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Fires reported in forested Whatcom County lands

Herald reader Roger Meyers shot this photo of a helicopter picking up water out of Lake Samish on Friday, May 6 to help fight a 10-acre wildfire on Lookout Mountain south of Bellimngham.
Herald reader Roger Meyers shot this photo of a helicopter picking up water out of Lake Samish on Friday, May 6 to help fight a 10-acre wildfire on Lookout Mountain south of Bellimngham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A pair of fires in rugged state-owned Whatcom County forests were keeping Department of Natural Resources crews and some local volunteer firefighters busy over the weekend.

Little information was available Sunday about a 10-acre fire burning on Lookout Mountain and another on Sumas Mountain. Calls to DNR officials were not returned Sunday.

Posts on social media indicated that Sudden Valley and Lake Samish-area residents could smell smoke and saw firefighting helicopters.

Fire crews from Whatcom County Fire District 1 serving Everson and Nooksack were reported on scene of the Sumas Mountain wildfire, according to the dispatcher app Pulse Point on Saturday, May 7.

Firefighters from South Whatcom Fire Authority assisted DNR crews at the Lookout Mountain fire on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, said Assistant Chief Rod Topel.

“What we found was a fire way up in the old logging area, in slash,” Topel said. “It was a stubborn fire, not really growing.” He said it was not a controlled burn.

Topel said his firefighters responded to the first 911 call about noon Friday, relayed information to DNR, and provided a water tender and personnel through Saturday. He said the fire was not serious, and that DNR had attacked it with helicopter water drops and crews on foot.

Several other small grass fires and brush fires were reported around Whatcom County over the weekend as May continued hot and dry.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty. Mittendorf is a volunteer firefighter with South Whatcom Fire Authority.

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