Officials with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said this morning, April 16th, that last night’s fire in the foothills west of Mount Baker was not the result of a permitted burn and was under investigation.
DNR fire crews were dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of Porter Creek about 7:45pm last night. By midnight, they reported battling a wildfire and expected to have helicopters and multiple crews working in the morning.
According to a DNR dispatch log, the approximately 80-acre fire was in the area located on the map below
The red marker indicates the approximate location of the fire.
DNR Public Information Officer Jay Guthrie said there were no reports of injuries, property damage or evacuations as a result of the overnight wildfire. The fire was primarily located on 76 acres of recently harvested forest land and had spread into some areas of standing timber. “Dozers had been requested to clear snow from some of the access roads,” Guthrie said during a phone interview.
Guthrie said the fire occurred in an area that is behind locked gates and the only people who should be in the area are DNR staff and contractors.
DNR managed state lands are currently closed in accordance with the state “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. This, according to the DNR website, applies to “all camping on state lands, boat launches and water access sites, wildlife areas, and day-use recreation areas.”
DNR provided the following video about 9:25am this morning showing a steep slope impacted by the fire.
Guthrie said smoke is likely to continue to be visible for some time as fire crews continue knocking down the fire. “It will probably require a few shifts before they are done.”
The public is again requested to avoid the area to prevent hindering fire crews and apparatus from doing their jobs.