On Wednesday, August 16th at approximately 12:50 p.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Crews arrived to find a fast-moving grass fire near Waughop Lake in Lakewood. Due to the size of the brush fire and how quickly it was moving, it elevated to a second and then a third alarm fire.
The City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Police Department alerted residents to evacuate if they were within a half-mile radius of the fire. Multiple reverse 9-1-1 calls and door-to-door notifications were made to alert impacted residents. These evacuations were voluntary and were lifted at approximately 5:00 p.m.
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We want to thank the community for their support and patience during this very dynamic incident.