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 Reach Fire Complex
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Reach Fire Complex near the town of Chelan in Chelan County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 14, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the request of Chelan County Fire District #7.
The complex includes the Chelan Butte Fire, the Deer Mountain Fire, and the Antoine Fire. The fire started at approximately at 5:30 AM on August 14, 2015. This complex of fires, believed to be caused by lightning but is currently under investigation, was originally reported at 200+ acres and growing. There is a combined total of 250 homes threatened, and the fire has burned structures. The number of structures lost or damaged is unknown at this time. Level 1, 2, and 3 evacuation orders are in effect.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered six wildland strike teams and one structural strike team. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II to coordinate state assistance for the Reach Fire Complex. 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.