The VRFA applies water to a burnt, dry hillside in efforts to mop up a nasty brush fire that threatened homes Saturday. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA

The VRFA applies water to a burnt, dry hillside in efforts to mop up a nasty brush fire that threatened homes Saturday. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA

Firefighters douse brush fire on Auburn’s West Hill

Valley Regional Fire Authority crews worked to contain and extinguish a stubborn brush fire on Auburn’s West Hill last Saturday.

Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire that burned near the 2600 block of West Valley Highway and threatened nearby homes. The steep terrain posed a challenge to firefighters.

All told, the brush fire charred 15-20 acres.

Units remained on the scene well into the night, protecting the residents and their property from a brush fire that grew quickly into a two-alarm episode. VRFA firefighters continued to monitor the hillside Sunday, with crews using hand tools to dig out hot spots.

The VRFA helped evacuate a few people from the area.

Firefighters from Mountain View Fire and Rescue, South King Fire, Renton Fire, Maple Valley Fire and the Puget Sound Fire Authority joined the VRFA in putting out the fire. Investigators said the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time. On Monday, firefighters put out a brush fire near Rainier Middle School.


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A brush fire along Auburn’s West Hill last Saturday quickly grew into a two-alarm call for the Valley Regional Fire Authority. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA

A brush fire along Auburn’s West Hill last Saturday quickly grew into a two-alarm call for the Valley Regional Fire Authority. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA

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