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Big Hollow Fire Update September 27

Big Hollow Fire Wildfire
News – 9/27/2020

Press Release


Big Hollow Fire Update

September 27, 2020

Fire Information Line: 360-335-7647

For Immediate Release

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Southern Area Incident Management Gray Team will be transitioning off the Big Hollow Fire at 6:00 AM Monday, to a local unit Type 4 incident command.  Thank you for the warm welcome and continued support during our time here. Be advised there is a new fire information phone number and email.

The forest has requested a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team. This team specializes in analyzing post-fire conditions and will make assessments and recommendations for the forest to prevent further problems after the fire.

Current Situation: Scattered rain continued throughout the evening.An inferred flight has been ordered to provide an accurate reading on current acreage and help determine where current hotspots are located. Wet and muddy roads continued to temporarily limit access for patrolling.

Today’s Plan: Temperatures will reach the low 70s with clear skies. One local fire crew and 2 engines will remain to monitor and patrol the fire. 

Visitor Information: Sunset Falls Campground remains open on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest along with the Pacific Crest Trail. The Department of Natural Resources has lifted the closure order for Merrill Lake Conservation Area.  

Area Closures:  The Big Hollow Area Closure order on National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the Mount Adams Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-03-03-20-10, and the Department of Natural Resources Siouxon Block including S-6000 and S-1000 roads still remain in effect. The community should be aware of a reduction to the closure order sometime next week. Please visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Recreation website for the status on campground, trails, and road closures.

Evacuations: A Level 1 “READY” Evacuation Order remains in effect for cabins located at Government Mineral Springs near the Trapper Creek Wilderness. Owners can return to the area but should be aware of the danger that still exists. Slow down and use caution in the area.

Road Closure Lifted: Wind River Highway/Forest Road 30 is open.  Electronic road signs are visible to warn drivers to be cautious of potential smoke. Please do not to stop along the highway, slow down, and use caution in the area.

Restrictions Lifted: Effective immediately, the campfire restrictions in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have been lifted. Those who choose to have a campfire should do so responsibly and never leave your campfire unattended. Make sure it is completely out and cool to touch before leaving. 

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