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
Coulee Hite 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 Coulee Hite Fire located 6 miles west of Spokane, near the city of Airway Heights, in Spokane County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 8, 2015 at 19:30 pm at the request of Spokane County Fire District 10.
The fire started at approximately 16:30 pm on August 8, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 270 acres and with 80 structures threatened and no evacuations in place.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered five Type 6 Strike Teams to supplement the resources already fighting the fire. The public information officer on scene is Guy Gifford at (509) 596-3926.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II to coordinate state assistance for the Coulee Hite 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: 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.