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Brush fire near Black Diamond under control | Mountain View Fire & Rescue

Black Diamond brush fire, Aug. 13 - Courtesy photo
Black Diamond brush fire, Aug. 13
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Mountain View Fire & Rescue responded to a 3 to 5 acre brush fire at 4:20 p.m. AUg. 13 near Black Diamond.

The fire was in a wooded area approximately 100 yards off the road in an area with downed trees and brush. The fire is still under investigation but the investigator believes that this fire started a few days ago. The fire is in deep duff and is difficult to completely extinguish.

Firefighters had a difficult time locating the actual fire because there were no trails or roads to the location. Once the crews located the main fire they hauled hoses deep into the woods to spray water and had wildland firefighters work with tools to get the fire under control. J. R. Hayes & Sons Trucking & Excavating out of Maple Valley brought a dozer to help create a fire line around the perimeter of the fire. This helped contain the fire to the area already burned and allowed us to reduce the number of personnel on scene overnight.

We had a crew stay overnight and other crews come in this morning to reinforce the line, put out hot spots, and put equipment back in service in the daylight. We will check on this fire periodically over the next few days since the fire is deep in the duff.

The fire district thanked J. R. Hayes & Sons Trucking & Excavating out of Maple Valley, Maple Valley Fire, The Soup Ladies, South Puget Regional Handteam (part of Mountain View Fire & Rescue), and King County Sheriff’s Office for help on this fire.

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