Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Monument 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 Monument Fire near the city of Quincy. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 1, 2015, at 2:07 a.m. at the request of Grant County Fire District 3.
The fire started at approximately 11:00 pm on June 30, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 2,100 acres. Three 20 homes and standing agricultural crops are threatened. Level 3 evacuations are in place for those 20 homes and a Red Cross shelter has been established at Quincy Jr. High School.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 20 engines and a Type 3 Incident Commander to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II to coordinate state assistance for the Monument Fire and other fires in the state. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.
A media briefing will be held at 9:00 a.m. at Fire Station 31, 1201 Central Avenue South in Quincy. The media contact is Kyle Foreman, Public Information Officer for the Grant County Sheriff's Office, (509) 760-3713.
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 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.