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 Upper Skagit Complex 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 Upper Skagit Complex located north of the community of Newhalem in Whatcom County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 24, 2015 at 15:30 pm at the request of Assistant Chief Hagen with the City of Seattle Fire Department.
The fire started at approximately 12:00 am on August 10, 2015. The cause of the fire is lighting. The fire has grown to an estimated 4000 acres and is threatening 25 residences, 50 other industrial buildings, and one large Power House. Level 3 evacuation orders are in place for the threatened residences.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered an Inter Urban Task Force to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase III to coordinate state assistance for the Upper Skagit Complex Fire. When State Fire Marshal personnel become available they will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel are already staffing 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.