(Updated 6:11 A.M. ) State Resources Helping To Fight Big Fire Near Prosser
A fire burning near Prosser is 80 percent contained this morning. Local and state firefighters worked overnight to contain the flames reported at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night. The fire was estimated at 2,500 acres, and was threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure in the area. But firefighters were able to contain the fire overnight. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A big fire is burning Near Prosser and State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of firefighters working to contain what's being called the Montecito Fire,. The Montecito Fire is burning in grass and brush.
The Montecito Fire started on June 27 at about 7:30 p.m. The fire is estimated at 2,500 acres, and is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure in the area. Level 2 evacuation orders are in effect at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Thursday morning at the request of Acting Fire Chief Todd Dormaier from West Benton Fire and Rescue.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 3 strike teams of fire engines. The fire will be managed by the Southeast Washington Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray is activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Montecito Fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are en route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources.