Powerline 2 Fire Update
Friday, October 5, 2012
Dave LaFave — Incident Commander
Information Contact Number: 509-660-0100
- Acres Burned: Estimated 200 plus
- Cause: Under Investigation
- Containment: 40%
- Total Personnel: 150 +/-
- Serious Injuries: None
- Engines: 35
- Water Tenders:
- Helicopers: 2 available
The ‘Powerline 2’ fire is 3 miles north of Shelton, Washington. It started mid-afternoon on Thursday, October 4. It is 200-plus acres in size, and burning in Scotch Broom and timber. Initial attack was made from local fire agencies that did a great job preventing loss of any of the many homes in the area. Several residences were evacuated, but all residents have returned to their homes. Agencies involved in the initial attack included all Mason, Thurston and Grays Harbor Fire Districts, state Department of Natural Resources, Bonneville Power, Green Diamond Resources, and Manke Timber Company.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #3 took over management of the fire today at noon, allowing local fire forces to return to their normal duties. State Mobilization was approved this morning allowing fire resources from Western Washington to come and assist. Thirty five engines were included in that group. Today the fire was moving into Johns Creek drainage, but did not grow significantly or prompt any evacuations. Crews hope to have a fireline around the fire by tonight. More resources are expected to arrive today and tonight. Two helicopters are available for use. Containment is at 40 percent. There is a public meeting scheduled for Saturday night at 7p.m. to be held at the Public Utility District (PUD) facility at 2621 E. Johns Prairie Road in Shelton. Attendees will be briefed on the fire status, and be given opportunity to ask questions. The Red Cross Shelter at the PUD closed this afternoon due to lack of use.
Today is the worst day weather wise with stiff Northeast winds, humidity in the teens, and temperatures near 70. Humidity is expected to increase significantly tonight, which will aid in suppression of the fire. Crews are working around the clock to contain the fire. Weather over the next few days is expected to be increasingly favorable with lower temps, higher humidity and less wind.