A second helicopter has joined the battle to contain a fire on Mount Si.
Although the size of the fire grew from 2 acres Friday to 11 or 12 acres by Saturday afternoon, state Department of Natural Resources dispatcher Doreen Smith said the helicopters’ water drops have been effective in “holding the fire in check at the top.”
Smith had said earlier that the fire was contained at its bottom edge but not at the top. No new figure was available on the percent of the fire that is contained. DNR estimated 50 percent containment Friday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Officials closed the Mount Si trail system Saturday morning as a safety precaution to protect hikers as helicopters flew over the steep terrain. Between 40 to 45 firefighters are attacking the fire from the air and on the ground.
The fire is in DNR forestland on the south side of Mount Si.