TEMPORARY BURN RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF EASTERN WASHINGTON: Restrictions are prompted by uptick in wildfires caused by escaped debris burns amid warming temperatures and increased fire danger. Warming temperatures have dried grasses, and grassy areas are now experiencing numerous wildfires started by outdoor debris burns. In the Northeast region, 100 wildfires have been started in 2021, including 46 since April 1. Of those 100 wildfires, 62 have been caused by people burning debris outdoors and failing to completely extinguish them. These escaped burns have burned over 217 acres this year. This is expected to be temporary until “green up” begins, which should start after spring rains allow new grasses to grow. Click on link above for more information.
FIREFIGHTER VOLUNTEERS: South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue needs to expand its membership to serve all stations. If you think you would like to serve your community as a Volunteer Firefighter, we welcome you to join us. Please click on the link above to access the online Volunteer Firefighter Application information and forms, call our office at 509-447-5305, or stop by the Diamond Lake Station between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday to learn more about the time commitment, physical skills, and training needed to become a South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Volunteer Firefighter.
FIREFIGHTER ONLINE TRAINING: Welcome firefighters to the new South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Interactive Academy. This site is used to deliver monthly training and any other specialty classes. Click on the computer icon at the right to login to the training site or contact SPOFR Training Officer Lieutenant Jake Hogue for more information.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS: South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue also welcomes community volunteers to serve in non-operational support positions. Auxiliary and Public Education volunteers provide support through fundraising events, canteen services, and the development of life safety education workshops. Call the Diamond Lake Station office at 509-447-5305 to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Auxiliary and Public Education programs.
DIAMOND LAKE STATION VIRTUAL TOUR: Click on the link to view an exciting new virtual tour of Diamond Lake Station 31 created for SPOFR by Craig Schantz a volunteer at Skookum Station 62 Battallion 6.
LOCAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS: Pend Oreille County citizens are urged to sign up to receive Wildfire updates through the new Community Information Service which is designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our county using the latest technology. This service, Nixle, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email, and the web.