(Uodated 8:00 pm Friday) As two water-dropping helicopters and fire crews work on a fire just east of Little Cranberry Lake, the city says the fire may need “active management” for several weeks, adding that no evacuations are expected.
8:00pm Update from the City of Anacortes:.
Fire crews continue to make good progress. Weather conditions have been favorable and forecasts look to be even better tomorrow. Crews will remain on site to monitor the fire through the night. No structures are in immediate danger and no evacuations are suggested.
In a statement shortly after noon on Friday, the city said with a new crew added, there are now 50 firefighters working the fire on the ground, with another crew from the state Department of Natural Resources expected on Saturday.
Two DNR helicopters are working on the hot spots to help keep the fire down and to slow the speed of spreading. Each bucket is dropping 250-300 gallons of water.
Residents east of Cranberry Lake are reporting ash falling in their neighborhood. Anacortes Fire Department staff are meeting with residents in the area who are concerned. On a precautionary basis, residents may wish to dampen their yards and belongings with water.
This map shows the extent of the fire (shown in red), as of noon, Friday.
DNR is providing incident management through a long-standing agreement with the City of Anacortes.
The city says the weather conditions are favorable with light winds helping the fire to move slowly.
North Cranberry is closed to public access. Access to Cranberry Lake area is restricted to fire personnel only. Parks staff has barricaded trail access.
Residents are urged to stay away from the area to allow firefighters to focus on the fire management. No evacuations are expected. No road delays are expected as part of the fire management.
For timely updates, see Anacortes Fire Department Facebook page, follow the fire on Twitter at #littlecranberryfire, or City of Anacortes website.