East Crater Fire

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East Crater Fire


Revised and Reduced Closure
As colder temperatures, higher humidity, and substantial rains have moved in, the forest has reduced the fire closure surrounding East Crater Fire. This closure order will likely be in place... more


Approximate Location

46.001 latitude, -121.79 longitude

Incident Overview

Large column of smoke,various shades of grey, rising above the forested landscape in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.  A small pristine mountain lake is visible in foreground with high alpine trees bordering the lake.

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The East Crater Fire, was reported in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Sunday, September 3. The 483-acre fire is located approximately 12 miles west Trout Lake, WA.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has implemented an emergency closure for public safety. This closure impacts the Indian Heaven Wilderness, and an adjacent area just east of Wilderness boundary. The Pacific Crest Trail is also closed within the Indian Heaven Wilderness.

For details of closures and fire restrictions please visit:
The photo that you see to the right is a smoke column photographed from Rock Lake, west of East Crater, the day the fire was reported.
This incident will no longer be updated on Inciweb after 9/19/17. Expect Indian Heaven Wilderness to remain closed through the fall.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Location12 miles west of Trout Lake, WA
Incident CommanderMichael Backlund ICT4
Incident DescriptionWildfire In The Indian Heaven Wilderness Area

Current Situation

Size483 Acres

Unit Information

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Vancouver, WA 98682

Incident Contact

East Crater Fire Information
Email: eastcraterfire@gmail.com
Phone: 509-395-3402
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

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