NORTH BEND, Wash. -- There were some nervous moments near North Bend Friday when flames broke out on nearby Mount Si.
Flames raced up the steep ridges of the popular climbing spot but have not yet turned toward the rural neighborhoods surrounding the mountain.
Eastside Fire and Rescue officials called for help from the Department of Natural Resources and a helicopter was dispatched from Ellensburg. It made several water drops on the fires edge and appeared to make progress slowing it down, but was called away to fight another fire to the south.
The Mount Si fire continues to grow. Eastside Deputy Chief Bud Backer said it’s at three acres and they are trying to hand lines around it.
Backer is also trying to smother rumors of evacuations. He said there is only one vacant house near the fire and no evacuations were ordered.
Some neighbors decided to get out anyway. Owners of the Mount Si Stables loaded horses in trailers and moved them before. One owner said it’s better to load nervous horses when you have no smoke and plenty of time.
There is no word yet on what caused the fire.
Meanwhile, the King County Fire Marshal's Office announced Friday that it issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the country because hot and dry weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires. The burn ban will be effective July 29.
Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and not be used as debris disposal
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter
- Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire
For properties located within cities, contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.