Interface fire disrupts morning commute – Everett Post

[Monroe, WA] – This morning at 5:48 a.m. SRFR was dispatched near Old Owen Rd and Main St to report an orange glow with embers in a wooded area. Engine 31 arrived and could see the fire developing a quarter mile east on the south side of the tracks. As crews made their way to the fire on foot, they estimated the fire to be about 30 feet by 30 feet in the grass, brush and trees adjacent to a campsite. The fire was upgraded to a Fire Wildland Interface (FWI) so Battalion 31 could get more resources to the scene. The fire was consuming outdoor cooking space and spreading.

The fire began to move into the tree canopy and DNR crews working the Bolt Creek fire were watching for calls and sent two Type 3 DNR engines to assist. B31 has asked the BNSF to shut down rail service until the fire is out. E32 was assigned to the North Division on SR2 and for the safety of the working fire crews, WSP and Monroe PD closed SR2 for just over an hour. SCFD4 assisted and E41 took the southern division.

Crews had to pull hoses from SR2 over the train tracks to where the fire was. The fire was quickly extinguished and a cold/wet streak was placed around the entire fire as well as the canopy dipping for hot spots. By the time the DNR teams arrived, the fire was under control and SRFR did not need their help. The crews finished around 7:30 a.m.

Although it is the end of September, the fire danger is very high. FOLLOW no-burn regulations. Urban interface fires pose real dangers to communities. That’s why it’s so important to have a defensible space around your home and always have an exit plan.

Defensive space is the buffer zone you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wilderness area that surrounds it. Keep green vegetation free of combustibles against structures.