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UPDATE: Key Peninsula Brush Fire Expands to 12 Acres

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in the near Highway 302 and 132nd Street Kp N on Key Peninsula. Officials said the wind is their biggest concern today.

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.

As of Thursday afternoon, the brush fire has expanded to 12 acres, Key Peninsula Fire Department’s Administrative Manager Christina Bosch said. 

Key Peninsula firefighters have been working to contain the fire throughout the day, and the DNR Strike Team was called back to assist with the fire.

No injuries or damages to homes have been reported.

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

Firefighters continue to battle the active brush fire that started Wednesday afternoon near Highway 302 and 132nd Street Kp N.

According to Key Peninsula Fire Department’s Administrative Manager Christina Bosch, the brush fire is now estimated to be about 10 acres in size.

Crews, including Key Peninsula Fire, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One and the Department of Natural Resources Strike Team, worked overnight to put out the fire.

Bosch said inmates from a minimum-security prison are also assisting the firefighters today. 

She said crews are currently working on putting out hot spots that are flaring up in the area. She said fighting the wind is their biggest concern today.

While Bosch said the firefighters are very tired, there has not been any injuries or damages to the homes.

At one point in the night, there was a fire that started 50 feet from a home, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish it.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, about 60 firefighters were on the scene. This morning, about 30 are still fighting the brush fire. The DNR Strike Team was released as of 3 a.m. Thursday. Crews are expected to be working throughout the weekend, Bosch said.

Here are some tips from the American Red Cross on how to prepare, what to do during and how to recover for residents around the wildfire.

Original Post, Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.

The Key Peninsula Fire Department is currently working to put out an active brush fire.

The fire is located in the 18000 block of 132nd Avenue, and firefighters are struggling to access the area due to the terrain, said Key Peninsula Fire Department’s Administrative Manager Christina Bosch.

The fire is about five-acre in size, according to KING.

Bosch said the brush fire is threatening some homes in the area, but no evacuation has been issued as of 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday. She said the fire started around 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Bosch said residents in the area should keep a watchful eye on their property and leave the area if they need to.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is also responding to the fire, and the Department of Natural Resources Strike Team, which specializes in wild fires, is ready to assist as well, Bosch said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

Akiko Oda October 04, 2012 at 05:17 AM
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