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***
Fire Mobilization Authorized For The Snake River 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 Snake River Fire located in Whitman and Garfield Counties near the Towns of Colton, Uniontown, Clarkston, and Pomeroy. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 2, 2016, at 6:30 pm at the request of Chief Jon Dahman, Whitman County Fire District 14 and Chief Kris Darby, Garfield County Fire District #1.
The fire started on August 2, 2016, and the cause is currently under investigation. The fire is an estimated 11,000 acres and growing. The fire is threatening range, pastures, crops, and structures. Evacuation orders have been issued for the threatened structures.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 10 wildland strike teams, four hand crews, and aircraft.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Snake River Fire. State Fire Marshal personnel are in route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel will be 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.