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
http://www.wsp.wa.gov

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: July 20, 2015
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Scott Lancaster or Melissa Gannie
Phone: (253) 912-4932
E-mail: Melissa.Gannie@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wafiremarshal


Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Blue Creek 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 Blue Creek Fire ten miles east of Walla Walla. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 20, 2015, at 4:15 pm at the request of Walla Walla County Fire District #4.

The fire started today at approximately 12:27 pm, and the cause is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 750 acres; threating 50 homes and farm crops. No structures have been lost at this time. Level 1 and 3 evacuations have been ordered.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered three wildland and two structural strike teams, three hand crews, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team 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 Blue Creek Fire. Personnel from the State Fire Marshal's Office 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: 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.

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