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DNR helicopter helps SJIF&R extinguish fire on Mt. Dallas on San Juan Island

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department called on the state Department of Natural Resources to help tackle a wildfire on Mount Dallas on San Juan Island Wednesday afternoon July 27, 2022.

Upon arrival SJIF&R established command and communications, deploying rapidly responding crews to fight an active and creeping wildfire. On scene conditions were challenging due to extensive brush and grass growth, with the prevailing wind pushing the fire into nearby woodland.

The helicopter heads back to Trout Lake to refill. Photos by Brad Pillow

Crews worked in two areas to quickly contain the fire and prevent further fire spread. Two structures were potentially at-risk and were saved. Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were notified and sent a fire response helicopter to assist at the scene. A DNR helicopter scooped water out of Trout Lake and dumped it on the fire.

Fire crews continued to work on scene to monitor and extinguish hot spots. Residents should be aware that there will be lingering smoke in the area around the west side. No injuries were reported.

Please remember that fire safety is all of our responsibility. As the current summer heat dries our islands out, please ensure that you are aware that any work or activity that can create a spark is dangerous for all of us.

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