THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON
Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire broke out around 1558 hours this afternoon (8/22/2017) in the area 183rd Avenue SW and Guava Street SW in Ground Mound (Thurston County), Washington named the Scatter Creek Fire. We are also hearing some media outlets are calling it the Ground Mound Fire. For formalities purposes, we are using the same name as WA DNR is using.
Size Up | The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was initially moving in a SE direction. Evacuations were being made from houses SE from Sargent Road SW and Wakly Lane SW to Nutmeg Street SW. Around 1652 hours PDT, the fire had grown to 200 acres and still had a high rate of spread. State Fire Mobe had been approved.
About 100 homes had been evacuated with residents being in a local shelter located at the LDS Church at 18501 Paulson Street SW, just off of Highway 12 in Rochester. (this was as of 1630 hours).
All Evacuation orders had been lifted shortly after, but the Sheriff’s Office asked all evacuees not to return to their homes until an all clear was sent out to them.
As of 1918 hours, a statement given by the TCSO in how the fire started near the 183rd Avenue SW between Guava Street and Case Road. One business at 183rd Street and Loganberry Street has burned along with six additional structures being lost (four primary homes and two barns).
Resources | DNR stated that the fire was initially 30 acres about the start of the fire. There were 3 helicopters, 7 engines and 1 air tanker on-scene.
(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/22/2017 @ 2000 hours PDT