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Blaine trailer park evacuated for brush fire on Birch Bay-Lynden Road; no property damage

Fire closes Birch Bay-Lynden Road

Brush fire near Blaine Road caused the closing of the Birch Bay-Lynden Road and an evacuation of nearby mobile homes while firefighters put the blaze out Monday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2016.
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Brush fire near Blaine Road caused the closing of the Birch Bay-Lynden Road and an evacuation of nearby mobile homes while firefighters put the blaze out Monday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2016.

A brush fire burned about 2 1/2 acres near the intersection of Birch Bay-Lynden and Blaine roads on Monday, Sept. 12, but resulted in no property damage or injuries.

Crews were sent to fight the blaze, which was burning to the northeast of the intersection, at about 1:20 p.m., said Capt. Joe Noonchester with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. The fire started beside the road, said Division Chief Henry Hollander, adding that the cause had not been determined.

Firefighters evacuated at least 15 homes in a trailer park a few hundred feet east of Blaine Road, Hollander said. Crews were able to stop the fire from entering the trailer park.

Crews also closed Birch Bay-Lynden Road between Blaine and Kickerville roads. Aside from keeping traffic away from the scene, the smoke was too thick to drive down that section, Hollander said.

Crews from Whatcom County Fire District 7 and the Lynden Fire Department also helped fight the blaze, Noonchester said.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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