East County Fire & Rescue Lend a Hand at Regional Wildfires around Washington

September 17, 2012

Cascade Creek Fire near Troutdale, Washington (photo Inciweb.org)
















FROM A PRESS RELEASE BY RICK & PAULA KNAPP – PIO’S, EAST COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE—This year Washington and Oregon are experiencing one of the driest and hottest late summers on record.

These extreme conditions have  caused an explosion of wildfires, especially in Washington, many being caused by dry lightning strikes.

Taylor Bridge Fire (photo inciweb.org)

Along with numerous other State Fire Districts, East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) currently has 7 of its personnel assigned to two of the seven major wildfires burning in Washington State.

Within the past month, ECFR has provided support and personnel at the Highway 141 Fire (in White Salmon), Taylor Bridge Fire, Cascade Creek Fire (both near Trout Lake), Barker Canyon Complex Fire (near Grand Coulee) and the most recent incident, the Yakama Complex Fire (near Cle Elum).  ECFR has provided 2 utility vehicles, 1 Squad, and 1 Incident Command Plans Trailer to support the regional events with both Firefighters and Logistical Command Management.

Cascade Fire hand crew line (photo inciweb.org)













Some of ECFR’s deployed teams have been moved from one fire to another without a pause, and most have been gone from home at least 2 weeks. High temperatures are slowing fire containment, as well as high winds and steep, inaccessible terrain.

Along with ECFR personnel, the Camas-Washougal Fire Department has several individuals mobilized as well.

With local resources stretched, East County Fire and Rescue would like to remind people of the current total burn ban in Clark County.  On Thursday September 13, the Clark County Fire Marshal issued the following statement:  “Because of continued hot temperatures, dry conditions and the forecast for high winds throughout southwest Washington, Clark County is asking residents not to have recreational fires until further notice.”

Barker Canyon fire preparation to meet the advancing fire (photo inciweb.org)

ECFR extends their appreciation to all the Firefighters for their hard work and dedication as they keep our State and its citizens safe while protecting our precious natural resources.

Additional information and updated status of Washington State Wildland fires can be found on the following link:  www.inciweb.org/state/49/