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3 of 4 Whatcom wildfires contained

Video: Helicopters fight Stewart Mountain Fire

Helicopters collect water from Lake Whatcom to drop water on the Stewart Mountain fire Monday, July 6, east of Bellingham. Philip A. Dwyer | The Bellingham Herald
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Helicopters collect water from Lake Whatcom to drop water on the Stewart Mountain fire Monday, July 6, east of Bellingham. Philip A. Dwyer | The Bellingham Herald

Of the four wildfires burning in Whatcom County since the Independence Day weekend, three are now under control, said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Janet Pierce.

The fires burning on Portage Island, off Paradise Valley Road and off Agate Bay Lane were being mopped up by crews as of Tuesday, July 7.

The Stewart Mountain fire was 50 percent contained as of Tuesday, Pierce said. It’s burned roughly 32 acres. Crews started mopping up Tuesday afternoon.

Possible causes of each of the fires remain under investigation, according to Pierce.

The Whatcom Fire Marshal’s Office also released a notice on Tuesday reporting that DNR had upgraded fire danger in Whatcom County to very high.

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