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Kalama, Black Hole, Siouxon, Sunset Fire Update –

Fire Update – October 22, 2022

This morning, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency’s (CRESA 911)  in conjunction with Clark County and Skamania County  lifted the fire evacuation zone for contact in the impacted fire evacuation zones of the Black Hole Fire.  Fire evacuation zones have been removed.  

As a reminder this is still an active fire.  Smoke and even some burning within the fire lines will continue for some time.  Roads on State and Federal Land where the fire is still burning will remain closed.  CRESA Emergency Management encourages residents to continue monitoring fire information while remaining “Alert and Ready.” 

For further updates on this fire please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8436/

Please do not call 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 regarding fire information or assistance with evacuation zones. 

Thank You.

Fire Evacuation Zones (arcgis.com)

Fire Update- October 21, 2022

Overview:  This will be the last update from the Sierra Front/ Nevada Type 3 IMT. Command of the Kalama Fire will be returned to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest at 0700 on Saturday October 22. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team 3 will assume command of the Siouxon and Sunset fires on Saturday morning, October 22. Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team will be assuming command of the Black Hole Fire on October 22. Future fire updates on the Kalama Fire will be posted twice a week, or as fire activity dictates, on the Kalama Fire Inciweb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8420/) and the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest Facebook page. Updates on the Siouxon and Sunset Fires will continue to be provided daily on the Siouxon and Sunset Fire Inciweb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8436/) and on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Facebook page.  

Fire Behavior:  Fire fighters on the Kalama fire continue working on suppression repair activities. Acreage remains at 500 acres and containment remains at 43%.  The Siouxon, Black Hole, and Sunset Fires currently have no containment and are currently at 2396 acres, 605 acres, and 277 acres respectively, with minimal growth.  Crews will continue to conduct suppression operations and assessing the need for additional resources.  There will continue to be multiple road closures in the area of the Siouxon, Black Hole, and Sunset Fires.  The public is asked to stay clear of the fire areas so firefighters can safely do their work.  

Weather: Today’s weather will be cloudy with occasional rain. Maximum temperatures around 56 degrees with light winds and humidity around 75-85%.

 Closures:  Current closures remain in place for the Kalama Fire- View Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1065297.pdf  

Trails: Cinnamon Trail #204, Kalama Ski Trail #231, Toutle Trail #238, Fossil Trail #242, Kalama Falls Trail #242A, Goat Marsh Trail 231D

Roads: Current Road closures.

  • NFS Road No. 8100, from the junction of DNR Road 7200 and DNR Road 7600 to the junction with NFS Road No. 8123 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8100.       
  • NFS Road No 8117 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8117.   
  • NFS Road No. 8122 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8122.        

Attention Climbers: *Access to Climbers Bivouac (and climbing route) is open.

 Additional road closures in the areas of the Sunset, Siouxon, and Black Hole fires will be announced pending forest Closure orders.

Evacuations:   The evacuation level for the Kalama Fire remains at Level 1 “Ready” from the headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River to south of Merrill  Lake, and from the Skamania/Cowlitz County Border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.  All current road closures remain in effect. Level 1 “Ready” has also been ordered in the area around Chelatchie, Amboy and Yacolt.  See attached map for Level 1 evacuation area.

View an evacuation map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1060104.pdf Level 1, Ready Evacuation Level:

  • North to South: From the Headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River, south to Forest Road 7550.
  • East to West: From the Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.
  • North to South: South from Forest Road 7550 to south of Merrill Lake.
  • East to West: Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County

Sign up for county alerts: https://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/196/Emergency-Management

Fire Information Phone Line: 360-449-7874

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8420    

Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gp/fire       

Kalama, Black Hole, Siouxon, Sunset Fire Update – 10-20-2022

Overview:   The Sierra Front/Nevada Incident Management Team 5 continues to work closely with local officials from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Washington Department of Natural Resources to effectively and efficiently manage shared resources currently on the fires and continue assessing needs for additional resources.   

Fire Behavior:  Fire fighters on the Kalama fire continue working on suppression repair activities and cleaning drainages and culverts in anticipation of the predicted rainfall.  Acreage is currently at 500 acres and containment increased to 43%. Crews will continue to reinforce lines on the fire and monitor fire activity.  The Siouxon, Black Hole, and Sunset Fires currently have no containment and are currently at 2359 acres, 561 acres, and 277 acres respectively, with moderate growth.  Crews will continue to conduct suppression operations and assessing the need for additional resources.  There will continue to be multiple road closures in the area of the Siouxon, Black Hole, and Sunset Fires.  The public is asked to stay clear of the fire areas so firefighters can safely do their work.  

