Wildfire Sparked on Highway 18 | Covington, Washington

KING COUNTY, Wash. – At approximately 1602 hours PDT, Valley Com received an emergency call of a brush fire  in the area of  the 25000 block of 188th Avenue S.E. in Covington, Washington.

The first due engine reported rapid rate of spread and threatening a home.  They (1st due engine) immediately went into structure protection mode, while two other engines began putting water on the fire.

After a Chief arrived, he assumed Command and ordered additional fire resources. A tender supply was established on the closest hydrant located .5 mile away.

Due to poor visibility and the fire advancing towards the Highway, the Washington State Patrol shutdown the two westbound lanes for safety to drivers.

A Washington State DNR helicopter responded from Olympia, was able to find a nearby pond to dip from.  They began dropping water over the fire.

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Both photos were taken around 2130 hours on Sunday evening.  (Written permission has been granted by the Photographer.)

One Social Media user reported  two structures had been burned, but the official Fire presser states no homes or outbuildings were damaged.  Fire crews would remain on-scene throughout the night.

A dozer was on order so they could put a containment line around the fire.

The fire behavior was said to be at around 2250 hours PDT, smoldering with hotspots.

Incident Cooperators included personnel and equipment from the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA), Mountain View Fire & Rescue, Black Diamond and Puget Sound Fire.  Zone 3 Fire Explorers provided Firefighter REHAB services.

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The number of acres burned, containment status or cause was unknown at the time of this post.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

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