Dozens of Pierce County firefighters have been helping fight wildfires in Eastern and Central Washington during the past week.
Twenty firefighters went to help from the Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, East Pierce, Orting Valley and Browns Point/Dash Point departments.
Nineteen more left Thursday from Central Pierce, Graham, Key Peninsula, Tacoma and DuPont, to help at the Okanogan Complex.
Officers from West Pierce, Orting Valley and Buckley Fire have also been deployed, as part of the Pierce County Type-3 Incident Management Team.
“We must balance the needs of the devastated areas with our ability to continue to protect property locally, so it is unlikely for Pierce County to provide any additional resources,” Pierce County fire resource coordinator and Key Peninsula Chief Guy Allen said in a statement late Saturday. “However, we will do our best to rotate crews to maintain the resources now in place in Chelan, Okanogan, Douglas and Stevens counties.”
“This fire season is unlike anything we have seen in our careers, and all indicators suggest that this will continue well into October,” Allen said.