State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Sunland Fire located near George in Grant County.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on May 29, 2016, at 5:30 pm at the request of Chief Don Fortier, Grant County Fire District 3.
The fire started at approximately 3:00 pm on May 29, 2016. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 600 acres and is threatening 20 residences, crops, and grasslands. Level 1 evacuation orders are in place for a small area near Sunland Road.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered four wildland strike teams and one helicopter to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase III to coordinate state assistance for the Sunland Fire. When State Fire Marshal personnel become available they will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel are already 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.
May 29, 2016 – Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie – (360) 596-3917