Weather: Today’s weather will be partly sunny with 55-65% cloud cover. Maximum temperatures around 70 degrees with light winds and humidity around 45-55%.

 Closures:  Current closures remain in place for the Kalama Fire- View Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1065297.pdf  

Trails: Cinnamon Trail #204, Kalama Ski Trail #231, Toutle Trail #238, Fossil Trail #242, Kalama Falls Trail #242A, Goat Marsh Trail 231D

Roads: Current Road closures.

  • NFS Road No. 8100, from the junction of DNR Road 7200 and DNR Road 7600 to the junction with NFS Road No. 8123 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8100.       
  • NFS Road No 8117 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8117.   
  • NFS Road No. 8122 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8122.        

Attention Climbers: *Access to Climbers Bivouac (and climbing route) is open.

 Additional road closures in the areas of the Sunset, Siouxon, and Black Hole fires will be announced pending forest Closure orders.

Evacuations:   The evacuation level for the Kalama Fire remains at Level 1 “Ready” from the headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River to south of Merrill  Lake, and from the Skamania/Cowlitz County Border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.  All current road closures remain in effect. Level 1 “Ready” has also been ordered in the area around Chelatchie, Amboy and Yacolt.  See attached map for Level 1 evacuation area.

View an evacuation map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1060104.pdf

Level 1, Ready Evacuation Level:

  • North to South: From the Headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River, south to Forest Road 7550.
  • East to West: From the Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.
  • North to South: South from Forest Road 7550 to south of Merrill Lake.
  • East to West: Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County

Sign up for county alerts: https://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/196/Emergency-Management

Size: 500 acres with potential for growth. Containment: 43% Cause: Under investigation.

Fire Information Phone Line: 360-449-7874

Public Information Officer: Nate Leising: 775-720-2749

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8420    

Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gp/fire       

Kalama, Black Hole, Siouxon, Sunset Fire Update – 10-19-2022

Overview:   The Sierra Front/Nevada Incident Management Team 5 continues to work closely with local officials from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Washington Department of Natural Resources to effectively and efficiently manage shared resources currently on the fires and continue assessing needs for additional resources.   

Fire Behavior:  Fire fighters on the Kalama fire are progressing well on suppression repair activities.  Acreage remains at 495 acres and containment remains at 37%. Crews will continue to reinforce lines on the fire and monitor fire activity.  The Siouxon, Black Hole, and Sunset Fires currently have no containment and remain at 2000 acres, 410 acres, and 187 acres respectively, with no reported growth.  Crews will continue to conduct suppression operations and assessing the need for additional resources.  There will continue to be multiple road closures in the area of the Siouxon, Black Hole, and Sunset Fires.  The public is asked to stay clear of the fire areas so firefighters can safely do their work.  

Weather: Today’s weather will continue to be mostly sunny with some haze. Maximum temperatures around 75 with light winds and humidity around 35%.

 Closures:  Current closures remain in place for the Kalama Fire- View Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1065297.pdf  

Trails: Cinnamon Trail #204, Kalama Ski Trail #231, Toutle Trail #238, Fossil Trail #242, Kalama Falls Trail #242A, Goat Marsh Trail 231D

Roads: Current Road closures.

  • NFS Road No. 8100, from the junction of DNR Road 7200 and DNR Road 7600 to the junction with NFS Road No. 8123 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8100.       
  • NFS Road No 8117 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8117.   
  • NFS Road No. 8122 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 8122.        

Attention Climbers: *Access to Climbers Bivouac (and climbing route) is open.

 Additional road closures in the areas of the Sunset, Siouxon, and Black Hole fires will be announced pending forest Closure orders.

Evacuations:   The evacuation level for the Kalama Fire remains at Level 1 “Ready” from the headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River to south of Merrill  Lake, and from the Skamania/Cowlitz County Border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.  All current road closures remain in effect. Level 1 “Ready” has also been ordered in the area around Chelatchie, Amboy and Yacolt.  See attached map for Level 1 evacuation area.

View an evacuation map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1060104.pdf

Level 1, Ready Evacuation Level:

  • North to South: From the Headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River, south to Forest Road 7550.
  • East to West: From the Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.
  • North to South: South from Forest Road 7550 to south of Merrill Lake.
  • East to West: Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County

Sign up for county alerts: https://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/196/Emergency-Management

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