Large Roy brush fire closes SR 507


An approximately 50-acre brush fire on state Route 507 in Roy at milepost 35.01 near 288th St. S. has closed the road in both directions in the afternoon Tuesday, July 9.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, the fire was controlled and in the process of being contained, fire officials said. Several primary structures were threatened but none were burned. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported.

Pierce County shared to X, formerly known as Twitter, that the road closure began at 4:32 p.m. Tuesday and would continue until further notice. Fire and police officials told the Nisqually Valley News that the closure would likely continue for four or five hours after the road was first closed.

Fire crews from Graham, Central Pierce, South Pierce, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Southeast Thurston County, Centralia and Buckley, among others, responded to the blaze, which sparked dispatch calls after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Washington state Department of Natural Resources crews and helicopter water drops assisted local and regional crews as well.

According to Central Pierce fire officials on scene, the department had additional staffing Tuesday due to the extreme heat that neared 100 degrees Fahrenheit and that the brush fire brought a large presence from the department to the scene.

Washington state Department of Transportation officials said they were told that the closure would be from Cowboy Baptist Church, 9205 336th St. S, to 320th St. S.