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Posted: Jan 13, 2021

Seattle Fire plans house calls to vaccinate long-term care residents and staff

The city of Seattle is looking at ways to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, starting this week with two mobile units heading to long-term care facilities. “We really are going to direct our efforts to those people who cannot get the vaccination in other ways. We have to close gaps and we have to think about this differently,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
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Posted: Jan 12, 2021

Washington's public lands chief tries new tactic in push for $125 million to fight, prevent fires

For at least the last three years, as Washington has seen some of the worst wildfires in recent memory, state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has pushed legislation to try to get a permanent funding source to fight and prevent fires. She's failed each time. The Legislature balked at a tax on property and casualty insurance and it balked at a surcharge on insurance premiums.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 8:54:18 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
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Posted: Jan 12, 2021

Spokane: Victory Transportation building destroyed by fire, officials say oil fueled flames

Fire crews put down a large structure fire at Victory Transportation caused by an oil spill. According to Spokane County Fire District 10, personnel from Spokane Fire Department, Airway Heights, Fire Districts 3 and 10, Fairchild and American Medical Response were all on-scene. The shop next to the Victory Transportation building is a “total loss,” and a semi trailer nearby was also destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 1:29:12 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
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Posted: Jan 12, 2021

Study: Wildfires from Washington, other states produced up to half of pollution in western U.S.

Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources including vehicle exhaust and power plants, the amount from fires increased sharply, said researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV Fox 13 Seattle
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Posted: Jan 9, 2021

Helicopter crashes in Winthrop

Okanogan County Fire District 6 says a helicopter toppled after landing on a snow bank in Winthrop on Saturday. Fire officials say the wreck happened near an ice rink. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley says mechanical problems forced the helicopter to descend onto the ground. Authorities say pilot and the passenger were not hurt; there were no fuel leaks.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2021 5:36:03 PM - SOURCE: iFiber One News Radio
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