Crews working to contain half-acre fire at Baker Lake

A third wildfire at Baker Lake in recent weeks — a half-acre burn named the Jumping Stump Fire — was expected to be fully contained by the end of Tuesday, July 21, according to Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service staff.

Reported Sunday, July 19, the fire was the most recent at Baker Lake.

A one-acre wildfire on the east shoreline of Baker Lake was reported July 7. That creeping fire, caused by an illegal campfire that was abandoned, burned forested land near the bend in the lake, between the Maple Grove and Silver Creek campgrounds.

Lightning then sparked a fire that burned one-tenth of an acre at Maple Grove campground. That burn was 200 to 300 yards above the campground. It was discovered July 11.

The Jumping Stump Fire, named for what it was seen doing, was at milepost 25 on Baker Lake Road at the northern tip of Baker Lake. Investigators don’t know how the fire started, only that someone might have set it by lighting fireworks or an illegal campfire that escaped.

The other two fires are under control.

Campfires have been restricted in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest since June because of wildfire danger. That means wood and charcoal fires have been allowed only in concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings in established campgrounds.

“We’ve got campfire restrictions right now. Folks aren’t really taking them seriously,” said Britt Davis, fire management officer with U.S. Forest Service.

Forest crews have been ticketing violators. Such tickets carry a $125 fine.

“This is only the second time we’ve done campfire restrictions in the six years I’ve been here. Typically it’s not a big concern for us,” Davis said.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.