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As of Thursday, July 17, 2014 there are several active wildfires burning in Washington and Southern Idaho but none posing an immediate threat to our Fire District.  The heavy smoke that we are experiencing is being carried by increased winds out of the West.  For details of all sizable wildfires in the US, please visit the InciWeb Incident Information System website. 

According to the Spokane County website site, the Liberty Lake fire that began on Tuesday (7/15) is almost completely extinguished and crews with the DNR continue mop-up efforts.  Citing safety concerns, the Liberty Lake trail system remains closed to the public until further notice.  Visit the Spokane County's website at www.spokanecounty.org.


Citizen Alert notification sign-up is available for both Kootenai County and Spokane CountySign up online to have emergency alert notices sent to your home phone, cell phone or email address.

So far in 2014 there have been at least thirteen heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles; eleven confirmed as heatstroke and two are still pending official findings by the medical examiner.  In 2013, there were at least forty-four deaths of children in vehicles; thirty-nine which have been confirmed as heatstroke and five which, based upon the known circumstances, are most likely heatstroke (2013 list).  

All of these deaths are preventable!  To help bring awareness to this issue, the National Weather Service is using the slogan "Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat" to remind people to remember to check for small children in a car seat and to never leave children unattended in a vehicle- even for a few moments.  Remember that pets should also never be left in a vehicle during the summer months.  


 

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