Asotin County Fire District #1 Crews Battle First Wildland Fire of the Year

Mia Carlson
Asotin County Fire Distrist #1's first wildland fire of 2023.Photo byAsotin County Fire District #1

CLARKSTON, WA - Asotin County Fire District #1 firefighters battled their first wildland fire of the year this afternoon. Crews were dispatched at about 1:47 p.m. to a fire in the Silcott Hills area about seven miles west of Clarkston.

"When the first command officer arrived it was reported that a large wind-driven fire was moving north and south with two different fire flanks," according to ACFD#1 Chief Noel Hardin.

Fire crews from the City of Clarkston and the City of Asotin assisted ACFD#1 crews in initially attacking the fire.

"A helicopter from Hillcrest Aviation also assisted in the steep terrain fight," Hardin says.

He says it is uncommon to have a wildland fire this early in the year, but conditions were just right for quick-fire growth.

"Dry surface fuels, wind, and low humidity all aided in rapid-fire growth," Hardin says.

The fire started as a property owner in the area was burning weeds out of roadway drainage culverts.

There were no reported injuries and firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.
ACFD#1's first wildland fire of 2023.Photo byAsotin County Fire District #1

Asotin County Fire District #1 provides emergency response services to approximately 14,000 people.

"We are the only fire district in the county to guarantee a fire and EMS response 24‐hours a day. Thirty-two volunteer firefighters, 28 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and 35 paramedics are proud to respond to an average of 2,600 calls per year – 90% of which are EMS-related," the agency says on its website.

Asotin County Fire District #1 is a volunteer fire department.

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