Firefighters battle wildland fires across Whatcom County

Whatcom County fire departments and state wildland fire crews were battling three fires across Whatcom County on Sunday, July 5. Of most concern was a 5-acre blaze burning in rugged terrain on the north side of Stewart Mountain that started around midday Sunday, said Chris Hankey, public information officer for the state Department of Natural Resources, which supplies wildland fire crews and equipment on state lands. “They’re really trying to jump on this; they want to get it real fast,” Hankey said.