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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Norse Peak Fire may still be burning in the fall

A wildfire requiring the continued closure of a state highway through Chinook Pass may burn into the fall. Officials estimate full containment of the Norse Peak Fire — now at 1,540 acres — may not come until Oct. 1. State Route 410 — a main route from Central Washington into Mount Rainier National Park — will likely remain closed from Hells Crossing Campground to Chinook Pass through the end of the week to allow for tree removal and firefighting efforts, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Yakima Herald-Republic

Small porch fire in Maple Valley

Firefighters from Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety, Fire District 44, and Puget Sound Fire were dispatched at 5:48 a.m. to a residential front porch fire in the 26900 block of 216 Ave SE. When the first units arrived they found a minor fire burning on the exterior wall and in the planter on the front porch landing. Family visiting and sleeping in the living room smelled smoke and called 911. Advertisement All members of the home were able to safely evacuate and the fire was contained to the porch area with minor damage to the exterior wall.
Covington & Maple Valley Reporter

3 hurt as crash sends car careening into North Seattle deli shop

Three people were hurt when a crash sent an SUV into a deli and grocery shop in North Seattle Tuesday morning. Two Ford Explorers crashed in the 6400 block of 8th Ave NW in the Phinney Ridge Area. The impact sent one of the SUVs into the front of the nearby Choice Deli. The other vehicle narrowly missed crashing into a fire hydrant. Fire officials said a man and a woman in one Explorer, plus the driver of the other Explorer were taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Witnesses on the scene noted that both Explorers had dealer paper plates instead of standard license plates. Police are still investigating.

Olympia: Sunday night fire in hospital’s elevator control room traps people

Nobody was injured in a fire Sunday evening at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, but people trapped in an elevator had to be rescued. The fire was reported just after 7:30 p.m. at the hospital at 3900 Capital Mall Drive SW, according to a Thurston County dispatcher. Crews extinguished the fire in the elevator control room and rescued people who were trapped in an elevator, according to a post on the Olympia Firefighters IAFF Local 468 page. A hospital staff member was able to contain the fire with an extinguisher, but it was still burning when crews arrived, officials said. Hospital operations continued with minimum disruption, according to the post.

Woman in critical condition after falling onto ledge near Wallace Falls

A 38-year-old woman suffered critical injuries after falling onto a ledge near Wallace Falls, outside Gold Bar Monday afternoon. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said the woman was 'canyoneering' with a group around 4:00 p.m. when she lost control of 'braking' her climbing rope and fell several feet on the a ledge near the falls. Crews from the sheriff's search and rescue unit, Snohomish County Fire District 26, Washington State Parks and a volunteer search and rescue team were called in after an emergency beacon was activated in Wallace Falls State Park.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fire destroys Washougal cabin

At 5:28 a.m. Saturday, East County Fire and Rescue and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to a fire at 2101 N.E. 375th Ave. in Washougal. It’s the property of Mark and Julia Fennell, according to county property records. The structure, a log cabin, was on fire when firefighters arrived. A total of 15 units responded from East County Fire and Rescue, the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, the Vancouver Fire Department and Skamania County. But because there are no fire hydrants in the area, “initial responding crews took a defensive stance to protect the surrounding area,” said a statement released on Saturday. “The home, valued at $350,000, was judged a total loss.” The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal. Occupants got out safely and there were no injuries to responding personnel.
Vancouver Columbian

Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue saves money by retrofitting old rescue truck into a rolling toolbox

When a fire engine breaks down, it can’t just be taken into the nearest auto shop. Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue used to have to wait for an outside contractor to come and fix their engines, prolonging the “out-of-service” time of that vehicle. Now the shop comes to the engine. Advertisement Firefighter and mechanic Michael Matros retrofitted a retired, gutted rescue truck in order to service and repair engines and other fire district vehicles onsite. “It’s a rolling toolbox; I have everything I need in there,” said Matros.
Whidbey News-Times

Firefighter injured putting out fire at Kent business

A fire at a Kent business burned so hot early Friday that it partially collapsed the roof, according to Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. Crews were called about 3:20 a.m. to the 24800 block of Pacific Highway South after an automatic fire alarm sounded. A police officer patrolling the area confirmed there was heavy smoke and flames. About 30 percent of the roof had already collapsed by the time firefighters arrived, which meant they sounded a second alarm in case the blaze spread to two nearby businesses.
Tacoma News Tribune

Man rescued following embankment fall at former Elwha Dam site near Port Angeles

First responders from multiple Clallam jurisdictions took part in a rescue of a man who fell over an embankment at the Elwha River near Highway 112. At around 7 p.m., the man was hauled to safety using ropes, a harness and litter, according to Assistant Chief Mike DeRousie of Clallam Fire District No. 2. Advertisement He was transported to Olympic Medical Center after 7 p.m. with leg and back pain, said DeRousie. District 2 initially responded at approximately 4:30 p.m. for a report of a man who fell about 20 feet down an embankment at the former Elwha Dam site near Highway 112. Personnel from Clallam Districts 2 and 3, Port Angeles Fire Department and Clallam County Search and Rescue assisted in the rescue.
Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News

Skyway home destroyed in 2-alarm fire, 1 firefighter injured

A two-alarm fire destroyed a home near Skyway Friday night. Firefighters from multiple agencies were called to the home off Beacon Coal Mine Road, near Monster road about 10:30 p.m. Ads by ZINC Crews said when they arrived, the home was 70 to 80 percent engulfed in flames. Video from the King County Sheriff's Office Guardian One helicopter showed a massive ball of fire. Crews said one of the walls of the homes collapsed, so they moved into a defensive mode. It took more than two-dozen firefighters over an hour to get the fire fully contained.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

2 suffer minor injuries in West Seattle house fire

Two people suffered minor injuries when a fire broke out inside their home Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the 4700 block of 26th Ave SW around 4:15 a.m. when a fire was reported in the home's kitchen. Flames eventually spread to a steel storage structure in the back yard. An elderly man and woman were inside the home and made it out safely, but had to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. A small dog is still missing.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

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