Crews mop up John Belmont Fire
MICA, Wash. — UPDATE: (7/24): The fire is now 75 percent contained. One level 1 evacuation is still in place for the structure within the fire.
Morning update for the John Belmont fire.
118 firefighters assigned to the fire.
1 level 1 evacuation in place for the structure within the fire.
Firelines continued to be strengthened over night and mopup is progressing well this morning. pic.twitter.com/ZRWwmHg9rI
— Eric Keller DNR Public Information officer (@EricKel34608060) July 24, 2018
UPDATE: (7/23): The fire has burned a total of 101 acres, and remains at 65 percent contained.
Level 1 evacuations are in place from Linke to Jons road, North of Linke. Belmont road east of Linke is open to local traffic only. Jons road is closed to all public traffic.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and investigators are working to determine the cause.
A total of 101 firefighters are working to mop up the 101 acres burned by the John Belmont Fire.
Evacuations issued Saturday night have been downgraded — now, level 2 evacuations are only in place for those on Belmont Road.
Crews are building on 65 percent containment. The fire is 100 percent lined, said Lonnie Rash with Fire District 8.
Rash told KXLY4 the damage could’ve been a lot worse, if it weren’t for a fast and large response.
“We were lucky in the fact that regionally here, it was probably the largest fire that they had going,” Rash said. “They were able to dedicate resources as well as get air support on it.”
A type three team from the Department of Natural Resources was brought on Sunday. The team is made up of two 20-person hand crews, ten engines and a couple of dozers.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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