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The SPU Wildland Fire Crew provides initial attack on fires within the Cedar and Tolt watersheds. The goal is to contain all fires to less than 10 acres in size.
SPU fire crews provide support to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), who ultimately is responsible for wildland fire suppression throughout the state and can bring additional firefighting resources if needed.
SPU’s Wildland Fire Crew falls under the Watershed Services Division (WSD) and is led by the Watershed Protection Section of SPU during the fire season. The crew is trained and certified following National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards. Qualified Incident Commanders, Crew Bosses and Squad Bosses lead a group of Firefighter 2’s for both wildland engine and hand crew operations.
Since the early 1900’s fire protection has been an important part of keeping Seattle’s drinking water supply safe.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) owns and operates two protected Municipal Watersheds that supply drinking water to over 1.4 million people in the greater Seattle area. The two watersheds encompass more than 100-thousand acres of pristine forest from the Puget Sound foothills to the crest of the Cascade Mountains.
SPU protects these watersheds from forest fires because the aftermath can lead to the degradation of surface water supplies through increased turbidity, impacts on aquatic species, reservoir storage reduction, City asset losses (timber resource reduction) and compromised public and private safety.
SPU Wildland Fire Crew Leader
19901 Cedar Falls Road SE
North Bend, WA 98045