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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.

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.

Big Hollow Fire Update #9

9/17/2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Cool and wet weather is expected to arrive today and stay through Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible tonight.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Crews patrolled the control line along the 57 and 58 roads, conducting mopup where necessary. Crews continued to prepare the S1000 and S6000 roads and evaluated options to contain the spot fire within the DNR Siouxon block using the S2000 road. Crews began removing fuels along the 3105 and 6401 roads to create a containment line for the northwest. Structure protection work was completed around Government Mineral Springs cabins. Crews continued to monitor the fire in the Trapper Creek drainage. Outside the wilderness, the 54 and 5407 roads were prepared to serve as a southern containment line.

Today’s Operations:

Crews will continue patrols along the 57 and 58 roads. Work will continue on the S1000, S6000, and S2000 roads to limit fire spread to the west and protect timber values. An area to the north will be reopened for Rayonier/Pope Resources to resume a logging operation paused due to the fire. Crews will monitor fire on the ridge west of Wind River Hwy. with the intent of suppressing any fire that may reach the road. The fire is held along the 201 road. Firing operations around the 64 and 201 roads are completed, and the area will be patrolled. Crews will monitor fire around Trapper Creek and Government Mineral Springs. Road prep will continue on the 54 and 5407 roads as a southwestern containment line.

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

Safety Message:

Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Be cautious driving in low visibility. There is an air quality alert in place. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

  • SIZE: 22, 973 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 15%
  • PERSONNEL: 327
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 8, Engines 12, Dozers 5, Water Tenders 1
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 1, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7171/

Big Hollow Fire Update #8

September 16, 2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Some smoke, and morning fog are in the forecast with temperatures up to the mid 70’s. Variable winds will be under 10 mph.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Firefighters suppressed a new start in the Trapper Creek Wilderness that could have threatened containment lines. Equipment and crew numbers continued to increase as crews held road 57 after resuming firing to consume fuels inside the control line; they also resumed firing along road 58. Crews used heavy equipment to continue clearing roads S1000 and S6000, and worked to limit fire spread south of Canyon Creek. Crews reduced fuels in the Wind River drainage, and burned a control line east of Road 64 and north of Road 201 to stem fire spread east of Wind River Hwy. Crews cleared and secured areas around structures at Government Mineral Springs

Today’s Operations:

Crews will continue holding the fire along roads 57 and 58, and monitor and build fire lines to keep the fire from spreading south of Canyon Creek. Work will continue on roads S1000 and S6000 as crews monitor the fire to limit westerly spread. Crews will monitor fire in the Wind River drainage and reduce fuels as needed to stop fire spread. Crews will continue yesterday’s work of burning a control line east of Road 64 and north of Road 201. Crews will monitor around structures to the south and clear vegetation on Trapper Creek Trail to confine a planned burn of fuels inside the fire line.

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 Pacific Crest Trail is open.

Safety Message:

Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Be cautious driving in low visibility. There is an air quality alert in place for unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

  • SIZE: 22, 153 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 15%
  • PERSONNEL: 367
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 10, Engines 13, Dozers 3, Water Tenders 1
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 1, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

Big Hollow Fire Update #7

September 15, 2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Smoke, fog and a slight chance rain are forecast. Temperatures will be in the high 60s, with winds under 10 mph.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Crews continued firing in the west along roads 57 and 58, and prepped roads to burn a control line at the fire’s southern edge. Crews cleared fuels along roads S1000 and S6000 in the Siouxon Block and built containment lines. Crews monitored fire progress above the west ridge of Wind River Hwy, held the fire on Road 201 and scouted northeast for containment opportunities. Structure protection continued at Government Mineral Springs and sprinklers were installed. Crews prepped Trapper Creek Trail as a possible containment line in the southeast, but did not work in the Trapper Creek Wilderness.

Today’s Operations:

Crews will continue firing operations along roads 57 and 58, and monitor and install fire lines to limit fire progress south of Canyon Creek. To the northwest, crews will continue to prep roads S1000 and S6000 and monitor the fire to limit westerly spread. Crews will monitor fire in the Wind River drainage and reduce fuels as needed to stop fire spread. To limit fire spread east of the Wind River Hwy, crews will burn a control line east of Road 64 and north of Road 201. Crews will monitor around structures at Government Mineral Springs and continue to clear vegetation on 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 Pacific Crest Trail is open.

