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Fire Status
Last Updated
12 mins, 46 secs ago
Fire Start
Saturday, September 10, 2022 8:35 AM PDT
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Dispatch Notes
Timber fire, team 8 on scene
Primary Fire Agency

Department of Natural Resources — Northwest Region

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Fire Growth Potential

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 3 hours, 21 mins ago

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Bolt Creek Fire Update September 27, 2022

Western Washington Incident Management Team 3

Incident Commander: Kent Stanford

Estimated size: 11,355 acres Cause: Undetermined

Resources: 148 personnel – One type-2 initial attack hand crew, two hand crews, 12 engines, one water tender and 78 overhead.

US 2 CLOSED: The Washington DOT has closed US 2 again due to fire activity and falling trees along the road.

Update: A Fire Weather Watch remains in place today across the Bolt Creek Fire area, but conditions are expected to moderate today as temperatures drop and cloud cover and potential moisture moves into the area tonight and tomorrow morning. Near Skykomish, the fire continued to move along Beckler Road yesterday, and crews will continue to both mitigate hazard trees and mop up in this area today. The fire also continued to back down toward US 2 from mile marker 46 to 49, resulting in some larger, unburned pockets of vegetation burning along the road overnight. Falling trees, rocks and debris from these burning pockets forced the closure of US 2 again overnight, but evacuations in the area have not changed. The public can expect smoke in the valley and along ridgetops throughout the day again today, and potentially more visible flames both during the day and into the evening. Weather: A Fire Weather Watch is in effect today. Today will be mostly sunny with high in the 70’s on ridges and 80’s in the valley. Humidity will moderate to 22 to 32 percent. East winds are predicted at 3-5 MPH with gusts to 8 MPH in the morning, but will become west/southwest in the afternoon as cloud cover moves in. September 27, 2022 Morning operations briefing: https://youtu.be/Wg69J6wRUIo

Evacuation Levels: Evacuation levels changed on Sunday due to weather and increased fire activity around Skykomish.

· Level 1 (Ready): Index – no change. · Level 1 (Ready): South of U.S. 2 near Index, including Index Estates and the Lake Serene Trailhead. · Level 1 (Ready): East of Skykomish, from the Beckler River to Forest Service Road 66, north and south of U.S. 2 including Foss River Road. · No other evacuation guidance for occupied areas of Snohomish County. · Level 2 (Set): Baring and Grotto and area along U.S. 2 east to the Money Creek tunnel continues. · Level 2 (Set): Skykomish – Get set to leave on short notice. Formerly Level 1 (Ready). o Residents in the area should remain vigilant. The area remains hazardous. Conditions could change quickly, and evacuations may again become necessary. · Level 3 (Go): From west side of Money Creek tunnel to milepost 48, plus FS Road 65 (Beckler River Road).

Evacuations/ Emergency Alert Systems:

King County:https://kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/alert-king-county.aspx

Snohomish County: https://snohomish-county-public-safety-hub-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/wildfire

Smoke: Increased smoke production is anticipated. Current information on air quality may be found at Washington Smoke Blog at https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

Forest Closure: The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has implemented an Emergency Closure on National Forest lands. Roads, trails, and campgrounds are closed. To read the closure in its entirety,please see: MBSNF Bolt Creek Fire Closure

A burn ban remains in effect until significant rain is received. Please refrain from burning.

Powerlines: They’re Hot Until They’re Not

Fire Information Phone: (360) 370-4170 Email: 2022.boltcreek@firenet.gov

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8417 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boltcreekfireinfo

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Saturday, September 10, 2022 5:15 AM PDT
1.5 miles north of Skykomish, Washington
Incident Commander
Kent Stanford
47.728, -121.346

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Monday, October 31, 2022 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Hardwood Litter
Significant Events

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Operations will continue along US Highway 2 corridor from Halford to Skykomish to limit fire impacts to communities, private property, critical power and transportation infrastructure, and ensure the fire remains north of US Highway 2, but fire will continue to grow. Operations will continue to monitor the fire perimeter, particularly in the vicinity of affected communities and implement containment along the western edge of the fire in the vicinity the Index-Galena Road and on the eastern edge of the fire along the Beckler Creek Road north of Skykomish.
Projected Incident Activity
12 Hours:
Monday - 09/26 decreased cloud cover, higher temps, lower RH, may increase fire behavior significantly. Most behavior will be limited to smoldering/creeping, following a backing and flanking spread. Heavies will continue to consume and produce smoke until wetting rain/season ending event occurs. Single tree torching is possible under heavy fuels with ladders to canopy, but spotting distances reduced, with very low POI (prob. of ignition). Some rollout is also possible as fuels on steep slopes roll or large trees fall over due to weakened roots.

24 Hours:
Tuesday - Continued backing/flanking with smoldering and creeping, as RH begin to increase with more onshore flow and marine layer influence. Likely to see limited growth of fire perimeter, with continued creeping/smoldering, and occasional single tree torching if wind/slope/fuels align.

48 Hours:
Wednesday - Continued backing/flanking with smoldering and creeping, as RH begin to increase with more onshore flow and marine layer influence. Likely to see limited growth of fire perimeter, with continued creeping/smoldering, and occasional single tree torching if wind/slope/fuels align. Possible precipitation on Wednesday evening will limit fire behavior and reduce smoke production.

72 Hours:
Thursday - rain likely greater than 1/4 inch. This will limit fire behavior and reduce smoke production.

Anticipated after 72 Hours:
Friday - onward - Clearing with limited precipitation for the weekend. A season ending event is not likely until later in the month of Oct.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Warner than normal temps with reduced humidity on Tuesday

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.boltcreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 360-370-4170
Hours: 8am to 7pm Pacific time
Fire Unit Information
Northwest Region-Department of Natural Resources

Dispatch Center Contact

Washington DNR Northwest Dispatch Center (WA-NDC)

Sedro Woolley, WA