A special weapon helped fire crews surround and eventually capture Thursday's wildfire just south of Finley at Meals Rd. and Toothaker Rd.
It's called a fire train and fire leaders say the Tri-Cities is extremely lucky to have one stationed in Pasco.
Benton County Fire District 1 chief Lonnie Click said not only do the trains transport water to hard to reach places: they attack wildland fires, swooping in with a one-two punch.
Each train has three monitors, manned water cannons, soaking everything they can, reducing dry fuels, so the flames have nowhere to go.
"They're sitting up there at probably 20 feet, in the air above the tracks. They're shooting it way out high and it really does a good job, it puts a hurtin' on a fire," he said.
Click told Action News they're already seeing July-like fire conditions in June, and he worries it's going to be a rough year for fires. He says some terrain is worse than others, so the partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway is vital.
The Spokane City Council voted against joining the Spokane Regional Emergency Communications system at Monday night's meeting.
The SREC will provide communication and dispatch services for several agencies around the county. If the City Council had voted to join, the SREC would have provided those services for the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane Police Department.
The City of Spokane will now operate a duplicate emergency communications system for dispatch and related services for the police and fire departments. Mayor David Condon, SPD Chief Craig Meidl, SFD Chief Brian Schaeffer and Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley released a statement Monday night expressing their concern about the council's decision.
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Colville Tribe Emergency crews cleared up a 3,500-acre fire near Elmer City on Monday.
The fire started late Sunday afternoon on a mountain ridge that has previously burned, so containment lines were already set up. Sage and brush burned, and due to windy conditions the fire grew within the containment area.
The fire is still under investigation.
Residents in Rebecca Lake and Buffalo Lake were under a Level 3 evacuation notice, which has since been lifted. As of now there are no road closures or evacuations, but travelers are urged to drive carefully, as emergency crews will still be out on the roadways.
Air crews and firefighters were able to quickly put down the fire overnight, and in the next few days they will finish cleaning up the area. Containment is currently at 60%, but the main fire is out. Crews are working to clear up remaining hot spots.
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Chehalis Public Works Director Rick Sahlin started a countdown clock on his phone about six months before his scheduled date of retirement. He kept one going on the whiteboard in his office, too.
Sahlin wiped the board clean on Friday after more than 37 years spent working for the City of Chehalis. Come Monday morning, his chair will be occupied by Community Development Director Trent Lougheed, who has spent the past year preparing for the change.
Once he’s settled into the next phase of his life, Sahlin envisions a possible return to volunteering on city advisory boards or with other organizations in Chehalis. He spent 23 years as a volunteer firefighter with Lewis County Fire District 6 before injuries kept him from continuing.
Digging ditches. That’s what it looked like out on the prairie around Rainier on Monday, June 24, as men and women from all walks of life came together under one common name: firefighter.
There wasn’t an actual fire on the prairie — just 450 firefighters of varying degrees of experience, learning new skills or honing old ones as part of the Western Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy.
“The purpose of the training academy is to come together and train all of our new firefighters, and our returning seasonal and permanent wildfire staff, to be able to have a successful season fighting fires and managing incidents,” said Dakota Truitt, public information officer for Western Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy, which made Rainier High School its western headquarters.
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The men of the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Department got a well-deserved gift Monday after rescuing a dog that was trapped after falling into a ravine.
‘Pepsi’ the black lab was stranded overnight last Monday when he fell down an embankment. Firefighters had to use a rope system to safely bring the 13-year-old dog up from the ravine.
Firefighters returned ‘Pepsi’ to his family without any injuries.
After getting word of the pup’s rescue, and unique name, PepsiCo, delivered a year’s supply of Pepsi soda along with snacks for the firefighters.
Once case even featured the Pepsi logo embossed over a paw print.
The company also sent 'Pepsi's' family gifts and dog treats as he continues to recover.
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