Brush Fire East Of Everett Highlights Severe Fire Danger

July 8, 2015

Everett, Everett Fire


Crews from eight different departments fought the blaze.


The fire burns below high tension power lines.

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A look at the smoke.

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Crews in yellow make their first approach to the fire.

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Crews leave the hoses and head out with hand tools.

“Hard to get to.” That’s how Snohomish County Fire District 1 Battalion Chief Jerry Sheehan described the issue that kept firefighters from eight Snohomish County Fire Departments busy for five hours Wednesday afternoon.

Around 5:00pm firefighters were called to the Eastmont neighborhood east of Everett for reports of smoke and ash floating through the air.

Arriving firefighters found a large brush fire burning below the power lines west of Eastview Avenue and Rim Drive. The fire was in a ravine to the west of several houses.

While firefighters hiked in with shovels, axes and chainsaws, brush trucks and wildland firefighters from all over Snohomish County were called in to help.

Crews from Everett Fire worked on protecting homes from burning ash and embers that were floating around homes on the east side of the fire line.

Dumping water from above wasn’t really an option with high tension power lines over the fire so crews had to battle with hand tools and then work with hoses to put out the blaze. The fire was about the size of half a football field.

Chief Sheehan said a fire investigator was on scene but the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Crews will stay in the area of the fire overnight to watch for flare ups. “It’s a good reminder,” said Sheehan. “It’s dry and getting drier.”


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