DNR Firefighter Injured During Koffman Road Fire
June 29, 2021
On Sunday, June 27, a DNR firefighter was injured while fighting the Koffman Road Fire in Kittitas County. The firefighter was transported to receive medical care Sunday evening. The injuries are serious, but not life threatening, and the firefighter is in stable condition.
Out of respect for the privacy of the firefighter and their family, DNR is not releasing the identity of the firefighter.
“My prayers are with our firefighter and their family, and I wish them a full and speedy recovery,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “All of us owe an unpayable debt to the firefighters who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe.”
“As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, on the heels of a record-breaking heatwave, I am asking everyone to help keep our firefighters safe. Please avoid setting off dangerous fireworks and starting outdoor fires this weekend.”
The Koffman Road Fire started on June 27 and burned 425 acres of grass and brush. It was contained several hours later that day. Crews remain on scene mopping up.
The cause of the Koffman Road Fire is under investigation.
Led by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the Department of Natural Resources is Washington state's wildfire firefighting force, responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned lands. The men and women of DNR are committed to ensuring Washington's lands, waters and communities are protected – both today and for future generations.