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Posted: Jul 16, 2018

Lincoln County deputies detain four suspects in Rattlesnake fire investigation

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says suspects have been detained for starting a large wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation, in the Hellgate Nature Preserve on Thursday. At last report, the Rattlesnake fire was 2,773 acres in size and 75 percent contained. About 275 firefighters are still battling the blaze Monday.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 5:54:58 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
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Posted: Jul 16, 2018

Fire sends 1 to hospital for smoke inhalation west of Kennewick

One man was transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation due to a fire Monday west of Kennewick. The fire started behind the resident's home at 26 South Bermuda Road shortly after 4 p.m. and spread to some trees in the neighbor's yard. The patient suffered minor injuries. Officials said the fire appears to have been caused by a burn pile.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 5:45:58 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
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Posted: Jul 16, 2018

Drones obstruct wildfire-fighting in Mason County

An irresponsible drone pilot was hindering firefighting efforts in Mason County on Monday, officials said. The Mason County sheriff’s department said the Department of Natural Resources had to stop air-water air operations in the area due to drones. “Please DO NOT FLY ANY DRONES around the active fire,” the sheriff’s deparment said in a tweet.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 5:42:41 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
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Posted: Jul 16, 2018

Second-generation firefighter killed battling California wildfire near Yosemite National Park

Officials say a firefighter killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park was driving a bulldozer and trying to prevent the fire from spreading. Braden Varney, 36, was a second generation firefighter, state fire officials told CBS Sacramento. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Nancy Koerperich said Saturday that Varney was cutting a "fire break" with the vehicle to prevent the blaze from spreading when he was killed.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
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Posted: Jul 16, 2018

Texas city sues cancer-stricken firefighter to avoid paying insurance claims

A firefighter battling cancer is being sued by Baytown's city government, which seeks to deny paying him insurance coverage for his treatment over the last 18 months. Patrick Mahoney, a battalion chief for the Baytown Fire Department, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2016, forcing him to have half of his thyroid removed and undergo continued treatment, including thyroid hormone supplements and regular blood work.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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