OLYMPIA — Fire officials this week are rekindling their effort to make sure a law that lets them mobilize resources to fight wildfires also applies to major emergencies such as the Oso mudslide. Public hearings are planned in the House and Senate on bills that would revise the state wildfire mobilization law to make clear it can be used for non-fire incidents, such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and outbreaks of contagious disease.
…Sen. Kirk Pearson, R- Monroe, sponsored the Senate version… “The tragedy highlighted the problem,” he said. “We’re going back to the intent of the original (mobilization) law. I think everyone around the state realizes we need this.” House Bill 1389 and Senate Bill 5181 are under consideration. …Click here to read the full story.