Brush fire reported near Larch prison

Small fire is moving slowly

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Approximate location of fire

Fire District 3 responded to a brush fire near Larch Corrections Center.

The fire was reported just after 11 a.m. near the junction of the L-1500 and L-1400 roads about a quarter mile east of the Four Corners intersection in the Yacolt Burn State Forest.

Due to high potential for the fire to grow rapidly, crews from East County Fire and Rescue, Fire District 13 and the Department of Natural Resources were called in, as well.

Firefighters arrived to find a slow moving fire near the road, not in heavy timber, that was about 30 feet square. The fire was put out in six minutes and the units from the other districts were canceled.

“If we’d had any wind up there, it would have been a lot worse,” said Ray Steiger, spokesman for Fire District 3. “Fortunately someone called in and spotted it right away.”

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

After nearly a week of hot weather, Western Washington wildlands are drier and more combustible than usual. The Yacolt Burn State Forest is under a red flag warning, meaning that fire conditions are dangerous or about to be that way.

The 11 a.m. temperature was about 78 degrees.