The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi80° Mostly Sunny

Tonight

Lo56° Breezy

Wednesday

Hi77° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo52° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi79° Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo54° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi83° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo57° Clear

Saturday

Hi86° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo57° Clear

Sheriff fights fire

Send to Kindle
Print This
0819_loc_rogers

Okanogan County sheriff’s officials pulled double duty this week when they saved a home from the by Buffalo Lake Road Fire near Elmer City. The home belonged to the parents of Undersheriff Joe Somday.

Sheriff Frank Rogers and Sgt. Kevin Arnold were on duty and monitoring the fire’s progress from a spot along Peter Dan Road on Wednesday when the wind picked up and started pushing the flames toward houses. They knew that Somday’s parents’ home along Highway 155 was in that area, so they went to see if they were OK.

“The fire was moving so fast it got there (to Mike and Maria Somday’s house) before we did,” Rogers said.

The flames were about 30 feet from the house when Rogers and Arnold picked up garden hoses and began sprayed down the shrubs and trees in their yard. They were able to hold the fire back until a fire truck arrived.

“The firefighers were still trying to get their trucks in there and they had called for an air drop on the house,” Rogers said. “We got Joe’s parents in their car and told them to drive to Elmer City. We told them we’d save their house for them.”

Rogers added, “Godalmighty, it was intense. The fire was just going from one house to the next. I have to give a lot of credit to the firefighters. They saved every one of those houses.” Rogers said Arnold singed the hair on his knuckles. “We were so close to the fire,” he added.

A camera crew for KREM television in Spokane captured footage of the officers in action.

Rogers said his officers were called in similar fire duty in 2003, when fire burned up a hillside above Okanogan County and burned homes.

All comments are moderated before appearing. For more information, please read the approval guidelines. Questions? See our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy.

Comments Help

A few important points:

  • You must have a Disqus account to comment (your Wenatchee World login and Disqus login are completely separate)
  • You must provide your first and last name
  • Your comment must be civil

For more information see our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy