Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Date: August 06, 2014
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie, Washington State Patrol
Phone: (253) 912-4932
Fire Mobilization Update for the
Snag Canyon Fire
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Snag Canyon Fire, Kittitas County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources August 5, 2014, at 10:30 pm at the request of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue.
The fire started at approximately 5:50 pm on August 2, 2014, caused by lightening. There are approximately 200 homes that have been evaluated. The fire is threatening homes and power grid infrastructure.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau ordered four wildland task forces (consisting of 5 wildland engines and one water tender along with personnel) additional resources to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray continues to be activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Snag Canyon Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene providing resource coordination and administrative oversight, with other personnel 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: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal 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.