Brush Fire in Poulsbo

8/17/09
For Immediate Release:
Outdoor debris fire quickly spreads to brush fire

(Poulsbo, Kitsap County) Poulsbo Fire Department responded to a 100 foot by 100 foot brush fire near a heavily wooded area on Sherman Hill. A few trees and a large pile of 8 foot cedar fence posts, located on the edge of the wooded area, had just ignited. The 62 year old female resident said, “I was just burning a small pile of debris when a light wind came up. Next thing I know, the fire is swirling around and spreading really fast.” The woman and her 60 year old male friend ran to fill buckets of water in an attempt to extinguish the fire but soon realized it was out of control and called 911. Battalion Chief Chris Morrison said, “This highlights the importance of calling 911 early. With these dry conditions, the outcome could have been much worse.”

Fire officials remind the public that there is a county-wide burn ban due to the dry conditions. Even with the small amount of recent precipitation, the incident clearly illustrates that the local vegetation is tinder-dry and subject to dangerous wildland fires. Fire officials urge the public to exercise caution with all potential ignition sources. Discarded cigarettes and even hot mufflers can spark the dry vegetation and cause a dangerous wildland fire.

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