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Big Hollow Fire Update #9

9/17/2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Cool and wet weather is expected to arrive today and stay through Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible tonight.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Crews patrolled the control line along the 57 and 58 roads, conducting mopup where necessary. Crews continued to prepare the S1000 and S6000 roads and evaluated options to contain the spot fire within the DNR Siouxon block using the S2000 road. Crews began removing fuels along the 3105 and 6401 roads to create a containment line for the northwest. Structure protection work was completed around Government Mineral Springs cabins. Crews continued to monitor the fire in the Trapper Creek drainage. Outside the wilderness, the 54 and 5407 roads were prepared to serve as a southern containment line.

Today’s Operations:

Crews will continue patrols along the 57 and 58 roads. Work will continue on the S1000, S6000, and S2000 roads to limit fire spread to the west and protect timber values. An area to the north will be reopened for Rayonier/Pope Resources to resume a logging operation paused due to the fire. Crews will monitor fire on the ridge west of Wind River Hwy. with the intent of suppressing any fire that may reach the road. The fire is held along the 201 road. Firing operations around the 64 and 201 roads are completed, and the area will be patrolled. Crews will monitor fire around Trapper Creek and Government Mineral Springs. Road prep will continue on the 54 and 5407 roads as a southwestern containment line.

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

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. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

  • SIZE: 22, 973 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 15%
  • PERSONNEL: 327
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 8, Engines 12, Dozers 5, 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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