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Goat Rocks Fire

Unit Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98682

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Incident Contact

Information Officer
Email: 2022.goatrocks@firenet.gov
Phone: 360-370-4168
Hours: SS 8-7p

Highlighted Activity

10/01/2022 Goat Rocks Fire Update for October 1, 2022
The Goat Rocks Fire was generally quiet yesterday, still affected by showers and high humidity earlier this week. As the inversion lifted and temperatures rose, the fire became more active and began..
News - 10/01/2022
The right side of Forest Road 4612 had the vegetation cut back before it burned. The left side of the road has thick unburned vegetation, showing how the right side was before prep work and fire.Image options: [ Full Size ]

On August 9, the Goat Rocks Fire was started by a lightning strike in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. The fire has spread within the Wilderness and on adjacent land on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Most of the fire is burning in steep terrain with limited access, heavy fuels, and rocky bluffs.

On September 9, fire activity increased and evacuations were ordered for the town of Packwood and communities to the northeast of town. By September 11, conditions had improved and evacuation were lifted for Packwood and reduced for the communities of Timberline and Goat Rocks west of the fire. Fire personnel continue to patrol these communities.

On September 12, Northwest Incident Management Team 10 took command of the Goat Rocks Fire. They did extensive work on the fire before passing management to Nevada Incident Management Team 4 on September 25.

A direct approach to suppressing this fire has little chance of succeeding and carries high risks of injury or death to firefighting personnel. An indirect approach is being implemented, mostly using existing roads to the west and north of the fire as containment lines. These roads, including Forest Roads 46, 4610, 4612, 018, and 1266, are receiving fuels reduction treatments including cutting brush, removing some of the smaller trees in dense stands, and chipping the resulting woody debris. The fire has not reached most of these containment lines.

Fire activity increases during periods of warmer, drier, windy weather and decreases when temperatures and winds drop and humidity rises. Most of the fire spread has been through fuels on the ground, mainly large woody debris such as rotting logs. These larger fuels will continue to burn until they are fully consumed, actively extinguished along the containment lines, or soaked by rain and snow.

Public and firefighter safety remain the highest priority as crews work to contain the Goat Rocks Fire. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 09th, 2022 approx. 09:45 AM
Location1.5 miles northeast of Packwood, Washington
Incident CommanderErik Newell, Incident Commander
Incident DescriptionA wildfire burning in steep terrain and dense forests in and around the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Coordinates46.636 latitude, -121.517 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel226
Size4,114 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 15th, 2022 approx. 05:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber stands with conifer litter and lower elevation brush components. Douglas-fir plantations are intermittent throughout the fire area.

Significant Events

Active surface fire today in fine fuels with heavy fuels exhibiting greater intensity. Fire spread with the aid of slope and wind alignment in exposed location at higher elevations. Increased spread was also observed in sheltered locations at lower elevations.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Material removal and improvements will continue on the 1266 and 041 roads. Monitor fire growth in Coal Creek drainage. Assess potential for line creation into Coal Creek. Suppression repair will continue. Wrap structures and install sprinklers as contingency plan to protect structures and power infrastructure at Packwood Lake. Continue to patrol structures in the Goat Rocks, Timberline, Upper Timberline and Grizzly subdivisions, interact with homeowners and look for areas to improve structure preparation.

Remove woody debris left from road preparation on the 46 road from Drop Point (DP) 10 to Highway 12, and the 4610 road between DP 10 and DP 100. Hazard trees being felled on 46 road by hand crews. Repair work being done on the 018 road to repair culverts to meet repair standards.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Saturday, low intensity surface fire will continue into the evening hours but with little movement. Heavy fuels will hold fire through the night and smoke production will continue.

24 hours: Low to moderate intensity fire Sunday but less movement with the lack of wind impacts. Fuels will continue to dry, contributing a slow increased in intensity and spread through each burn period.

48 hours: Low to moderate intensity fire Monday with movement confined to slope run and along fall lines. (Roll out and snag fall). Fuels will continue to dry, contributing a slow increased in intensity and spread through each burn period.

72 hours: Warming trend will increase available fuel and prompt growth through surface flanking and head fire. Low to moderate surface spread is probable in all locations with torching also possible. Drying tend is forecast to continue with conditions returning to level experienced during moderate growth days.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Saturday was on the partly cloudy and breezy side as east winds overrode the Goat Rocks and Packwood area. Wind gusts to 20 mph were recorded on the higher ridges during the day. Wind gradually diminished in the evening. Temperatures climbed into the middle 70s and humidity levels dropped between 30 and 40 percent.

Sunday will start out with light east winds shifting a bit to the south and southwest in the afternoon. Sunday will also mark the start of a warming trend which will bring relative humidity values below 30 percent on the lower, western slopes and temperatures climbing to near 80 degrees. High pressure over the region will continue through the week with minor variations in temperatures due to shallow marine influence from time to time.