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Nakia Creek Fire Update 10/20/22 AM

CAMAS, Wash. – Firefighters continue to make progress on the Nakia Creek Fire northeast of Camas, Washington. Improved weather conditions aided firefighters, who continued constructing handlines around the fire and mopping up hot spots. Yesterday, evacuation restrictions were reduced in some areas. Please refer to the evacuation section below for the most up-to-date information. Overall, containment has increased to 23%, and the size of the fire has slightly grown to 1,918 acres, an increase of 49 acres since Wednesday morning. Small growth is expected as handline construction is completed.

On Wednesday, visibility improved, allowing air resources to aid the suppression effort. Aircraft were able to focus on hot spots in steep, hard-to-reach areas of the fire.  Managers hope to continue to utilize air resources in the suppression effort today. A Temporary Flight Restriction has been implemented around the fire to limit any aircraft not associated with firefighting activities in the airspace.

Firefighter safety is a primary objective. Tree fellers are being utilized to remove dangerous trees weakened by the fire and pose a safety hazard. For firefighter and public safety, road and forest closures are in place, limiting entrance to residential traffic. We ask for the public’s assistance in avoiding roads and areas where firefighters are actively working.

Looking forward, a weather system will move into the region on Friday, bringing typical rainy fall weather.  Rainfall amounts from Friday afternoon are predicted to be half to one inch. Rain will taper off Saturday morning, with wet weather returning Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday.  Extended forecasts predict a more normal weather pattern will remain, bringing an end to an unusually dry start to fall across the region.

Evacuations: Evacuation levels from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are evaluated daily. Residents can search their address for current evacuation levels here: https://tinyurl.com/NakiaCreekEvacs

Evacuations also include the Larch Mountain Corrections Center. Please check with the Washington Department of Corrections for further information.

Sign up for county alerts: http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/alerts-warnings/

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