The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 230 calls for service between Aug. 12 and 18, among them the following:
Flaming trash: 11:11 a.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters responding to a garbage truck aflame along westbound Highway 18 and finding a small truck with fire in the dump bed used hand lines to snuff out the conflagration. The truck was not damaged. Investigation did not determine a cause for the fire.
Brush fire: 3:08 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a smoke investigation in Lakeland Hills behind the Haggen’s grocery store found a rapidly spreading 30-by-100-foot brush fire with smoke that was curling up into high voltage power lines. East Pierce Fire & Rescue and the South Puget Sound Hand Team helped extinguish the second-alarm fire.
Water rescue: 6:52 p.m., (Fire District No. 44). Firefighters and other Zone 3 technical rescue personnel responded to a swiftwater rescue call with Mountain View Fire & Rescue. VRFA Dive 33 and water rescue personnel from Zone 3 removed the imperiled person from the hazard area.
Structure fire: 3:12 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a structure fire found a large, two-story home with a large fire blazing away in the garage involving several cars. Firefighters from South King Fire and Rescue and the VRFA worked to contain the fire. The fire is under investigation.
Outdoor burning: 6:54 p.m., (Lakeland Hills). Firefighters extinguished a fire that was burning in a back yard, where the homeowner had burned boxes that ignited multiple dead stumps, duff and ground litter. Firefighters explained the burn ban and permit process to the homeowner so he could make informed decisions in the future.
Aid call: 4:05 p.m., (Algona). Firefighters assessed a woman who was feeling dizzy and weak and determined she required further treatment for dehydration. A private ambulance transported the woman to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC).
Vegetation fire: 1:15 p.m.,(Pacific). Firefighters responding to reports of smoke in a tree line found the fire out on arrival, having scorched a 50-by-10 foot area of burned out vegetation. There were no exposures, and an investigation could not determine how the fire started.