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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, August 26, 2017
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Meghan Porter, Public Information Officer, (360)490-0562, or email at porterm@co.thurston.wa.us

Fire Suppression Efforts Continue at Scatter Creek Fire & Prather Rd Fire – Day 5


OLYMPIA - Today, fire crews continue their work to extinguish the Scatter Creek and Prather road fires. Active fire still exists in the northern area of the Scatter Creek fire and suppression continues on this fire. The Prather Road fire was contained & extinguished yesterday and will continued to be mopped up today.

It is likely that fire crews will be working for at least 10 more days to completely extinguish all of the fire in both areas. For the rest of the summer, crews will be monitoring the fire areas for any possible lingering fire.

Today at 06:00am the State Mobilization resources left the fire and the Department of Natural Resources will be commanding and managing the fires. In addition, the Command Post for the fires moved from Rochester High School to the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority fire station on Sargent Road. Because the Command Post moved to Sargent Road, the public is asked to use extra caution when driving in the area. Additional activity and noise around the fire station will occur. Fire administrators ask for the public’s patience and understanding during these activities. They would also like to remind the public that the station was designed and built to support the type incident that is being managed there today.

Upon their departure, the Northwest Incident Management Team 3 would like to publicly thank Rochester School District 401 for the use of Rochester High School as the site for their Command Post. Specifically, Superintendent Kim Fry and Principal Matt Ishler were instrumental in providing the facility and support to the team.

There have been some inquiries regarding the process for donations. All donation inquiries should be directed to the Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center.

Please remember that 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 and this will likely continue for several weeks. The public is asked to call 9-1-1 only if flames are visible.

Again, drivers are asked to continue to use extra caution as they encounter firefighters on the roadways. Their safety and that of the public remains the number one priority for everyone.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings

District 1

Gary Edwards

District 2

Bud Blake

District 3