Bodie Mountain fire burns near Northport

S-E Editor

Red Flag Warning issued on Sunday

The Bodie Mountain Fire, burning five miles south of Northport, was 25 percent contained as of Sunday, according to Megan Hill, Public Information Officer.

Hill said that a Red Flag warning in the fire area on Sunday had been issued for high temperatures, wind and low humidity.

“Firefighters will be heads up for changes throughout the day,” Hill noted.

The fire had burned 34 acres as of Sunday and was being managed by the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Type 3 Team.

Additional resources from fire districts in Stevens County were added to crews already fighting the fire, which started last Thursday afternoon in an active logging area near Onion Creek on Bodie Mountain.

The fire was spread by high winds in a densely forested area, Hill noted.

The fire was initially fought by Stevens County fire districts, Department of Natural Resources crews, U.S. Forest Service firefighters and private contractors.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” Hill said. “Six homes are threatened, but no evacuation orders have been issued.”

No structures have been lost and there are no road closures in the affected area. One firefighter sustained a hand injury and was treated and released.

Hill said firefighters continued to work Sunday on hot spots on the fire, which is burning in steep terrain and logging slash. Hand crews, brush engines and tenders are working day and night. No air resources had been committed to the fire on Sunday.

The Bodie Fire is burning in rugged terrain south of Northport.

Catch up on area fires in the August 24, 2016 edition of the Statesman-Examiner.