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Big Hollow Update

Final fromFrom Northwest Incident Management Team 12

9/21/2020


The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Weather today will be cool with a possibility of light precipitation. Heavy rain is predicted to move into the area Wednesday and stay through Saturday. Northwest Team 12 will be transitioning off the Big Hollow Fire at 6 PM tonight, to be replaced by two Type 3 teams. One on the east side and one on the west side of the fire. The members of Northwest Team 12 greatly appreciate the outpouring of community support, offers of assistance, and encouraging signs along the road.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Crews finished the control line behind the guard station at Government Mineral Springs and they continue to monitor the area. An indirect control line was finished along the north and east flanks of the fire. Heavy equipment was moved out of the S6000 and S1000 road and will be reassigned to another area of the fire.

Today’s Operations:

Fire crews are carefully watching the fire in case it backs down towards the Wind River Highway and are prepared to suppress and hold the fire if it reaches the Highway. At Government Mineral Springs, fire crews are continuing to patrol and monitor the situation. All other portions of the fire are in patrol and monitor stage, with some clean-up still being finished.

Closures:

All level 1 evacuation orders have been dropped. There continues to be a level 3 evacuation order in effect for Government Mineral Springs. 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 for Gifford Pinchot National Forest remains at IFPL 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 or foggy conditions.

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