Image courtesy the Washington State Department of Transportation

Image courtesy the Washington State Department of Transportation

SR 410 east of Enumclaw remains closed | Sept. 12 update

The Fish Fire is now 25 percent contained, and remains at 150 acres.

Sept. 12 update:

According to Thomas Kyle-Milward of the Department of Natural Resources, the Fish Fire is now 25 percent contained and has burned about 150 acres.

Additionally, the fire has been targeted by DNR strike teams to be aggressively extinguished in order to free up resources for larger fires in the Pacific Northwest.

Sept. 11 update: (the following is information from the Department of Natural Resources, posted Sept. 10)

After using GPS around the perimeter, DNR has estimated the FishFire has burned 120 acres. East winds have calmed, bringing more westerly flow in late this afternoon. The fire is 10 percent contained.

Sept. 10 update: (the following is information from the Enumclaw Fire Department’s Facebook page, posted Sept. 8, and the Washington State Department of Transportation, posted Sept. 10)

The Fish Fire, as it’s being called, will keep SR 410 closed through the weekend and into next week due to downed trees and power lines in the road, according to the Washington DOT.

The fire is now being managed by the Department of Natural Resources, and the Enumclaw Fire Department is no longer on site.

According to DNR, more than 150 acres of forest has burned as of Sept. 9.

“Ground and air resources are on scene,” DHR posted on their Twitter, which is how the department will continue to update residents. “They’re hopeful the contingency road that is around the whole fire will aid in containment.”

Sept 9 update: (the following is information from the Enumclaw Fire Department’s Facebook page, posted Sept. 8)

Firefighters from Enumclaw, Greenwater Fire Department, Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, Buckley Fire Department, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the US Forest Service are on scene of an approximately 10-15 acre wildfire on Highway 410 at mile marker 32, just past [Mud Mountain Road on SR 410]. The fire was called in at 5:20 a.m. on Sept. 8, 2020.

When firefighters arrived they found a fire spreading up the steep timbered slopes on the North side of the highway and a slow moving fire on the south side. Currently fire attack on the south side of the highway has proven to be successful. The north portion of the fire is being assessed by a DNR helicopter. Additional hand crews and heavy equipment have been requested through DNR and are arriving now.

There are no threats to any homes in the area and the distance to any structures would allow ample time for any evacuation orders if that was necessary. If there were evacuations people would be contacted through the reverse 911 system, social media, media partners, and on the ground resources. Given the fire’s distance from structures and homes there would be ample time to make those notifications.

Original article (Sept. 8):

A large brush fire east of Enumclaw has closed state Route 410 at the Mud Mountain Dam Recreation Area entrance, near milepost 30.

The highway was closed around 8:30 a.m., workers on the scene said.

According to the Enumclaw Fire Department:

“Large brush fire east of Enumclaw on HWY 410 at MP 32. Fire is currently 6-10 acres and growing. WSP has closed the HWY. Fire is wind driven in steep terrain. Personnel from Greenwater Fire, City of Buckley Fire and Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority are on scene.

WA DNR is on scene. Air assets have been order and will be used to help extinguish the fire.

We understand the concerns of our Citizens. There are no threats to homes. There is no imminent evacuation. If there is a need to evacuate well will make sure that is communicated in a timely manner.”

There is no expected reopening time for the highway.

Another brush fire as the highway closed in Bonney Lake, with neighborhoods being evacuated, according to Patch.

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