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April 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Silverdale Boy Scout was killed by rolling log

A 12-year-old Silverdale boy was killed Saturday when a log rolled over him during a Boy Scout outing in the Olympic National Forest, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. The boy and three other Scouts were trying to roll the log down a steep boulder field into Lena Lake at about 9 a.m. Saturday when…

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July 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Wildfire burning at Mount Si as King County issues burn ban

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m. | Fire spokesmen say nearly 180 homes are now threatened by a wildfire burning near Satus Pass in south-central Washington while east of Seattle, crews worked on a small wildfire just outside of North Bend, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The new fire on Mount Si, a popular hiking destination, was 50 percent contained by 5 p.m. Friday and had burned about two acres. Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Backer told KOMO-TV  local fire engine companies responded before handing the fire over to the state Department of Natural Resources. A DNR helicopter has dropped water on the blaze and crews were able to create a hose line around it.

Spokesman Mark Grassel says the fire near Goldendale has burned 4,600 acres or about 7 square miles along the top of Satus Pass. No homes have been lost. Most of U.S. Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish remains closed due to the fire

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.  | A wildfire outside of North Bend on Mount Si is growing and spreading into a wilderness area, according to Eastside Fire and Rescue.

Only a small portion of the fire is accessible from a road, and the fire is moving uphill away from that road.

The state Department of Natural Resources has a helicopter responding from Ellensburg, about 80 miles away.

No evacuations have been ordered.

 ORIGINAL POST | A small wildfire began outside of North Bend on Mount Si on Friday afternoon, the same day that officials issued a burn ban for King County.

The one-acre fire caused concern because it was visible from Interstate 90, according to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

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