Update Sunday, October 16th, 4:20 pm: According to the Washington State DNR Wildfire Twitter account, The Loch Katrine Fire on private land and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest 30 miles east of Seattle has burned about 2,000 acres at the last estimate Sunday afternoon.
Aviation resources are being used where they can be effective. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command on Monday.
Much concern has been expressed lately on social media about the visibility of the Loch Katrine Fire from areas of the Snoqualmie Valley.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this fire is North of Snoqualmie. It is inside the West boundary of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and is approximately 250 acres in heavy old-growth timber.
In an update this morning from Snoqualmie Fire Department and Emergency Management, it was noted this fire is being managed by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest – US Forest Service with air and ground resources.
The department said, “Due to high temperatures, low relative humidity, and strong east winds, fire activity has picked up on this fire that was first reported in early September. This will continue over the next several days and will make the fire increasingly visible.”
Even though a glow can be seen from certain parts of the valley at night, there is no threat to the Snoqualmie Valley. However, with shifting winds, there is an increased probability of smoke being pushed into the area, making air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups.
The Fire Department would like to remind everyone there is a complete and total burn ban in place from the King County Fire Marshal with no anticipated date for release.
In an update dated 10/15/22, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC), noted the fire was first reported on September 2nd, is of unknown cause and is approximately 1% contained.
Forest Road 57 and the Sunday Lake Trail #1000 have been closed for public safety concerns near the fire area.