SKFR crews from station 62 and 63 worked together to put out the blaze that started Sunday near the King County Aquatic Center. SKFR/ courtesy photo.

SKFR crews from station 62 and 63 worked together to put out the blaze that started Sunday near the King County Aquatic Center. SKFR/ courtesy photo.

Firefighters extinguish BPA Trail brush fire

Fireworks may be to blame; fire risks will be high this summer.

A brush fire started Sunday, June 30, near 650th SW Campus Drive in Federal Way after witnesses reported hearing fireworks.

According to South King Fire and Rescue PIO Brad Chaney, no witnesses saw any fireworks going off, but the department received multiple reports of fireworks being heard in the area shortly before the blaze started Sunday afternoon.

The fire scorched a signifcant portion on the BPA Trail near the King County Aquatic Center, although no pedestrians were harmed. Chaney said SKFR had to use nearly 1,000 feet of hose to reach and extinguish the blaze.

“Thanks to the hard work and aggressive attack by Engine 63 and Engine 62, they were able to prevent this fire from spreading to nearby houses,” he said.

Chaney said this fire brings concerns over some predictions that this will be a high fire hazard summer for the area. During hot summer temperatures, bushes and trees will dry out more quickly, which can lead to more fires, he said.

“We are encouraging everyone to do their part to be safe this summer. If you cook with charcoal, please make sure to dispose of them properly and that they are fully extinguished,” Chaney said. “If you have a campfire, remember to never leave it unattended and to make sure it is fully extinguished before you go to bed, or before you leave. For cigarette and cigar smokers, please do not discard your materials out your window.”

Chaney said SKFR sees several fires per year caused by cigarette and cigar butts discarded outdoors.

He also wanted to remind citizens that it is illegal to discharge fireworks within city limits.

In a note from SKFR Fire Chief Dr. Allen Church released on SKFR’s Twitter Page, Church encouraged people in South King County to keep their bushes trimmed back, to avoid storing flammable substances close to the outside of homes, and to wet down roofs and grass to help avoid fires this Fourth of July.

He also urged people to call 911 immediately if they see a fire because these types of fires “burn rapidly and unpredictably.”

A map created by Predictive Services with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, shows Northwestern Washington as having above normal potential for wildfires this summer season, as well as several other states.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

A map by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, shows Northwestern Washington having an above average potential for wildfires this season. Courtesy photo.

A map by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, shows Northwestern Washington having an above average potential for wildfires this season. Courtesy photo.

More in News

Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda
Federal Way City Council to offer fully virtual meeting next week

Council Chambers at City Hall now closed to the public; April 7 meeting available via Zoom, YouTube, phone and Government Access Channel 21.

Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
New self-swab COVID-19 test is just as accurate, study finds

The study, under peer review, was led by an Everett Clinic doctor. It could speed up testing nationwide.

St. Francis Hospital staff thank Federal Way community for support during virus outbreak

From medical supplies and meals to coffee and handwritten notes, emergency department staff say they feel the love from Federal Way.

Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing
Life Care in Kirkland facing more than $600K in fines for COVID-19 response

The facility has until Sept. 16 to pay or address areas of concern or it will be terminated.

Man, 37, found with gunshot wound to the back in Federal Way McDonald’s parking lot

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo
Dental foundation serves Medicaid patients through COVID-19

The Arcora Foundation is also attempting to expand its urgent care database, allowing those with different insurances to use its services during the outbreak.

Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)
Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Unemployment claims continue to climb

For the week of March 22-28, claims have reached more than 181,000.

Most Read