July 30, 2010
Authorized for the Rainbow Bridge Fire
State fire assistance has been mobilized to support local
firefighters working to contain the Rainbow Bridge Fire near Stehekin, in Chelan County. Washington State Patrol
Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 30, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at
the request of Chelan County Fire District # 10.
The fire started at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday July
29th, the cause of the fire is unknown. The fire has grown to an estimated 1,200 acres. There are approximately
100 residences threatened by the fire with advisory evacuations put into place.
specialists from the Office of the State Fire Marshal have ordered one strike teams of wildland engines (5
engines) to supplement the resources already fighting the fire from the Department of Natural Resources and
National Park Service.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been
activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Rainbow Bridge 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
Under the mobilization plan, the Fire Protection Bureau will be coordinating the
initial dispatch of firefighters, engines, water tenders, and helicopters. The State Fire Services Mobilization
Plan is implemented to provide personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when wildfires
exceed the firefighting capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services
Mobilization Plan is available at: http://wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobeplan/emobplan.htm