Published Sunday, October 9, 2022, 1100 hours PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY: The BOLT CREEK FIRE was detected on September 10, 2022. It is being managed by the Western WA IMT 3.

CURRENT STATUS: Though there is limited fire growth on the BOLT FIRE, located 1.5 miles north from Skykomish in Snohomish County, Washington State, multiple agencies are working together to make it safer for firefighters, drivers, and those who may be impacted by the fire itself.

Credit: Bolt Creek Fire Info

SIGNIFICANT EVENT: Weakened trees came down off the cliffs onto Highway 2 at MP 46-49. The WSDOT crews are working to clear the roads as quickly as possible.

CAUSE: There is still an undetermined cause.

SIZE UP: 13,278 acres of timber, closed timber litter, and hardwood litter. It has reached a 36% containment status and is expected to be fully contained by October 31, 2022. Fire behavior is still being reported as active with backing, creeping, and single-tree torching.

RESOURCES: 200 total personnel, with two crews, 20 engines, and one helicopter.

AIR ASSETS: Several helicopters were used yesterday and will be available today as needed.

STRUCTURAL PROTECTION GROUP: The group will be continuing with assessing area structures around the fire with their focus on the east side of Index, in case the fire decides to move in that direction.

OPEN: Highway 2 throughout the fire area and no additional planned closures have been scheduled. However, if there are any flare-ups or rolling debris, it may be temporarily closed the roadway until it is safe again.

Credit: Bolt Creek Fire Info

AIR EQUALITY: In addition to Bolt Creek, there are 2 wildfires that continue to burn east of the Cascade Crest and contribute much of the smoke in the area. Current information on air quality may be found at Washington Smoke Blog at:

EVACUATIONS: There are none in effect at this time.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS: One structure was lost.

COST-TO-DATE: $10 Million.

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