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Fire in foothills of Mt Baker as viewed from Ferndale (April 15, 2020). Photo courtesy of Ally Hiestand

Large fire in Mount Baker foothills visible from Ferndale

A fire of unknown origin in the foothills to the west of Mount Baker has been visible this evening, April 15th, from Anacortes to White Rock according to emergency service dispatchers.

The fire was initially visible from Ferndale as low-lying smoke about 7:30pm and then as a large fire shortly after becoming far more obvious after dark.

According to unconfirmed emergency service radio transmissions, fire crews from Whatcom County Fire District 14 and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to the scene of the fire. DNR fire crews were dispatched to investigate a report of smoke in the area of Porter Creek at 7:45pm according to a recent incidents log.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded and reported the location in the area of Mosquito Lake Road and National Forest Service Road 38.

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Red marker indicates the approximate location of the fire.

DNR crews were expected to continue working the fire, estimated at 40+ acres, through the night.

There have been no official reports regarding possible injuries, property damage or the cause of the fire. DNR said they were investigating

The public is asked to stay away from the area. Mosquito Lake Road was reportedly being closed except to local traffic as of 9:40pm.

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Earlier today, DNR posted the following warning about the high fire danger in the area to their Facebook profile:

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