Fire Mobilization authorized for the Weissenfels Ridge Fire

ASOTIN, WA - State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Weissenfels Ridge Fire located five miles south of Asotin, in Asotin County.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 8:00 p.m., August 2, 2012, at the request of Blue Mountain Fire District # 1.

The fire started on August 2, 2012 at approximately 12:30 p.m. and is burning in grass, wheat, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and scrub. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire has grown to an estimated size between 800 and 1,000 acres. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered two strike teams of Wildland engines with water tenders, a helicopter for August 3, 2012, and a Type 4 Incident Management Team to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Weissenfels Ridge Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobeplan/emobplan.htm