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Posted: Jan 18, 2019

Washington Senator Hawkins pushes for work to prevent and manage wildfires

12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins says he’s excited about wildfire prevention techniques being proposed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. “They are rolling out a 10-year, wildfire strategic plan and it includes priorities for what we can do to better fight fires, to be better prepared.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 9:52:24 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Government shutdown delays Southeast Thurston Fire Authority grant

Southeast Thurston Fire Authority commissioners authorized the transfer of about $114,000 of general funds to cover expenses within the authority’s SAFER volunteer grant that hasn’t received funding this year due to the partial government shutdown. SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants, are federally granted funds distributed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to fire departments and organizations to help them maintain firefighter training.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:06:38 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Washington state wants to add firefighters and training academy to beef up wildfire response

Citing the devastation and expense of fighting Washington’s wildland blazes, state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz proposed a “groundbreaking strategic plan” Thursday to prevent and respond to wildfires. The plan by Franz, who oversees the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is part of her $55 million budget request to lawmakers that would boost the state’s wildfire capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 11:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
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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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