- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Firefighters were battling a 130-acre wildfire burning Friday near the town of Oso, north of Seattle, and a 75-acre fire northeast of Seattle near Gold Bar.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Janet Pearce said two helicopters dropped water during the day on the Oso blaze, which began Thursday evening. As of Friday night the fire was 10 percent contained.

The fire is in a logging area, which along with the steep terrain makes it dangerous for crews to battle. Downed trees can roll downhill easily, and fire travels uphill quickly, Pearce said.

Local fire departments are helping fight the fire, which is not threatening any homes, and has not caused any injuries.

Pearce said hot, dry weather helped the fire grow from 80 acres in the morning.

“The problem is it’s growing up slope and fire loves a slope and going uphill,” she said.

The temperature rose to about 81 degrees Friday afternoon in nearby Arlington, according Johnny Burg, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Even with less than ideal conditions, Pearce said the fire “hasn’t taken off.”

The cause of the blaze, referred to as the Hot Shot fire, is under investigation.

A second blaze began Friday afternoon about five miles east of Gold Bar.

The fire had burned about 75 acres by 9:30 p.m. Friday and was spreading on U.S. Forest Service land in steep terrain with timber, slash and debris, making it difficult to access, according to a news release from Snohomish County Fire District 7.

The fire district said the blaze, known as the Proctor Creek fire, was prompting them to issue level 1 evacuation notices to some nearby residents. At that level, residents are urged to prepare in case evacuations become necessary.

Multiple local agencies were fighting the fire. DNR crews were being sent to that fire Friday night, Pearce said.


Associated Press reporter Lisa Baumann in Seattle contributed to this story.

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