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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Seattle firefighters investigating intentionally set fires in Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District

The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department are warning of an uptick in intentionally set fires in Seattle's Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Seattle fire said seven fires were set on Oct. 2. They said most of the fires occurred during the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. The fires include five rubbish or dumpster fires, an electric scooter fire, and a fire at a business in the 1000 block of S. Jackson St. that is closed and undergoing remodeling. Investigators with Seattle fire and SPD's Arson and Bomb Squad said they are not releasing any additional information on the fires while they conduct the investigation. SFD and SPD are urging the public to call 911 if they see someone setting a fire.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Lewis County Fire District 6 Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Instead of the usual blue striping on Lewis County Fire District 6’s apparatus, two vehicles will sport pink stripes through the month of October “in an effort to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and the devastating effects it has on women and families,” the fire district announced Monday. In addition, firefighters will wear pink T-shirts throughout the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Having lost my own mother to breast cancer, I am fully aware of the effects this terrible disease has on families,” said District 6 Chief Ken Cardinale in an email to The Chronicle. All the T-shirts, graphics and stripping were donated, according to Cardinale.
Centralia Chronicle

All evacuations lifted over the weekend for the Bolt Creek Fire

All evacuations were lifted over the weekend at the Bolt Creek Fire as containment lines have been holding. The fire, started Sept. 10 near Skykomish, has burned 12,486 acres and is 36 percent contained. Fire officials have determined the fire was human caused while the exact cause remains under investigation. Highway 2 was again shut down Monday morning after a tree came down onto the highway. Fire officials say flare-ups or trees and debris could bring additional closures throughout the week. Warmer and drier conditions on Sunday brought elevated fire behavior. The fire will continue to produce heavy smoke as it spreads north. Firefighter remain engaged along containment lines on the south edge of the fire along Highway 2 and near structures.
iFiber One News Radio

Central Kitsap Fire Rescue firefighters assist in battle of Oregon wildfire

When firefighters are sent to fight wildfires in other states, you might think that’s exactly what they are doing. But it’s not always the case. They often help doing many other things. For example, when two Kitsap County firefighters went to Oregon recently, they ended up feeding livestock and protecting homes because the town’s residents had been evacuated. Lt. Bill Green and Marcus Oliver, an apparatus operator, of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue were deployed Sept. 8 with other firefighters from Washington as part of a strike team in the town of Westfir, Ore. The fire, which started Aug. 1 due to a lightning storm paired with dry conditions, was threatening to spread into multiple towns. The fire had already grown to over 50,000 acres when CKFR and other departments in Puget Sound got the request to send reinforcements to the Cedar Creek wildfire.
Kitsap Daily News - Metered Site

Vantage Fire rages, grows to 26k acres burned

Officials have released an update on the Vantage Highway Fire which is now 35% contained. The size is still sitting at 26,490 acres, which is the size of the scene perimeter. The burn scar is estimated to be 17,000 acres. There's still no cause for the blaze, and things do seem to be improving. Friday, crews will be working on the north and west flanks, to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby windfarm. Along the southern edge crews are on the "mop-up" stage and over on the east side firefighters are searching for remaining pockets of fire activity and hot spots. Despite making gains on the fire, officials say the shifting winds to the north east may cause an uptick in fire activity on the south and west flanks and could cause spot fires within the windfarm.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

‘Added level of protection’: Spokane Fire wants bulletproof vests for first responders

With more local first responders being attacked, the Spokane Fire Department is looking to buy bulletproof vests. From having rocks thrown at them to shots fired in the area they’re responding to, Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer explains their job has gotten more dangerous. “We’ve had acts of violence, actually perpetrated onto assaults onto all of the disciplines of first responders, EMS, fire department,” Chief Schaeffer said. “The volume and the nature of our jobs have changed so much we’re actually in reaction mode all the time.” Schaeffer said it used to be rare, but now he’s getting calls weekly from EMS or firefighters saying they were hurt by someone they were trying to help. “All of us have been in situations where there have been shots fired or a shooting, or a bomb that may or may not have been detonated,” he said.
KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

Suspicious Fire Torches Walla Walla Commercial Buildings

An early Sunday morning fire in Walla Walla has caused at least $200K in damages. Early Sunday morning, around 4 AM multiple Walla Walla area fire units responded to a report of a commercial building fire near the intersection of 12th Ave. and Rees Ave. Here is another view of the area. Upon arrival, according to Brendan Koch of the City of Walla Walla, crews found two commercial buildings as well as several cars parked at the location completely engulfed in flames. Besides crews 1 and 2 from Walla Walla, Walla Walla Walla County Fire District 4 and College Place Fire Department, according to Koch, it's part of their mutual-aid agreement for large blazes. Crews were able to get the fire under control in about an hour but stayed at the location until well after 10 AM to ensure there were no flare-ups, and to begin their investigation.
KONA-AM 610 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco

Man airlifted with burns covering 80% of his body after propane explosion at Olympia marina

An explosion at an Olympia marina Sunday afternoon damaged several boats and sent one person to the hospital. Investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion after the victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Firefighters with the Olympia Fire Department tweeted at 7:48 p.m. Sunday that they were called to the West Bay Marina, located in the 2100 block of West Bay Drive Northwest. One man in his 60s was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with 2nd-degree burns on 80% of his body, but was in a stable condition. The boat where the explosion originated was totaled. Several boats in the surrounding area were also impacted, with an estimated $50,000 worth of damages.
My Northwest

Gold Bar coffee shop fuels hundreds of firefighters amid Bolt Creek blaze

When you have heaps of coffee supplies just 10 miles west of an explosive wildfire, you can dump them and evacuate — or stay and serve hundreds of firefighters. Espresso Chalet owners Mark and Sandy Klein chose the latter. They’d prepped for a busy weekend at Espresso Chalet when the Bolt Creek Fire erupted Sept. 10. It was closest they’d come to a wildfire since opening their Gold Bar coffee stand 31 years ago. As plooms of inescapable smoke settled over them, the couple suddenly stood at the edge of an evacuation zone, sandwiched between U.S. 2 road closures from Gold Bar to Skykomish. “There’s nothing quite like being in the crosshairs of an explosive wildfire,” Mark wrote on Espresso Chalet’s Facebook page Sept. 13.
Everett Herald - Metered Site

Did You Get this Text? Benton County Fire Says It’s a Scam!

As of Monday, October 3rd, the Pasco Police Department says this same scam is hitting them. But earlier, it began with an area fire department. Did you get this text? I did, and I thought it was a little phishy. I spelled it that way because phishing is the term used for emails or texting trying to get a victim to bite on a piece of information. Once they do so, the scammers have some of their personal data. ... The Benton County Fire District 1 posted this about texts that many in our area were receiving about a $10 t-shirt: "Benton County Fire District #1 has been alerted that some residents are receiving text messages selling t-shirts from the Fire District. ! Benton County Fire District #1 is not sending these text messages and warns people not to click on the link if you receive such a message. Benton County Fire District #1 is not selling t-shirts and is not affiliated with this in any form."
KFLD-FM 98.7 Pasco

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