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State fire assistance mobilized for Easterday Fire

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BENTON COUNTY, WA - State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Easterday Fire, located approximately 16 miles south of Kennewick in Benton County. 

The Easterday Fire is burning in grass and brush. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 22, 2018, at 4:45 p.m. at the request of Fire Chief Lonnie Click, Benton County Fire District 1.

The Easterday Fire started on June 22, 2018, at approximately 7:45 a.m. This fire is estimated at 750 acres, and is threatening crops and railroad in the area.  No evacuation orders are in effect at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered air resources.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray is activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Easterday Fire. 

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at:  http://www.wsp.wa.gov/draft-all-risk-mobilization/.

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