On a Monday afternoon, east of Bellingham, a wildfire was being fought by firefighters from Bellingham and many other Whatcom County fire departments near Lake Louise Road. According to Connor England, who was overseeing firefighters from the state Department of Natural Resources, a tree branch that was on power wires along Lake Louise Road caused the fire, which spread to about one-quarter of an acre.

WildFire in Bellingham

On a steep hillside, fire was raging among the grass and brush that covered the ground and the area surrounding the bases of big trees.

England told The Bellingham Herald at the scene that although the fire was put out by 3:30 p.m., firefighters would probably be there until after dark, soaking the ground and searching for smoldering embers.Both building damage and injuries have not been reported.

Bellingham, South Whatcom Fire Authority, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, and Whatcom County fire districts 7 and 18 were replaced by two DNR units of around twelve firefighters each. According to Chief Mitch Nolze of the South Whatcom Fire Authority, Bellingham and Whatcom County units launched the initial fire attack, put out the flames, and also supplied water. Just before 2:00 p.m., crews were called to the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve fire that was raging between Sudden Valley and Bellingham’s Geneva district, south of Lake Whatcom.

In an interview with The Herald, England stated that firefighters were planning to saturate the ground while also encircling the fire with hose lines. Firefighters will patrol the region every day for any indication of a fire in the thick underbrush, according to England.

Stimpson Nature Reserve

On Monday, a wildfire broke out at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, and firefighters from Whatcom County Fire District 18 and the state Department of Natural Resources are seen battling it out there.

The Lake Louise Road was shut down while firefighters battled the blaze. A Puget Sound Energy lineman had to cut the branch free, causing a momentary loss of power in a portion of Sudden Valley. At around 2:50 p.m., photos provided from the area showed firemen battling the blaze next to the road. It was possible to see smoke emerging from a burn scar in the bushes. Additionally on the scene, a helicopter from the Department of Natural Resources was sprinkling water on the fire from above.

Western Washington is experiencing a heat wave that is baking the area with temperatures that are 10 to 20 degrees above average, increasing the risk of fire. At 3:50 p.m., Bellingham International Airport recorded a high temperature of 88 degrees.


Wildfire in Neveda County

Washington and other communities in Nevada County were evacuated due to a wildfire that may have been started by a lightning strike, according to authorities.

Around 2:35 p.m., the Highway Fire began close to Washington Road and Highway 20. The Tahoe National Forest Service reports that 25 acres have been burned by the fire. When firefighters obtained a more precise mapping of the fire perimeter, earlier information from the authorities that claimed the fire might be anywhere between 30 and 40 acres was revised.

According to the forest service, the fire is also 5% contained. The amount of a perimeter crews constructed around the fire’s direction of spread rather than the amount of the fire that has been put out is how much of the fire has been contained. The smoke plume has had roughly the same appearance for the past two hours as of 5:55 p.m.


In the town of Washington, there are roughly 200 residents.

No incidents of injuries or structural harm have been reported.


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