State mobilizes for fire near Wells Dam

— State fire assistance has been mobilized for the Cold Springs Fire, which began Saturday morning north of Wells Dam on the Douglas County side of the Columbia River.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at the request of Douglas-Okanogan County Fire District No. 15.

Although the state is listing the fire as being near Brewster, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the blaze is north of Wells Dam and is south of Pateros.

The fire was reported at 10 a.m. Saturday, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said. Firefighters from Douglas, Okanogan and Chelan counties and Bridgeport responded.

It had grown to 500 acres by 4:30 p.m. The cause is under investigation.

“Winds are unpredictable,” Gjesdal said.

Fire crews have not been able to fight the blaze much because it is burning in an inaccessible river breaks area.

One home, homesteads and crops are threatened, but no evacuation orders have been established, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 24 engines, four water tenders, a bulldozer, a 20-person hand crew, two helicopters and a Type 3 Incident Management Team to supplement resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II to coordinate state assistance for the fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the Emergency Operations Center, the state said.


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