Brush fire causes evacuation of 20 school buses
June 2, 2009
NEW — 2:30 p.m. June 2, 2009
By Adam Eschbach
A brush fire at the Issaquah School District Transportation Center prompted the evacuation of 20 school buses from the burning area at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. The flames were put out by 11:55 a.m.
“I thought that a bus was on fire. There was a large billow of black smoke,” said Jesse Provine, a mechanic at the transportation center and the first on the scene.
Provine warned transit center staff to start moving buses, called Eastside Fire & Rescue and by the time he arrived back on the scene, the brush fire had jumped the curb and was burning along the fenced area.
He said he thought the cottonwood seed fluff could have caught on fire, then the leaves, with flames making their way into the woods next to the Rainier Boulevard Trail.
The part of the lot where the brush fire started was near the new 2008 Thomas buses, with regeneration exhaust systems. The possibility that the new exhaust systems, that eject and burn diesel inside the muffler at very hot temperatures to burn off soot, could have sparked the flames was being investigated.