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Firefighters deployed to assist in wildland fire in Trinidad

San Juan District 3 Fire Department dispatched two firefighters and a wildland fire engine July 22 to help contain a 1,500-plus acre wildland fire near Trinidad, near the Grant-Douglass County line in eastern Washington.

At one point, more than 200 people had been evacuated from the path of the fire, which has been fed by dry grass and strong winds.

Lt. Jason Wood and Firefighter Kyle Davies responded in Brush 312, one of the department’s specialized wildland firefighting vehicles. They were scheduled to be assigned to the Stuhlmiller Road fire.

The deployment is coordinated through the State Fire Marshal and is part of the Statewide Mobilization Plan.

District 3 firefighters are often asked to participate in wildland fires statewide.

Local firefighters have earned a good reputation off-island for being well-trained and equipped, Chief Steve Marler said. Each request for off-island assistance is evaluated to ensure local needs are not impacted.

However, every effort is made to fill a request, because it is very likely that the day will come when San Juan Island will need help from mainland fire departments, Marler said.

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