Safety Message:

Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Be cautious driving in low visibility. There is an air quality alert in place for unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

  • SIZE: 20,805 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 10%
  • PERSONNEL: 284
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 6, Engines 9, Dozers, Water Tenders 1
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 1, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

Big Hollow Fire Update #6

September 14, 2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12
The Big Hollow Fire is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Temperatures will cool by a few degrees from yesterday, with light winds out of the southwest.

Yesterday’s Operations:

The layer of smoke continued to reduce at higher elevations. This resulted in higher temperatures and drier weather at high elevations of the fire. Crews continued firing operations in the southwest area of the fire, moving east along the 57 and 58 roads to secure the fire edge. Containment lines along the 1000 road in the Siouxon block were near completion. Road systems along the eastern edge of the fire were scouted for potential containment opportunities. Crews continued installing sprinklers around the cabins at Government Mineral Springs and conducted some fuel reduction around the structures. The team held a virtual community meeting, which is available for viewing at https://www.facebook.com/GiffordPinchot.

Today’s Operations:

In the west, crews will continue firing operations along the 57 and 58 roads. Road prep will occur ahead of the firing operations in order to implement a direct control line along the southern edge of the fire. Crews will continue to construct indirect containment lines and clear fuels north along the 1000 and 6000 roads in the Siouxon block. In the east, crews will monitor fire progress on the ridge west of Wind River Hwy, hold fire on the 201 road, and scout for possible containment opportunities in the northeast. Structure protection work will continue at Government Mineral Springs. Crews will begin to prep the Trapper Creek Trail as a possible containment line should the fire progress southeast. No work will be conducted in the Trapper Creek Wilderness.

Closures & Evacuations:

The cabins at Government Mineral Springs are under a Level 3 evacuation order. Carson Fish Hatchery is not under an evacuation order. Areas north and west of the fire are under a Level 1 evacuation order, including Yale, Cougar, Northwoods and portions of the towns of Amboy and Yacolt. The Forest Service has issued area closures in the SW portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, and most forest roads and trails. The Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake Natural Conservation Area. The Pacific Crest Trail is open

  • SIZE: 20,805 acres
  • COMPLETION OF OBJECTIVES: 15%
  • CONTAINMENT: 10%
  • PERSONNEL: 262
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 8, Engines 9 Masticator 1, Dozers 0, Water Tenders 2
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 0, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

Reduced Levels of Evacuation Released on Big Hollow Fire

9/13/2020 5 PM

NorthWest Incident Management Team 12 in conjunction with Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties, have reduced residents who are currently in Level 2 (Be Ready) Evacuation Zone to Level 1(Be Alert).  Those currently in Level 1 will remain in Level 1 for now.  Current Weather Conditions and Fire Activity have contributed to this downgrade.  At this time, the Big Hollow Fire has not entered Clark County 

For a closer look, please visit our online interact map: CRESA 911 Interactive Wildfire Map 2020

Big Hollow Update #5

September 13, 2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12


The Big Hollow Fire is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Temperatures will be similar or slightly cooler than yesterday. Winds will shift to the southwest and help to alleviate smoke at high elevations.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Thick smoke diminished fire behavior but also decreased visibility. There was some reduction in smoke at higher elevations, resulting higher temperatures. In the southwest, crews conducted firing operations along the 57 road to secure the fire edge. In the Siouxon block, crews made progress constructing control lines using heavy equipment. The fire grew in the east, burning down the ridge west of Wind River Hwy and Middle Butte. Crews continued to prep the cabins at Government Mineral Springs for fire protection. Residents of the cabins were escorted in to retrieve belongings.

Today’s Operations:

Acreage has incrementally increased over the past three days while updated maps were unavailable. Current size is approximated at 18,110 acres. In the southwest, crews will hold the area where firing operations occurred and prep control lines. Crews will continue to construct lines in the Siouxon block using heavy equipment and focusing on the 1000 road. Firefighters will resume assessing structures in Chelatchie Prairie, Yale, and Northwood. Crews will finish setting sprinklers at Government Mineral Springs, scout trails for potential containment lines, and begin clearing lines.

