Western Washington Wildfire Season Outlook

The National Interagency Fire Center is predicting a higher wildfire risk for Western Washington and Oregon this year. The forecast through spring and into summer continues to indicate warmer than average conditions for our region. With the potential for increased wildfires, homes built in and around woodland areas have an elevated risk. Home owners can play a key role in reducing their risks. 

Things You Can Do Today to Maintain a Survivable Space:

• Create a 30 foot zone of fire-resistant space around your home to prevent fires from starting near or spreading to your home. Remove dry vegetation, leaves and debris from around your home.

• Remove or thin overcrowded or small diameter trees. Prune low hanging branches from the ground to eliminate “ladder fuels." Keep grass and weeds cut low to prevent rapid spread of fire and high flames.

• Replace flammable plants like Juniper and Bitterbrush with fire-resistant shrubs like Vine Maple and Lilac.

• Store firewood piles and combustible materials at least 20 feet away from your home and outbuildings.

• Store gasoline and combustible fuels in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.

• Keep your yard and roof clean, clear pine needles, leaves and debris from your yard, roof and gutters to eliminate ignition sources. Remove limbs that hang over your roof.

• Choose fire-resistant roofing materials, like composition shingles, metal or tile roofing. Install spark arrestors on chimneys to prevent sparks from igniting your roof or surrounding vegetation.

• Prevent combustible materials and debris from accumulating beneath patio decks or elevated porches.

• Campfires should never be left unattended. Put out the fire by soaking the embers with lots of water; stir them, and soak again. Do not bury a fire as the fire will continue to smolder and may ignite nearby roots.

• Dispose of charcoal briquettes and fireplace ash only after soaking them with water.

Firewise Brochure ► More Information
Fire District 27 has FIREWISE literature and check-out videos available to residents who would like more information on protecting their home against wildfires or go to

  ► Predictive Services - National Interagency Fire Center

Fall City Fire District 27 with King County ALERT can keep Fall City Residents and Business Owners informed about Significant Events and EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. ALERT King County is a regional public information and notification service offered by King County Emergency Management to help keep you informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area.

This enhanced service will notify subscribers about potential emergencies in our locality via text, email, and telephone. Registration is free and confidential.

Once registered, users can edit their information whenever changes are needed. The system even accepts multiple email accounts, phone numbers, and physical addresses (such as home and work).

As part of your EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN this is another great communications tool to have and Fall City Fire District 27 encourages you
to sign up for this free service.
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Be Aware of Hazards
Be cautious anytime you or your family are near rivers and streams. Consider these precautions as spring snow melts and rivers and streams rise.

Currents - In as little as six inches, water that may look calm on the surface and appear slow-moving can have enough force to knock you off your feet and sweep you downstream. Even a slow current can take you where you don't want to go, towards hazards, and can leave strong swimmers unable to reach the shore.

Water Hazards: fallen trees, branches, logs and rocks can easily puncture rafts and inner tubes. Debris, and even narrow gaps between rocks can trap you underwater.

Water Temperature
Rivers can be extremely cold below the surface. Hypothermia can quickly set in and overwhelm even the strongest of swimmers, causing them to become too weak to escape.

Know your limits
If you’re not a good swimmer or just learning to swim stay out of currents and do not go in water that’s over your head. Knowing how to swim is important for anyone who spends time near or on the water. Make sure your children learn to swim, and upgrade their swimming skills each year. 

Who is most at risk?

Males: Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.

Children: In the United Stated among those ages 1-14, drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death.

Our Rivers are Wonderful Resources
and should be enjoyed but they can be very dangerous. Even with all we know the most important thing that we can all use, to be safe on the rivers is "Common Sense".

Wear a Lifejacket - Nobody plans to drown
In 2018, 16 people died in preventable drowning in King County. Drowning along with fire/burns, were the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children and teenagers in Washington.

Children or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket when around water. It may not seem cool but it can save your life.

Avoid Alcohol around water
Alcohol use is involved in up to 50% of adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation. Alcohol impairs judgment, encourages greater risk taking behavior, reduces coordination, impairs reaction time and reduces the effectiveness of CPR, should someone require it.

Set limits for your children
When they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs to be there and what they should have with them. Just because they’re with a group of friends does not mean they can rescue each other if someone gets into trouble. Young children need to be watched at all times. It can take only 20 to 60 seconds for a child to submerge without warning.

