YFD News

YFD Extinguishes Wildland Fire on Greenway

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were on scene for about an hour this morning, Thursday, in response to a wildland fire on the Yakima Greenway.

Crews were called to an area north of the McGuire Community Playground at 12:29 am Thursday. They found a fire spreading fast in heavy timber, with flames extending 50 to 80 feet in the air. » Read more

YFD Responds to Two Fires at North 4th Street House

A structure fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages to a house in the 600 block of North 4th Street last night, Wednesday.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were called to the scene at 8:10 pm Wednesday. They found a fire involving the exterior of a garage on the alley side of the structure between 3rd and 4th Streets. » Read more

S. 1st Street Fire Damages Estimated at $500,000

A structure fire on South 1st Street caused an estimated $500,000 in damages last night, Thursday.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were called to the 1600 block of South 1st Street at 6:46 pm last night, where they found the fire fully involved and extending into two other buildings.

No injuries were reported.

The building where the fire began is considered a total loss. » 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.

With City of Yakima facilities re-opening on June 1st, we are currently evaluating protocols for the possible resumption of public visits to YFD fire stations.

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


Aaron Markham