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Big Hollow Fire Update #7

September 15, 2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Smoke, fog and a slight chance rain are forecast. Temperatures will be in the high 60s, with winds under 10 mph.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Crews continued firing in the west along roads 57 and 58, and prepped roads to burn a control line at the fire’s southern edge. Crews cleared fuels along roads S1000 and S6000 in the Siouxon Block and built containment lines. Crews monitored fire progress above the west ridge of Wind River Hwy, held the fire on Road 201 and scouted northeast for containment opportunities. Structure protection continued at Government Mineral Springs and sprinklers were installed. Crews prepped Trapper Creek Trail as a possible containment line in the southeast, but did not work in the Trapper Creek Wilderness.

Today’s Operations:

Crews will continue firing operations along roads 57 and 58, and monitor and install fire lines to limit fire progress south of Canyon Creek. To the northwest, crews will continue to prep roads S1000 and S6000 and monitor the fire to limit westerly spread. Crews will monitor fire in the Wind River drainage and reduce fuels as needed to stop fire spread. To limit fire spread east of the Wind River Hwy, crews will burn a control line east of Road 64 and north of Road 201. Crews will monitor around structures at Government Mineral Springs and continue to clear vegetation on Trapper Creek Trail.

Closures:

There is a level 3 evacuation order in effect for Government Mineral Springs. There is a level 1 evacuation order in effect north and west of the fire, including Yale, Cougar, Northwoods and parts of Amboy and Yacolt. Area closures include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, most forest roads and trails in southwest Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Closures for the Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake Natural Conservation Area also are in place. The Pacific Crest Trail is open.

Safety Message:

Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Be cautious driving in low visibility. There is an air quality alert in place for unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

  • SIZE: 20,805 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 10%
  • PERSONNEL: 284
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 6, Engines 9, Dozers, Water Tenders 1
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 1, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

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