Crews work to extinguish brush fire near Covington

The fire was first reported Sunday around 4 p.m. and is currently 10-12 acres in size.

Photos courtesy the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

Photos courtesy the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

On Sunday, Aug. 19 around 4 p.m. a brush fire was reported at the 25000 block of 188th Ave. SE.

Just shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 crews were still working to extinguish the large brush fire near Covington.

“It is currently estimated to be 10-12 acres in size,” Kyle Ohashi, captain and public information officer for Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, wrote in an email.

A media release from the fire authority Sunday stated the fire was growing and moving west toward a nearby home when the first crews arrived on scene. The release added the fire was also moving east toward thick brush.

Over the next few hours as crews began to fight the growing fire Sunday, Washington State Patrol shut down the westbound lanes of state Route 18 for safety reasons.

The release stated crews worked through the night to extinguish the smoldering fires throughout the area.

At the time of the first media release, no one was injured and no homes or buildings were damaged.

Units from Valley Regional Fire Authority, Mountain View Fire and Rescue and Black Diamond Fire all assisted Puget Sound Fire.

The release added Zone Three Explorers arrived to provide rehab for the firefighters.

At the time of the release, the cause of the fire was unknown.

**This post will be updated as more information regarding the fire becomes available.


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