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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Contact:
Meghan Porter, Public Information Officer, (360)490-0562, or email at porterm@co.thurston.wa.us

Fire Suppression Effort Continue at Scatter Creek Brush Fire


OLYMPIA - For the third consecutive day, firefighters continue to work around the clock to extinguish the Scatter Creek fire that started on the afternoon of August 22, 2017.  Yesterday, authorities lifted the evacuation requirements for the residential area around the fire. Even though the evacuation order was lifted, the public should remain cautious when entering the fire area because multiple hazardous conditions remain. 

Active fire exists on the north end of the fire area with a significant number of firefighters and equipment working.  Multiple utility crews are working to restore services along 183rd Avenue. Drivers are asked to use extra caution as they encounter firefighters and utility crew on the roadways.

By the end of the day yesterday, firefighters were able to extinguish all of the fire that was in and around residential structures within the fire area. Because of the severity of the overall fire that occurred, people will continue to see and smell smoke away from the extinguished areas of the fire. It is not uncommon to see smoke coming from hot spots during the current phase of firefighting efforts. The public is asked to call 9-1-1 only if flames are visible. Responding to smoke odors diverts firefighters from responding to true emergencies. In the coming days, firefighters will continue to work until all fires and smoke are extinguished.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. However, the investigation is active and on-going.

Current property loss from the fire is as follows:

​2- Occupied Houses
​1 - Historical Cabin
​1 - Historical Barn
​2- Out Buildings
​2- Personal Vehicles
​1 - Commercial Building
​4- Front Loaders
​1- Excavator
​1- Tub Grinder
​3- Semi Trailers
​2- Commercial Vehicles
​Multiple Utility Poles

For the most up to date road closures visit: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/2015/RoadStatusMap.aspx 

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings

District 1

Gary Edwards

District 2

Bud Blake

District 3