Fire Update 7

September 16, 2022, 0830 hours PT

Incident Summary: The Bolt Fire is burning two miles north of Skykomish (King County), Washington State, which ignited on September 10, 2022, at 0515 hours PT from an unknown cause. It is currently under investigation.

Credit: Bolt Creek Fire Information

Size Up: The fire has burned 9,440 acres of closed litter and hardwood litter and there is a 5% containment status. There still remains moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing, and creeping.

Command: Management is under the command of NW Team 8, a Type 2 IMT.

Fire Officials: “Crews and heavy equipment including feller bunchers, masticators, and chippers are working to establish and reinforce containment lines on the west and eastern edges of the main fire. The strategy is to flank the fire, directing it toward the north into the Wild Sky Wilderness where there are many rocks/holding features. 

This strategy directs the fire away from higher values at risk and provides resources as an anchor point to safely fight the fire. The lines are along Forest Service Road (FSR) 6510 and Beckler Road (east) and FSR 6022 (Heybrook Lookout Road) from Highway 2 to the Index-Galena Road along the west.  The long-term plan is to extend these lines toward the north on established roads. Crews are safely assessing the fire and natural hazards above the road and taking actions to make the highway safe for public use.  

Night shift firefighters patrolled and monitored the fire for any flare-ups. 

Credit: Bolt Creek Fire Information

Washington State mobilized resources are being released as the need decreases for their services. Remaining engines continue to assist to remove fuels around structures and monitor perimeter lines.”

Pasado’s Safe Haven: “We have been on high alert and preparing to evacuate all of our animals if needed. Fire is burning near our sanctuary.

We have made additional preparations and lined up volunteers should we get the evacuation notice. Mobilizing as many animals as we have is not an easy feat, especially our larger cows and pigs who weigh up to 1,000+ lbs.

On Saturday, we sent a team of around 25 volunteers to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds to help clean and prepare stalls for the animals in our care and in the community if needed. In the meantime, we have been diligently cleaning ash from our animal coats and using fans and filters in barns to keep everyone as safe as possible in smoky conditions.

Credit: Pasado’s Safe Haven

We are grateful for the firefighters who are doing an amazing job and we are hopeful they will be able to get the fire more contained. We will keep you updated should we need to evacuate.

Highway 2: “Highway 2 remains closed east of the junction of Index-Galena Road and Highway 2 to the junction of 5th St N. into the town of Skykomish.” Weblink: (WSDOT)

Evacuation Orders: Evacuation orders have been reduced.

Damage Assessment: One building has been damaged. CTD: $3.3 Million.

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