Carnation fire threatened 200 homes

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CARNATION - Fireworks are to blame for a fast-moving brush fire that threatened more than 200 homes and burned almost 30 acres last week in the Lower Valley.

Eastside Fire and Rescue (EFR) responded to the fire, which started on the ridge above the Tolt River Road in Carnation at 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 21. The first units to arrive on the scene called in additional firefighting crews. By the time the fire was in full swing, 60 fire units, 170 firefighters, two bulldozers and one helicopter were working to control the blaze. Residents of more than 200 nearby homes were urged to voluntarily evacuate and a Red Cross Shelter was set up at Carnation Elementary School. Despite the possible danger, many chose to stay on the scene to protect their homes and assist firefighters, said EFR Public Information Officer Josie Williams.

"The teamwork of the community has been wonderful," said King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who spent the evening of Aug. 21 at the command post in Carnation. "Resources from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties have all come together quickly to protect citizens and property."

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