A somber reminder of the tragedy that took place in North Central WA in 2001.
The Medical Lake Fire Department is an all-volunteer agency serving the City of Medical Lake and surrounding West Plains of Spokane County.
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A somber reminder of the tragedy that took place in North Central WA in 2001.
On this date in 1994, 14 firefighters assigned to the South Canyon Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado would be overrun by fire and their escape route was cut off. We honor their sacrifice today.
Please remember that while the Fireworks Stands open today, it is illegal to set off any Fireworks until the 4th. Fireworks are only permitted on private property from 9AM to 11PM on July 4th.
On this date in 2013, 19 firefighters from the City of Prescott, AZ would perish battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. The crew of 20 was named The Granite Mountain Hotshots. Hotshots are an elite hand-crew composed of approximately 20 firefighters that use hand tools, chainsaws, and other equipment to construct direct and indirect fire line near the fire’s immediate edge. We honor their bravery and willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
For those with questions about firework discharge this Fourth of July, we’ve organized the following to hopefully clear up any confusion or questions about fireworks. If you have further questions please reach out to city hall at (509)-565-5000.
Strong thunderstorms are possible tomorrow afternoon. These storms will be possible of quarter sized hail and winds from 60-70mph. Secure loose items around your home, stay tuned to local weather and avoid driving through flooded roadways. Finally, When thunder roars, go indoors!!
Today, firefighters from several departments around Spokane County, including Medical Lake assisted in keeping citizens safe at Skyfest 2019. Interagency events like Skyfest help build and maintain excellent working relationships with all of our regional partners.
From the National Weather Service Spokane
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Spokane WA
239 PM PDT Tue Jun 18 2019
...GUSTY WEST WINDS TODAY AND TOMORROW...
.Breezy and gusty winds will persist in central Washington this
evening raising concerns of grass and brush fires in the
Ellensburg, Vantage, Wenatchee, and Chelan areas. Wednesday will
be even windier with widespread sustained winds in the 12 to 18
mph with gusts to 40 mph across the Columbia Basin, West Plains,
and Washington Palouse. Localized gusts to 50 mph will be possible
around Ellensburg and Wenatchee tonight and Wednesday.
East Washington Northern Columbia Basin (Zone 673)-
East Washington Palouse and Spokane Area (Zone 674)-
239 PM PDT Tue Jun 18 2019
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 9 PM PDT WEDNESDAY FOR
WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 673 AND
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Red Flag
Warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect
from 1 PM to 9 PM PDT Wednesday. The Fire Weather Watch is no
longer in effect.
* Affected Area: Fire Weather Zone 673 East Washington Northern
Columbia Basin (Zone 673) and Fire Weather Zone 674 East
Washington Palouse and Spokane Area (Zone 674).
* Winds: West 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
* Relative Humidities: 15 to 25 percent.
* Impacts: Gusty west winds and low relative humidities will have
the possibility to quickly spread grass and brush fires.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now....or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has issued the following regarding open burning in the Upper Basin FDRA. Medical Lake resides within the Upper Basin Fire Danger Rating Area.
Fire Danger Rating of High is effective 6/14/19 at 12:01 A.M. Permit burning and rule burning is not allowed. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition are illegal on all DNR Protected Lands.
If you have questions about what is allowed and what is not allowed, please reach out to City Hall or to the WA DNR local office.
MLFD, SCFD3, DNR, AMR and FAFB on standby for Founder’s Day events. Come by the station and say hello and get some goodies. Take a tour of the smoke house and get some information on the annexation vote in August.
As of 12:01 last night Fire Danger in all of Spokane County was raised to High. Please check with local land management websites regarding burning for camping trips! Please be careful as we have had above average temperatures and very low humidities in afternoons resulting in high potential for fire to spread rapidly.
This morning, firefighters from Medical Lake, Spokane County Fire District #3, and Spokane County Fire District #10 had the privilege to help welcome the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Medical Lake. The wall will have an opening ceremony this evening at 6pm and will remain open until June 16th!
Tomorrow, Warm, Dry & Breezy conditions have lead to a Fire Weather Watch being issued. This does not cover Medical Lake. However, similar conditions will be present and may lead to rapid fire growth. Please be aware tomorrow and remember one less spark!
This afternoon your Medical Lake firefighters responded mutual aid to a brush fire near the Tyler area with Spokane County Fire District #3. Thanks to Interagency Cooperation with the WA State Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service the fire was brought under control. This kind of cooperation makes us all stronger and provides excellent opportunities for working with all of our partners and making us better prepared for future fires.
Fire Safety Friday!
Here are 7 ways you and your families can reduce risk to your homes and property. Now is the time to get prepared! Fires can happen at any time!
