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Posted: Aug 6, 2020

Massive two-alarm brush fire spreads to abandoned home, vehicles in Maple Valley

VIDEO: Firefighters contained a large two-alarm brush fire Wednesday evening that spread to an abandoned home and trailer in Maple Valley. A spokesperson for the Puget Sound Fire Department said firefighters were called to 24100 SE 2412st Street in Maple Valley for a residential fire. Multiple people called 911 after seeing a large thermal column emanating from the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Aug 5, 2020

Above-average risk of large wildfires likely to continue into September for central Washington

Forecasters with the National Interagency Fire Center are predicting above-average risk of large wildfires through August and likely into September. While temperatures were cooler than normal in early July, recent temperatures into the triple-digits several times combined with little precipitation caused fuels to continue to dry.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 3:43:33 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
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Posted: Aug 5, 2020

Thad Hovis named new South County Fire chief

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners has selected Thad Hovis to serve as Fire Chief of the regional fire authority. Hovis was sworn-in during the board’s Aug. 5 virtual meeting via teleconference. A 25-year fire service veteran, Hovis has been serving as interim fire chief since the retirement of Fire Chief Doug Dahl at the end of March.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 2:54:43 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
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Posted: Aug 5, 2020

Wildfire west of Cheney burns 17 acres, under control

A fire broke out west of Cheney Wednesday afternoon. Because the flames were so close to homes, it triggered a massive response. As two planes dropped water on the fast moving flames, and crews on the ground worked to contain the blaze, law enforcement from Cheney and Spokane County went door-to-door telling people they needed to leave right away.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 2:37:34 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
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Posted: Aug 5, 2020

Not home, but still healthy: Precautious Spokane-area first responders stem spread of COVID-19

In the midst of an evolving pandemic, very little is absolutely certain. So it can’t be said with unwavering surety that the cautious and calculated approach taken by emergency responders in Spokane County is to credit for their relative good health – but it certainly didn’t hurt. As community spread of COVID-19 continues to rise in Spokane County, the number of first responders out of work remains low, despite the close quarters in which they often work and high-risk situations they enter.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 5:57:40 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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