OLYMPIA - Work to extinguish the Scatter Creek fire continues around the clock. Active fire still exists in the northern area of the fire and a significant number of firefighters and equipment are continuing their working to extinguish the fire.
It is likely that fire crews will be working for at least 10 more days to completely extinguish all of the fire area. For the rest of the summer the fire area will be monitored for any possible lingering fire. Yesterday, fire crews were able to finish extinguishing and overhauling all of the structures that were involved in the fire. Because the fire involved buildings and commercial equipment, the Department of Ecology (DOE) was asked to come in to evaluate the possibility of hazardous material run off. DOE reviewed the entire fire area and determined the incident was free of any hazardous material run off issues.
The fire burned and damaged multiple utility poles and hardware. Utility crews have been working continuously to repair and restore services in the affect areas. At the end of yesterday all service were restored.
On August 22, a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) air dropped fire retardant to control the rapidly growing fire. The retardant drop was effective and prevented the fire from growing any larger. The use of the VLAT and associated fire retardant in western Washington is extremely rare. Since the air drop, there have been a number of inquiries regarding the fire retardant. Yesterday, specific information regarding fire retardant was directly distributed to the affected residents and that information can be found using the following link: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire/wfcs/documents/cleanup.pdf
Today will begin the transition of resources from State Mobilization back to Regional and Local resources. This means command and firefighting resources from the State Mobilization will leave and the Department of Natural Resources -South Puget Sound Region and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority resources will manage and continue to extinguish the fire.
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.
Finally, 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.