Over the weekend we’ve had a few inquires about a possible fire out in the North Fork area that might have been contributing to the smoke around the Snoqualmie Valley.
It seems there is a small wildfire burning – and the forest service recently released information about the fire burning timber and medium logging slash that will be controlled, rather than contained, due to rugged terrain. Controlling the fire also includes closing a big section of North Fork Road.
U.S Forest Service website says the Quarry Fire was human caused and actually began on August 11, 2017. The fire is located in the Snoqualmie National Forest – on both Forest Service and private ground. Due to the rugged terrain, this fire cannot be contained but it can be controlled.
As of August 31st, the fire was about 20% controlled and moving slowly to the south and east. 51 firefighting personnel are working to control the fire. According to the U.S. Forrest Service website, it may not be fully contained until the end of September.
A large section of North Fork Road SE is closed due to the wildfire burning on Campbell Global and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest lands.
That road closure begins at the Sunday Lake Trailhead – from the last residence where the pavement ends just north of Ernies Grove. The road is closed until further notice.
The Quarry Wildfire is approximately 30 miles northwest of North Bend. According to a City of North Bend press release, King County Department of Transportation is notifying people in surrounding areas in the event that it impacts local residents.
The U.S. Forest Service is asking that people avoid the closed area for fire fighter and public safety.