Fire & Rescue, DNR suppress Mt. Dallas wildfire

Posted July 28, 2022 at 7:34 am by

Fire & Res­cue shares news about their response to a wild­fire that broke out on Mt. Dal­las yes­ter­day afternoon.

San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue respond­ed to a call Wednes­day after­noon about a pos­si­ble wild­fire on Mt. Dal­las. Upon arrival, SJIF&R estab­lished com­mand and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, deploy­ing rapid­ly respond­ing crews to fight an active and creep­ing wild­fire. On-scene con­di­tions were chal­leng­ing due to exten­sive brush and grass growth, with the pre­vail­ing wind push­ing the fire into near­by woodland.

Crews worked in two areas to quick­ly con­tain the fire and pre­vent fur­ther spread. Two struc­tures were poten­tial­ly at risk and were saved. Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources were noti­fied and sent a fire response heli­copter to assist at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Fire crews will con­tin­ue to work on scene to mon­i­tor and extin­guish hot spots. Res­i­dents should be aware that there will be lin­ger­ing smoke in the area around the west side.

Please remem­ber that fire safe­ty is all of our respon­si­bil­i­ty. As the cur­rent sum­mer heat dries our islands out, please ensure that you are aware that any work or activ­i­ty that can cre­ate a spark is dan­ger­ous for all of us.

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One comment...

  1. Thank you Jeff for pub­lish­ing the actu­al report on this minor inci­dent. The San Juan Islander as usu­al over-stat­ed the sit­u­a­tion and the pho­tog­ra­ph­er misiden­ti­fied the lake (not Trout but Woods) from which the chop­per was draw­ing water. I drove around to the West­side as the Ever­green fire chop­per was fly­ing right over our place in return­ing to the lake. Hard­ly a whisp of smoke vis­i­ble. Obvi­ous that the ground crew was up top some­where and on it. Bare­ly a breeze thank­ful­ly and a creep­ing grass fire fair­ly easy to con­tain with chop­per drops as sup­port. To state that two struc­tures were threat­ened and “saved” is fire boss hyper­bole. The most impor­tant part of the pub­lic mes­sage? Besides Be Fire Wise. The sus­pect­ed cause on a hot sun­ny sum­mer day…not a word.

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on July 28, 2022 at 8:02 am

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