UPDATE as of 8:55 p.m.: The blaze has been contained and no structures were damaged, fire spokeswoman Nanette Tatom said. Several crew members are on fire watch overnight. Other firefighters and a crew of inmates will return in the morning to ensure the area is safe, she added.
Firefighters responded to a reported brush fire on Fox Island on Tuesday morning. Upon arrival a 200 by 200 area was burning down a hillside. Steep terrain hampered firefighters ability to gain access to the 5-acre fire. The fire continued to spread down a hill to the southwest of Island Blvd, and to the southeast away from Issaquah Drive. In all, 12 fire units responded, including engines, tenders, brush rigs and medic units with 25 personnel to battle the blaze.. A strike team was called in and units from both Central Pierce and East Pierce fire departments.
Heavy machinery was requested to assist with the effort. A request has been placed to have inmates provide assistance for the remainder of the day to help contain and suppress the fire. The total area affected is now approximately 5 acres in size. No structures have been damaged by the blaze at the time of a press release from district spokesperson Nanette Tatom.
The cause of the fire is believed to have originated from a burn barrel that was used the previous evening. The homeowner believes the fire may have not been completely extinguished. The homeowner called 9-1-1 this morning to report the fire after sleeping overnight.
Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One reminds everyone to use extreme caution if you do any outdoor burning. Only small outdoor fires in established fire pits are allowed during this Stage 1 burn ban. Firefighters also want residents on Fox Island to be aware of of Poison Oak that is burning and breathing the smoke from this fire can allow the allergens to be inhaled causing lung irritation.