EFR battles forest fire near The Golf Club at Newcastle

November 1, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue, the Bellevue and Duvall fire departments and the Forest Service responded to a forest fire near The Golf Club at Newcastle at 6 p.m. Oct. 2.

The fire was spotted by a pilot who relayed the information to an air traffic controller at the Renton Airport, said Lt. Troy Donlin, Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.

Initially, firefighters were not exactly sure where the fire was, but the approximate location of the response was the corner of 154th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 83rd Court, according to Capt. Todd Dickerboom, of the Bellevue Fire Department.

Two women then alerted the firefighters to the blaze about a quarter-mile into the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near Marshall’s Hill Trail, Dickerboom said.

The size of the fire was approximately 1.5 acres, Donlin said.

After about two hours, the fire was under control and crews had formed a perimeter around the fire’s remnants.

“When we consider it under control, we’re not seeing big flames, it’s been knocked out, we’ve sprayed water everywhere and we don’t see anything, but there’s still smoldering going on,” Dickerboom said.

Crews used about 2,600 feet of hose to reach the fire, he said.

At the blaze’s height, 40 firefighters were battling the fire, Bellevue Battalion Chief Marty LaFave said.

Firefighters remained on the scene overnight and into the morning, when it was safer to put out any lingering hot spots.

There was no immediate word on cause of the fire, but no one was injured and no homes were harmed by the blaze.

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