Grays Harbor PUD cancels North coast planned outage

Due to unanticipated circumstances, the Grays Harbor Public Utility District has announced it is cancelling the planned power outage scheduled for Thursday night and Friday morning.  The

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Grays Harbor PUD announces planned outage for northern coast customers

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District has announced a planned power outage which will impact PUD customers in Pacific Beach, Moclips and Taholah. The outage will begin at 8:00 PM on May

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Olympic National Forest asks “Which roads are important to you?”

The Olympic National Forest is hosting open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest.  This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable

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Smoke alarms saved Two bed ridden residents pulled from Oakville house fire

Crews evacuated two bed ridden patients from a house fire in Oakville early Wednesday morning. Fire District 1 Chief Kevin Witt tells us flames were visible when they arrived at the home

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No broken bones after garage falls on Hoquiam man

No broken bones for a Hoquiam man after a garage collapsed on him in Humptulips. His wife tells us he was working on the empty 800 square foot building in the 400 block of Walker Rd Saturday when a friend was about to leave and noticed the building begin to buckle. The 52 year old Hoquiam man recounted those moments after the building pinned him under 6 inches of clearance. “I feel lucky my friend was out there with me, he had to cut me out. [He] fired up my generator and the saws-all and started cutting tresses to release me because I was pinned down. I was totally trapped, if I had no one with me I would have been out there until someone came looking for me. Pretty rough day, I sure think that God was with me.” He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by Hoquiam Ambulance, by late Saturday he was sore, but otherwise feeling very lucky. The family wanted to thank their friend, who was in the right place at the right time. Humptulips garage falls on man Humptilups garage falls on man

Explosion reported from across Grays Harbor, registered as small earthquake

Aberdeen, WA – An explosion was heard and felt earlier this afternoon in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and even Montesano, but there is no need to fret, the explosion was due to a planned blasting

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Copalis Crossing Fire District appoints new Commissioner, signs ambulance agreement with Hoquiam

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. - The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing in North Grays Harbor has signed a new contract with the city of Hoquiam for ambulance service, finalizing a deal to pay back-bills and maintain ALS service in the area.
Fire Commissioner Caroline Perry tells us the district appointed Rick Richers to the vacant commissioner's seat this week, and with two passing levies; things are looking up for the volunteer fire department. Not a moment too soon either, they've suffered three break-ins and vandalism at one of their stations, and are still looking for volunteers, apply at their station 1617 Ocean Beach Rd, in Copalis Crossing.

Let’s Talk Tsunamis in Chinook

SOUTH BEND, Wash. - The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) has organized a "Let’s Talk Tsunamis" presentation to be held in Chinook on June 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Chinook School Gym, Hwy. 101 & Evelyn Rd.
"Let’s Talk Tsunamis" is a public education series created by PCEMA. The series provides information about what tsunamis are and how they function, tsunami evacuation, the tsunami warning system, tsunami history, local and distant tsunamis, hazard mitigation, and neighborhood and personal preparedness. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

Contact Americorps* VISTA Member Natasha Nesbitt at the PCEMA office (360- 642-9409 or nnesbitt@co.pacific.wa.us) for more information.

Fire District #5 Attacks Elma House Fire

ELMA, Wash. - Fire District 5 knocked down a kitchen fire yesterday morning that Fire Chief Dan Prater tells us could have been far worse had first responders not acted quickly and tore into the small "attic space" of a mobile home in the 100 block of Hokanson road in Elma. No one was home at the time of the incident. Prater tells us a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home just after 9 yesterday, then kicked in the front door to make sure the home was empty. Fire was contained to the kitchen and dining room with smoke damage throughout the home. Estimated property loss was set as $20,000 for content and a complete loss on the home itself.
Prater said the initial investigation shows that the fire started in the corner of the kitchen, where a new toaster oven had been used earlier that morning prior to everyone leaving for the day.

I would like to say that the aggressive firefighting skills along with the good team work provided by the responders on the scene is the reason we were able to stop this fire in its tracts. In 20 years I have seen fires like this not stopped and watch people’s property and irreplaceable items get lost, not today. Good job to all but a special good job to FF/Medic Huntley and FF/Medic Mathis as the first in crew on doing an outstanding job knocking this down; both with District 5. The incident Commander for the fire was Captain Mike Litzinger with District 5 for his accountability skills on the scene. - Dan Prater Fire Chief, Grays Harbor Fire District #5