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Wildfire on Baker Lake shore contained

A one-acre wildfire burns Tuesday, July 8, on the east shore of Baker Lake.
A one-acre wildfire burns Tuesday, July 8, on the east shore of Baker Lake. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A one-acre wildfire on the east shoreline of Baker Lake was 100 percent contained Wednesday evening, July 8, according to Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service staff.

The creeping fire, caused by an illegal campfire that was abandoned, burned about an acre of forested land near the bend in the lake, between the Maple Grove and Silver Creek campgrounds.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters had the fire contained by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Aleta Eng, with the national forest’s public affairs office.

Boaters and hikers should still keep their distance, Eng said, while firefighters continue to put out the flames.

Campfires were banned starting last month in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest , except in fire pits.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Dispatcher blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog and follow him on Twitter at @bhamcaleb.

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