Brush fire thought to have started from slash burn near Quilcene

QUILCENE — Firefighters fought a quarter-acre brush fire on the Dabob Peninsula east of Quilcene on Sunday morning.

The fire started on private property on McDonald Road and appeared to be a slash burn that had started in the past couple of days, said Larry Karp, chief of Jefferson County Fire District No. 2.

He said a neighbor called in the fire at about 11:15 a.m. Sunday and when firefighters arrived the landowner was not there.

He said firefighters from fire districts 1, 3 and 4 and firefighters from the state Department of Natural Resources were on scene for about 2.5 hours. DNR firefighters remained on scene for overhaul, he said.

The fire started in a flat clear-cut area, but spread to a nearby slope adjacent to Dabob Bay, he said, making it difficult to put the fire out.

“That’s probably why it took us a bit longer to get it under control,” he said.

Karp said no structures were threatened by the fire. It was the second brush fire the fire district has responded to within the past week.

“We want to remind people that when they have a burn they have to make sure it’s out when they are done with it,” he said. “We just need to be careful.”

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected] dailynews.com.

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