State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Nisqually Joh Fire, located in Whitman County, 12 miles northeast of the Town of Clarkston. The Nisqually John Fire is burning in light brush and grass.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 4, 2018, at 3:00 pm at the request of Fire Chief Jon Dahmen Whitman County Fire District 14.
The Nisqually John Fire started on July 4, 2018, at 12:08 pm. This fire is estimated at 40 acres, and is threatening pasture, crops, electrical infrastructure, homes and outbuildings. No evacuation orders are anticipated at this time. The fire cause is under investigation.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered air resources.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray is activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Nisqually John Fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are monitoring the fire remotely and will coordinate any additional resource needs.
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: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/draft-all-risk-mobilization/.