Harstine Island Fire

UPDATE — A wildfire on Harstine Island Road South, just south of the Harstine Bridge, has grown to 19 acres.

That report is as of 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, firefighting officials said.

State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Janet Pearce said the Harstine Island fire is 60 percent contained.

“Ground crews are still working on a full containment line, but air resources were extremely critical in slowing down the fire,” Pearce said.

Pearce said the wildfire is burning in heavy timber and fallen timber.

“Crews will mop up hot spots for the next few days,” Pearce said. “The cooler weather coming in is definitely a plus.”

Pearce said no homes are currently threatened.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

EARLIER STORY —————

As of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night a wildfire on Harstine Island Rd South, just south of the Harstine Bridge has grown to 15 acres, firefighting officials said.

Central Mason Fire and EMS Chief Tim McKern said the fire is 70 percent bulldozer lined and 20 percent contained. McKern said the fire is burning 10-acres in flat ground and 5-acres in trees.

“We have two fire engines and hand crews that will stay overnight,” McKern said.

McKern said the fire was burning mostly timber and fallen timber.

“There is no estimated timeframe for full containment, but crews will be mopping up for at least a few days,” McKern said.

EARLIER — Central Mason Fire and Department of Natural Resources firefighters were beating back a wildfire Tuesday night on E Harstine Island Rd South, just south of the Harstine Bridge.

As of 7:15 p.m. the fire was roughly 8-10 acres in size and 20 percent contained.

Central Mason Fire and EMS Chief Tim McKern said no evacuation orders were in place and that one structure was protected “We did a structural protection on one home, but no other structures are in danger.”

McKern said the fire was first reported just after 5:00 p.m. Two helicopters and hand crews are working on scene.

McKern said the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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