Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Stokes Road Fire

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Stokes Road Fire

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Stokes Road Fire, in Okanogan County, near Twisp, WA.  Washington State Patrol Deputy Chief Curt Hattell authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 15, 2014, at 6:30 pm at the request of Okanogan County Fire District 6.

25 residences and an unknown number of outbuildings threatened by the fire.  Level 3 evacuation orders in place for some areas near the fire.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered six strike teams (30 engines and 6 water tenders) to assist resources already on scene. A Department of Natural Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the incident. A type 2 incident management team has been ordered for the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Stokes Road Fire.  Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm

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Bill Slosson

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal

Professional Development & Response

Preparedness Division

WSP – Fire Protection Bureau

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