These past few days have been rough…

Monday night, we had a dangerous combination of high temperatures, low humidity, and unusually strong winds. They brought down powerlines throughout Pierce County and started major wildland fires. I have spent the last few days at the sites of fires and coordinating with our first responders on the ground. These are things I never thought I would see…

Wednesday, I proclaimed an Emergency which gives us access to more state resources and greater flexibility in our county rules to support our community. I am very thankful that despite the numerous fires, fueled by more high winds, no one has been seriously injured – not a civilian or first responder!

Here is what we know now:

  • The Graham Fire has been contained. Its size was estimated to be about 275 acres, destroying at least 5 homes. The community has since returned to their homes.
  • Serious smoke is headed our way.
  • The Sumner grade fire which burned 800 acres and closed SR410 all week is in a much better condition. Powerline repair is underway and some residents have been allowed to return to their homes.
  • The Wapato Hills Fire in Tacoma has been contained.

Stay up to date here.


Press briefing with myself, the Governor, and Bud Backer with East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Governor and I looking at the damage in Bonney Lake.