Illegal campfire starts wildfire in Chuckanut Mountains

An illegal camper sparked a small wildfire on Chuckanut Mountain, prompting several calls to 911 from people in Bellingham who saw a large column of white smoke rising from the treeline Saturday morning, June 13. Two engine companies and command staff of eight firefighters from South Whatcom Fire Authority were dispatched to the area above Chuckanut Crest Drive and found an approximately 40- to 70-foot fire burning in rough terrain off the intersection of the Ridge Trail and the Lost Lake Trail, said Chief Dave Ralston. Ralston said a Border Patrol helicopter crew and a local property owner helped find the fire , which was near the Bellingham city limits and county-owned land.

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