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: August 01, 2015
Contact: Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Dan Johnson, Washington State Patrol
Phone: (360) 789-1129
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Sunrise 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 Sunrise Fire 3 miles south of Puyallup, in Pierce County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 1, 2015, at 15:30 pm at the request of Fire Chief Jim Pierce of Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.

The fire started at approximately 12:00 pm on August 1, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 30 acres and is threatening homes. Level 1 and 2 evacuation orders are now in effect.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered Aviation resources only. Aviation resources are used to supplement local 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 Sunrise Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will not be on scene since this is an aviation resource only. Staffing at EOC is already in place.

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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