Firefighters Tyler Reid and Jessica Adams have returned safely to Port Angeles after spending one week working at the Jolly Mountain Fire.

Firefighters Tyler Reid and Jessica Adams have returned safely to Port Angeles after spending one week working at the Jolly Mountain Fire.

Two firefighters relieved from fire near Cle Elum by new personnel

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Fire District No. 2 has sent a new pair of firefighters to the Jolly Mountain Fire near Cle Elum, while District 3 firefighters remain at work on other wildfires.

Firefighters Tyler Reid and Jessica Adams were relieved Sept. 9 by firefighter/paramedic Ian Brueckner and firefighter/emergency medical technician Sean Charon, who took over operating the department’s wildland engine and working with other crews in fire suppression efforts the next day, Deputy Chief Jake Patterson said.

They are continuing where Reid and Adams left off by building and improving fire containment lines, protecting structures and mopping up any hot spots near the fire line, Patterson said.

Fire Chief Sam Phillips remains on the Jolly Mountain Fire as part of the management team, filling the role of safety officer and managing overall safety for the incident, Patterson said.

The fire, ignited Aug. 11 by lightning, had spread to 36,808 acres and was 40 percent contained by Sunday.

Also deployed from the North Olympic Peninsula as part of the state fire mobilization plan were three firefighters from Clallam County Fire District No. 3.

“Everyone is still deployed,” said Assistant Chief Dan Orr. “When we send folks out like that, it’s usually a 14-day deployment.”

But their deployments were all extended to 21 days, he said Sunday.

Capt. Brian Swanberg and firefighter/paramedic Joel Bower are deployed at the Chetco Bar Fire in southwest Oregon, the largest wildfire in the state, which as of Sunday had burned 189,562 acres in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness since it was started by lightning July 12. It was 43 percent contained.

Swanberg has been deployed since Sept. 4, and Bower has been deployed since Sept. 6.

Capt. Darrell Sharp has been deployed to the Uno Peak Fire, burning in the steep slopes of the east shore of Lake Chelan, since Aug. 30.

As of Sunday, the fire burning 15 miles northwest of Manson had charred 8,726 acres and was 20 percent contained.

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