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***

Date: July 5, 2015
Contact: Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson, Washington State Patrol
Phone: (360) 507-6095
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Gilmore Gulch 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 Gilmore Gulch Fire located 6 miles northeast of the city of Anatone in Asotin County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 5, 2015, at 4:15 pm at the request of Blue Mountain Fire District 1.

The fire started at approximately 12:15 pm on July 5, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 2,500 acres and is threatening ranch homes and standing crops. Level 1 evacuation orders are in place for the threatened residences.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered two wildland strike teams and four aircraft 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 Gilmore Gulch Fire. 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.

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:

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.


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