The Enumclaw Fire Department was one of nine departments to send aid to a brush fire in Bonney Lake last week.
According to Bonney Lake’s East Pierce Fire and Rescue, the fire — which was located just past the state Route 410/Veterans Memorial Drive intersection, on the downhill trek to Sumner — was reported around 2 p.m. on Aug. 5.
EPFR firefighters first reported an 80-foot by 200-foot brush fire, but it eventually grew to consume about two or three acres, though no homes, structures, or people were under threat.
The westbound lanes of the highway were closed, however, from Meyers Road.
Part of the difficulty in putting this fire out was that the burning hill was extremely steep, but it was brought under control about two hours later, though crews continued to mop up hot spots after 4 p.m. Falling debris kept the highway closed for at least another hour afterward.
The Enumclaw Fire Department, other departments that were part of the regional Strike Team that brought aid to EPFR were Orting Valley Fire, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Brown’s Point Fire Department, Graham Fire and Rescue, Gig Harbor Fire, and the Tacoma Fire Department. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources also send two 20-person hand crews to aid EFPR and the Strike Team, meaning more than 50 first responders were at the scene.
According to an EFPR incident report, the cause of the brush fire is currently unknown.