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Posted: Sep 11, 2019

Wildfires are burned into Washington's history — and headlines

Wildfire smoke has been an unwelcome guest in Puget Sound the past two summers, with acrid, yellow smoke polluting the air and clogging lungs. Warnings about the health risks have been issued. Seattle is setting up filtered air "breathing rooms." Mayor Jenny Durkan has declared that Seattle be "Smoke Ready" as residents are told to expect more smoke, more frequently as the climate warms and Northwest summers get hotter and drier.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
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Posted: Sep 11, 2019

Walla Walla, Finley firefighters provide aid in New South Wales

A strike team consisting of firefighters from Walla Walla, Finley, and more are taking their talents overseas – to assist with the Drake Fire in Northern New South Wales. On Monday, the team reported they spent the night "hard at it on the Drake Fire ground." According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, hundreds of firefighters are working to contain blazes in Drake near Tenterfield, where alerts are in place.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
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Posted: Sep 10, 2019

FEMA gives Vancouver Fire Department nearly $1 million

The Vancouver Fire Department received $937,000 in federal grant money for new equipment and training programs, the department announced Friday. The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be used for two projects: replacing 107 outdated breathing apparatus units and providing specialized training in responding to hazardous materials.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 5:46:41 PM - SOURCE: The Columbian
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Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Firefighters' personal cars broken into at Pasco fire station

The Pasco Fire Department are now keeping an eye on their parking lot after some firefighters had their cars broken into. Sometime on Monday night or Tuesday morning, thieves broke into two cars in the parking lot of their fire station on Oregon Avenue. Several things were taken including an external hard drive, sunglasses, a medical kit and more.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 4:42:40 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
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Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Forest Service performs prescribed burn near Plain

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is doing a 60-acre prescribed burn near Plain. The burn is about two miles northwest of Plain, according to an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest news release. Winds are predicted to be calm today with possible gusts of 5 mph out of the west in the afternoon, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 2:38:34 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
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