State help sent to Benton County fire

State fire assistance was mobilized Saturday to support local firefighters working to contain the Locust Grove Fire, located in Benton County, near Kennewick. 

The Locust Grove Fire is burning in wheat, grass, and brush. 

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the request of Chief Lonnie Click, Benton County Fire District 1.

Locust Grove Fire started at 11:58 a.m. Click reported. It was estimated at 500 acres and growing.  It was threatening homes, uncut wheat, power lines, and roadways.  Level 1 evacuations were in effect.  The fire cause is under investigation.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered five wildland strike teams, one hand crew, and two helicopters.  The fire will be managed by a Type 3 Incident Command Team.

The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray is activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the fire.  State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are en route to 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. 


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