fire safety

Campfires Allowed
9:37 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Burn Ban Relaxed In Western Washington

Flickr Photo/Bejan

A burn ban issued by the Department of Natural Resources in late July has been partially lifted in Western Washington. Recreational fires in approved fire pits on DNR protected lands — such as state, county, municipal or other campgrounds — are now allowed west of the Cascades. Other outdoor burning is still banned in Western Washington.

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Wildfire Season Starts Early
12:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Burn Ban Issued Across Washington State

Today's burn ban includes campfires on all DNR land, including in developed campgrounds.
Flickr Photo/Bejan

The Department of Natural Resources issued an updated burn ban to include all lands protected by the DNR in Washington state. The ban will be in effect until September 30 and includes prescribed burns and campfires, even in developed campgrounds under state, local or private control.

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Natural Gas Safety
6:11 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State Commission Finds PSE At Fault For Gas Explosion

Aerial view of a North Seattle home after it exploded in 2011.
Seattle Fire Department

A state report has found Puget Sound Energy at fault for a gas explosion that injured two people in September 2011. The blast destroyed the North Seattle home of the Ingham family.

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RadioActive at South Park
11:13 am
Tue December 18, 2012

15-Year-Old Girl: My Candles Burned Down My Home

Dulce's bedroom after the fire
Credit Dulce Saucedo

Lighting a few candles may not seem like a big deal. But for RadioActive youth producer Dulce Saucedo, lighting candles one night when she was 15 years old meant losing her family's home in Seattle's South Park neighborhood. Dulce, now 16, shares this meditation on the night when she lost everything she owned.

When my house burned down I knew in that moment that my life was going to change. That everything wasn't going to be the same anymore.

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Fire Investigation Report
10:32 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Likely Caused By DOT Contractors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:07 pm

A massive fire that burned 61 homes in Central Washington was likely caused by Department of Transportation contractors. That’s the upshot of a report issued Monday by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.

The aptly named Taylor Bridge Fire started August 13 right after transportation contractors did some welding work on that bridge. It happened near the mountain town of Cle Elum.

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Home Safety
12:10 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Don't Be Alarmed! Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required

A new state law will go into effect January 1st requiring households in Washington to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Who actually needs to buy one? If you need one, where can you get it? Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Fire Department’s education specialist Dana Catts.

Fire Safety
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Making Sure You Don't Get A House Fire For Christmas: Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Deep-fried turkey: delicious, but is it safe?
James McCauley Flickr

What are the most common causes of house fires in Seattle and what can be done to avoid fire? Ross Reynolds sits down with Captain Shata Stephenson from the Seattle Fire Marshal’s office and talks about staying fire-free over the holidays.