Police and Fire


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Regional airport hosting DNR, ODF firefighting aircraft this fire season

Firefighting aircraft at Dallesport’s Columbia Gorge Regional Airport are here to stay for the 2016 fire season.

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Fire District 3’s new brush truck is red hot and rolling

Fire District No. 3’s new brush engine, ordered in September 2015, arrived well ahead of the upcoming fire season.

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KCSO in Glenwood: It’s business as usual

Klickitat County’s Sheriff and his deputies made their presence known in Glenwood on Tuesday, April 19, with extra officers in the area showing support for the residents of Glenwood.

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Prescribed fire put to use on Mt. Adams Community Forest

Smoke and flames rose into the sky on April 7, west of Glenwood, as the Mt. Adams Resource Stewards ignited a controlled burn on a portion of the Mt. Adams Community Forest.

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County says Glenwood not part of Yakama Reservation

Klickitat County Commissioners, Prosecutor David Quesnel and Sheriff Bob Songer have been meeting over several months now with the BIA, Yakama Nation representatives, Yakama Tribal Police, an assistant US Attorney, Yakima County Sheriff, the Yakima County Prosecutor, police chiefs from Union Gap, Wapato and Toppenish, along with the FBI and other officials in regards to retrocession.

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High speed chase from Oregon ends in wreck

The pursuit of a wanted felon for parole violations that began in The Dalles Wednesday ended in a high speed chase and wreck in Washington.

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Homicide victim found near HR recreation site; public’s help requested

Just after 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, deputies were dispatched to a popular Hood River County recreation site on a report of suspicious activity.

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Wind-driven fire leads to temporary evacuations

Shortly after noon on Sunday, a fast-moving grass fire was reported in the area of Oak Creek Road in the Dallesport area. The fire quickly grew and spread east toward the town of Wishram.

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Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5: An Interview with Incident Commander Dave Leitch

Monday, Aug. 31, saw the turnover of Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (WAIIMT5) to Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3). WAIIMT5 had been managing the Cougar Creek Fire since Aug. 12. A lightning strike on Aug. 10 sparked the fire.

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Firefighters hope for drop in human-caused fires

Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are stretched thin across the state, according to wildfire experts at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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Firefighters contain Hwy. 8 Fire on Monday; cause unknown

At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, a fast moving grass fire was reported in the area of State Route 14 and Old Highway 8 in southeast Klickitat County. The fire quickly grew spreading east towards the town of Roosevelt. As of 5 p.m. the fire had burned between mile marker 127 and 130 on SR 14.

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Officers take dive training

Every year, the Skamania County Sheriff’s office dive team responds to numerous vehicles submerged in water. The vehicles end up underwater from collisions, stolen vehicles, insurance frauds, and persons intentionally trying to conceal various crime scenes.

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Spontaneous combustion blamed for bark pile fire at SDS complex

A watchman making rounds on the SDS Lumber Company complex Sunday night detected a fire in a bark pile at around 11:30 and called it in for an agency response.

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Fire District No. 3 board working on fire chief succession

Klickitat County Fire District No. 3 commissioners are working on a process for replacing Fire Chief Charles “Chuck” Virts, who has given the district a retirement date of March 30, 2016.

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Fire crews closing down on Mt. Adams fires

Fire crews fighting a series of wildfires on the west flank of Mt. Adams, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, are making head way.



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