Topic: Eastside Fire and Rescue
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August 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM
A brushfire along westbound Interstate 90 near Route 18 spread to roughly 300 feet by 50 feet in the half hour it took responding firefighters to put it out.
A combined team of about 35 firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue, Snoqualmie Fire Department and King County District 27 in Fall City responded to the 1-to-2-foot-tall blaze with four engines, several tenders and an air unit, an Eastside spokeswoman said.
When the call came in just after 2 p.m., it initially appeared to be two separate fires, Josie Williams, the spokeswoman, said. Fire crews put it out, cut a line into the ground around the area and are now watching the scene to make sure it doesn’t flare back up.
The flames were mostly in the grass brush but did get into some timber, Williams said. The department tweeted that it would request help from the Forest Service for potential hazard trees nearby.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been identified, and since it didn’t harm any structures or do any real damage, it likely won’t be investigated unless there’s reason to believe it was suspicious, Williams said. That determination hasn’t yet been made.
Eastside sent another tweet shortly after 6:30 p.m. that the fire was under control.
August 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM
A 20-year-old Bothell man drowned in the Carnation portion of the Snoqualmie River during a Wednesday afternoon outing with co-workers, according to King County Sheriff’s Office.
Rescuers responded around 3 p.m. to a report that the man had slipped under the water near 1550 West Snoqualmie River Road N.E., according to Sgt. Katie Larson. The co-workers and two kayakers could not pull the man from the bottom of the 10-foot deep water.
Eastside Fire and Rescue recovered him and started CPR before taking him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, where he was pronounced dead.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but Larson said no foul play is suspected. Larson said the swimmers may have underestimated how cold the river can be even during some of the summer’s hottest days.
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