EFR extinguishes Klahanie brush fire amid heightened risk

September 13, 2011

By Staff

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a brush fire in the 4200 block of Klahanie Drive Southeast on Sept. 7.

Someone working in the area reported the brush fire. The caller then attempted to extinguish the blaze, but the fire grew to a 20-foot-by-20 foot area burning in the trees, dry debris and duff located behind a community pool.

Firefighters contained and extinguished the fire in less than an hour. EFR called a King County fire investigator to scene to determine the cause. The cause is still under investigation.

Every year, EFR reports a hike in brush fires caused by careless smokers, unattended burns, illegal fireworks discharge and children playing with lighters or matches during the summer season.

Fire officials ask for residents to take a few precautions through the hot weather season. Build a defensible space around homes and report any suspicious behavior in neighborhoods. Talk with children about the fire danger and how to help community stay safer.

Find more tips about wildfire safety at EFR’s website, www.eastsidefire-rescue.org, or Firewise, at www.firewise.org, a national effort to promote fire safety.

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