Washington News

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fires set outside Seattle’s East Precinct following Breonna Taylor march

Protesters set fires outside the East Precinct on Capitol Hill Thursday night, then started launching fireworks at the building until police moved in to clear the streets. The demonstration had been peaceful through much of the evening. A crowd of about 150 people or more marched out of Cal Anderson Park and wove through the surrounding neighborhoods, calling on residents to leave their homes and join them in the streets. They chanted Breonna Taylor’s name, and shared their anger that the officers who shot and killed her will not face criminal charges. The only vandalism was some graffiti scrawled onto buildings. That rolling demonstration continued for about an hour until the crowd made its way back to the police station near Cal Anderson Park. That’s when people started throwing things against the building. Trash cans and rubbish were piled up and set on fire. Protesters then started igniting fireworks. Police could be heard on a public address system ordering the crowd to disperse, then a line of bicycle officers charged in, followed by officers on foot in riot gear.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Crews set to take over Cold Creek Fire mop-up near White Pass summit

Containment for the Cold Creek Fire increased to 88% Thursday, with command of the fire turned over to the Naches Ranger District. The fire started Sept. 14 near the White Pass summit. It was 564 acres, with minimal spread Thursday. U.S. Highway 12 reopened Monday. Officials said traffic volume has returned to almost normal but drivers should still use caution with firefighters still working throughout the area. Standing trees, burnt trees and vegetation, and possibly even live flame will continue to be visible from the roadway. A total of 122 people were assigned to the fire on Thursday, down about 100 from the previous day as out-of-area crews headed to other fires or home to rest. Forest Service spokesperson Heather Appelhof said she doesn’t expect any more growth, despite a shifting wind mostly from the west predicted to include gusts up to 25 mph on Thursday and 30 mph on Friday.
Yakima Herald-Republic

Update: Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire in Olympic National Forest

A man involved in a timber poaching effort in Olympic National Forest that started a big wildfire has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Shawn Williams, 49, pleaded guilty to theft of public property and setting timber afire charges in U.S. District Court in December 2019, The Kitsap Sun reported. Williams and Justin Wilke were charged last year for their roles in an illegal logging operation in the national forest in 2018 in which they and others felled maple trees and sold the wood to lumber mills, according to court documents. The type of maple is highly prized and used to produce musical instruments, prosecutors said. Williams, who lived in the Hood Canal area, cut the felled trees into rounds or blocks and sold them to a Tumwater mill under the false pretense that the wood had been cut on private land under permit, an indictment said. The “figured wood” was cut near Lena Lake in Jefferson County and Elk Lake in Mason County and sold for about $13,400 in the months leading up to the fire, court papers said.
Everett Herald

Fire in White Swan destroys abandoned home, spreads to nearby home & properties

A fire burned down an abandoned house and spread to a nearby home and other properties causing people to leave the area, according to Zillah Fire District 5. On Thursday, at about 6:30 a.m. fire units arrived at the 500 block of A St. in White Swan. Fire crews say the fire burned a small abandoned house to the ground leaving just the chimney and remnants behind. Action News was also told that the fire spread to a house nearby displacing eight people, including four children. Fire crews say the roof collapsed on the second house, and 10 mph winds spread the fire to five vehicles, towboats, and three tall trees. No one was injured. Firefighters say neighbors believe the homeless nearby started the fire. The fire department has yet to determine what caused the fire.
KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sprinklers help contain fire in Sequim apartment complex

A sprinkler system inside Elk Creek Apartments kept a fire confined to one apartment before firefighters arrived, said Clallam County Fire District 3 officials. A little before 7 p.m. Monday, firefighters arrived at the complex at 90 S. Rhodefer Road after a tenant reported flames inside an apartment and an adjacent neighbor told of it filling with smoke. Firefighters said they saw smoke coming from the second story window. Fire alarms alerted the complex to evacuate. Elk Creek’s sprinkler system contained the fire to a single room, fire officials report, and firefighters’ initial attack on the fire stopped the fire entirely a short time later. Smoke damage was contained to the initial unit but water damage was reported in that unit and the one below it on the bottom floor.
Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News

Klickitat County adopts multi-hazard mitigation plan

Klickitat County recently adopted a multi-hazard mitigation plan, the first of its kind to be done for the district. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires jurisdictions to develop and maintain such plans to remain eligible for certain funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. What it does for the county is multifold, said County Emergency Management Director Jeff King. King said the 330-page document, prepared in coordination with county and city staff, com- munity partners, and contractor Northwest Management Inc. of Moscow, Idaho outlines potential disaster scenarios, including wild- fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and mass casualty events, and refines different projects that would help to mitigate disaster, the effects of potential disaster, and recovery efforts. It also makes the county and local jurisdictions eligible for disaster funds through federal programs.
White Salmon Enterprise

Barge fire sends smoke billowing from Snake River in Burbank

Firefighters are working to put out a barge fire on the Snake River in Burbank on Wednesday. Walla Walla County fire crews were called to the scene about 10:40 a.m. near Grain Terminal Road where the Snake River meets the Columbia River, according to the app PulsePoint, which shows the time and location of 911 calls where fire or medical services are needed. Local resident Lena Wood captured photos of thick smoke billowing from what she said appears to be a scrap metal barge. Walla Walla County Fire District 5 confirmed they have a crew at the scene.

Edmonds VFW honors Dave ’Bronco’ Erickson as State Firefighter of the Year

A group of two dozen firefighters, VFW officials, family and friends turned out on a windy, rainy Wednesday afternoon to recognize and honor South County Fire’s own Dave “Bronco” Erickson as he received both the National and the State of Washington VFW award for Firefighter of the Year. VFW Post 8870 Commander Rose Gilliland introduced Erickson and presented the National award certificate. “Bronco is a giant amongst us as a public servant,” she said. “This award recognizes your exemplary record of courageous service to the community and the nation and your extraordinary commitment in keeping with the esteemed core values and traditions of the firefighter profession. You are a role model to all firefighters, and this honor reflects the proudest ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Thanks to you for all you do every day to support your fellow firefighters, our fire chiefs and everyone in our community.” State VFW Senior Vice Commander Chad Hassebroek then presented Erickson with the Golden Eagle, officially recognizing him as the Washington State VFW Firefighter of the Year.
My Edmonds News

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