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Sunday brush fire temporarily closes Anderson Hill Road
A brush fire in the vicinity of Willamette-Meridian Road closed a portion of Anderson Hill Road for two hours Sunday.
A passerby noticed smoke early Sunday afternoon off Anderson Hill Road and called 911.
More than 35 fire personnel from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and Navy Region NW Fire and Emergency Services responded to the call just before 2 p.m. Information about the location of the fire was inexact. Firefighters located the fire within 20 minutes, well back from the road, down a private driveway, winding down a steep hillside covered with dense underbrush. Due to the rural location, amount of smoke and rugged terrain, a second alarm was sounded at 2 p.m.
The fire burned about a quarter of an acre as flames moved slowly up a hillside. Firefighters used more than 2,500 feet of hose wound down animal trails and through brush to reach the fire. The blaze was contained within an hour using 9,000 gallons of foam and water. Additional water was used to soak hot spots and spray down the perimeter of the fire. Anderson Hill Road reopened at about 5 p.m.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Multiple tent and temporary structures were located on the property where the fire occurred.
CKFR reminds residents the underbrush and fuels in the forest and grasses are extremely dry, with the drying trend expected to continue. Exercise caution with all lighters, smoking materials, fires and tools that emit sparks.