Bolt Creek Wildfire Update
Update as of 9:40am, September 11th, 2022
The EOC just received notice that the fire is currently estimated to be 7,660 acres with 0% containment. The fire is continuing to spread, but we aren’t aware of the rate yet. There is a higher-level Incident Management Team (IMT II) deploying to the area today. They will have mapping and analysis capabilities that will provide a better understanding of the fire and an idea of what we can anticipate in the coming days.
Date: September 11, 2022
Fire & Evacuations
- The Bolt Creek Fire is still located on the north side of Hwy 2 and has not crossed to the south side.
- At this time, we are waiting for an official estimate of the current size of the fire
- Evacuation orders as set last night are still in effect. Fire and law enforcement are reporting that there is a 50% compliance rate. All residents have been notified, but about half are choosing not to leave the area. As of this morning, there are no current plans to expand the evacuation area.
- There are no injuries or deaths reported. One outbuilding in Grotto was burned early on. It was not a primary residence.
- We are still under a “Red Flag Day”. However, fire is optimistic about the impacts of our anticipated weather on their ability to work this event.
- BNSF will be deploying a fire train to the area. Their focus is on protecting their bridges and overpasses
- We currently have two households and three pets that are sheltering inside of the Weikel Building. I am waiting for an update on the number of people using RV slots.
- The team at DEM has created a Hub where the most current and accurate information related to the Bolt Creek Fire is shared. Please refer interested parties to Wildfire | Snohomish County Public Safety Hub (arcgis.com) for information.
City of Gold Bar Residents
- At this time we are asking residents to conserve water resources to ensure we have adequate water supply for firefighting needs.