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July 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Weather a concern in battling Central Wash. wildfires

The next 24 hours could prove crucial for containment of the Mills Canyon fire in Central Washington, which has already burned nearly 22,000 acres. More than 750 firefighters from across the region made solid progress keeping the blaze from populated areas on Saturday, according to U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Service Spokesman Daniel O’Connor. Using hotshot crews,…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: contained, dry conditions, Entiat

March 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Sunday Memo: Drunken firefighters? … Charged 23 years after prostitutes’ deaths … Bee biz

Drunken firefighters: The off-duty firefighters accused in the beating of a homeless man in Pioneer Square last night reminds us of the Bellevue cops busted after they confronted a female Seattle police officer and got into a profanity-laced altercation with a fan and his family in September 2012. In both…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: drunken, firefighters, North Cascades Highway

January 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Lost key delays Entiat firefighters as homes burn

WENATCHEE (AP) — Two manufactured homes near Entiat burned Wednesday while firefighters were slowed by a missing key to their locked fire station. The Wenatchee World reports the fire was apparently started under one home by an electrical problem, and wind spread the flames along a fence to the second residence in a mobile home…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: delayed, firefighters, key

August 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Wash. to shrink pensions for 3 ex-firefighters

The Associated Press Washington auditors have determined that pre-retirement salary increases led to more than $30,000 in excess pension payments for three former firefighters. The Department of Retirement Systems projects that it will save the system more than $140,000 over the coming years by permanently reducing the combined pension values for the three retirees. State officials concluded that…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Audit, firefighters, pensions