UPDATE as of 9:28 p.m. The fire has reached 150 acres, Chief Deputy Dean Byrd of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said. The American Red Cross Mt. Rainier chapter has opened a shelter for residents evacuating at:
Mason County PUD 3
2621 E. John’s Prairie Road
INITIAL POST: A brush fire northeast of Shelton has grown to 30 acres and is still spreading, according to Chief Deputy Dean Byrd of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
Firefighters asked residents of about 12 homes being threatened by Johns Creek to evacuate this evening. The fire has moved away from about 25 other homes threatened earlier near Rainbow Lake, Byrd said.
No homes have been burned, and no one has been injured in the fire, he said.
Resources have been shifted to keep the flames away from the new Mason County PUD building. The blaze is under a Bonneville Power Administration line, Byrd said.
Crews from Thurston County, Grays Harbor and the state Department of Natural Resources were helping Mason County fight the blaze, which started just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of East Mason Lake and East McEwan Prairie roads by Rainbow Lake.
About 40 firefighters were at the scene, and two helicopters were dropping water on the flames, Byrd said.
Crews expected to be fighting the blaze overnight.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
A statewide ban on outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands has been extended through Oct. 15.