Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire in a rural part of Mason County burned at least eight structures and scorched more than 100 acres Friday evening.
Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said six of those structures were homes, adding that they had to evacuate several homes and a lot of cattle, horses, and other animals.
Spurling says the fire was moving so quickly Friday afternoon west of the town of Matlock that some farmers had to cut their fences to let their animals go.
On Saturday and Sunday, fire crews were able to take advantage of favorable weather to remove unburned fuel and extinguish hot spots along fire lines. Several interagency strike teams (engine crews with water tenders) and several state and federal hand crews were able to quickly secure the fire line. By Sunday evening the fire was 100% contained.
A transition to cooler temperatures Monday should reduce fire danger in the area. The burn ban ordered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is still in place. People should be extremely careful with any potential sources of fire ignition.
The Deckerville Fire started on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm. The fire burned an area north of the Deckerville Road approximately 3 miles west of Matlock in Mason County. The fire burned across Decker Creek and moved in the direction of Ford Rd. The total area burned is estimated to be about 150 acres. The fire burned 13 structures and five of those were residences.
The fire moved quickly Friday evening due to the hot temperatures, dry conditions, and wind. Two air tankers and three helicopters helped to slow the fire’s spread Friday evening. Cool, moist conditions at night kept overnight fire activity at a minimum.
Donations for community support are being coordinated by the Matlock Community Church the Matlock Grange. If you would like make donations, please call the Matlock Community Church at 360-426-3091 to see what items are needed.
Affected residents who need information or assistance with fire recovery should contact the Mason County Emergency Operations Center at 360-427-9670 extension 806.
Incident Commander Albert Kassel and the local Type 3 Incident Management Team would like to thank the local communities for their strong support of fire victims and firefighters. Management of the Deckerville Fire is a cooperative interagency response by the Department of Natural Resources, Mason County Fire Districts, other western Washington Fire Districts, the US Forest Service, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mason County Emergency Operations Center.
DNR said the fire was “running” but now is “crawling” it has slowed down for now.
— Mason County Sheriff (@MasonCoSheriff) August 1, 2015