State crews sent in to help fight Bickleton-area wildfire

BICKLETON – Firefighters battling a raging blaze near Bickleton received some much needed help yesterday.

State assistance was mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Sand Ridge Fire in Klickitat County near Bickleton.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources Thursday morning at 7 a.m.

State officials reported yesterday afternoon that although the fire was threatening three homes, four outbuildings and numerous crops, no evacuation orders had been issued.

Fire Protection Bureau mo-

bilization specialists ordered in four wildland strike teams, a helicopter, a Type 3 incident management team, a 20-person hand crew, two bulldozers and additional water tenders to supplement the resources already on-scene.

Also, the State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray near Tacoma was activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Sand Ridge Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal were reportedly on scene yesterday providing resource coordination and administrative oversight.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau will coordinate the continued administrative over-

sight of resources and personnel for the duration of the wildfire incident.



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