Fire grows at Deep Lake

A 600+ acre fire is burning near Deep Lake in Stevens County, just 10 miles north of Northport.

The fire, which is being called the Deep North Fire, began on August 21. The cause is currently under investigation.

The growing fire is threatening homes, power-lines and timber, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal John Wabel.

Evacuation Level 3 orders are in effect for the threatened homes.

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the fire.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization on August 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the request of Chief Mark Smith, Stevens County Fire District 10.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 3 – Wildland Task Forces, 1 – 20 Person Hand Crews and a Type 3 Incident Management Team.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Deep North Fire. 

State Fire Marshal personnel are also in route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources. The personnel will be staffing the State EOC.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. 

The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.