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Updated fire danger ratings

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced July 13 the following changes in fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands in Western Washington.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, all debris burning will be prohibited on DNR-protected lands in the following counties: Clark, Cowlitz, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston and Skamania.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, changes in the fire danger rating will increase in the following counties: Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties will increase from moderate to high.

These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, are always illegal on all DNR-protected lands.

What is allowed?
Recreational fires may be allowed in approved pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds; however, always check with the campground host before starting a campfire. Individual campgrounds may ban campfires.

DNR also may allow DNR-approved prescribed fire to enhance or restore fire dependent ecosystems.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/.

Updated fire danger ratings

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced July 13 the following changes in fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands in Western Washington.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, all debris burning will be prohibited on DNR-protected lands in the following counties: Clark, Cowlitz, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston and Skamania.

Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, changes in the fire danger rating will increase in the following counties: Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties will increase from moderate to high.

These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, are always illegal on all DNR-protected lands.

What is allowed?
Recreational fires may be allowed in approved pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds; however, always check with the campground host before starting a campfire. Individual campgrounds may ban campfires.

DNR also may allow DNR-approved prescribed fire to enhance or restore fire dependent ecosystems.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/.

Emergency Drill at Sea-Tac on Wednesday, July 12

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Port of Seattle to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Simulating An Aircraft Accident at Sea-Tac Airport on Wednesday, July 12

Exercise Date: Wednesday, July 12, Pre-event activities begin 6 a.m.

Exercise Begins: 10 a.m. on north end of airfield below center runway near S. 156th St.

Exercise Ends: 1 p.m. – Multiple area first responders will be involved

(Seattle – July 11, 2017) –The Port of Seattle will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise simulating an aircraft accident that is required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday, July 12. Area first responders will participate in the exercise. Please alert the public of potential emergency vehicle activity they may see at the airport during this time – THIS IS AN EXERCISE ONLY. 

Preparations for the exercise will begin as early as 6 a.m. with the exercise scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m. The exercise location will be on the far north end of the airfield below the elevation of the center runway near S. 156th St. A mock aircraft fuselage is in place at the site for first responders to practice.

The exercise will NOT affect or delay any air travel. Both of Sea-Tac’s two other runways will be open as normal and the exercise will NOT affect any customer activity within the terminal. Residents nearby the airport may notice emergency vehicles responding as part of the exercise.

Up to 150 volunteers will participate as ‘victims’ next to the mock aircraft fuselage which comes from a former Boeing 757 shipped from Moses Lake specifically for this exercise. Volunteers will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. for moulage (or make-up) to represent a variety of injuries that will test medical care triage practices.

Dozens of the King County area mutual aid police and fire agencies will participate in the exercise with an estimated 50 -75 pieces of equipment from fire engines to aid cars and up to 175 fire fighters. Additional police officers from the area are also expected to participate alongside first responders from the Port of Seattle Fire and Police Departments, Sea-Tac Airport Security, Airport Operations, Public Information and the Port Environmental team.

In addition, other key exercise participants will include airport and airline representatives, the FAA, Red Cross, King County Emergency Management Division, and the King County Medical Examiner.

A comprehensive report will be prepared post-exercise to identify any gaps in emergency plans and then prioritize follow-up corrective actions.

Grant money available

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Each year the City of Woodinville provides lodging tax grants to organizations   to  fund special   events,  programs, and activities   that will  attract tourists to Woodinville.  This grant program is highly competitive and typically funds multiple tourism initiatives each year.

The total funding available for 2018 is $92,000 (subject to change by the Woodinville City Council). Examples of past projects include city wayfinding signs, the annual Celebrate Woodinville summer event, and marketing programs designed to attract visitors to Woodinville.

Applications for 2018 lodging tax grants will be accepted through August 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants must submit a complete application that summarizes event/program logistics, outlines a proposed budget, and designates the responsible  party  for  carrying out the event/program. The application can be found on the City's website at www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/Documents/News/Announcements/ 2017_08_07_Press_Release_Tourism_Grant.pdf.

Questions  can be directed toward Blaine Fritts, Finance Director for the City of Woodinville by phone: (425) 877-2261 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..