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
http://www.wsp.wa.gov

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: October 6, 2017
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Amy Thornton
Phone: (360) 596-3916
E-mail: Amy.Thornton@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wafiremarshal


State Fire Mobilization Authorized for Teanaway 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 Teanaway River Fire, located four miles north of Cle Elum in Kittitas County. The Teanaway River Fire is burning in grass and trees. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on October 6, 2017, at 3:30 pm at the request of Deputy Chief Ray Risdon, Kittitas County Fire District 7.

The Teanaway River Fire started on October 6, 2017. This fire is estimated at 250 acres, and is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure. Level 3 evacuation orders are in effect at this time. The fire cause is under investigation.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered two strike teams. 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 Teanaway River 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 at: www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.

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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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