More Fires on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Everett, Wa. Aug. 5, 2009 — Fire managers have detected three new fires on the south zone of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, all holdover lightning fires. Alpine 2 Fire is close to Highway 2, about five miles east of Skykomish and is a half acre in size. Seven Boise Hotshot crewmembers are fighting that one. The Crystal Mine Fire is 10 acres in size and close to trail 1003. The forest is closing the trail from the 1003 junction east to the forest boundary. “It is inaccessible terrain, so we will use a helicopter and monitor it,” said Hans Redinger, assistant fire management officer for the forest. Deep Creek Fire is close to Highway 410 and is about an acre in size. “It is visible to drivers coming from Mt. Rainier, so people keep calling 911 to report it,” said Redinger. He sent five Boise Hotshot crewmembers to that fire.
Eleven of the 20 fires are now in patrol status, meaning firefighters will observe them until they are completely extinguished. The south zone encompasses Skykomish Ranger District within Snohomish and King Counties and Snoqualmie Ranger District within Pierce and King Counties. Redinger is staffing the remaining fires with engines, rappellers, smokejumpers and hand crews. He said the higher humidity and rain predicted this week should help them contain them.
A Type 2 Incident Command team that has been managing the Gold Hill Complex fires on the north zone of the forest will turn operations over to a local team that will conduct the remaining mop-up activities. Daily updates for those fires are posted at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1778. Mt. Baker District, within Whatcom and Skagit County and the Darrington Ranger District, within Skagit and Snohomish Counties, make up the north zone of the forest.
Report fires on the state wildland fire hotline at 800-562-6010.