From the Chief’s Desk;
This week our crews responded to 32 emergency calls including; A carbon monoxide alarm at Camp Stand By Me, A trash fire on vacant land accessed only through a long pathway, A woman who was choking on food and dislodged it on her own prior to our arrival and, A brush fire at the end of 200th Avenue KPN that required mutual aid assistance and crews continued to work the scene for 4 days, finally clearing the incident on Friday morning.
During the week, the Puget Sound Clear Air Agency imposed an air quality burn ban as the area was impacted by the thick smoke streaming out of Canada. The incredible fires burning in British Columbia have caused them to declare a State of Emergency as many communities have been evacuated. It is rare to have winds push smoke to our area from Canada but we can often see the same conditions when there are fires in the Olympic mountains. Please be mindful of those that suffer from respiratory illness as these folks are really impacted by multiple days of poor air conditions. Fortunately, the conditions have improved and the air quality burn ban was lifted yesterday however, the fire safety ban remains in effect. The only change is that you can once again have a recreational campfire in an approved burn pit.
I want to thank our Ladies Auxiliary – “The Ashes” for staffing the Key Center fire station this week to assist us in opening up a “cooling station” for those seeking relief from the excessive heat. We didn’t have anyone come in, but I appreciate their willingness to serve and be there for us.
Until next week!
Guy R. Allen – Fire Chief