Clallam District 2 firefighters put out brush fire

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A land-owner on Hoare Road will be held liable for fire-suppression costs after a brush-fire burned about a half-acre of his property and came within 400 feet of a neighbor's home on Tuesday afternoon, said Clallam County District 2 Fire Chief Sam Phillips.

The brush fire in the Black Diamond area, which was reported to firefighters at about 2:54 p.m. was from a controlled burn done two days ago that had re-ignited, Phillips said.

It had spread in two directions — to within 200 feet of grazing livestock and to within 400 feet of a neighboring house.

The wind was blowing the fire toward the house, Phillips said.

The residents of the home “were quite anxious,” he said.

Firefighters got the blaze under control by about 4:45 p.m. State Department of Natural Resources firefighters were asked to help at first; later that call was canceled.

DNR will check the site again on Wednesday morning to ensure it is fully extinguished Phillips said.

Phillips, who declined to identify the property owner, said the man had finished the controlled burn, which was to clear land for construction, two days ago — before a county wide burn ban came into effect on Tuesday.

He had returned several times to push earth over the burn, the last time on Tuesday morning.

But heat and wind roused the flames again.

Once aware of the fire, the land-owner helped put it out, Phillips said.

Despite his efforts, he neglected to get a burn permit, he said.

“Permits are always required for land-clearing,” Phillips said.

“Sometimes people don't understand when a permit is required,” he added.

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