Firefighters continue to put out hot spots at 500-acre Rochester blaze


Fire burns through T-JAC’s bark and soil store at the corner of Loganberry and 183rd Avenue in Grand Mound.


Two days later, firefighters in southwest Thurston County are continuing to extinguish hot spots after a 500-acre fire destroyed two families’ current homes, along with several vehicles and a business.

Firefighters were originally dispatched around 1:30 on Tuesday to Walky Ln and 183rd Avenue, just north of Grand Mound, for a report of a small brush fire. The blaze was unable to be contained and spread rapidly, then jumping the freeway where it burned two homes and a business.

Firefighters from six counties responded to assist – Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pierce, and King – along with the state Department of Natural Resources fire crews.

Power is out in the area and Puget Sound Energy is working to restore service, as is Centurylink and Comcast. Several utility poles and electrical wires burned.

Because of the severity of the overall fire that occurred, people will continue to see and smell smoke away from the extinguished areas of the fire. It is not uncommon to see smoke coming from hot spots during the current phase of firefighting efforts. The public is asked to call 9-1-1 only if flames are visible.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It is being speculated that it was caused by a resident cutting sheet metal near dry grass.

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