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Email: k***@***.us
Local Address:  Washington , United States
City of Port Angeles
321 East Fifth St
Port Angeles , Washington 98362
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal
  • Fire Chief
    Port Angeles
  • Fire Chief
    Port Angeles High School
  • Captain
    Skywalker Ranch Fire Department
  • Wildland Firefighter
    National Forest Service

Education

  • University of California at Davis
  • Davis
  • master's degree , public administration
    Washington State University
  • bachelor's degree , natural resource sciences
    University of Davis
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Port Angeles Fire Chief ...
www.sequimgazette.com, 12 Aug 2015 [cached]
Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc will teach home gardeners how to make their landscapes more fire resistant from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the county commissioners meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.
This presentation is a part of the Green Thumb Garden Tips brown bag series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.
Dubuc will explain how home owners can plant and maintain vegetation to help increase fire resistance.
Dubuc said, "The current drought and weather conditions in the county are unprecedented.
"The fire danger also is unprecedented and folks really need to be aware of the things that they can do to help mitigate the risk of wildfire spread.
"A huge part of that is directly related to how people maintain their property."
Dubuc started his fire service career in 1978 as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. He became a resident firefighter while attending the University of California at Davis. He continued his fire service career as a captain at the Skywalker Ranch Fire Department in northern California.
He then accepted a position with the Vancouver Fire Department. He left Vancouver to become the assistant chief/fire marshal in Port Angeles, where he has been for the past 15 years.
He was appointed Port Angeles fire chief in May 2013.
The annual summer burn ban and ...
www.peninsuladailynews.com, 2 Sept 2015 [cached]
The annual summer burn ban and the total ban put in place during the record-dry summer are expected to remain in place until at least the end of October, when the seasonal burn ban traditionally ends, said Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc.
"The annual burn ban is set in stone," he said.
Bans become more confusing to residents if the ban is on and off according to the weather, and the National Weather Service has forecast a return to a sunny, dry pattern beginning Saturday, Dubuc said.
He said that although rain has fallen, there are still very dry areas under trees, and if the rain stops, the area could quickly return to tinder-dry conditions.
The total burn ban could be reconsidered midmonth if the rains continue and the forecast shows more rain coming, he said.
PORT ANGELES - Port Angeles ...
www.peninsuladailynews.com, 14 Aug 2015 [cached]
PORT ANGELES - Port Angeles residents have a false sense of security as the region moves into the most dangerous portion of the summer's unprecedented fire season, Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc said.
Residents aren't getting the message that a backyard campfire, a discarded cigarette or even just a car with a hot tailpipe parked in high grass can spark a fire in a historically dry summer season - and a wildfire can happen as easily in the city as in the woods, Dubuc said.
"We have a fire burning in a rainforest. That's incredible in a place that has one of the highest rainfall amounts in the country," he said, referring to the Paradise Fire, which had burned 2,425 acres in the Queets River valley as of Thursday morning.
Dubuc said the fire department is still fielding calls from residents who ask if they can have backyard fires and question the burn ban rules, and recently he discovered a pile of trash discarded on Little River Road and set on fire.
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"What is happening here is unprecedented," Dubuc said.
"It is difficult for people's minds to wrap around that things are different."
Urban wildfires
Living in Port Angeles' developed neighborhoods in the middle of the city is no guarantee of safety against wildfires, Dubuc said.
Dubuc was a young firefighter in Marin County, Calif., when the Oakland Hills Fire erupted in October 1991 and was one of thousands who fought the giant firestorm that burned more than 1,500 acres and 3,000 homes in the heavily developed city, killing 25 and injuring more than 150.
It could happen in Port Angeles, Dubuc said.
"In a lot of ways, it is not different," he said.
He said Port Angeles' situation isn't as extreme as the tinder-dry conditions that existed when the Oakland Hills Fire blazed through city blocks, but he warned that a devastating fire could happen.
