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Chelan, Washington – Brush Fire Damages Multiple Vehicles in Washington Creek Area, Displaces Occupants of RVs

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Posted on September 4, 2019

Chelan, Washington (September 2, 2019) – A brush fire broke out in the Washington Creek area on Monday, with multiple vehicles reported to have burned in the fire. According to the report, at least three RVs, eight automobiles and one tractor was claimed by the fire. One dog was also reported to have died in the fire, but no human injuries or fatalities was reported in the incident. Some occupants of the affected RVs were however displaced by the fire and is being assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire was reported around 2:30, with a request for a third alarm. Firefighting crews from Manson and Chelan responded to the scene. The fire claimed an area less than than ten acres. The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

About Fire

Washington counts as the 5th state most prone to wildfire from 2017 wildfire risk analysis, and ranks 8th in a 2018 study by number of fires that happened. The US Fire Administration has recorded 15 home fire fatalities this year within Washington, showing the destruction fire is capable of doing. Even within city areas, one must be wary of fires that can happen near residential areas.

If your home is near an area with risk of brush fire, there are few safety reminders to keep in mind. Homeowners are urged to complete their spring cleaning, and to create a defensible space around the home by clearing trees and brush. Additionally, the limbs of trees should be cut to at least 15 feet off the ground. Any object that send out fires should be handled with absolute care. Common objects such as lit matches and cigarette butts can also easily cause a fire within dry brush. Should fire be used in an outdoor space, one must assess the surroundings to make sure fire would not have a possibility to spread out. While the fire is burning, it is imperative that it must be attended to and ensure that the blaze does not go out of control. Finally, before leaving an area where fire was used, one must ensure that any fires must be extinguished completely. Preventing brush fires from happening is everyone’s responsibility, and careful use of fire can ensure the safety of not only one’s self, but hundreds of others.