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Burnout Road Fire

Unit Information

Northwest Region-Department of Natural Resources

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Aug 8, 2017

This is the final Update for the Burnout Road Fire.

The Burnout Road Fire started Tuesday, Aug 1st. It is located 6 miles southeast of the Lost Lake Trailhead of the Larrabee State Park which is 4 miles south of Bellingham on Chuckanut Drive. It is on Washington Department of Natural Resources and private land. No residences have been lost nor any injuries have occurred. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire’s size is estimated at 48 acres. It is 100% contained but not 100% controlled. The perimeter completely surrounds the fire to a width of between 200 ft to 300 ft and is cold, thus contained. There are still hot spots inside the fire's interior, thus not controlled. There have been more than 200,000 gallons used in the suppression effort on this fire.

The fire is being handle by the Southeast Washington Interagency Type 3 Team 3, Tony Gilmer is the Incident Commander. There are approximately 63 people working the fire. The fire is located in a pre-commercial timber plantation (smaller sapling trees not yet ready for harvesting) and standing timber in steep draws.

The fire crews continue to work methodically looking for, finding, and extinguishing hot spots. To assist this effort a Infrared (IR) or heat detecting, apparatus is again being used today. Technically know as a Palm IR, because it is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. A technician holding this device will walk the interior of the fire looking for heat (IR). Once found, the hot spot is flagged so that crews can dig it up and extinguish it. See the picture in the upper right with the red heat signature to better understand. (Push "Full Size", than click on your mouse.)

Another step in the mop up process is suppression repair, repairing what the fire effected. The fire crews cut-in water bars to prevent pooling, remove signage, and garbage.

The fire will be handed off to a smaller team Type 4 on Wednesday. A 20-person crew with two engines and a new Incident Commander, will maintain control after the team leaves. They will monitor and patrol the fire until this Friday. The fire will be returned to the local unit at that time.

This is the last update that will be posted on InciWeb. Each day’s summary is under "News" at top of this site if people would like to review the fire suppression efforts progress.

The team appreciates all of the cooperation from the community, we felt welcomed. It was a very pleasant deployment. Thank you, everyone!

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location5 miles southeast of Bellingham, Washington
Incident CommanderTony Gilmer
Coordinates48.643 latitude, -122.456 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel78
Size48 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Shrubs,Timber Litter,Logging Slash, Light and Medium Timber

Significant Events

Fire remains within control lines. Over 200,000 gallons of water has been put on fire.


Planned Actions

Crews will thicken the perimeter 100 feet to as much as 300 feet in from the edge. Crews will also continue to mop up around the fire's perimeter.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

No weather concern expected in near future.