40-acre fire in Capitol Forest now largely contained, fire officials say


A fire that started Saturday night in Capitol Forest and burned about 40 acres is largely contained, West Thurston Fire officials announced in an update about 5 p.m. Sunday.

"There has been limited to no growth of the fire since this morning," they said, adding that the state Department of Natural Resources is managing the fire with support from local fire departments.

"While there is no threat to our communities, you will likely see smoke for a couple of weeks," West Thurston Fire officials said in the announcement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire crews were dispatched about 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the C4300 line of Capitol Forest. West Thurston and McLane/Black Lake fire units provided water support for the incident, according to the update.

Fire officials reminded residents that fire season is not over just yet.

"The fuel that lends itself to fire spread is still dry and danger is still present until the fuels can retain moisture," the announcement reads.

"Small spikes in temperatures as we experienced this weekend can support rapid fire spread as witnessed by our crews late last night and early this morning."