State Fire Marshal's Office
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
July 31, 2016
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal John Wabel
Phone: (253) 912-4932
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the North Touchet 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 North Touchet Fire located near the Town of Dayton, WA. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 30, 2016, at 10:45 pm at the request of Chief Rick Turner, Columbia County Fire District 3.
The fire started at approximately 4:41 pm on July 30, 2016. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 700 acres and is threatening 125 residences, timber and crops. Twenty-fire residences are under Level 3 evacuations, and 100 residences are under Level 1 evacuation order.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 6 wildland strike teams to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the North Touchet Fire. State Fire Marshal personnel are on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel are 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.