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West Thurston Fire Department battles Capitol Forest Fire

By KIRO 7 News Staff,


The West Thurston Fire Department learned that a fire had started in the Capitol State Forest near Olympia on Saturday evening.

Officials said that when first responders arrived in the area of Capitol Peak, they could see a rapidly moving forest fire.

The flames have burned about 25 acres and have begun dumping smoke from the peak. The fire is not contained.

Officials said that no buildings are currently in danger and that three aircraft crews have been deployed to fight the blaze.

The Department of Natural Resources PIO said they are hitting it hard and progression is slow but they are feeling good about it.

McLane Fire units are also assisting the West Thurston Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

UPDATE: 5:00pm - there has been limited to no growth of the fire since this morning. DNR has management of the fire with...

Posted by West Thurston Fire on Sunday, September 17, 2023
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