YFD News

Dumpster Fire Damages N. 5th Avenue Building

The estimated dollar loss is $100,000 following a structure fire early this morning, Tuesday, April 6th, involving a commercial building in the 100 block of North 5th Avenue.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters evacuated an occupant who was sleeping in a second floor apartment of the building. There were no injuries.

YFD was called to the scene at 12:28 am this morning after a dumpster fire in the area was reported. » Read more

Homicide Investigation – Union Gap Police Dept. News Release

The Union Gap Police Department provided the following news release on Thursday, April 1st, regarding the structure fire on Sunday, March 28th –


The Union Gap Police Dept. previously issued this news release Monday night, March 29th, about the fire – Fire Investigation – Union Gap Police Dept. News Release | Yakima Fire Department

The Yakima Fire Dept. » Read more

S. 16th Ave. Fire Displaces Six People, Injures One

Six people are being assisted by the Red Cross today, Wednesday, March 31st, after a fire in the 800 block of South 16th Avenue displaced them. All occupants of the two-story home were able to escape, with one person requiring medical treatment for burns.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were called to the scene at 2:34 pm today. » Read more

A Message from the Chief

It is my honor to serve the nearly 100,000 residents and visitors of the City of Yakima as their Fire Chief. I am proud to lead the men and women of the Yakima Fire Department who have pledged to risk their safety for your well-being.

Our department’s mission is:

We will provide all-risk emergency and non-emergency services to our community.

We are committed to serving with courage and compassion as stewards of the public trust.

We shall leave a positive and genuine impact on all who call upon us.

I am committed to using my over 27 years of fire service experience, my bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University, and the knowledge gained from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in Emittsburg , Maryland in the ongoing development of our department. I plan to not only meet, but to exceed, the expectations of the people of Yakima.

Our fire stations are closed to visits from the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click https://yakimafire.com/covid-19/ to see the other precautions we are taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Feel free to further explore our website or call if you have any questions. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


Aaron Markham