Record heat sparks early start to fire season

SUQUAMISH – Several outdoor burn piles are the likely ignition of a Suquamish brush fire that burned rapidly yesterday afternoon, firefighters say.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue (NKF&R) crews were called to the northeast corner of Suquamish Way and Totten Road at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, where record temperatures and brisk winds sparked a blaze on timbered land, the department reports in a press release.

The department arrived on scene in less than three minutes after a passing bus driver spotted the fire and called 9-1-1. Firefighters scaled the road's embankment and extinguished the fire about 150 feet from a nearby residence.

Ten firefighters then spent two hours applying more than 6,000 gallons of water and digging into dense underbrush to ensure hot spots were completely extinguished.

An area of approximately 20 feet by 40 feet was charred by the flames, the report states. Traffic along Suquamish Way was disrupted. There were no injuries and no property damage.

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