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July 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

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Mount Si wildfire


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

An Inmate crew from Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, Wash. battles an 18-acre fire on Mount Si in North Bend Sunday July 28, 2013. The fire, called the 444th Fire, is near but not threatening homes, so no one has been evacuated. Saturday, two helicopters dumped water on the fire to bring the heat down to make it a little easier for ground crews to fight the fire up close. About 80 firefighters are working the fire, which is made more difficult by the steep and rocky cliffs on the mountain.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Firefighter Mike Tjosvold from Eastside Fire and Rescue digs a fire line to battle an 18-acre fire on Mount Si in North Bend, Sunday July 28, 2013.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The fire is considered 50 percent contained, and did not grow in size on Sunday. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources and Eastside Fire and Rescue are fighting the fire, which is burning between the Mount Si and Little Si trails. Recreational hiking trails are closed and will likely be closed for at least a week.

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