Fire Blotter | improperly extinguished campfire spreads; natural combustion causes fire near DirtFish; motorcycle accident downtown

Here are a few of the calls the Snoqualmie Fire Department responded to during the past two weeks:

August 9th

At around 12:20PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters were returning from dropping off a patient in Issaquah when they spotted a car and brush fire on I-90. They stopped and assisted other Eastside units with fire containment.

At around 3:05PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted other Eastside units with a two-car motor vehicle accident on westbound I-90.

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August 10th

At around 2:20PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded with other Eastside units for a reported brush fire along I-90. Multiple callers reported seeing smoke and flames along the roadside. Firefighters arrived to find that the fire was located off Forest Service Road 9020, over one mile from the freeway, in thick trees and underbrush. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Forest Service were notified and responded accordingly. Firefighters met up with a DNR crew who advised they would handle the fire and get resources on the way.

At around 4:30PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters were dispatched with other local units to a two-car, non-injury motor vehicle accident with SPD on scene. Aid units were cancelled, but Snoqualmie Firefighters observed and talked with the two children in the back seat. Both children were in car seats smiling and acting normally. Their mother was advised to call 911 if anything changed.

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August 11th

At around 1:50AM, Snoqualmie Firefighters and other Eastside units responded to a reported brush fire in a rural area, NE of Mill Pond. The unit arrived to find the caller very frantic advising the forest behind his house was on fire. Smoke and flames were visible from approximately 150 feet away, covering about a quarter-acre. Further investigation noted that the fire was burning in a largely cleared area of underbrush, pine needles and duff. There was no threat to any structures. Firefighters engaged in fire attack and digging a firebreak line. Firefighters spoke to the resident and learned that earlier that day he’d decided to have a campfire and cook hot dogs. He dug a small pit started the fire with newspaper, a lighter and sticks found on the ground. The resident stated that after he was done, he covered the fire with dirt and stepped on it to extinguish. Later that afternoon, he noticed smoke coming from the woods and saw that the fire had come back, but this time grew to a larger area. He fought the fire himself with buckets of water. Later that evening around 1:30am, he noticed a smell of smoke and looked out to see a glow where his fire was. He investigated and found the fire had grown and tried to fight it with a garden hose but was unsuccessful and called 911.

At around 11:42AM, Snoqualmie Firefighters were called to the top of Highway 18 for a reported car fire. Upon arrival, the fire had been extinguished with no flames and little heat. The driver was waiting for a tow.

At around 2:50PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to a CO2 alarm in a residence. Crews used a gas detector to check the house and found no gas leaks. The home owner was told to clean or replace the alarm.

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August 12th

At around 5:50AM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded with other units to a wood chip fire in an area near Dirt Fish. Crews found a 100 x 50 ft. pile of wood chips with flames and smoke over the pile. Crews used two water tenders and two engines to extinguish the fire. A King County Sheriff’s Office fire investigator was called and determined the cause to be natural combustion.

At around 9:00AM, Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted other Eastside units in responding to a confirmed structure fire in Preston. Firefighters provided a back-up water line and ventilation fans.

At around 6:05PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to the Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Course clubhouse for a fire alarm. No cause of the alarm was determined, and the system was reset.

At around 11:10PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to a report of a motorcycle accident with injuries in downtown Snoqualmie. Firefighters arrived to find one motorcycle and a patient off the roadway. The patient was with multiple bystanders and in obvious distress. Firefighters evaluated the patient and noticed an injury to left lower leg. A splint was placed on his leg and the patient was transported to the nearest hospital.

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August 13th

At around 12:10PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to a residential activated fire alarm. Upon arrival they saw no signs of fire. They met with the homeowner outside and she stated the smoke alarms had just started going off. The only unusual thing that had happened is that her washing machine had been leaking water. Firefighters investigated and found water coming from one of the detectors on the floor below the laundry room. Firefighters disconnected the detector and advised the home owner to contact a licensed electrician to repair their system.

At around 3:15PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded with other Eastside units to a reported fire alarm at Echo Glen Children’s Center that was called in by the alarm company. While en-route, firefighters received information that the alarm was false and set off by heat from cooking. Other units were cancelled, but Snoqualmie Firefighters continued to the scene where they confirmed a false alarm.

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August 19th

At around 7:35AM, Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to a residential audible CO2 alarm. There was no CO2 detected in the house so they informed the residents to replace the unit due to its age.

At around 1:05PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to the Snoqualmie Falls trail for a person needing assistance. However, PSE had picked up the patient in their ATV and dropped them off at the parking lot.

At around 10:35PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to an outdoor fire complaint. Upon arrival, they found homeowners with a small fire in their back yard. Homeowners extinguished the fire.

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August 20th

At around 2:00PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to an activated fire alarm at Echo Glen Children’s Center. The alarm was caused due to a malfunction and was reset by staff personnel.

At around 6:30PM, Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted the Police Department in removal of hazardous material discovered by Sandy Cove Park.

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