Lynnwood Fire Department sends crew to Eastern Washington

Lynnwood Firefighters Yancey Murphy-Kangas, Jason Turner, Keith Sessions and Aaron Williams were deployed to Eastern Washington on Wednesday (Photos courtesy of Lynnwood Fire Department)
Lynnwood Firefighters Yancey Murphy-Kangas, Jason Turner, Keith Sessions and Aaron Williams were deployed to North Central Washington on Wednesday (Photos courtesy of Lynnwood Fire Department)

The Lynnwood Fire Department has sent a four-man crew and an engine to North Central Washington as part of the Snohomish County Strike Team.

The crew of Yancey Murphy-Kangas, Jason Turner, Keith Sessions and Aaron Williams are headed to Conconully, about 20 miles northwest of Omak. The crew is planning to be in the area a minimum of seven days and possibly up to 14 days.

Three firefighters were killed and four others were injured on Wednesday battling the Twisp River Fire.

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Twisp River Fire near the city of Twisp.

The cause of the Twisp River Fire is under investigation. The fire is more than 50 acres and is threatening 50 to 100 homes as well as the town of Twisp. No homes have been lost at this time. Evacuations are in effect.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have received a request for three structural task forces and three wildland task forces.

Personnel from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources. Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.

Lynnwood Firefighters get ready to leave for Eastern Washington on Wednesday.
Lynnwood Firefighters get ready to leave for North Central Washington on Wednesday.

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