State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Lower Crab Creek Fire located in Grant County near the Towns of Beverly and Smyrna, WA. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 6, 2016, at 12:15 pm at the request of Chief David Patterson, Grant County Fire District 8 and Chief Eric Linn, Grant County Fire District 10.
The fire started on the evening of August 5, 2016, and the cause is currently under investigation. The fire is an estimated 5,000 acres and is growing. The fire is threatening the Towns of Beverly and Smyrna as well as crops. Level 2 evacuations are in effect
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered four wildland task forces.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Lower Crab Creek Fire. State Fire Marshal personnel are in route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel will be staffing the State EOC.
Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.