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Big Hollow Fire Update #10

9/18/2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Cool weather and a wetting rain are expected to arrive today and stay through Saturday afternoon. Warm and dry conditions will return Sunday through Tuesday.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Heavy equipment work was completed on the S6000 and S1000 roads. A direct line was cut north of the spot fire within the DNR Siouxon block. Prep along the 3105 and 3107 has been completed. Sprinkler installation and operational checks were completed around Government Mineral Springs cabins. Crews continued to monitor the fire in the Trapper Creek drainage. The fire west of Wind River road and the work on the 54 road was monitored.

Today’s Operations:

Patrols will continue along the 57 and 58 roads. Prep work will continue on S6000, S1000, and S2000 roads to limit fire spread. Rayonier/Pope Resources will resume a logging operation in the north that was paused due to the fire. Crews will monitor fire on the ridge west of Wind River Hwy. and in the Wind River drainage. The 31 road system will be prepped and any fire that reaches FS 30 will be suppressed. Crews will monitor around Government Mineral Springs and prep Trapper Creek Trail. Improvements will continue on FS 5407 to limit fire spread South of Canyon Creek.

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 Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the National Forest has been reduced from an IV to a III.

Safety Message:

Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Be cautious when driving on wet roads and in smoky conditions.

Clark County

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