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Water-dropping helicopters have been brought in to fight a fire in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake and just west of Forest Ridge.

Fire crews from the city, state Department of Natural Resources and Mt Erie Fire Department overnight fought what Anacortes Fire Chief Richard Curtis termed a “slowly burning” fire which was first reported at around 8pm Thursday night.

Curtis Friday morning said about 20 fire personnel were on the ground fighting the fire that he said had covered 10-12 acres by Friday morning.

But, by mid-morning a second helicopter had been called in along with another DNR hand crew from Yakima.

Curtis said the fire doesn’t endanger anyone outside the forest and he didn’t forecast any change in wind conditions. No evacuations are needed at this time, he added.

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Jonn Lunsford, with the city Parks and Recreation Department send an email Thursday night saying, “We are posting signs and closing trails in that area. Please let your friends and family know that the best thing they can do to help fire crews is to stay out of the Little Cranberry area entirely.”

Mayor Gere said, “DNR Red Flag firefighters are experts in these types of fires and are keeping us well informed in how the fire is progressing and are managing the fire.”

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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