State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Rattlesnake Hills Fire located in Yakima County. The fire is burning in grass and brush. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 6, 2017, at 9:15 am at the request of Chief Keith Shrank, Yakima County Fire District 4.
The fire started on July 5, 2017, at approximately 10:48 pm and the cause is currently under investigation. The Rattlesnake Hills Fire is estimated at 5,000 acres and growing. The fire is threatening homes, crops, and communications infrastructure. Level 1 evacuation notifications are in effect for approximately 30 homes.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 3 wild-land strike teams, air resources and a Type 3 Incident Management Team.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Spartan Fire. State Fire Marshal personnel are en route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources.
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.
sourced – John Wabel – Deputy State Fire Marshal – WSP/Fire Protection Bureau – Phone (360) 596-3919