Bolt Creek Fire Update, September 27th, 2022

Update, Sept. 27th, 2022: 10am

US 2 IS CLOSED: The Washington DOT has closed US 2 again due to fire activity and falling trees/debris along the road.
Fire Update: A Fire Weather Watch remains in place today across the Bolt Creek Fire area, but conditions are expected to moderate with increasing cloud cover and potential moisture tonight and tomorrow morning. Near Skykomish, the fire continued to creep along Beckler Road yesterday, and crews will continue to both mitigate hazard trees and mop up in this area today.The fire also continued to back down toward US 2 from mile marker 46 to 49, resulting in some larger, unburned pockets of vegetation burning along the road overnight. Falling trees, rocks and debris from these burning pockets forced the closure of US 2 again overnight, but evacuations in the area have not changed. The public can expect smoke in the valley and along ridge tops throughout the day again today, and potentially more visible flames both during the day and into the evening.
Weather: A Fire Weather Watch is in effect today. Today will be mostly sunny with high in the 70’s on ridges and 80’s in the valley. Humidity will moderate to 22 to 32 percent. East winds are predicted at 3-5 MPH with gusts to 8 MPH in the morning, but will become west/southwest in the afternoon as cloud cover moves in.
Evacuation Levels: Evacuation levels have not changed since Sunday.
Level 1 (Ready): Index.
Level 1 (Ready): South of U.S. 2 near Index, including Index Estates and the Lake Serene Trailhead.
Level 1 (Ready): East of Skykomish, from the Beckler River to Forest Service Road 66, north and south of U.S. 2 including Foss River Road.
No other evacuation guidance for occupied areas of Snohomish County.
Level 2 (Set): Baring and Grotto and area along U.S. 2 east to the Money Creek tunnel continues.
Level 2 (Set): Skykomish – Get set to leave on short notice. Formerly Level 1 (Ready).
Residents in the area should remain vigilant. The area remains hazardous. Conditions could change quickly, and evacuations may again become necessary.
Level 3 (Go): From west side of Money Creek tunnel to milepost 48, plus FS Road 65 (Beckler River Road).
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