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Wildfire Season Arrives 7/26/2011
A wildfire driven by 25 mph winds was burning across mostly sagebrush in Lincoln County yesterday. No homes were threatened by the fire, which is near the Grant County line. The fire started at approximately 12:00 pm and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Washington State Patrol Deputy Chief David Karnitz authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 1:15 p.m. at the request of Lincoln County Fire District #3.

Mobilization specialists deployed five strike teams of brush engines and water tenders, a Type 3 Incident Management Team, and a Bureau of Land Management Aerial Supervision airplane 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 and personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources.

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.

The Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division, manages the state’s Emergency Operations Center located on Camp Murray, near Tacoma, Washington, in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington.

The state Emergency Operation Center (EOC) serves as the focal point for state responses to emergencies and disasters.

When an emergency occurs, numerous agencies at the local, state, and federal level must carry out many different functions swiftly and effectively. A proven way to maximize coordination and application of resources in an emergency is by centralizing response actions.

The state Emergency Operation Center (EOC) serves as the focal point for state responses to emergencies and disasters.