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Brush fire along Chuckanut Drive serves ‘as a good reminder of how dry things are’

The 15-acre Woodstock Farm at the northeast end of Chuckanut Bay was purchased by the city of Bellingham in 2004 as a park.
The 15-acre Woodstock Farm at the northeast end of Chuckanut Bay was purchased by the city of Bellingham in 2004 as a park. The Bellingham Herald file

Bellingham Fire Department crews quickly extinguished a brush fire Monday evening along the BNSF railroad tracks near Woodstock Farm that was seen and reported by a number of people across the bay in the Edgemoor neighborhood.

Bellingham Fire Interim Chief Bill Hewett said three engine companies and the Salish Star fire boat responded at 8:45 p.m. to a report of an outside fire in the 1200 block of Chuckanut Drive.

“When they arrived, they found a very active fire burning up a hillside below the farm,” Hewett told The Bellingham Herald.

Hewett said the crews were able to knock the fire down quickly, containing it to less than an acre of damage and keeping flames away from the facilities at Woodstock Farm.

“It does serve as a good reminder how dry things are, even though we are early in the season,” Hewett said. “We are hopeful that the rain this weekend will help with that, but they are predicting windy conditions.”

Open burning is prohibited within the city of Bellingham and in urban growth areas in Whatcom County, Hewett said, adding that people who live outside the urban growth areas should use caution and follow the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office guidelines, which can be found at whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal or on the Outdoor Burning Information Line at 360-778-5903.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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