ROCHESTER – The Washington State Patrol is searching for those involved in deliberately setting fires along the northbound lanes of I-5 and highway 101 in both Thurston and Mason counties Wednesday afternoon. “We received reports of a brush fire near the Scatter Creek area and then we received a sequence of reports of more brush fires north to Trosper Road in Tumwater”, said State Patrol Trooper Robert Reyer. In all there were nine brush fires. The trooper says investigators have developed some information to find who is responsible, “At this point we believe these fires were caused intentionally, we have a witness who observed a vehicle at the scene of the second to last brush fire near Mud Bay Road on highway 101 driving at a high rate of speed.” Trooper Reyer describes the possible suspect vehicle as a Blue or Black box-style SUV. Trooper Reyer hopes someone comes forward with information on what they saw or may hear about these fires. “Luckily the State Department of Natural Resources sent out a helicopter that dropped water on a fire that was threatening structures close to that first fire at Scatter Creek. It was a joint effort with firefighters from at least six fire departments to contain those fires”, the Trooper added. Photo: courtesy KING5

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