The Great Forks Fire of 1951 burned 1,600 acres of timber and nearly consumed the city before it was stopped on the town's outskirts, and historic photos taken in 1896 show burn scars in town from a fire that scorched thousands of acres from Port Angeles into the Olympic Mountains.
Port Angeles' wildland-urban interface areas are expanding further from town, along wooded roads extending into the foothills.
"We have homes in places where we have not lived before," Dubuc said.
There are even wildland-urban interfaces in the middle of town, he said.
Heavily wooded valleys
Five heavily wooded valleys contain Tumwater Creek, Valley Creek and Peabody Creek, White Creek and Ennis Creek, and there are wooded lots behind Stevens Middle School and near Hamilton Elementary School in west Port Angeles.
Dubuc said a wildfire could start in any one of them and escape into the city, where many residents have large, drought-dry trees and dry grass, or a fire could begin on the southern edges of town, where the city meets forested lands managed by the state Department of Natural Resources and Olympic National Park.
The city was fortunate that an Aug. 4 fire that burned 2 acres in the Valley Creek drainage above Lauridsen Boulevard didn't burn a day earlier, when there were high winds that could have spread the fire quickly into the neighborhood west of Port Angeles High School, he said.
The fire began near the Verne Samuelson Trail at the bottom of the creek valley, but the exact source was not known.
Dubuc said there is no guarantee the winter rains will start "on schedule" this year, and the past few years have had extended fire seasons into October.
Cooler temperatures as the area heads into autumn is not an indication of a reduced fire danger, he said, adding that it will take at least several days to a week or more of heavy rain before the fire danger passes.
"It's not a normal weather pattern," he said.
The county burn ban is scheduled to end Oct. 1, but if conditions remain dry, the ban may be extended until the rains extinguish the risk.
People-caused
While lightning storms can cause fires, the majority of fires are human-caused, Dubuc said.
As temperatures drop, home wood-stove heating adds to the risk, he said.
Dubuc suggested several steps to reduce the chances of fires:
PORT ANGELES - Port Angeles ...
www.peninsuladailynews.com, 4 Aug 2015 [cached]
PORT ANGELES - Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc will teach home gardeners how to make their landscapes more fire-resistant at noon Thursday, Aug. 13.
...
Dubuc will explain how homeowners can plant and maintain vegetation to help increase fire resistance.
"The current drought and weather conditions in the county are unprecedented," Dubuc said.
"The fire danger is also unprecedented, and folks really need to be aware of the things that they can do to help mitigate the risk of wildfire spread.
"A huge part of that is directly related to how people maintain their property."
Dubuc started his fire service career in 1978 as a wildland firefighter with the National Forest Service.
He became a resident firefighter while attending the University of California at Davis.
He continued his fire service career as a captain at the Skywalker Ranch Fire Department in northern California and then accepted a position with the Vancouver, Wash., fire department.
He left Vancouver to become the assistant chief and fire marshal in Port Angeles, where he has been for the past 15 years.
He was appointed Port Angeles fire chief in May 2013.
Ken ...
www.peninsuladailynews.com [cached]
Ken Dubuc
Peninsula Daily News
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PORT ANGELES - Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc will teach home gardeners how to make their landscapes more fire-resistant at noon Thursday, Aug. 13.
...
Dubuc will explain how homeowners can plant and maintain vegetation to help increase fire resistance.
"The current drought and weather conditions in the county are unprecedented," Dubuc said.
"The fire danger is also unprecedented, and folks really need to be aware of the things that they can do to help mitigate the risk of wildfire spread.
"A huge part of that is directly related to how people maintain their property."
Dubuc started his fire service career in 1978 as a wildland firefighter with the National Forest Service.
He became a resident firefighter while attending the University of California at Davis.
He continued his fire service career as a captain at the Skywalker Ranch Fire Department in northern California and then accepted a position with the Vancouver, Wash., fire department.
He left Vancouver to become the assistant chief and fire marshal in Port Angeles, where he has been for the past 15 years.
He was appointed Port Angeles fire chief in May 2013.
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