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Local fire agencies responding to Taylor Bridge Fire

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm with No Comments »
August 14, 2012 2:22 pm

Pierce County has sent 15 fire personnel to assist crews battling the Taylor Bridge Fire east of Cle Elum that has burned about 60 homes and at least 24,000 acres.

The Pierce County Strike Team arrived at the blaze Monday and will stay until they are no longer needed.

At least two firefighters and one brush rig were sent from East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Browns Point Fire Department, Riverside Fire & Rescue, Key Peninsula Fire Department and Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, said Riverside Chief Andy McAfee.

Gig Harbor also sent a water tender.

Adding to the count is East Pierce Assistant Chief John McDonald, who was called to be on the incident command team, and a strike team leader and strike team leader-in-training.

The firefighters on the county’s strike team have a special certification for fighting wildland fires.

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