Newcastle blaze still smoldering, trail reopened

Bellevue FD responded to the brush fire in late September

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:30am
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As of Oct. 25, a brush fire that ignited in September in the May Creek ravine is still smoldering — but poses no risk, fire officials said. And the May Creek Trail has been reopened.

People are asked to stick to the posted trail and not veer off. Landslide hazards and smoke remain near the fire.

The blaze began on Sept. 23, in the 12200 block of Southeast 95th Way in Newcastle. It was caused after decomposing organic material ignited near illegally dumped debris and grass clippings.

Bellevue firefighters remained on scene all night combating hot spots as they flared. Public works staff assisted in monitoring the impacts the fire had on May Creek. The fire was on a steep hillside, meaning there was poor access. And the size of the fire and location posed challenges for containing it.

On Sept. 24, fire officials said the best approach to keeping the fire under wraps was to allow it to burn itself out. A day later they reported that the fire was not spreading and they estimated it would be out in 10 days.

Smoke was still wafting out on Oct. 1. Pedestrians were told to prepare for a prolonged closure of the May Creek Trail. Fire officials were concerned with the high levels of carbon monoxide and the dangers the odorless gas could cause.

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