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Thurston County, Washington – Brush Fire Sparks Near Homes

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Posted on June 20, 2019

Thurston County, Washington (June 19, 2019) – A brush fire which occurred on the area between the Interstate 5 north of the Grand Mound exit and Lawton Lane Southwest became a cause for alarm as it threatened several houses in the vicinity on Wednesday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured and no property loss has been reported in the incident.

The fire was first reported around 11 a.m. A response crew from West Thurston Fire arrived to handle the fire. At its peak, the fire was said to have spanned 3-4 acres, but was put out by firefighters before it could spread. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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. 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.