated by one person, which is crucial when staffing is as low as it is at GCFD7.
Columbia Basin Herald

Third week of Bolt Creek Fire brings challenging conditions, new evacuation warnings

Very dry conditions and a red flag warning on Monday are adding to the challenges presented by the Bolt Creek Fire. The blaze that started Sept. 10 is now in its third week, relentlessly burning near Skykomish just west of Stevens Pass. So far it has scorched more than 11,200 acres and continues to grow. About 150 firefighters are working to slow it down. The dry conditions led to bumped-up evacuation warnings, just after U.S. Highway 2 fully reopened over the weekend. The west side of the Money Creek Tunnel to milepost 48 and Forest Service Road 65 are under Level 3 orders — that means you need to leave now. Skykomish, Baring, Grotto and U.S. 2 east of the Money Creek Tunnel are under a level 2 notice — everyone in those areas should be ready to go in case of an evacuation order.
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Monday, September 26, 2022

Seattle will launch a new unit of crisis responders under revamped 911 system

This fall, the Seattle mayor’s office and city council have agreed to jointly create a new type of crisis response unit to be available when people call 911. Right now, 911 calls in Seattle go overwhelmingly to police or the fire department. To offer more options — like in Austin, Texas, for instance, where dispatchers offer “police, fire, medical, or mental health" — Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold said they have to first undertake “back-of-the-house work." That means installing new software that allows for “criteria-based dispatch” at the city’s Community Safety and Communications Center. “They’ve identified the vendor, I believe they’re finalizing the contract,” Herbold said. “The new system will have to be installed. They’ll have to get trained on it.”

Port Angeles has a new Fire Chief

The City of Port Angeles announced Thursday the promotion of Assistant Chief Derrell Sharp to Chief of the Port Angeles Fire Department. He will assume this new role immediately, following the retirement of Chief Ken Dubuc earlier this year. Chief Sharp is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, with extensive training and experience in all aspects of Fire Department Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Health and Safety, and Training Program Management. He joined the PAFD as Assistant Chief of Operations & EMS in July of last year. Before that, Sharp served Clallam County Fire District #3 for several years, beginning as a Volunteer in 1991, and rising through the ranks to become Captain of Paramedics and Safety Officer in 2015. Chief Sharp keeps himself busy in the local community, as well.
My Clallam County

Warehouse fire burns twice overnight in Northeast Spokane

VIDEO: Crews responded to a warehouse fire that sparked up twice overnight near Northeast Spokane. Spokane Fire District 9 says they responded to the initial fire around 10 p.m. on Sept. 25 and when they arrived, the fire was small and was able to be completely put out. Then, at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 they responded to another call for a fire in the same location. When they arrived, the fire was much bigger. Fire chief Jack Cates with Fire District 9 says these fires seem suspicious. Right now, there are no reported injuries and the fire is completely out. Crews are still on scene monitoring for hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane

Sequim house fire confined to one room

Fire District 3 extinguished a blaze in a multi-storied house in Sequim on Friday night. All eight occupants of the house on Oak Court left it safely before firefighters arrived, said Fire Chief Ben Andrews in a press release. Firefighters were dispatched at 7:28 p.m. for the fire in an upstairs bedroom. They put out the fire, confining it to the room of origin, Andrews said. “Other than the fact that there was a fire, everything went right,” he said. “The residents called 911 quickly. They evacuated everyone from the house. No one was hurt and the damage was limited,” he added. The cause of fire was not reported by Saturday. Chief Andrews noted that there were working smoke detectors and many of the rooms had their doors closed which limited the amount of smoke and heat damage to the rooms adjacent to the room that was on fire.
Peninsula Daily News Online

Spokane crews respond to house fire near Franklin Park

Crews from the Spokane Fire Department put out a house fire burning near Franklin Park. The fire was burning off North Howard Street and West Wabash Avenue inside the garage of a home on Saturday. When arriving to the home, firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the home. Crews confirmed with the homeowner that no one was inside the garage. Before firefighters went into the garage, they saw heavy fire in the overhead framing members of the home, getting to the point where it could have collapsed. Because of this, crews put out the fire from the outside of the home. There was damage to the garage from the fire. Crews knocked down the fire in five minutes and stayed an extra two hours for overhaul operations to make sure the fire was completely put out. No one was hurt in the fire.
KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

Evacuations updated as winds continue to spread Bolt Creek Fire

Changing weather patterns have increased the threat of the Bolt Creek Fire, causing a series of new evacuations as officials say the fire could get more volatile rapidly due to heat and dry conditions. The fire, which has been burning since Sept. 10, has gone from 96% contained down to just 7% contained. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, some areas east of Skykomish, along with residences north and south of US Route 2 are under a Level 1 evacuation notice, meaning to start preparing to leave. Level 1 evacuations—’get ready’—are also in effect for Beckler River to FS Road 66, north and south of US 2, including Foss River Road and Index. Skykomish, Baring, Grotto, and the area along US 2, east to the Money Creek tunnel are under a Level 2 notice, meaning to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
My Northwest

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