3:00 pm, May 17, 2016, update.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources reports that the Proctor Creek Fire east of Gold Bar is 100% contained and evacuation orders have been lifted.
By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire Districts 7 and 3 Public Information Officer and Educator.
3:30 pm, May 14, 2016, update.
The Proctor Creek Fire east of Gold Bar is now 10 percent contained as wildland fire crews benefited from afternoon rain and cooler winds from the west to contain the day-old fire. As of 3:30 pm, the fire’s perimeter is estimated at 325 acres.
Level 2 evacuations remain in place for 12 homes on the south side of State Highway 2 between 437th Dr. SE and 439th Dr. SE. A level 1 evacuation notice to residents in the Big Bend community. No homes have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
More than 100 firefighters are currently working on the fire, including engines from Snohomish County, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the United States Forest Service. Five hand crews are working, with the focus on the fire’s northeast front.
Command of the fire will transition to the Type 2 Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 10, which will be jointly commanding the Proctor Creek and Hot Shot fires from an Incident Command Post in Snohomish.
9:00 am, May 14, 2016, update.
As of 9:00 am crews are still working to contain the fire east of Gold Bar. Due to accurate mapping with SnoHawk 1 we know the fire has grown to approximately 325 acres.
Currently the fire is not advancing. It is smoldering and creeping.
The winds have switched to a northwest direction. The temperatures have decreased and the fire has slowed. Because of the weather changes, command was able to downgrade to a level 2 evacuation notice for residents on the south side of hwy 2 between 437th Dr. SE and 439th Dr. SE.
There is still a level 1 evacuation notice in place for the Big Bend housing community.
4:47 am, May 14, 2016, update.
As of 5:30 am crews are still monitoring the wildfire located east of Gold Bar. The fire has grown to approximately 200 acres.
Overnight command issued a level 3 evacuation to residents on the south side of Highway 2 between 437th Dr. SE and 439th Dr. SE.
An evacuation shelter is in place at Sultan Middle School.
There is still currently a level 1 evacuation notice to residents in the Big Bend community.
Crews caught four spot fires overnight that were a quarter mile ahead of the fire.
Currently the winds are favorable and the fire is starting to push away from homes. No homes have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
The fire command is transitioning to a DNR Type 3 regional team today. Fire Districts will be available for structural protection when needed.
Original May 14, 2016, article.
At 4:47 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016, crews were dispatched to a report of smoke on the hillside up Forest Service Road 62, east of Gold Bar.
Due to accurate mapping, the fire size is 75 acres. Winds are at between 3-5 mph with gusts up to 8 mph going east.
The terrain is steep with lots of timber, slash, and debris; which is making the fire hard to access.
There is a level 1 evacuation notice to residents in on the south side of Hwy 2 between 437th Dr. SE and FS Rd 62.
Crews from Snohomish County Fire District #26, Fire District #7, Fire District #3, Getchell Fire, Fire District #28, Duvall Fire, Forest Service, and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are all assisting with the incident.
Crews will be at the fire through the night. Our main objective is the keep the public and crews safe.
Steep terrain makes the fire difficult to fight. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7.