Leahy fire gets state assistance

Updated 1:23 p.m.


State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Leahy Junction Fire (14 miles south east of Bridgeport), in Douglas County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM at the request of Douglas County Fire District 3.

Douglas County District Three 3 Fire Chief Dale Rinker advised crews are fighting the lightning 
strike fire that started around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Local agencies responded to the second alarm 
fire that is burning in heavy sage and native grasses.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the fire blew up, officials said, and a third alarm was toned
around 2 p.m. 

Crews from Douglas County Fire Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5; Chelan County Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and crews from Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Electric City, Bridgeport, Brewster, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation responded to assist.  One Douglas County road grader was approved and sent to the area to cut fire lines. Grant County officials said Fire Districts 3, 5 and 13 have also responded, as well as the Ephrata fire department.

Fire fighters were dealing with fire being fanned by 15-mile-an-hour winds early in the day.
Chief Rinker estimates the fire has grown to 2,000 acres. No structures have
been lost, but Level Two evacuations notices were issued by the Douglas County sheriff. No
injuries have been reported.
The state mobilization will bring an additional eight strike teams from throughout the state to assist the local departments.
A Type Three Incident Management Team from the Southwest Region has arrived to assist with
the fire. Objectives for the day are to keep the fire north of Road 20, East of Road P and help
with containment lines.


About Scott Hunter

Editor of The Star newspaper in Grand Coulee, observer of life, history, patterns in things that matter.
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