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Fire mobilization called to the Cowiche fire

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COWICHE, Wash. -- State fire assistance has been mobilized to support local firefighters working to contain the Cowiche Mill Fire. State resources were mobilized Sunday afternoon.

The fire started just before 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon and has grown to about 10,000 acres. Approximately 150 residences are threatened with mandatory evacuations put into place. About 200 people have been evacuated. The cause is not yet known.

A release from the Washington State Patrol says:

"Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered six strike teams of wildland engines (30 engines, 7 water tenders), one strike team of structural engines (5 engines), a Type 3 Incident Management Team, two helicopters, and 2 air tankers with retardant to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Cowiche Mill Fire.  Personnel from the Fire Protection Bureau will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources and other personnel will staff the State EOC."