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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Fire districts in Lake Stevens, Monroe could merge in 2020

Two more Snohomish County fire districts are talking about merging. They are District 8 in Lake Stevens and District 7, which is based in Monroe and also serves Clearview, Maltby and much of unincorporated Snohomish south of the Snohomish River. Together, the two agencies could provide fire protection and emergency medical services to about 160,000 people over 141 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:53:11 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Riverside School District says it's time to cleanup 98-acre forest land to reduce fire risks

The wildfires that have choked the summer air with smoke the past few years have caught the attention of the Riverside School District, which is moving forward with a new forest management plan for the 97 acres of trees on the 186-acre school campus on U.S. Highway 2 at Deer Park Milan Road. The forest has been getting hit by Western pine beetles, which are killing some trees, said lead groundskeeper Rob Foster.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:19:30 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Three Spokane Valley firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

'I've never seen anything like this': Big rock slams through roof, lands in Washougal kid's room

A Washougal family escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when a piece of rock fell from the sky, pierced their roof, and landed in their child's bedroom. Fire officials say the rock came from a nearby construction site, where crews were blasting to make way for utility lines in a new subdivision. "They were doing some blasting just above the apartment complex for utility lines," said Ron Schumacher, fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Shutdown cancels Federal Wildfire Training in Oregon, Washington

From aviation contracts to deals with vendors and even seasonal hiring, the partial federal government shutdown is cutting into planning and preparation for the 2019 wildfire season in the Northwest. According to Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, one training for firefighting managers has already been canceled, because the federal government has been partially shuttered.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 10:11:22 AM - SOURCE: news.opb
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