BRYANT — A state fire crew expected to battle hotspots for days after a nearly 100-acre brush fire broke out Wednesday afternoon north of Arlington.
The fire erupted around 3:45 p.m. on farmland along Highway 9, south of Stanwood-Bryant Road. In the hours that followed, wind whipped flames through wetlands in a kind of a U shape toward Kackman Road, said North County Fire Chief John Cermak.
An initial rough estimate suggested the fire torched about 40 acres, but because of its off-kilter dimensions, it was not easy to judge the size. A later estimate pegged the burnt land at 80 to 100 acres.
Around 100 firefighters — from North County, neighboring fire districts and the state Department of Natural Resources — responded to quell the flames. It was under control by sunset, and moisture in cooler ocean air helped to dampen the ground.
No people were hurt. No buildings were damaged.
An official cause hasn’t been declared, though early on firefighters suspected someone’s outdoor burning got out of control.
DNR firefighters continued to extinguish smoldering roots and trees on Thursday, and North County firefighters planned to provide a tender to help with water supply.
Department of Natural Resources firefighters Josh Etringer and John Goodwin cut and clear a path as they battle to keep fire from reaching power poles along Highway 9 on Wednesday in Bryant. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Getchell Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Stocker flies a drone to look for hot spots using a thermal camera at a brush fire along Highway 9 on Wednesday in Bryant. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jason Shield of South County Fire watches a fire as multiple strike teams from Snohomish County fire departments fight a large brush fire along Highway 9 on Wednesday in Bryant. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A woman watches as fire spreads across her property while multiple strike teams from Snohomish County fire departments fight a brush fire along Highway 9 on Wednesday in Bryant. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)