Fire crews battle major wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington

Firefighters in California are battling major wildfires up and down the state, while blazes in Oregon and Washington covered large swathes of those states in smoke.

Fire crews made progress against a huge northern California wildfire on Sunday, though the flames were still growing and threatening thousands of mountain homes.

Scientists say climate change has made the west warmer and drier over the last three decades and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive. In the last five years, California has experienced the largest and most destructive fires in state history.

The Mosquito fire’s cause remained under investigation. The utility Pacific Gas & Electric said unspecified “electrical activity” occurred close in time to the report of the fire on Tuesday.

The Mosquito fire in foothills east of Sacramento spread to nearly 65 sq miles (168 sq km), with 10% containment, according to the California department of forestry and fire protection (Cal Fire).

“Cooler temperatures and higher humidity assisted with moderating some fire activity”, but higher winds allowed the flames to push to the north and northeast, according to a Cal Fire incident report Sunday.

And the rest of the west hasn’t been immune. There were at least 18 large fires burning in Oregon and Washington, leading to evacuations and targeted power outages near Portland as the challenge of dry and windy conditions continued in the region.

Sprawling areas of western Oregon choked by thick smoke from the fires in recent days were expected to see improved air quality on Sunday thanks to a returning onshore flow, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.


Arkansas Death Notices 2009-2022: Anderson, Phyllis, Rachel, Randall, Randi, Ray, Raymond

Rosemary Gammill Anderson - died March 20, ...
 Rosemary Gammill Anderson, born March 4, 1929 passed from this life on March 20, 2011 in Arkansas. Rosemary was 82. Tags: #Fianna #Ladies #Association #Fort #High #Class #Sparks #Frank #Anderson #Thomas #Mark #Kara #Fayetteville #Katelyn #Jordan #Rogers #Breck #Oklahoma #Memorial #Roebuck #First #Methodist #Edwards #Jack #Steve #Wayne #Charles #Nelson #Newell #Champ #Alzheimers #Greenwood #North #Street
 Robert L Anderson - died January 25, ...
 Robert L Anderson, born October 18, 1950 entered the Kingdom of Heaven January 25, 2011 in Rogers, Arkansas. Robert was 60.
 Phyllis (Edwards) Anderson - died August 28, ...
 Phyllis (Edwards) Anderson left this earth on August 28, 2004 to meet with Jesus, her Lord and Savior in Malvern, Arkansas.
Obituary published: August 29, 2004 in "ARGaz"


Five people were injured

Five people were injured in a two-alarm fire that damaged an apartment building in a West Oakland neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.


Dies from injuries sustained in barn fire

Austin Smith, 30, has been identified as the St. Paul Fire District member killed in the fire

Duty Death: Austin Smith


Man 'who went out of his way to look after others' died in chip pan house fire

A coroner issued a stark warning about smoke alarms during an inquest into Robert Costello's death
A man was killed in a house fire after putting a chip pan on and falling asleep, an inquest has heard.


Mobile home completely destroyed after blaze in HENRY COUNTY, Virginia

A double-width mobile home was destroyed when a fire raged in it on Wednesday evening.
Firefighters from Henry and Franklin Counties were called to the fire on Tom Manns Drive, near the Original Henry Road, shortly before 8:30 p.m.


Queen Alison Bentley

The Wayne Volunteer Fire Department held a contest in 2010 and announced the winner of the 2010 Wayne Queen Contest. Miss Alison Bentley, a sophomore at Elmwood High School, daughter of Thomas and Joanna Bentley, Wayne, Ohio, was chosen as the 2010 WVFD Queen. Ali will continue to participate in the larger NOVFA Queens competition for additional scholarship funds. There are more than 150 volunteer fire departments in Northwest Ohio that are part of the NOVFA Association.
To be selected as the Fire Queen of Wayne and her court, young ladies had to be between the ages of 16 and 18 or graduate from school and must reside in the Wayne Fire area. Young ladies from the fire district are selected for an interview with a panel of judges from the community and receive a place in the first places as a queen, as well as 1st and 2nd place runners-up. All members of the Royal Court receive scholarships from the Wayne Fire Department for their community service.




Federal Way Fire Department
31617 1st Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 253-839-6234
e-mail: info@federalwayfire.org










Federal Way Fire Department
2000 Annual Report
Editing and Layout: Debbie Goetz
Digital Photography: Debbie Goetz
Photo Captions: Debbie Goetz
INTRODUCTION: Administrator Jim Hamilton
We are pleased to provide this annual report to the Federal Way community for the Federal Way Fire Department.
During 2000, the community experienced significant growth, particularly in commercial occupancies. The Department is addressing this growth through implementation of the actions identified in the Federal Way Fire Department Strategic Plan. Great progress has been made toward achievement of this plan.

The Department faced many issues during 2000. Three of particular significance are:

The addition of a second Training Officer. Training requirements in the fire service continue to grow in significance and complexity. Safety is becoming more of a driving force in training programs. This addition has helped to improve the quality and quantity of training that our firefighters receive.

The addition of three new firefighter positions. This will bring one additional station up to three-person staffing, leaving just one station with two-person staffing. This station is scheduled for three firefighters in 2002.

