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Downey Creek Fire

Unit Information

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Everett, WA 98201

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Incident Contact

Darrington Ranger Distric
Phone: 360-436-1155
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

The Downey Creek Fire started on August 16, 2020 at 12:25 pm in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The suspected cause of the fire is lightning. The fire is located approximately 17 miles from Darrington, Washington. Several trails and two campgrounds are closed as a result of the fire. The Downey Creek Fire Closure is in effect from September 11, 2020 until October 31, 2020, unless rescinded sooner.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 16th, 2020 approx. 12:30 PM
LocationDowney Creek
Incident CommanderJason Montieth, Type 4 IC
Incident DescriptionThe Downey Creek Fire Started On August 16, 2020 At 12:25 Pm In The Glacier Peak Wilderness. The Suspected Cause Of The Fire Is Lightning. The Fire Is Located Approximately 17 Miles From Darrington, Washington. Several Trails And Two Campgrounds Are Closed As A Result Of The Fire. The Downey Creek Fire Closure Is In Effect From September 11, 2020 Until October 31, 2020, Unless Rescinded Sooner.
Coordinates48.264 latitude, -121.21 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size2,570 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 08:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, brush

Significant Events

Precipitation occurred over the fire area this weekend and more is anticipated throughout the week. Minimal growth has occurred since September 13th. The fires Southern boundary is Forest Road 26 and the Suiattle River. It remains established West to East from Downey Creek to 1 mile beyond the Suiattle Trail Head along the Suiattle Trail. The majority of the fire resides in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.


Planned Actions

Planned Action: Transition to a Type 4 Incident Commander took place Saturday Sept. 19th. Resources will continue to assess and monitor the fire this week. The Suiattle River Road (Forest Service Road 26) continues to be impacted by falling trees.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire growth is expected. Primarily creeping and smoldering.


Please note:

Updates will be made weekly starting Sept. 20th unless significant change occurs over the fire area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather forecast for week of September 20th: Chance of showers Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with highs of 61-71 degrees. Strong front arriving Wednesday with additional systems Thursday and Friday. Significant rain expected Wednesday through Friday.