Wildfire Reported off Mt Si Road, Little Si Area – Now 10 Acres

** 7-27-13 Update: WA State DNR has closed The Mt. Si trail ststem effective immediately due to fire. Fire grew overnight and is now 10 acres. Helicopters are on scene again performing water drops. The helicopter is expected to be working most of the day battling flames on steep slopes **

North Bend residents reported a wildfire in the Little Si, Mt Si Road area on Friday, July 26, 2013 .

A resident saw flames around 12:10 PM. Sirens were heard in the area. No helicopters were reported on scene as of 1PM.

It was reported on the North Bend Yahoo Group that “Eastside Fire and Rescue is fighting a wildfire outside North Bend, on Mt. Si, near 444th Avenue Southeast and Mt. Si Road. Firefighters have reported the fire is spreading into the wilderness area. The Washington Department of Natural Resources is on the scene. Six engine companies are battling the blaze.”

A Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helicopter from Ellensburg responded to the scene. Residents in the area reported that the helicopter was dropping water as of 3PM.

DNR reported that crews from Eastside Fire and Rescue, King County and DNR were able to get a hose line around the two acre fire on steep terrain.  According to KOMO News, crews will monitor the fire overnight and then more Washington State Department of Natural Resource crews will mop up it fire.

 

forest fire

Photo by Melissa Grant from the Riverbend area of North Bend

helicopters

Photo by Melissa Grant from the Riverbend area of North Bend, July 26, 2013

Little Si Fire

Photo by Shelly Weber

 

Comments

  1. Sean Sundwall says:

    I ran out to the scene this afternoon and spoke briefly with one of the fire officials. He indicated that there were no structures invovled, just trees. There was a pretty good size crowd of people at the Mount Si Bridge watching as the helicopter scooped water out of the river just 50 yards down river from the bridge. I did see some flames but it seemed to be a relatively small fire. On my way back I saw the helicopter refueling in an empty field on Thrasher/424th in North Bend.

  2. I heard a rumor that if the fire spreads anymore they will start evacuating people, hopefully it doesn’t get that bad. But the wind is picking up and it has already grown a lot since last night.

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