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Weekend fires erupt

'Concerning for what fire season might look like ...'


Courtesy of Central Mason Fire & EMS

During an unseasonably hot weekend, several brush fires broke out in Mason County, including a 41-acre blaze at Kamilche Point that required a state Department of Natural Resources helicopter to fight. Other fires occurred in Allyn, above, and Harstine Island. Photos courtesy of Central Mason Fire & EMS.

A fire that began Saturday on Kamilche Point Road just south of Shelton spread to 41 acres before it was contained and extinguished by the state Department of Natural Resources.

According to DNR spokesperson Janet Pearce, the fire is in "mop-up mode," which means DNR crews are ensuring there are no hot spots that could reignite the fire.

"People may see a little smoke when we do mop-up and getting all the hot spots that are left," Pearce told the Journal. "It's always a good sign doing a mop-up. Crews wet the hot spots, dig into the ground and make sure there are no fires under the trees....

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