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UPDATE: Cause of Fox Island Brush Fire Still Undetermined

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One responded to a brush fire that originated on a Fox Island beach and ran uphill toward the high bank waterfront homes Tuesday night.

The fire area on the hillside. Credit: Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One
The fire area on the hillside. Credit: Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the brush fire that threatened homes near the southeast corner of Fox Island.

On Tuesday, July 23, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One responded to reports of a brush fire around 8:30 p.m.

The 1-2 acre fire originated on the beach and ran uphill toward the high bank waterfront homes.  

Gig Harbor units and the Fire Boat Endeavor were able to knock down and contain the fire, according to Battalion Chief, Todd D. Meyer. Early notification of 911 and the lack of wind were also helpful, he added.

Gig Harbor units returned to the area on Wednesday. Firefighters met with property owners, mopped up the scene and installed sprinklers. Meyer said the fire department will be patrolling the area for the next few days for any flare ups.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue and City of Tacoma Fire also assisted in the response.

David Allan Harrington July 26, 2013 at 09:24 AM
That was about 4 doors down from us. Many thanks to the local fire teams. They have been out there for several days working. (Hi, Akiko! We look forward to more 'close to home but less spine-tingling' type of stories, along the lines of the Santa Hay Ride. 8) )
Akiko Oda July 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I agree, David! I'm glad you and your family were ok!

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