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Centennial Weekend proves busy for Clallam firefighters

Clallam County District 3 firefighters quell a brush fire near U.S. Highway 101.  - Photo courtesy of Clallam County Fire District 3
Clallam County District 3 firefighters quell a brush fire near U.S. Highway 101.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Clallam County Fire District 3

The weekend designated as Clallam County Fire District 3’s 100th anniversary proved to be a busy one for firefighters. After hosting firefighters and visitors from around the Pacific Northwest during a celebration at the James Center for the Performing Arts, the district fought two structure fires, three brush fires and provided medical aid to 30 individuals calling 9-1-1 over the weekend.

The first structure fire was at 121 Beach Drive in Diamond Point at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The lone occupant called 9-1-1 to report that his two-story home was on fire. The first arriving fire engine reported fire rolling out of the front windows of the home. A quick and aggressive attack had the fire under control in less than 45 minutes. There were no injuries reported and the home was heavily damage by the flames, smoke and water.

The occupant of the home will be staying with family members in the area. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the value of the loss has not yet been determined. Approximately 16 firefighters and 10 pieces of fire equipment were on scene.

The second structure fire was at 413 Dungeness Meadows, Sequim, and was reported at 8 a.m. Sunday by the occupants of the home in front of a storage shed that was on fire. The first arriving fire units found that a metal storage shed was fully involved with fire. Again, aggressive firefighting had the fire contained in less than 15 minutes. Damage was contained to the shed and the occupants of the home will not be displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the value of the loss has not yet been determined.

No injuries were reported and three pieces of fire equipment and six firefighters were on scene.

155 Ashton Way near East Sequim Bay was the scene of an 11 a.m. brush and grass fire. High daily temperatures and low fuel moistures contributed to the speed that a 2-acre brush and grass fire developed. A malfunctioning riding lawn mower sparked the fire that burned through the 4-foot tall grass into brush surrounding several homes. Firefighters arrived to find light winds pushing the fire in several directions and positioned themselves to protect the homes in the area. The fire was brought under control within an hour. Firefighters from District 3 and the Department of Natural Resources spent the next two hours extinguishing the fire and putting out hot spots. The lawnmower was destroyed in the fire. Twelve firefighters and six pieces of fire equipment were on scene.

No injuries or property damage was reported.

Reported at the same time firefighters were battling the Sequim Bay brush fire, a brush fire was reported in the 1300 block of Holland Road at 11:22 a.m.. The 3 foot by 3 foot fire was quickly extinguished by bystanders and two firefighters. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Two hours after leaving the East Sequim Bay brush fire, firefighters responded at 4:15 p.m. to U.S. Highway 101 in the area east of Old Olympic Highway for another brush fire. This fire was sparked by improperly disposed of smoking materials and involved an area approximately 30 feet by 75 feet in the brush and grass along the highway. The fire reduced visibility along the highway to less than 5 feet at times. The fire was controlled and extinguished by three firefighters and one piece of fire equipment. The Washington State Patrol controlled traffic to one lane in the westbound direction.

No injuries or property damage were reported.

The state has also implemented a burn ban.

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