FIRE UPDATE: Wednesday morning, September 13, 2017 at 11:00 am
East Crater Fire (Indian Heaven Wilderness), Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest
East Crater Fire:
Wednesday is the beginning of a cooling trend lasting through the weekend. Forecasted winds will be westerly and generally less than 15 mph, with the potential for rain over the weekend. Tuesday’s warm weather produced minimal fire grow with some interior single tree torching. To minimize fire spread outside of the Wilderness area a 20 person fire crew, along with heavy equipment, continue to prep FS Road 6035 and other roads along the east side of Indian Heaven Wilderness for use as the fire line. This work consists of removing brush and small trees along roadsides and installing hose lays and will be completed in the next several days. The fire has been burning in the Indian Heaven Wilderness since September 3rd and fire size is estimated at 470-acres.
FIRE CLOSURES: An area closure remains in effect for the East Crater Fire prohibiting entry to the Indian Heaven Wilderness and adjacent area. Hikers are advised thata portion of the Pacific Crest Trail within the Indian Heaven Wilderness remains closed. Nearby campgrounds are also closed. For East Crater Fire Area Closure details see: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd557741.pdf
Fire and Smoking Restrictions (Burn Ban): All open fires and smoking outside of enclosed vehicles or buildings are banned on all National Forest System Lands within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Pressurized gas stoves and pressurized gas fire rings are permitted. For details on the Forest Closure and Fire Restrictions please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices
The current East Crater Fire Area Closure as well as the Fire and Smoking Restrictions (Burn Ban) will remain in effect through this coming weekend. The Area Closure and Fire Restrictions will be reviewed early next week and evaluated based upon the weekend precipitation, forecasted weather and fire conditions.
Both the Bear Creek and Siouxon Fires have been contained and will be monitored. Any smoke threatening the containment lines will be extinguished by fire crews.
EAST CRATER FIRE INFORMATION: 509 395-3360