Roosevelt Fire Continues To Burn

Roosevelt Fire Continues To Burn

State Fire Services have now been mobilized in the Hwy 8 Fire located 1 mile north of Roosevelt in Klickitat County.

PRESS RELEASE: State Fire Marshal, Washington State Patrol
State fire 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 1 mile north of Roosevelt in Klickitat County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 4, 2015, at 1915 pm at the request of Klickitat County Fire District 9.

The fire started at approximately 13:07 pm on August 4, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 10,000 acres and is threatening 350 homes. Level 3 evacuation orders are in place for the threatened residences.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered six wildland strike teams, 2 Dozers and one aircraft to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Hwy 8 Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff 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.

PRESS RELEASE: Klickitat County Emergency Management

At approximately 1:00 PM on Tuesday August 4, 2015 a fast moving grass fire was reported in the area of Hwy 14 & Old Hwy 8 in southeast Klickitat County. The fire quickly grew spreading east towards the town of Roosevelt. As of 9:00 AM the fire had burned between mile marker 127 and 140 on both sides of Hwy 14.

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office has reduced evacuations to level 1 for the Roosevelt area. Residents should be aware that there is still active fire in the area and be prepared for another possible evacuation. Structure engines are still present to provide structure protection in case of flare ups. Some outbuildings and vehicles were destroyed however no homes have been lost at this time.

We are asking the public to avoid the area and use alternate travel routes for Hwy 14 east and westbound. Hwy 14 is closed from milepost 102, the lower US 97 Junction to milepost 167 near Paterson and SR 221 until further notice.

Southeast Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team working in unified command with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took over incident command around midnight and deployed additional resources to secure fire lines around the town of Roosevelt.

Fire units are continuing to establish fire lines at the head of the fire and are ordering additional resources. The fire is 0% contained and has burned an estimated 10,000 acres however is burning away from the town at this time. High winds are a concern. Currently fire resources include six State Mobilization Strike Teams and one BLM Task Force. Incident Command is ordering additional crews, strike teams as well as bulldozers for continued fire suppression efforts.

The Red Cross is set up at the Bickleton School to provide information and services.

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