Crews battling 60-acre fire in Capitol Forest



A fire that started early Sunday morning 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.

According to DNR:

• About 80 people, several engines and one helicopter were fighting the fire, which was being pushed to the east by five to 10 mile per hour winds.

• Some recreation areas near the C-line and C-4000 roads were closed.

• The fire, which is still under investigation, is 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 nine-acre fire in Tenino. A helicopter was used because the fire posed a threat to a barn in the area, she said.