Closures & Evacuations:

The 42 cabins at Government Mineral Springs are under a Level 3 evacuation. Carson Fish Hatchery is not under an evacuation order. The areas SE and NW of Yale Reservoir, including the communities of Yale and Cougar, are under a Level 2 evacuation. The areas NE and SW of the Level 2 evacuation area, including the community of Northwoods and portions of the towns of Amboy and Yacolt, are under a Level 1 evacuation. The Forest Service has issued area closures in the SW portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, and most forest roads and trails within the closure area. The Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake Natural Conservation Area. The Pacific Crest Trail is open

  • SIZE: 18,110 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 0%
  • PERSONNEL: 228
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 7, Engines 9 Masticator 1, Dozers 0, Water Tenders 2
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters 0, Fixed Wing 0
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

Big Hollow Update #4

9/12/2020

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12

The Big Hollow Fire is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Temperatures will be slightly warmer today with a high around 70 degrees. Light winds and smoke are expected.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Growth occurred in all areas of the fire. The region is filled with thick smoke from west coast fires, which diminished fire behavior bu also decreased visibility. Crews continued to construct control lines using heavy equipment in the DNR Siouxon block. The northeast was scouted for potential containment line locations. Crews began to prep the cabins at Government Mineral Springs for fire protection. Crews conducted firing operations along the 57 road to slow the fire spread south. Structures near Yale Reservoir and Swift Reservoir were assessed for risk. A live public meeting was held via Facebook and is available for viewing at https://www.facebook.com/GiffordPinchot

Today’s Operations:

Acreage remains the same due to smoke preventing completion of the mapping mission. Scouting for potential containment lines will continue to the northeast and east. Firing Operations will be evaluated and implemented along the Wind River Hwy. A sprinkler system will be set up around cabins at Government Mineral Springs. Indirect line construction will continue to the west. Structures will be assessed for risk in Chelatchie Prairie, Yale, and Northwood. More resources will be arriving in support of the fire.

Closures and Evacuations:

The 42 cabins at Government Mineral Springs are under Level 3 evacuation order. The areas SE and NW of Yale Reservoir including the communities of Yale and Cougar are under Level 2 evacuation order. The area northeast and southwest of the Level 2 evacuation area, including the community of Northwoods and portions of the towns of Amboy and Yacolt, are under Level 1 evacuation orders. The Forest Service has issued area closures in the southwest portions of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, trail, and most forest roads and trails within the closure area. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and recreation sites within the Merrill Lake Conservation Area. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open.

  • SIZE: 12,050 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 0%
  • PERSONNEL: 161
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 6, Engines 9, Masiticator 1, Dozers, Water Tenders
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters Fixed Wing
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

Big Hollow Update #3

9/11/2020 12PM

From Northwest Incident Management Team 12


Northwest Incident Management Team 12 took command at 6:00 AM on the Big Hollow Fire 15 miles northwest of Carson and 7 miles southeast of Cougar, Washington. Weather is expected to be partly cloudy and very smokey, with temperatures in the low to mid-70s. Light westerly winds of 7 to 12 mph are forecasted, shifting to southwesterly in the evening.

Operations Today:

Indirect control lines are being constructed with heavy equipment and roads to protect the communities of Cougar, Chelatchie and Yale to the west. Structure protection is being implemented to protect cabins at Government Mineral Springs and the Carson National Fish Hatchery. Firefighters are also assessing the risk to structures to the north and east in the fire area.

Closures:
The Forest Service has issued area closures in the southwest portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that include most developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day-use and wilderness areas, and most forest roads and trails within the closure area. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has issued closures for the Siouxon Block and recreation sites within the Merill Lake Conservation Area.

Safety Message:
Evacuation levels 1 (ready), 2 (set), and 3 (go) are currently in use. Level 2 evacuation orders are in place for the areas around Yale Lake. Level 1 closures have been issued for the areas around Swift Reservoir and south of Lake Merwin. There is an air quality alert in place for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon for unhealthy and hazardous conditions. Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/. Be aware of low visibility and possible traffic congestion from firefighting vehicles and equipment on forest roads.

Big Hollow 9/11/2020 Day Shift
  • SIZE: 12,050 acres
  • CONTAINMENT: 0%
  • PERSONNEL: 88
  • CAUSE: unknown
  • RESOURCES: Hand Crews 2 Engines 9 Dozers Water Tenders
  • AIRCRAFT: Helicopters Fixed Wing
  • FIRE INFORMATION: (971) 333-8602 bighollowfireinfo@gmail.com INCIWEB: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/7171/

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