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Big Hollow Fire Update #11

9/19/2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. There will be cool temperatures and rain showers thorough the day. Another storm system is expected by the middle of next week.

Yesterday’s Operations:

The south and west areas of the fire are in patrol and clean-up stage. Finishing work and clean-up was conducted along the 31 Rd. Fire near Wind River Highway continues to be monitored. Hand crews continued to improve the trail system in the southeast area of the fire near Government Mineral Springs, and continued to monitor.

Today’s Operations:

Patrols will continue along the 57 and 58 roads. A pause will be taken along the S6000 and S1000 roads to reassess the roads. 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. The road to Government Mineral Springs will be prepped to the guard station. Crews will monitor around Government Mineral Springs and provide point protection around structures with sprinklers and hose lays. Hand crews will continue prepping 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 Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the National Forest has been reduced from an IV to a II.

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.

Wildfires – 2020

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