Local Firefighters Fighting Eastern Washington Fire

A Fire District 4 firefighter conducting an inventory check prior to mobilization
A Fire District 4 firefighter conducting an inventory check prior to mobilization

Firefighters from Mason County are in Chelan County helping fight the Colockum Tarps Fire. According to the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association, three brush engines and personnel from Fire District’s 2, 4 and 12 are on the front lines as of Monday afternoon. At last report, the Colockum Tarps Fire is burning south of the town of Malaga west of the Columbia River. It started on Saturday July 27 at about 8:00 a.m. and grew quickly, burning dry grass, brush and timber, fueled by erratic dry winds. The blaze is 5% contained and has burned nearly 43,00 acres, three primary residences and several outbuildings. Roads to the fire area (from both Kittitas and Chelan Counties) are closed. While providing for public and firefighter safety, resource protection is focused on structures, three power transmission lines, a natural gas pipeline, two wind farms, timber, cultural resources particularly along the Columbia River, water quality, wildlife habitat and the Natural Area Preserve.