Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions responded to a two-alarm house fire Sunday evening at 8:45 in the 100 block of Vision Dr. Initial reports from the residents were that a fire started in an outside garbage can and then spread to the house. Residents were able to evacuate; one man returned inside the house to retrieve his dog and suffered some smoke inhalation and mild burns to his feet. Later in the incident, firefighters found the dog, removed it from the structure, and treated the dog with oxygen. The male resident accepted medical treatment but did not seek hospital transport. One cat perished from the fire.
Upon arrival, fire crews could not safely attack the fire due to downed live power lines in the driveway of the house. Cowlitz County Public Utility District (PUD) isolated and cut power to the area allowing fire crews to safely attack the fire. Firefighters had the fire knocked down at 9:10. Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, City of Longview Fire, and Cowlitz County Fire District 5 responded to the fire. Cowlitz County PUD also responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation, no other injuries were reported. ... See MoreSee Less
The Cowlitz County Fire Marshal has extended the seasonal burn ban on outdoor burning until further notice. Burning brush piles, yard debris, land clearing burns, and silvilcultural burning are all prohibited.
Property taxes generate the largest portion of our income. We also contract with Cowlitz County to provide Fire Marshal and Fire Investigation Services, provide fire protection contracts, and we obtain grants to support our budget as much as possible. Ambulance billing also contributes to our annual income. Other fire districts our size typically get 75% of their income from taxes. ... See MoreSee Less