October 30, 2012
Prepare to fall back as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 4.
Set clocks one hour behind before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.
The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Local public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.
The daylight saving time period lasts until March.
During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.
October 30, 2012
NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012
Halloween frights can come from flammable costumes and decorations, state Fire Marshal Charles Duffy cautioned residents as the holiday approached.
The state fire marshal reminded parents to plan ahead for little ghouls’ safety and to make Halloween a fire-safe holiday.
“Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires,” Duffy said in a statement.
Revelers can practice some simple tips to remain safe on the holiday.
Safety can start at the store, as parents and children select a costume.
October 23, 2012
State, King County and Eastside Fire & Rescue officials ended burn bans in recent days, as the wildfire risk declined after a long dry spell.
The state Department of Natural Resources ended a burn ban on agency-protected lands at midnight Oct. 15. The next day, the King County fire marshal lifted a burn ban for unincorporated King County.
EFR kept a burn ban in place until Oct. 20 for Issaquah and communities served by the agency.
October 18, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2012
State and King County fire officials ended burn bans in recent days, as the wildfire risk declined after a long dry spell.
The state Department of Natural Resources ended a burn ban on agency-protected lands at midnight Monday. The next day, the King County fire marshal lifted a burn ban for unincorporated King County.
Eastside Fire & Rescue is keeping a burn ban in place through Oct. 20 for Issaquah and communities served by the agency.
The state ban on outdoor burning applied to all Department of Natural Resources-protected public, private and tribal lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah.
October 15, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 2012
The state Department of Natural Resources said the statewide burn ban on agency-protected lands is poised to expire at midnight Monday as the wildfire risk declines.
“My thanks to the public for their help and restraint during a difficult and prolonged fire season,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “The summer’s fires could have been a worse, but the public did everything they could to prevent wildfires.”
The ban on outdoor burning applied to all Department of Natural Resources-protected public, private and tribal lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah.
Lifting the statewide burn ban does not prevent authorities from putting in place burn restrictions at the local level.
October 9, 2012
Eastside Fire & Rescue invites the public to tour fire stations Oct. 20 as part of Fire Prevention Month.
September 7, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012
Eastside Fire & Rescue officials said continued hot, dry conditions create the potential for dangerous wildfires into September.
The lack of precipitation increases the risk of brush and urban wildfires. In a recent brush fire near North Bend, firefighters worried about the potential for the fire to spread into nearby brush and forest.
EFR notes a yearly increase in brush fires caused by careless smokers, unattended burns, illegal fireworks discharges, and children playing with lighters or matches.
Fire officials ask for residents to take precautions amid the dry conditions. Create a defensible space around homes. Report suspicious activity to authorities. Talk to children about fire dangers.
September 1, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012
Continued dry conditions led the King County fire marshal to extend the countywide burn ban until further notice, officials announced Aug. 31.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said August marked the driest August ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with only a trace of rain recorded. (Meteorologists use data collected at the airport for official climate records in the region.)
The dry August beat the old record of 0.01 inch set in 1974.
The fire marshal — and officials in Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties — declared a regional burn ban in July. The ban was due to end Sept. 1.
August 28, 2012
Officials reminded the public to practice fire safety as residents head outside to celebrate Labor Day weekend.
Though the King County burn ban expires Sept. 1, other local restrictions remain in place.
Department of Natural Resources officials set a summer burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state lands from July 1 to Sept. 30.
On state forestlands, users can build recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
Eastside Fire & Rescue imposed a summer burn ban June 15 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. The moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30.
For Labor Day cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit.
August 16, 2012
NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 16, 2012
King County leaders offered tips Thursday for residents to help residents cope as near-record temperatures broil the region.
Officials offered information for residents to remain safe in the high temperatures, prevent wildfires in the dry conditions and encourage safety on the water, as people seek relief in lakes and rivers.
King County is under a regional excessive heat warning. The alert means the region is in a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures, and the combination of heat and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses. The excessive heat warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Friday.
In Issaquah, temperatures exceeded 90 degrees Thursday and should top 90 again Friday.
“Our region is known for rain, not hot weather like this,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “Extreme heat can be dangerous, even deadly, so we are urging everyone to take precautions to keep cool and stay safe.”