Never Swim Alone
Stop and think every time you go! Rivers are always changing, do not assume that because it was safe last summer or last week, that it is safe now!


Fall City Fire District 27 recommends the use of lifejackets while recreating in or near the river. The warm weather and cold water can create a deadly combination. Swimmers can suffer from cold-water shock after just a few minutes in the water. If you do decide to go in the river use extreme caution
and Wear a Lifejacket!

Burn ban information - July 1, 2019

A fire safety burn ban is in effect as of July 1 in unincorporated areas of King County, due to dry and warm weather conditions and elevated fire danger.
During the ban:

All outdoor burning is prohibited, except for recreational fires in approved devices and locations. Recreational fires must be in a designated fire pit using only charcoal or dry firewood (no milled lumber).  ►For more information






Outdoor Burning

Public Education

Fall Prevention

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The Board of Commissioners

Regular Meetings are
Scheduled on the second Monday
of each month
at 7:00 p.m.



Meetings are
held at the
Fire Station
and are Open
to the Public

of the Board

The Fire Department has received grant funds from King County EMS
Fall and Injury Prevention for Senior Citizens.

Fall prevention devices such as grab bars, shower chairs, toilet risers, motion detected night lights and more are available. If you or someone you know could benefit from a home safety assessment contact the Fire Department at 425-222-5841. We are offering free home safety assessments to senior citizens who live in the community independently. The assessment includes recommended practices for reducing the risks of falls.   ►read more


Many falls can be prevented. By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.





Four things YOU can do to prevent falls:
1) Begin a regular exercise program.

2) Have your health car provider review your medicines.

3) Have your vision checked.

4) Make your home safer.

Additional Tips ►read more


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Physical Address
4301-334th PL SE

Fall City, WA 98024

Mailing Address
PO Box 609
Fall City, WA 98024

Phone 425-222-5841
Fax 425-222-4566

Business Hours 8am - 5pm

King County Fire District 27 is located in Fall City, Washington, nestled in the Cascade foothills 24 miles east of Seattle. The Fire District serves a population of approximately 6,200 people in and surrounding the unincorporated rural town of Fall City. The Fire District service area is 22 square miles.

The area offers many recreational activities from river rafting, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and much more. Two river systems, the Snoqualmie and the Raging rivers cross through the District. Several lakes dot the landscape and the Snoqualmie Falls is a popular attraction that borders the Fire District. Fall City is comprised mostly of residential properties, agricultural farming and service business operations.

Map of the Fire District

District Finances

District's 2019 Budget Current

► District's 2019 Adopted Budget Summary

► District's 2019 Tax Levy Worksheet

The District's three-year audit was conducted in October of 2018. The following reports were published at the State Auditors' Office on November 5, 2018.

► 2015, 2016, 2017 Audited Financial Statements

2015, 2016, 2017 Audited Accountability Reports

Assessed Value / Levy Rate

The District's 2018 assessed valuation is  $1,313,244,287 against which taxes are levied for the year 2019 to support operations.

The District's regular tax levy for 2019 is $1,584,399. The regular tax levy rate is $1.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The District's Maintenance and Operations Levy was approved by the voters in November, 2016 and is for years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The Maintenance and Operations levy for 2019 is $475,000. The M&O tax levy rate is $0.36 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The District refinanced the 2001 GO Bonds and achieved an annual reduction in the bond payments of approximately $22,363 per year for a total savings of $201,266.

The GO Bond Levy for 2019 is $161,750. The GO Bond levy rate is $0.06 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.


The District is a combination department providing 24 hour service with eleven Career Firefighter-EMT's, twelve Volunteer Firefighter-EMT's, the Fire Chief and Administrative Assistant.

The District provides a variety of services including fire suppression, emergency medical service, technical and water rescue and public safety education.

The regionalized King County Medic One System provides advanced life services to the District.

► 2017 Annual Report

Fire District Retains its Class 4 Insurance Rating

The Fire District was recently evaluated in January, 2018 by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) as part of their Community Update Program. Residents and Property Owners will be pleased to know that the Fire District has retained its class 4 rating.

This rating applies to buildings that are within 1,000 feet of a hydrant with an adequate water supply, and the building is located within five miles from the fire station.

Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating.

This rating may have an impact on insurance premiums. The WSRB recommends that residents and property and business owners of Fire District 27 contact their insurance carriers to check for possible savings.