NORTH BEND, Wash. -- The Department of Natural Resources closed the Mount Si Trail System Saturday as helicopters continued to dump water on a wildfire.

Winds continue to push flames around, as three crews of 10 navigate steep and rocky mountainside

Fears are starting to grow faster than the flames.

It's nerve wracking, scary, said Deni Shadley. Way too close to our home, way too close.

Shadley said she couldn't sleep Friday night as the red glow crept closer and closer.

I have had nightmares about fires so this is pretty scary, a little too close for comfort for sure, she said.

No evacuations have been ordered, but she has a bag packed and ready to go.

On Friday the fight looked promising but overnight, Mother Nature refused to cooperate.

The humidity didn't rise as we thought it would, which was in part what allowed the fire to grow, said Bud Backer of Eastside Fire and Rescue.

Mike Banner and Karin Czulik know this mountain as well as anybody, having hiked every nook and cranny - many of them now charred.

Now we're just looking straight at it, it's advanced all the way up the hill, said Czulik.

The Mount Si trail system is one of the most popular in the state, with tens of thousands hiking through each year, but this beautiful Saturday it was completely shut down, with trails now doubling as potential fire breaks.

By mid-afternoon, a second helicopter joined the fight, cheered on by homeowners with everything on the line.

There is no estimate on containment. Crews expect to be on the scene until at least Wednesday or Thursday if things go well.

Burn ban

Meanwhile, the King County Fire Marshal's Office announced Friday that it issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county 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.

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