EFR extinguishes Klahanie brush fire amid heightened risk

September 13, 2011

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.

County’s proposed road plan calls for limited service on local streets

September 13, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 13, 2011

Some streets in rural and unincorporated areas near Issaquah could receive reduced maintenance and a lower priority for snow removal under a proposal King County leaders unveiled Monday — a plan County Executive Dow Constantine called “triage” for a cash-strapped and deteriorating roads system.

Dow Constantine

Constantine proposed a plan to prioritize road maintenance, snow removal and storm response on a tiered system.

Important arteries — such as Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Preston-Fall City Road Southeast, Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and sections of Southeast May Valley Road east of state Route 900 — remain top priorities for maintenance, snow removal and storm cleanup under the proposal.

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Plan for road closures near Klahanie

February 23, 2010

King County crews started construction on pedestrian safety upgrades along Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road last week.

Between 247th Place Southeast and Klahanie Drive Southeast, workers will install a five-foot sidewalk, a bike lane and additional lighting along the north side of the roadway. Planners expect the project will take about two months to complete.

A westbound lane of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road will close from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekdays during the construction period. Drivers may experience periodic traffic delays.