Type 4 Team Takes Command Of Tunnel 5 Fire

A Type 4 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Tunnel 5 Fire near Underwood.  Many of the firefighting resources assigned to the fire that burned 529 acres, destroyed five homes, and damaged two others.  Remaining fire crews and equipment will be utilized to patrol the fire area for the next several days as warmer temperatures and higher wind speeds return to the area throughout this week and pockets of interior fuels continue to be consumed.  Smoke from this interior burning will be visible for some time to come.  Washington Highway 14 remains closed between mile markers 56-65 due to safety hazards.  Skamania County Sheriff Summer Scheyer will host a community meeting for those directly affected by the Tunnel 5 fire on Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the Underwood Community Center.  It will also be streamed live on the Skamania County Sheriff’s Facebook page and via Zoom.  Log-in details are available at skamaniasheriff.com.

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