Port Townsend fire may have been sparked by kids with fireworks

Port Townsend fire may have been sparked by kids with fireworks

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Port Townsend fire may have been sparked by kids with fireworks

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KING 5 News

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 7:29 AM

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. -- Water-dropping helicopters will be out early Tuesday to battle a brush fire burning near Port Townsend.  Authorities think the fire may have been started by juveniles playing with fireworks.

The fire was sparked Monday afternoon in the 1200 block of Beckett Point Road and quickly grew, burning close to several homes along the water.

Residences were warned of possible evacuations; several residents evacuated their homes voluntarily.  No homes have been damaged.

About 30 acres have burned so far. Firefighters continued to battle the fire overnight; by early Tuesday, they said 40 percent of the fire was contained.

Firefighters say the biggest challenges right now are the steep terrain and dry, windy conditions.

The area is heavily wooded hillside with about 50 homes along the water.  The area has no fire hydrants, so firefighters have to bring in water by helicopter.

Resident Patty Sahlinger said the fire started in trees near her home along the beach around 2 p.m.

"There were some trees by the beachline, a little bit past the last home on the beach," she said. " It was just  kind of a small fire in the trees and the bushes. And it just started exloding from there because of the dryness and the conditions here." 

About 70 firefighters from various fire departments were called in to battle the blaze. Helicopters dropped water on the fire while ground crews dug up trenches along the hillside.

Authorities were investigating reports the fire may have been started by three juveniles playing with fireworks and using WD-40 as an accelerant.

 


 

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