Capitol Forest fire grows to 60 acres

rboone@theolympian.comMay 6, 2013 

A fire that started early Sunday in Capitol Forest about eight miles northwest of Littlerock had grown from 40 to 60 acres later in the day, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR said that about 80 people, several engines and one helicopter were fighting the fire, which was being pushed east by winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour. Some recreation areas near the C-line and C-4000 roads were closed.

The fire, which still was under investigation, was burning on state trust lands that contain logging slash and 20-year-old trees.

Also in Thurston County, about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, DNR spokeswoman Karen Ripley said fire crews and a helicopter responded to a 9-acre fire in Tenino. A helicopter was used because the fire posed a threat to a barn in the area, she said.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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