The addition of a Medical Services Officer to help guide our activities in Emergency Medical Services, which represent over 75 percent of our call volumes. Our growth in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls continues to average approximately 6 percent per year. In addition, the regulatory requirements in delivering EMS continue to escalate. The Medical Services Officer will help address these important needs.

Since January 2000, the Federal Way Fire Department has represented the City of Federal Way on the EMS Task Force. In 2000, the Task Force completed the following:

§ Reviewed progress in implementing the current strategic plan initiatives and original task force recommendations and reported its findings to the county and cities;

§ Provided oversight and direction on development of the strategic plan update with support from the county EMS division, the EMS Advisory Committee and the EMS Financial Staff Team; and

§ Recommended an updated EMS strategic plan and financing proposal to the county and cities with populations greater than 50,000. This will be completed by no later than March 31, 2001.

Brief highlights from each division of the Department are included in this annual report. They are indicative of the dedication and high capabilities of our employees as they continue to help people of the greater Federal Way community.


At the 2000 Awards Banquet, the department recognized several individuals, some for career achievements, others for outstanding accomplishments throughout the year.

In addition to department members and Fire Commissioners, many guests and elected officials were in attendance. They included: Senator Tracey Eide, Representative Mark Miloscia, and Federal Way Councilmembers Linda Kochmar, Jeanne Burbidge and Dean McColgan.

Special Presentation

As a special presentation, Chief of Operations Al Church received a Minnesota Vikings helmet autographed by Dante Culpepper, Chris Carter and Robert Smith. The award, given by the administrative team, recognized Church’s years of dedication to both the department and the Vikings.

During the banquet, annual awards were presented to the following individuals:


In 2000, the Federal Way Fire Fighters Foundation (the Foundation) formed as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Corporation. Members of the Foundation include all department members and their families. Being part of the emergency response to the community puts us in the unique position of seeing needs as they are happening and responding quickly once the initial emergency is over.

The Foundation concentrates on several areas of support to the community:

Local Emergency Response

The Foundation is ready to assist citizens in our community who have suffered a loss that Federal Way Fire Fighters have responded to. Short-term assistance may be available to fill in the gap until the Red Cross or other longer term assistance can take effect.

In 2000, two elderly women were offered shelter over a weekend for themselves and their pet until King County’s GateKeeper program could kick in.

After fighting the arson fire at the Federal Way Food Bank, firefighters collected and donated over seven pickup loads of food to replace most of the food that was damaged by the fire and smoke.

Community Events

Foundation Members participated in several events, fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Northwest Burn Foundation, the Washington Council of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and several others. Our members spent hundreds of hours collecting more than $10,000 for these organizations. The Foundation also worked with other community organizations to raise money for the annual Food and Toy Drive. This year the kickoff for the Food and Toy Drive was the lighting of the community Christmas tree at SeaTac Mall. More than 100 families were provided with holiday gifts and food for what may have been an otherwise bleak holiday season. 

Federal Way Fire History

Foundation members located and began restoration of the oldest fire engine that ever served the Federal Way Community. When restored, this old rig will be used in fundraising and to help raise the community’s awareness of fire safety. Originally stationed on 312th  Street, this 1936 Ford served Mirror Lake and the surrounding areas for many years before being given to a newly-formed Duvall Fire Department in 1958 for the sum of one dollar. In 2000, Duvall firefighters returned the old fire engine to Federal Way Fire Fighters, who in turn returned Duvall’s dollar. Restoration of the fire engine is expected to take a few years, with assistance from others in the community.

Outreach to Other Firefighters

In 2000, the Foundation contributed to the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty in other parts of the United States. Although small sums were sent by our firefighters, donations by firefighters around the country added up to assist the families left behind.  

Outreach to Firefighters in Other Countries

Upon finding out that firefighters in the Baja region of Mexico had very few air packs and were fighting fires without equipment or proper clothing, our Foundation members felt that something had to be done. Working with fire departments and equipment suppliers throughout our region, more than five tons of fire equipment and medical supplies were shipped to fire departments in Baja California.


The Information Systems Division is responsible for the Department’s Computer Network Infrastructure operations and maintenance.

The Federal Way Fire Department’s Personal Computer Network has significantly grown over the past few years. The network infrastructure now consists of a LAN/WAN schema with six servers, 36 workstations, five laptops, and an eight-workstation computer lab. We also continue to maintain our UNIX network, which is primarily dedicated to South Com for Computer Aided Dispatching and the Fire Prevention Division for Occupancy Inspection history and tracking.


The Fire Prevention division, comprised of a Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal, four Inspectors and two job-share Secretaries, remained busy throughout 2000 with the following duties:

  • Business license application inspection
  • City Development Review Committee meetings
  • Engine company inspection referrals
  • Fire investigations
  • Fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems testing and maintenance
  • Hydrant program complaints and repairs
  • Inspection and plan review: new construction, fire sprinklers, fire alarms
  • Juvenile fire setter interventions
  • Supra program
  • Uniform fire code permit inspections
  • Water flow tests

Significant changes for 2000 include: