Not Just Seattle Rain in Washington

Published 1/8/2022 1630 hours PT

WASHINGTON STATE — Us locals would hear all the time how about how much is rains in Seattle and not to go there because of too much rain. We would respond, we don’t melt, we rust.

Never drive around barricades. A picture shows a road closed sign and "high water" next to it.
Credit: NOAA

Unfortunately, it has all come to light as the truth but not just in Seattle, but everywhere in Washington. First, it was the snow and now the rain. It is way too much of a good thing for our roadways, ground, and other areas where flooding is now the new trend.

Here is a recap of what has been happening and what areas, hillsides, and roadways are currently impacted. Tips by local agencies are also included in this post.

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LEWIS COUNTY

Chehalis

A portion of I-5 was closed on Friday at the exit of 77 near Chehalis due to the Chehalis River overflowing its banks and reaching the freeway.

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As you can see in the image (left) most of the lanes on the right side of the image are blocked and this is very dangerous, so WSDOT officials had no choice but to close the roadway to protect motorists.

The National Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers put together free sandbags for residents in Chehalis and Centralia on January 7th.

Would you be able to recognize a hillside, which may be ready to slide at any minute? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit and evacuation plan? How about recognizing the risks to your home, property, or valued assets? Here are some tips on what can help you with recognizing if you, your family, and your home are in the danger zone and how to mitigate the risks.

If you suspect active landslide movement, evacuate and contact your local fire, police, emergency manager, or public works department.

Landslide Public Service Announcement presented by the King County Emergency Operations Center can be found here –> https://kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/hazards/landslide.aspx

A hillside shows dips. Look for tilting of trees, foundation issues, doors that can’t close, sagging utility lines.
Credit: WA DNR

The Yard Birds Mall located in Chehalis was closed on January 7th, due to store owners could not get into the parking lot safely due to area flooding.

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY

City of Cosmopolis

One resident in this small town is said to have been inside his vehicle, about 100 yards from his driveway was swept away by strong moving floodwaters and quickly submerged into deep water, according to the Sheriff’s Department. When waters receded, his vehicle was pulled from the water and the driver was pronounced as deceased. Firefighters from Grays Harbor Fire District 15 and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident on Saturday, January 8th at 0900 hours.

Note: Firefighters with the Cosmopolis VFD are no longer providing fire suppression, EMS, and HAZMAT services due to a dispute with their current city mayor, resulting in the last 12 volunteer firefighters resigning their positions on December 31, 2021. The City Mayor declared an emergency proclamation and is currently contracting with outside agencies for services to its residents.

Ocean Shores

On Saturday, just before 0800 hours PT, SR109 was closed due to standing water north of Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County.

KING COUNTY

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Burien

King County Fire District #2 were on the scene on Friday of a landslide at SW 175th and in the 2100 block of Sylvester Road SW, which blocked both directions of the roadway on Friday, January 7th.

South Park

Flooding occurred in the South Park area on January 7th, prompting multiple streets to be closed.

Credit: WSDOT

THURSTON COUNTY

Near Rochester

Just after 1420 hours on Saturday, WSDOT Tacoma Maintenance workers and local fire agencies in the area were reporting vehicles and semis on I-5 NB at the Lewis County Line and I-5 SB at Maytown instead of using US 12 near Rochester as getting stuck and unable to turnaround. US 12 is closed at Moon Road and WSP requests you use alternate routes. They are urging drivers not to go around road closures and barricade signage.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Reiter Foothills State Park

WA DNR closed the popular Reiter Foothills State Park in the County of all rec park users due to snow and ice. Officials said the parking areas were inaccessible and the county road is impassable at this time.

The park was closed on Friday, January 7, 2022.

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Reiter Foothills State Forest

Capitol State Forest

WA DNR also closed the A-line entrance to Capitol State Forest at the Straddleline ORV Park Entrance/A just off of SR8 due to road damage caused by flooding. The area is accessible via the Rock Candy Trailhead entrance.

WHATCOM COUNTY

Forecasted King Tides along with wind, melting snow and continued heavy rain arrived higher than expectations and caused area flooding. Roads were closed while others had “water over roadways” signage alerting drivers were seen in impacted areas. on Friday.

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Credit: Whatcom County

WASHINGTON STATE LANDSLIDE HISTORY

North Fork Stillaguamish River, Snohomish County.

March 2014: SR530, OSO. 262 acres of landslide and debris at the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. 43 deaths, partially dammed river, destroyed 49 homes. Cut off access for nearly two months. Estimated property loss and damage at over $80,000,000.

2006: Hazel Landslide. OSO. 1,000 feet long and 1,000 feet wide with approximately 2 million yards of volume which would partially dam the river. No fatalities. The same thing occurred but was less significant and with the same name for the landslide but this occurred in 1988.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

WA | LITTLE ROCK FIRE STATION |NEW

WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE 1 – AUGUST 1 2018 – 1945 PDT – A wildfire is said to be burning dubbed the LITTLE ROCK FIRE STATION on Little Rock in Thurston County, Washington.  Fire fuels include timber understory.

E 801 was dispatched at 1754 hours and assisting local fire resources on August 1, 2018 at 1754 hours PDT.

According to the WILD CAD Activity log, there has been 0.01 acres destroyed.

No further details available.

#LittleRockFire #WAwildfires2018 #NWFireBlog

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

New Wildfires Ignite in the NW Region | August 27 2017

SUMMARY POST | There have been several new wildfires that have ignited in Washington State and in order to get information out to you all, we are separating this post for today only.  All information from these fires (if applicable starting on Monday, August 28th) will be added to our “NW Active Fires single daily SitRep”.

GARFILED COUNTY (WA)

Hill Fire.  In Pomeroy.  100+ acres. Homes threatened. Evacuations in effect. State Mobe approved. SE WA IMT is monitoring natural cover fire. Incident Cooperators include Garfield County Fire District 1 has requested mutual aid from Asotin, Columbia Counties and Walla Walla /Columbia County Fire District #2.

Unofficial word of cars, structures and power infrastructure afire.  Fire resources were being staged in parking lots across from Grain Elevators on Main Street in Pomeroy. (about 1700 hours).

GRANT COUNTY (WA)

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is on-scene of a brush fire incident burning in cut wheat and sagebrush.  Located in the area of Rd. B NE and Rd 25 NE, just NE of Soap Lake.  Fire pushing NE. Estimated at 350-400 acres. GCFD 5 and 12 responded as Mutual Aid, along with a farmer with a tractor. Fire Officials say that if you feel like you are in danger, to self-evacuate.  As of 1830 hours, State Mobe resources had not been requested/approved.

Unnamed Fire.  Grant County Fire District 13 is assisting GCFD 7 with a very large wildfire near Rd 23 NE and Rd A (High Hill Road).  Started 8/27/2017 around 1700 hours PDT. Dry brush and grass. No homes threatened and no evacuations in effect at the moment.

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Credit: GCFD 13

THURSTON COUNTY (WA)

Rock Candy Fire. Start 8/27/2017. Dispatch time @ 1607 hours. Rock Candy Mtn on the Capitol State Forest. Copter on-scene.

 Rock Pit Fire.  Start 8/27/2017. WA DNR. Located in the Capitol State Forest. Multiple resources (+ helicopter). Initial call dispatched E262 at 1453 hours. Fire is on Capitol Peak in the Capitol Forest. Grass, light slash.  IC arrived at 1614 hours.

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More to come as the details are received in.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Fire CAD Activity | Washington | Monday July 31 2017

FIRE CAD ACTIVITY – WASHINGTON STATE | Here is a recap of wildfire activity in various regions of the State.

Stock Photo. (c) 2017 LR Swenson

CLARK COUNTY

Charter Oak Fire.  West of 10608 NE 306th Street. Battleground. Dispatch time, 1324 hours. IC on-scene at 1350 hours. Grass, brush. 1 acre. In Patrol status.

Hayes Road Fire.  Hayes Road.  Dispatch time, 1205 hours. Grass.  In Patrol status.

FERRY COUNTY

Curlew Drive Fire. Ferry County. Curlew Lake. Dispatch 1057 hours. Resources on-scene 1247 hours. 0.5 acres. Grass, brush and timber.

KITTITAS COUNTY

Stampede Pass Fire. Dispatch time, 2117 hours.

LEWIS COUNTY

Blankenship Fire.  Lewis County. Blankenship Road. Dispatch time, 1915 hours. DNR arrived to a smoldering slash pile. Grass and brush.

MASON COUNTY

Farm House Fire. Timber Lake. 1.5 acres. Grass and brush. Dispatch time, 1727 hours. Contained at 2100 hours. Controlled at 2120 hours.

PEND ORIELLE COUNTY

Totem Gulch Fire. Dispatch time, 1450 hours.  Resources on-scene 1510 hours. Timber, brush and grass.

THURSTON COUNTY

Martin Way Fire.  Dispatch time, 1843 hours.

YAKIMA COUNTY

Medicine Valley Fire.  Dispatch time, 1658 hours. Grass fire. DNR assist.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Posted 7/31/2017 @ 2215 hours PDT

 

 

#RoseburgFire Contained in Thurston County WA | 2

ROSEBURG FIRE 

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown cause that occurred on Monday evening, July 31, 2017.

The fire was located on Highway 12 @ 180th Avenue in Thurston County, Washington.

Reports of an outbuilding were immediately lost and more fire crews and equipment were either on-scene or en route. DNR stated they sent two crews. One helicopter and four engines were already on-scene from area Thurston County Fire Departments.

Firefighters are seen here working on the Roseburg Fire. (PC: WA DNR)

Update! | Firefighters have been able to contain the wildfire to 3.3 acres but they will be on the fire line throughout the night. That is Great News and Thank You Firefighters for your tireless efforts – as always!

No injuries were reported.

No fire suppression and containment costs-to-date were known.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#RoseburgFire Ignites in Thurston County WA | 1

ROSEBURG FIRE 

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown cause that occurred on Monday evening, July 31, 2017.

The fire was located on Highway 12 @ 180th Avenue in Thurston County, Washington.

Reports of an outbuilding were immediately lost and more fire crews and equipment were either on-scene or en route. DNR stated they sent two crews. One helicopter and four engines were already on-scene from area Thurston County Fire Departments.

Here is what it looks like after firefighters tirelessly worked to contain and control the fire.

Firefighters are seen here working on the Roseburg Fire. (PC: WA DNR)

No injuries were reported.

No fire suppression and containment costs-to-date were known.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

NEW WILDFIRE | NACHES FIRE | 1

NACHES, WASHINGTON 

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Night fire burning in Naches. (Credit: YCOEM)

Incident Summary

A vegetation fire broke out around midnight on Sunday, July 2, 2017, in the Naches area in Yakima, Washington.

It was reported as burning on the North face of the hill facing Highway 12.

Cause is unknown at this time.

Size Up

The fire is said to be currently at 500 acres. The cause is currently unknown.

Threats

Several homes in the area are currently under direct threat.

Evacuations

Around 0700 hours, more evacuations were occurring on Craig Road with the fire proceeding to move above Highway 12 on the North side of the hill.   Evacuations of South Naches Road is closed between Ranger Road and Rosenkranz Roads.

At 0800 hours, Yakima County Emergency Management:  Riddle Road, Klockhammer Road, and Craig Road  has been downgraded to a Level 2 (Be Set).

Resources

Local district crews were battling the fire as the it continued to move up the hillside, a State Mobe was requested and several hours later approved.  This is to help with additional manpower.

On Sunday, State Mobe resources began pouring into the area from Thurston and Spokane Counties.  (Video of crews working the hillside. Credit:  Spokane Co Fire Dist. 8/Facebook)

Firefighters from the Spartan Fire and Southern Canyon Fire were pulled off these wildfires that are nearly contained and reassigned to the Naches Fire.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

WA PUBLIC HEALTH: Health Providers Alert – January 24, 2014

For immediate release: January 24, 2014 [14-011]
Contact:  Media inquiries: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications Office,  360-236-4074
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service, 360-236-4700

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Chelan County

In November 2013 the Chiropractic Commission ended conditions on the credential of chiropractorJason C. Schroeder (CH00003389).

Clallam County

In December 2013 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program charged paramedic Paul Rynearson (ES00106508) with unprofessional conduct. Rynearson allegedly took and used narcotics kept at the fire department where he worked and reportedly came to work appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Clark County

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program agreed to reinstate the registered nursing assistant credential of Mayra I. Garcia (NA00195349) and placed her credential on probation for at least one year. Garcia’s credential was suspended in 2011 after she didn’t comply with a stipulation issued after being convicted in 2007 of third-degree theft and driving while intoxicated.

Grant County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended conditions on the credential of chemical dependency professional Estela Yarrito (CP00003751).

Island County

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential to Cassandra Denise Pendergrass (NA60414482) and placed her license on probation for at least two years. In 2004 Pendergrass was convicted in Nevada of embezzling $2,500 or more.

King County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Shakun Nandeshwar Sharma (CO60294692) and placed her credential on probation. Sharma must take continuing education in professional law and ethics and undergo an evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. She was convicted of five gross misdemeanors and two misdemeanors between 2006 and 2012.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacist Michael S. Jones(PH00010993).

In December 2013 the Pharmacy Commission fined Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc.(CF60030054) $2,500 after it was found to have allowed a pharmacy assistant, who misrepresented herself as a pharmacy technician to its human resource department, to perform tasks limited to pharmacy technicians.

In December 2013 the Medical Assistant Program ended conditions on the credential of medical assistant Bridgett Dianne Miller (MR60402878).

In December 2013 the Dental Commission denied a dental assistant credential to Randy Allen Ivie(D160332886), who had several convictions including 12 felonies, two gross misdemeanors, and one misdemeanor between 1985 and 2012.

Pierce County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Darla Jean Oliphint (CO60234960).

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Tena K. Bremmeyer (CO60153438).

In December 2013 the Counselor Program charged chemical dependency professional, marriage and family therapist associate, and marriage and family therapist Jennifer Armstrong Ferguson(CP00005222, MG60171687, LF60079410) with unprofessional conduct. Ferguson allegedly provided substandard care.

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Karen Ann Price(RN60181825) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Price was convicted of driving while intoxicated.

Snohomish County

In December 2013 the Counselor Program lifted the suspension for registered counselor credential holder Susan A. Martin (RC00059495). The credential itself was abolished in 2010.

Spokane County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Patricia Noel Shropshire (CO60418513) and placed her credential on probation. Shropshire must take continuing education in professional law and ethics, and undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2012 she was convicted of driving while intoxicated and received deferred prosecution on another charge.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacy technician Jill M. Horstman (VA00048105).

In December 2013 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacy assistant Casey V. McGaughy(VB00071773) with unprofessional conduct. While working at a pharmacy, McGaughy allegedly diverted medications for his personal use.

Thurston County

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Lori Jean Tenny(RN00121398) with being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety. On an application to reactivate her expired credential, Tenny allegedly said she has a medical condition that impairs her ability to practice, a conclusion her primary care provider supported.

In December 2013 the Counselor Program conditionally granted an agency affiliated counselor credential to Shane Lynn Morris (CG60293762) and placed her credential on probation. Morris must undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program, and is required to take continuing education in professional law and ethics. She was convicted of 40 felonies and one gross misdemeanor between 2005 and 2009.

Walla Walla County

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission denied the request of Bob L. Ratcliff (RN00159108) to reinstate his registered nursing credential, which was suspended in 2005 and again in 2011, when he didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program. The commission found that he was still out of compliance.

Whatcom County

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission modified an agreement with pharmacist David Alexander Glen (PH60216257), lifting probation from his license but still requiring that he comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Marianne Zweegman (NA00130895) with unprofessional conduct. The Department of Social and Health Services prohibited her from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults. Zweegman was found to have neglected vulnerable adults in her adult family home.

Whitman County

In December 2013 the Counselor Program ended conditions on the credential of mental health counselor Lori Woodward Bobo (LH60168278).

Out of State

Idaho: In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Natalie A. Fister(LP00053334) with unprofessional conduct. Fister notified the commission that in 2013 she was convicted in Idaho of driving under the influence of alcohol (third or more offense).

Idaho: In December 2013 the Dental Commission ended conditions on the credential of dental assistant Breanna Fern Bailiff (D160249600).

Oregon: In December 2013 the Hearing and Speech Board charged speech language pathologistJocelyn Louise Meussdorffer (LL60262909) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t comply with terms of a previous agreement.

Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

The Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also,find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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