Whatcom firefighters respond to Newhalem wildfire

Three fire stations in Whatcom County sent crews to protect Seattle City Light’s company town from a growing wildfire. The Bellingham Fire Department, the South Whatcom Fire Authority and Fire District 7 based in Ferndale each sent a fire engine with a three- or four-person crew to Newhalem at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20. The three engines responded to a request from the National Park Service to assist with the Goodell Creek fire , which was threatening Seattle City Light’s Skagit Hydroelectric Project.