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 Old Lady Creek 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 Old Lady Creek Fire located in Klickitat County, eight miles west of Roosevelt. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on September 12, 2016, at 7:45 pm at the request of Chief Earl Snyder, Klickitat County Fire District 9.
The fires started on September 10, 2016, and the cause is currently under investigation. The Old Lady Creek Fire is estimated at 3,000 acres and growing, and threatening crops, infrastructure, timber, and approximately 30 homes.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered five wildland task forces, two 20-person hand crews, and a Type 3 incident management team.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray remains activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Old Lady Creek Fire.State Fire Marshal personnel are enroute to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and at 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.