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(Updated) Mayor Gere Saturday thanked the fire teams working on the Little Cranberry Lake fire, now mapped at 18.39 acres. And, as of Saturday night, the fire is 85 percent contained.

Ground crews have been able to suppress the fire in part because of the cooler temperatures which have aided their efforts. At this rate, DNR crews expect to finalize their work in the next few days.

Crews will watch the fire tonight and finish containment by Sunday. Even with 100% containment, there will likely still be some hot spots that burn for a while inside the perimeter.
The Little Cranberry Lake area will continue to be closed to non-firefighting personnel while the mop up stage and investigation continue for the next few days.

A saw crew is spent Saturday in the fire area cutting down vulnerable trees before firefighters we're sent into the fire area to reinforce the fireline. 

Often times wildfires undermine root systems and burn away supporting vegetation on sloped areas, causing it to be more hazardous to firefighters. The saw crew will cut down and clear these vulnerable areas prior to firefighters being deployed.

The Department of Natural Resources has approximately 50 firefighters on scene, ready to reinforce the fire line and begin mopping up hot spots in the burn area.

Friday night a "rough fire line" was put in place that has encircled the fire area. 

Firefighters will be reinforcing that line over the next couple of days. Residents may see smoke and columns of hot spots today as the temperature warms up. 

Helicopters may be used today to attack any noted hot spots that are remaining. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,024 Confirmed Skagit Cases
410-419 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

324 Hospitalizations
70 Deaths
48,187 Fully Vaccinated
59,306 Initial Doses Given


385,762 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,019 Hospitalizations

5,614 Deaths Statewide
2,683,216 Fully Vaccinated
3,528,927 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, May 12, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

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