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Fire near I-5 at Grand Mound is contained, fire chief says

A fire on Interstate 5 southbound near Prairie Creek has blocked traffic in the right lane, as of 2:56 p.m. Thursday.
A fire on Interstate 5 southbound near Prairie Creek has blocked traffic in the right lane, as of 2:56 p.m. Thursday. WSDOT via Twitter

A fire that delayed traffic on southbound Interstate 5 at Grand Mound was declared contained about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, a fire chief said.

West Thurston Fire Chief Robert Scott said the fire burned about 10 acres of trees, brush and grass at milepost 90. The fire is under investigation, he said.

About six homes were protected from the fire, he said, but two West Thurston firefighters were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation and heat stress.

A section of Case Road was temporarily closed.

West Thurston, as well as other fire crews from Thurston, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties, were dispatched to the scene about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The state Department of Natural Resources also responded, including a helicopter which dropped water on the site 35 times, he said.

About 100 firefighters fought the blaze.

“This type of incident shows the importance of all of us working together,” Scott said.

During the blaze, smoke billowed over the freeway and caused the right, southbound lane to be blocked “until further notice,” the state Department of Transportation announced via social media.

The fire scene will eventually be turned over to DNR, he said.

Video courtesy of West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

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