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***
August 08, 2016
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
Phone: (253) 912-4932
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Palouse Falls 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 Palouse Falls Fire located in Franklin County near the town of Washtucna, WA. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 7, 2016, at 9:00 pm at the request of Chief Bob Gear, Franklin County Fire District #2.
The fire started on August 7, 2016. The cause of the fire is lighting. The fire has grown to an estimated 25,000 acres and is threatening homes, crops, farms, a fish hatchery, State Route 26, and other infrastructure. No homes have been lost at this time and no evacuations are in effect.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered four wildland strike teams.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Palouse Falls 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.