Earth Watch Report – Forest / Wild Fires
50 firefighters, helicopters battling Mount Si fire
by KING 5 News
Posted on July 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Updated today at 2:00 PM
Approximately 50 firefighters are fighting the 444th Fire, named because it is burning near 444th Avenue just east of North Bend. More crews have been ordered to the scene. A Department of Natural Resources spokesperson said helicopters were able to cool flames at the head of the fire Saturday, slowing its progress.
The Mount Si Trail System remained closed Sunday morning.
There is no estimate of when the fire will be contained. The cause is under investigation.
The King County Fire Marshal’s Office announced it issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county starting Monday because hot and dry weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires.
Recreational fires must: