Tree falls onto power line, sparking brush fire in Pierce County

Crews were working on a brush fire in the South Hill area after a lieutenant on his way to work reported seeing a tree fall onto a power line.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, the brush fire started after noon Wednesday. 

Most roads will reopen soon. Two sections of road will remain closed overnight so that power crews and fire crews can continue their work:

  • 160th St E between Woodland Ave E and 78th Ave E
  • 74th Ave E between 156th St E and 160th St E

As of 5 p.m., Level 1 evacuations were lifted, but roads in the area remain closed until further notice.

The fire was 75% contained as of 5 p.m., according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. 

AJ Timm said she was home when she noticed her shed was on fire. She said she was worried the flames would spread to her house. Panicked, Timm said she grabbed her dog and her neighbor's pets and rushed out of her neighborhood.

"I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know what to grab! I didn’t know, I didn’t know! It was so scary! It was so scary!" she said hysterically.

Timm said she never expected to see a brush fire in her neighborhood.

"I don’t know how many times I watered my grass and it’s still dead. But oh my god! This is so bad. So bad!" she said with tears in her eyes.


This is a developing story and will be updated.

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