Gifford Pinchot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98682
Kalama Fire Information
Kalama Fire Update – Sept. 23, 2022
Overview: The Kalama Fire, located southeast of Kalama Horse Camp on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is at approximately 350 acres in size and is currently five percent contained. Acres increased only slightly with burn out operations to assist in securing the perimeter of the fire. Cooler weather over the fire yesterday assisted in the firefighting efforts.
Fire Behavior: The fire was located on a cliff face and is now on extremely steep ground, fire fighters are preparing indirect lines in more favorable terrain where they can be successful. Fire behavior has been smoldering and creeping. The potential for fire growth remains, but containment lines are being put in place and contain percentage information will be updated when the lines are complete and holding.
Weather: Weather today is predicted to be sunny with warming temperatures expected in the afternoon. A warmer and drier pattern develops on Saturday and is expected to persist until next week.
View a Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1059380.pdf
Trails: Cinnamon Trail #204, Kalama Ski Trail #231, Toutle Trail #238, Fossil Trail #242, Kalama Falls Trail #242A
Attention Climbers: ·Access to Climbers Bivouac (and climbing route) is open.
Fire Restrictions: Campfire bans, and other public use restrictions are in place across the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and much of the region. View Forest Order: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1049107.pdf
Evacuations: Due to moderating fire weather and additional resources on the Kalama Fire the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources, has issued updated evacuation notifications for Kalama Fire (which is not affecting the City of Kalama or residents along the Kalama River Road at this time). The following updates are effective immediately:
View an evacuation map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1060104.pdf
Level 2, Set Evacuation Level:
Level 1, Ready Evacuation Level:
Sign up for county alerts: https://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/196/Emergency-Management
Size: 350 acres with potential for growth. Containment: 5% Cause: Under investigation.
Fire Information Phone Line: 360-449-7874
Public Information Officer: Sharon Steriti 360-852-3390
Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gp/fire