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Lake Whatcom wildfire continues to burn but reopening begins

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — Officials with Whatcom County announced today that while firefighting continued, Whatcom Park is being reopened after having been closed due to a nearby wildfire on the shore of Lake Whatcom first detected August 28th.

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation (WCPR) announced today, September 1st, that Whatcom Park was being reopened.

Lake Whatcom Park and a portion of the Hertz Trail will reopen to the public today at noon. Hertz Trail remains closed from approximately mile 1.7 to the end of the trail. Please do not go past any trail closed signs in place for public safety. Whatcom County Parks & Recreation (September 1, 2023)

Early this morning, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said the clear weather meant helicopter firefighting support was expected to return for a couple hours beginning about 10am.

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With the good weather for flying and the good lines around the fire that the ground crew have made, they want to try to cool some internal hot spots. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (September 1, 2023)

As a result, boaters are being asked to continue to stay away from the south end of the lake.

The extent of the fire area is currently set at 40-acres due to better GPS mapping.

The Blue Canyon Road evacuation notice has been recently reduced to level 1 from level 2, although the road remains closed except for local residents.

Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team said containment of the Blue Canyon fire was at 50% during yesterday’s evening update.

We have had lots of community support with people bringing everything from toothbrushes to tarps. The firefighters thank you for caring, but our needs are met for this fire. If you want to put a sign up in your yard or business and thank the crews for coming to help that would appreciated. Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team (August 31, 2023)

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