DNR says 10 wildfires started over the weekend

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 8:25 AM

The C-Line Fire near Little Rock is one of 10 wildfires started over the weekend. The Department of Natural Resources is asking people to be careful.

West Thurston Fire responded to the fire at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after someone called 911 and reported a fire at Capitol Peak. By daylight the fire had grown to 60 acres.

The Department of Natural Resources said the C-Line Fire was burning about eight miles northwest of Littlerock.

"It's pretty sad, especially this early in the year," said Walter McGrew, who lives a few miles away.

"If the wind shifts just right then the smoke comes down here, it's not good," he said.

West Thurston was working with Department of Natural Resources and crews from McLane/Black Lake to get the fire under control. 

Because of the steep terrain and steady wind with gusts it has been difficult to fight the fire. 

"They've had 2 near misses at this point with rolling debris coming down," said Lt. Lanette Dyer, a spokesperson for the West Thurston Fire Department.

Also, the fire is burning in area where people target practice. Live ammunition is burning, intensifying the fire.

Chief Scott from West Thurston has asked people to stay away from the area. Some recreation areas are closed.

Air traffic was being restricted to allow DNR to get in safely and deliver the water needed to help combat the fire. 

No homes or buildings are threatened.

"It's really suspicious in nature," said Lt. Dyer.

The fire was human-caused, but the source is still under investigation.

"This area is very well known for young people to go up and have some partying especially this time of the year when the weather is really nice," said Lt. Dyer.

DNR says even with very few warm days this spring, the landscape has already had a chance to dry out. It doesn’t take much for a wildfire to spread quickly, especially when dry winds blow 5, 10 or more mph.

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