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: September 13, 2015
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie
Phone: (253) 912-4932
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Horsethief Butte 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 Horsethief Butte Fire located approximately three miles northeast of Dallesport in Klickitat County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on September 13, 2015, at 3:15 pm at the request of Chief Rhet Howard with the Klickitat County Fire District 6.

The fire started at approximately 12:20 pm on September 13, 2015. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The fire has grown to an estimated 2,000 acres and is threatening homes and infrastructure. No homes have been lost at this time. Level 2 evacuation orders are in place.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered a 10 wildland engines and 2 tenders 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 Horsethief Butte 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:

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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