DNR Helicopters, Firefighters Knock Down South Thurston County Brush Fire Before It Threatens Structures 


West Thurston Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott told The Chronicle Thursday afternoon that a brush fire in Grand Mound had been halted by around 3:15 p.m. after a swift response by firefighters and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helicopters. 

The fire, which was located south of 183rd Avenue Southwest in Grand Mound, was reported as a 15-by-15-foot blaze along the roadside just after 2 p.m., Scott said. 

“I saw the thermal column and we responded out here,” Scott told The Chronicle as DNR helicopters flew overhead Thursday.  

Subsequent 911 callers reported the fire quickly spread through a field, ultimately growing to about 9 acres.

Firefighters quickly got a handle on the blaze, though. Scott said if it had spread for another five minutes it would have threatened about 25 structures. 

“We’re confident the lines are going to hold while we put out some hot spots within the control lines,” Scott said. 

There were no evacuations due to the fire. 

Firefighters from several Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor departments responded to the blaze, along with at least one citizen.  

“We had a property owner offer their dozer to put in control lines, so we took them up on their offer,” Scott said.