State crews called in to assist with Roosevelt fire

ROOSEVELT – Firefighting assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Hwy. 8 Fire located one mile north of Roosevelt in Klickitat County. The fire started at approximately 1 p.m. this past Tuesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“The fire is active, burning in some canyons north-northeast of Roosevelt,” public information officer Ron Fryer said this morning (Thursday). “It covers about 17,000 acres.”

According to Fryer, all evacuation warnings have been lifted in the Roosevelt area and the highway is open. There have been two evacuation warnings since Tuesday.

“Now that the wind has calmed down considerably, we hope to get a handle on the fire,” said Fryer. “We have crews hitting it hard today.”

Specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau ordered six wildland strike teams, two dozers and one aircraft to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray was activated to coordinate state assistance for the Hwy. 8 Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel are staffing the emergency operations center.


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