State assistance mobilized on Barstow blaze

BARSTOW – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the state Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in an effort to assist local firefighters working to contain the Renner Lake Fire.

State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources yesterday at the request of Joint Protection District - Ferry County Fire District 3 and Stevens County District 8.

The fire started at approximately 10:55 a.m. Tuesday.

The cause of the fire remains is under investigation.

As of press time early Thursday, the fire has grown to an estimated 280 acres and was threatening residences, crops, infrastructure, power lines, and U.S. Highway 395.

Officials said no homes have been lost, and Level 1 (lowest) evacuation orders remain in place.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have receive a request for wildland strike teams, engines, and brush trucks.

The state Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase III to coordinate state assistance for the fire along with multiple other fires. Personnel from the Office of the state Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, staffing is in place at the State Emergency Operations Center.

Under the State Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the fire. 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 that exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.


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