Looking west you may see and smell some smoke. This is from the 243 Fire burning in Grant County, WA near Wanapum. At this time there are no active fires near Medical Lake. Please exercise caution this summer as we are already seeing significant fire activity in the state.
Air quality information can be found at:
Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriffs Office.
It’s National Fishing & Boating Week! The Medical Lake Fire Department in addition with the NFPA have some safety tips for you! Remember to always wear your life jacket and avoid boating and fishing in hazardous weather!
Some of your Medical Lake Firefighters on lookout and in our rescue boat for the Troika Triathlon today.
With a beautiful weekend in store for all of us, we’d like to remind you of statistics from last years grilling season.
If you’d like tips and more information please visit
Some light smoke from wildfires in Canada may result in hazy conditions across the Northwest. At this time there are no fires causing smoke around the Medical Lake area. Please think of our north of the border friends as they are already battling a troubling Fire season.
(Picture from the Toronto Star of the Chuckegg Creek Fire)
This Memorial Day we extend our unwavering gratitude for those who have gone before us, serving the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Have a Happy Memorial Day!
Increasing winds today will result in choppy area waterways. Please be safe this Memorial Day weekend and practice safe boating by wearing your life jacket!
In addition to showers and a few thunderstorms, we are looking for gusty north to northeast winds and choppy lakes today
You may have seen some of your Medical Lake firefighters out on the lake today, over the last two weeks several firefighters have received training on water operations to successfully protect you and your families this summer!
Another round of thunderstorms may be possible Friday afternoon & evening for the greater Spokane area. Please be cautious on the roadways and increase following distance, and last but not least. When thunder roars, go indoors!
Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! Thunderstorms may be possible later today and into this evening.
This morning your Medical Lake Firefighters participated with the local library for a touch-a-truck event where children learned about campfire & water safety to get them ready for summer!
Today, May 10th the area fire danger was upgraded to Moderate. Please be extra careful this weekend and the summer to come!
Great reminder from our friends at the National Weather Service! Please be careful when recreating on our area lakes!
Washington State Parks and the NWS Spokane urge you to be boat and paddle safely. Air temperatures are getting warmer, but Washington lakes and rivers are still quite cold. Early in the season, always wear a life jacket. Cold water shock can kill you within minutes. According to WA State Parks, 7 people have died in WA so far in 2019 while recreational boating or paddling. Don't be a statistic.
A great informational piece by KXLY 4 & Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and Greater Spokane Emergency Management regarding Home Ignition Zones. With wildfire season approaching fast, take a look around your home to see what you can do to help prevent wildfires. The City of Medical Lake provides free yard & garden debris collection at the city maintenance facility bins located on S Lefevre Street.
As you rid your yard of leftover winter debris, take teps to prepare it for wildfire season.
This was a post from 3 years ago. This rings even truer today.
While most of us still have snow in our yards, fire season is starting. As we move into spring and summer please make sure your being safe with any heat source and that your property is free of debris and combustibles.
DNR has responded to 50 wildfires since Monday
By Erin Robinson, KXLY News - Spokane
WESTERN WASHINGTON - Department of Natural Resources firefighters have responded to 50 wildfires in Washington since Monday.
Forty-nine of those wildfires were in Western Washington.
According to WA DNR, engines with 10-person hand crews rushed to the front lines and dispatch centers quickly allocated resources to threatened communities.
Experts at WA DNR said the wildfires are a result of dry weather. They said this dry spell is anomaly.
Offshore, easterly winds are a known and fairly common, critical fire weather pattern for Western Washington. In these cases, high pressure sets up east of the Cascades and low pressure on the west side.
"These winds usually come with warm and very dry conditions that promote considerable west side fire activity,” said WADNR Meteorologist Josh Clark.
Clark said the recent fires stand out not because of the phenomenon, but the timing. Typically, this type of pattern occurs during peak fire season in August through early October, not in March.
Now, WA DNR is reminding the public that wildfire prevention should be a focus all year long. Last year, wildfire investigators found most wildfires in Washington state were human-caused.
There are several easy steps to take to prevent wildfires. WADNR suggested making sure nothing is dragging on your car, putting out your campfire and knowing the wildfire risk in your community.
“Wildfire is a Washington state problem,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “While my team and I get ready for the season, we need the public to help us out by being wildfire aware and practicing prevention.”
Photo courtesy of Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team
Tragic news coming out of Kittitas County. Our thoughts are with them and their families.
Today the Medical Lake Fire Department honored Former Chief Gino Palomino with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Chief Palomino spent 16 years with MLFD.
