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Big Hollow Update #5

September 13, 2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12


The Big Hollow Fire is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Temperatures will be similar or slightly cooler than yesterday. Winds will shift to the southwest and help to alleviate smoke at high elevations.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Thick smoke diminished fire behavior but also decreased visibility. There was some reduction in smoke at higher elevations, resulting higher temperatures. In the southwest, crews conducted firing operations along the 57 road to secure the fire edge. In the Siouxon block, crews made progress constructing control lines using heavy equipment. The fire grew in the east, burning down the ridge west of Wind River Hwy and Middle Butte. Crews continued to prep the cabins at Government Mineral Springs for fire protection. Residents of the cabins were escorted in to retrieve belongings.

Today’s Operations:

Acreage has incrementally increased over the past three days while updated maps were unavailable. Current size is approximated at 18,110 acres. In the southwest, crews will hold the area where firing operations occurred and prep control lines. Crews will continue to construct lines in the Siouxon block using heavy equipment and focusing on the 1000 road. Firefighters will resume assessing structures in Chelatchie Prairie, Yale, and Northwood. Crews will finish setting sprinklers at Government Mineral Springs, scout trails for potential containment lines, and begin clearing lines.

Closures & Evacuations:

The 42 cabins at Government Mineral Springs are under a Level 3 evacuation. Carson Fish Hatchery is not under an evacuation order. The areas SE and NW of Yale Reservoir, including the communities of Yale and Cougar, are under a Level 2 evacuation. The areas NE and SW of the Level 2 evacuation area, including the community of Northwoods and portions of the towns of Amboy and Yacolt, are under a Level 1 evacuation. The Forest Service has issued area closures in the SW portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, and most forest roads and trails within the closure area. The Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake Natural Conservation Area. The Pacific Crest Trail is open

  • SIZE: 18,110 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 0%
  • PERSONNEL: 228
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 7, Engines 9 Masticator 1, Dozers 0, Water Tenders 2
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 0, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

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