State Fire Marshal's Office

State Fire Marshal Charles P. LeBlanc

Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: September 30, 2017
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
Phone: (360) 596-3928
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

State Fire Mobilization Authorized for Whitehall Road 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 Whitehall Road Fire, located approximately 10 miles southwest of Coulee City in Douglas County. The Whitehall Road Fire is burning in grass, brush and timber. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on September 30, 2017, at 3:45 pm at the request of Fire Chief Don Rushton, Douglas County Fire District 8.

The Whitehall Road Fire started on September 30, 2017. This fire is estimated at 15,000 acres, and is threatening homes, crops and rangeland. There are no evacuation orders in effect at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered five task forces, two dozers, and one hand crew. The fire will be managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray is activated to a Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Whitehall Road Fire. State Fire Marshal's Office personnel are en route the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources.

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



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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