Update 3 – October 22, 2022
2125: The 8 Road Fire is still burning off of Scott Turner Road in Pierce County, Washington. About 134 acres of grass, shrubs, and timber understory have been consumed. There is an unknown containment status. Fire command was transferred from the Western WA Type 3 IMT on Friday, October 21, 2022, at 0700 hours back to the local WA DNR unit. WA DNR IC: Rich Wallmow as of 10/21/2022 0905 hours PT.
Resources: CALDWELL MELTON MOHLER PATTON SCOTT SHAFTO are still assigned to this incident, according to the wildCAD site.
Sources: 8 Road Fire Facebook Page, wildCAD.
Photo Credit: Western WA Type 3 IMT, Firefighters stand back safely while watching aircraft drop water over the fire.
UPDATE 2 – OCTOBER 20, 2022, 1240 PT
Today, the fire has burned 158 acres and is 50% contained. The cause is still listed as “undetermined”.
The fire is located about four miles east of Eatonville.
There is 122 total personnel engaged in this fire incident with 1 piece of heavy equipment, 3 crews, 10 engines, and 2 water tenders. Incident management is being led by Incident Commander Charley Burns.
Fire behavior has increased yesterday, according to the WA DNR Fire agency and the fire is now slowly creeping toward the Beaver Creek drainage. Firefighters have been challenged by steep and rugged terrain. Planned activities include mop-up operations, securing containment lines, preparing fire for monitoring and patrol, as well as hauling back equipment.
There are about 100 homes that have been impacted by local evacuations and are still in effect.
Published Sunday, October 16, 2022, 1040 hours PT
The 8 ROAD FIRE is located in the 19600 block of Scott Turner Road East in Eatonville and at the junction of 8 Road and 86 Road in Elbe Hills (Pierce County), Washington State, which ignited on Saturday, October 15, 2022.
WA DNR resources E8141 Patton Pedersen were dispatched on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 1619 hours PT, and the fire was listed as five acres of grass/shrubs and timber understory.
Local Fire Departments included PFCD#23, Graham Fire & Rescue, South Pierce Fire and Rescue, and other agencies were first dispatched to the initial fire and would later become Unified Command with WA DNR fire officials.
Over an hour after WA DNR fire resources after they were dispatched, the fire had burned five additional acres to bring the total to ten.
At 0130 hours PT, most of the county fire crews were released earlier this morning leaving one chief and one tender remaining on the scene along with WA DNR firefighters who are now the lead fire agency. They are now completely in command of the fire.
Units had been pulled from the fireline due to an increased wind fire behavior earlier this AM but have since re-engaged later in the morning.
About 40 acres have been burned and rooted in heavy timber.
No structures are threatened at this time and no evacuations are in effect.
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