Three days ago the official number of acres burned was barely over 17,000 acres, but new infrared imaging Tuesday showed significant growth since then.

The Norse Peak fire is now over 40,000 acres and growing.

Fire managers reported today that the Norse Peak Fire crossed the Pacific Crest Trail on Monday and entered the Crystal Mountain area while the American Fire crossed Kettle Creek to its east. The new imaging revealed a total of 44,799 acres – up from 17,418 on Sept. 3, had burned.

Mt. Baker Snoqualmie personnel engaged the western edge of the Norse Peak Fire southwest of the Greenwater Trailhead and Greenwater Fire Department personnel completed plumbing and installing sprinklers in the Gold Hill Community. Crews completed work along the 462 Road in the fire’s southwest corner for use as a holding line and will continue work along State Route 410 to the south and southeast. One quarter-acre spot fire south of 410 was detected, contained and mopped up.

Fire managers said crews are working the western edge of the Norse Peak Fire as it continues to threaten structures in several communities in Pierce County and crews are working to get containment.

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