Crews from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and 7 extinguish hot spots after a brush fire scorched about 4 acres in a power line right-of-way in the Silver Firs neighborhood east of Mill Creek.
A teenager playing with a lighter sparked a brush fire that burned over 4 acres in a power line right-of-way in the Silver Firs neighborhood east of Mill Creek this afternoon.
No one was injured and the fire was contained to vegetation in a power line right-of-way extending south from the Whistle Stop mini-mart in the 5600 block of 134th Pl. SE to about 137th Street SE. “Dispatchers received multiple calls around 2:35 p.m. from residents on 51st Avenue SE, 54th Avenue SE and 56th Avenue SE reporting flames up to 20 feet tall in the right-of-way behind their homes,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.
Fire District 7 crews also responded. Firefighters had the flames under control within about 30 minutes. “The wind was coming from the south and pushing the fire north. We had firefighters attacking the flames from neighborhoods on the east and west side of the right-of-way and on the north from an access road behind the Whistle Stop,” Hynes said. “This kept the fire from reaching homes along the right-of-way.”
An investigator from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office interviewed a teenage boy who admitted he had been playing with a lighter in the right-of-way.
The power poles and lines were not damaged by the fire.