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Bolt Creek Fire

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Northwest Region-Department of Natural Resources

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Phone: 360-370-4170
Hours: 8am to 7pm Pacific time

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10/01/2022 Bolt Creek Fire Update 10/1/22
Western Washington Incident Management Team 3 Incident Commander: Kent Stanford Estimated size: 12,070 acres      Cause: Human  Resources: 149 personnel – Two type-2 initial attack hand..
News - 10/01/2022

The Bolt Creek Fire was detected on September 10, 2022 and is burning north of Skykomish, WA. It is being managed by Western Washington Incident Management Team 3.

As of October 1st, the Bolt Creek fire is 12,070 acres and 28 percent contained.  
As of Saturday, October 1st, all evacuations for the Bolt Creek Fire have been lifted.

US 2 is now open through the length of the fire area. Please follow posted reduced speed limits as there are still crews working on and near the road. 

Beckler Road remains closed to the public as crews continue to work in the area.  

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has implemented an Emergency Closure on National Forest lands. Roads, trails, and campgrounds are closed. To read the closure in its entirety, please see:  MBSNF Bolt Creek Fire Closure. A burn ban remains in effect until significant rain is received. Please refrain from burning.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused; Still Under Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday September 10th, 2022 approx. 05:15 AM
Location1.5 miles north of Skykomish, Washington
Incident CommanderKent Stanford
Coordinates47.728 latitude, -121.346 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel149
Size12,070 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained28%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Hardwood Litter

Significant Events






Planned Actions

Operations will continue along US Highway 2 corridor from Halford to Skykomish to limit fire impacts to communities, private property, critical power and transportation infrastructure, and ensure the fire remains north of US Highway 2, but fire will continue to grow. Operations will continue to monitor the fire perimeter, particularly in the vicinity of affected communities and implement containment along the western edge of the fire in the vicinity the Index-Galena Road and on the eastern edge of the fire along the Beckler Creek Road north of Skykomish.

Projected Incident Activity

24 Hours:

Saturday—Continued back/flanking with smoldering and creeping. Likely to see limited growth of the fire perimeter, with continued creeping/smoldering and occasional single tree torching if wind/slope/fuels align.

48 Hours:

Sunday—Continued creeping and smoldering and occasional single tree torching if wind, slope and fuels align.

72 hours:

Monday—Little chance of rain in mid-forecast. Higher humidity and lower temps. Likely to see limited growth of fire perimeter with continued creeping and smoldering and occasional single tree torching if wind, slope and fuels align.

After 72 hours:

Tuesday onward—A season ending event is not likely until later in the month of October.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

No rain is predicted for the week. Conditions will return to a high pressure pattern with warmer and drier conditions than we saw over the fire area from Wednesday-Thursday.