Grays Harbor Fire District 5 was dispatched at 7:12 PM on Sunday July 8th for a smoke investigation of black smoke that was seen from the 300 block of Bush creek RD, believed to be somewhere over on the Cloquallum / Powers Creek RD area.
A fire engine crew went through the area unable to locate anything, however, on return, they were able to see smoke in the brush and trees up a long driveway. The On-duty fire Captain walked up the steep driveway and located a structure that had apparently been on fire for some time and that the fire had spread to the nearby brush.
Fire District 5 along with Elma Fire, Fire District 12 and McCleary Fire were then requested for a confirmed residential structure fire, along with brush and wildland fire.
The fire presented a large challenge to put out as the structure had been burning for an unknown amount of time and was hot, to the ground. Brush in the surrounding area had caught fire and there was a very steep, narrow and long driveway with very little room at the top for more than a few large fire apparatuses.
A water drop tank was established so that the water tenders could unload their water, and then leave the location to allow for another water tender to bring more water to the site.
Washington State DNR was requested to assist in attending to the hot spots in the wildland portion of the property.
Deputies from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control as the Cloquallum Rd had to be closed at this location due to the amount of department equipment blocking the roadway and no access to place them on the property of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. An investigator from Fire District 5, and the Sheriffs Department will visit the scene Monday.