Crews responded to a blaze behind the ranger station at Dash Point State Park on Monday evening. Photo courtesy of South King Fire and Rescue

Crews responded to a blaze behind the ranger station at Dash Point State Park on Monday evening. Photo courtesy of South King Fire and Rescue

Firefighters battle two brush fires in Federal Way

South King Fire and Rescue extinguished an illegal backyard burn; responded to brush fire at Dash Point State Park.

Firefighters extinguished a backyard fire before it was able to spread to neighboring homes, then responded to a second brush fire at Dash Point State Park on Monday.

At approximately 3:47 p.m., South King Fire and Rescue responded to the brush fire near the 39600 block of 3rd Ave. S. A resident had illegally burned some brush in their backyard, according to SKFR Lt. Brad Chaney. No one was injured and no property damage occurred from the fire.

At 5:21 p.m., South King Fire Tweeted that units were on scene of a 30-by-30 brush fire at Dash Point State Park behind the ranger station.

According to Battalion Chief Ryan Herrera, the fire was easily contained with no injuries and minimal damage. While Herrera said it is unknown what caused the start of the brush fire, the heat mixed with the dryness of the area could have been a factor.

South King Fire urges the public to only burn legally, especially during the summertime when conditions are so dry.

According to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, fines for illegal burns start around $2,000 and also usually include response reimbursement costs to the fire department.

It is always illegal to burn garbage, to use a burn barrel, and to smoke out your neighbor, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

“Taking a match to your yard waste may seem like an easy and efficient way to dispose of your clippings and trimmings, but burning yard waste is illegal and unhealthy,” according to the agency’s website. “Smoke from these fires contains pollutants like fine particles and toxins which can harm your health.”

More information can be found on pscleanair.org.

Crews extinguished a backyard brush fire at a Federal Way home on Monday. Photo courtesy of South King Fire and Rescue

Crews extinguished a backyard brush fire at a Federal Way home on Monday. Photo courtesy of South King Fire and Rescue

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