July 30, 2013
The Colockum Tarps Fire burning south of Malaga west of the Columbia River has doubled in size over the last couple days. It is now over 42,000 acres, or about 66 square miles. Containment level is still around 5 percent. The fire started on Saturday July 27 at about 8:00 a.m. and grew quickly, burning dry grass, brush and timber and fueled by erratic dry winds.
Containmaint is strong on the north end of the fire, said Public Information Officer with the fire, Karen Ripley. Ripley said short staffing on the southern end of the fire has allowed the fire to move fast in that direction. With the areas of Tarpiscan and Colockum Road now protected, crews will be shifted down to the southern part of the fire to work on building lines. However, two dozen engines and four hand crews will continue to secure the north end to ensure that the fire is fully extinguished around structures.