Pictured left to right
Firefighter Jonathon Suffield
Chief Jason Mayfield
Former Firefighter Ellen Fender
Former Chief Gino Palomino
Former Chief Cliff Denman
Assistant Chief Corey Stevens
Combined 95 years of service to MLFD
Did you know MLFD is the second oldest Fire Dept in Spokane County?
Founded in 1904, we are celebrating 115 years of service this year.
Did you know MLFD is and always has been an all volunteer agency?
Currently we have 25 members, seven of which live in the city limits and an annual call volume of over 600 each year
Would you like to be a part of our community service and rich heritage?
Medical Lake Volunteer Firefighters were able to unbury 17 hydrants today. If you know of one that is buried and you are unable to do it, please let us know. Stay safe and warm!!!
Medical Lake Volunteer Firefighters were able to retrieve an injured deer stuck on the lake yesterday. While animal rescue isn’t a common practice, events like this allow us to perform the retrieval without citizens putting themselves at risk. Please remember the lake can be very dangerous when it is iced over. We ask you to always be cautious and encourage everyone to stay off the ice.
Do you know how long you REALLY have to safely escape a fire in your home?
This video offers a great visual comparison of how modern homes burn in comparison to legacy homes.
It also illustrates the true importance of smoke detectors, as well as having a pre decided, practices escape plan for you and your loved ones.
How much time does your family have to escape a burning home? #SecondsCount Thanks to The @TodayShow for their report!
Happy New Year’s Eve Medical Lake!!
Please have a safe and fun holiday. Use a designated driver and remember fireworks are Illegal on any day except July 4th. Doing fireworks on NYE is a misdemeanor and carries a $1000 fine.
May this new year be the best ever!!!
Rest easy, Captain Kruger and thank you for your service
With sadness and regret we inform you that retired Captain Tim Cruger passed away Christmas Eve from firefighting related cancer. Tim was hired by the Spokane Valley Fire Department on June 16, 1986 and proudly served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain for over 29 years. Tim retired April 22, 2015 and soon after developed kidney cancer which metastasized to his colon, lungs, and brain.
Tim was a 2nd generation firefighter who spent the majority of his career proudly serving the citizens of the Spokane Valley from Station 7 on Evergreen Road. Tim’s father, Captain Melvin Cruger retired from the Spokane Fire Department in 1981 and recently passed away just 18 days prior to Tim.
Due to the high incidence of certain specific cancers in firefighters from exposure to toxic smoke, along with his diagnosis just after retirement, Captain Tim Cruger has been deemed a Line of Duty Death in accordance with Washington State occupational disease laws.
Memorial service dates for Tim are being planned for the beginning of February, and more information will be released in the near future for fire departments wishing to participate.
December 20th Santa route starting 7pm
December 19TH Santa route starting at 7pm
Unfortunately with the Holiday season comes the annual arrival of scam season as well.
Your Medical Lake Fire Department *never* conducts solicitation for donations of any kind, especially over the phone.
Several local businesses donate to the Volunteer Firefighters Association annually as part of fund raising, but this contact is always made in person, by a member of the association.
If you are ever solicited by someone who claims to be a member of the department, contact us at 509-565-5022 prior to interacting with them.
Thank you and have a happy holiday season!
Looking for a great summer job opportunity?
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun recruiting for 550 temporary firefighters to serve during the 2019 wildfire season with the state’s largest wildland firefighting department. In 2018, DNR crews responded to a record 1,826 wildfires.
“If you are motivated to do this work, I encourage you to apply,” said the Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who heads DNR. “Having these trained firefighters ready to respond is key to protecting our state’s livelihoods and communities. Their work is incredibly valuable to me and all of our state’s citizens.”
First-time applicants should be able to fill positions from approximately mid-June to mid-September, though some temporary positions will be filled by returning firefighters as soon as April. With growing frequency, seasonal firefighters may also have the opportunity to work longer seasons - into October – when they are able and conditions dictate.
Having seasonal firefighters available to respond earlier and later in the season is one way that the agency is adjusting to our state’s changing climate. The agency’s last wildfire call was a recent as Nov. 21. And one hundred of the agency’s firefighters volunteered to finish out their season in November, assisting with California wildfires.
DNR provides hired firefighters with all required safety clothing, equipment and training they need. Applicants should be willing and capable of performing strenuous outdoor work. Positions span different kinds of wildland firefighting such as hand crews, engine leaders, helitack firefighters, and squad bosses. Those interested can visit DNR’s website www.dnr.wa.gov/employment, to scan firefighting job descriptions, or visit the agency’s blog post.
DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands.
Join something great and make a difference! We protect Washington’s forests, fields, and waterways for habitat and industry. We also develop renewable energy and build outdoor recreational access around Washington State.
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