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Wild Land Firefighter
PORT ANGELES - City firefighters extinguished a blaze in a converted garage space early Tuesday before it spread to a nearby home, Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc said.
The fire at 515 W. Sixth St. was reported by several callers at about 12:59 a.m., Dubuc said. Firefighters found flames in a 20-foot-by-40-foot section of a garage that had been converted into an apartment and storage shed. The fire was confined to the storage area and resulted in an estimated $20,000 in damage, Dubuc said. No one was home at the time of the fire. Four firefighters from the Port Angeles Fire Department knocked down the blaze in about 17 minutes. "They did a pretty impressive job with four people," Dubuc said. Three other firefighters arrived from their homes to provide backup. Crews kept the fire from spreading to a house that was about 30 feet away from the garage, Dubuc said.
Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc notified the district that the city wanted to modify an interlocal agreement that allowed for shared facilities and asked that the fire district vacate its offices.
The problem, said Dubuc, is that efforts to consolidate and blur the lines between the district and the department created other problems - namely, residents were not sure who served their communities. "It was confusing for volunteers, too," said Dubuc, as they were not sure to whom they answered. In the end, Dubuc feels the separation will be a "positive thing" for both departments and should allow the fire district to develop its own identity.
The cause of the blaze is unknown, said Port Angeles Fire Chief Ken Dubuc.
One of the difficulties in fighting the fire was that the house was of "balloon construction" design, typical of the era, Dubuc. The open construction allowed the interior of the home to burn completely, from the basement to the attic, without burning to the exterior of the building, Dubuc said. Fires in houses built by balloon construction are difficult to fight, as they burn where firefighters cannot safely reach, he said.
On August 30, 2012, Ken Dubuc was appointed as the new Chief of the Port Angeles Fire Department. Dubuc has been serving as interim chief as well as fire marshal. Chief Dubuc was born and raised in a small town in northern California. He started his fire service career in 1978 as a wild land firefighter with the United States Forest Service. He then became a resident firefighter while attending the University of California at Davis. After graduating from Davis, Chief Dubuc entered into the United States Navy and served as a naval officer for 12 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. After the Navy, Chief Dubuc 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, Washington, Fire Department. Chief Dubuc left Vancouver to become the chief / fire marshal in Port Angeles, where he has served for the last 11 years. Chief Dubuc has a bachelor's degree in natural resource sciences from the University of Davis and a master's degree in public administration from Washington State University. Ken and his wife Teresa have been married for over 21 years.
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.