Unattended Campfire Suspected as Cause of Mima Mounds Area Fire


West Thurston Fire Authority firefighters responded to a blaze in the Mima Mounds area on Saturday night. 

The fire appears to have been caused by an unattended campfire, according to firefighters who responded.

According to a news release from West Thurston Union Firefighters on Facebook, firefighters responded to the blaze at about 8:35 p.m.

“The initial arriving unit in the area advised flames and smoke were visible in Capitol Forest,” the release stated. 

Units were able to locate the fire off of the D Line and found a 3-acre, wind-driven fire that had moved into slash piles and a clear cut.

“Due to the topography and winds, access was difficult,” the union stated. 

Firefighters from stations at Albany Street and Littlerock were able to extinguish spot fires and contain the blaze at around 20 acres. 

Personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources arrived at the scene around 11 p.m. to relieve crews on scene for night watch. 

Due to the location and severity of the blaze, the Grand Mound West Thurston Fire Authority was left to cover the remainder of the authority’s 158-square-mile response zone, according to the release.