State fire assistance authorized for fire burning north of Crow Butte Park

September 11, 2013 

— State fire assistance has been mobilized for a fire burning about 8 miles south of Mabton.

About 150 firefighters and volunteers are staged at Crow Butte Park in Benton County. The park, which is south of the fire, is serving as the command center for the Dead Canyon Fire.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 11 p.m. Tuesday at the request of Klickitat Fire District 10.

The 3,600-acre fire started at 4 p.m. Tuesday from an unknown cause. There are about 20 homes threatened by the fire with no evacuations in place, according to a release from the deputy state fire marshal. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered resources to supplement the resources already fighting the fire. Four wildland engine strike teams, four water tenders and one helicopter have been ordered. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene providing resource coordination and administrative oversight, with other personnel staffing the state EOC.

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