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1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. 
Vancouver, 
98682 
1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. 
Vancouver, 
98682 

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  • Kalama Fire Information
    Phone:
    360-449-7874

Kalama Fire Update October 1, 2022

Kalama Fire
News - 10/02/2022
Kalama Fire Update – October 1, 2022 
 Overview: The Kalama Fire, located southeast of Kalama Horse Camp on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is approximately 435 acres in size and is currently five percent contained. Cooler weather and rain over the fire area the past few days has assisted in the firefighting efforts.  The fire remains within containment lines.  
Fire Behavior: On the south flank of the fire there is low to moderate spread, with backing towards the dozer line.  Fire behavior on the west flank is similar with low-speed creeping to the west.  Fire is slowly backing and following contour lines toward the north and east with minor uphill spread.  The potential for fire growth remains and containment lines are being put in place. 
Weather: An upper ridge moving into the area will bring a warming and drying trend through the weekend.  Today’s weather is expected to bring east winds and dry air with a 50-60% chance of gusts reaching or exceeding 20mph in the afternoon.  Drier east winds are expected to continue through Saturday, with a 20% chance that wind gusts could exceed 20 mph. Wind speeds are expected to decrease through the night and into Sunday. 
Closures: A signed Closure Order remains in place - View the Kalama Closure Map  Trails: Cinnamon Trail #204, Kalama Ski Trail #231, Toutle Trail #238, Fossil Trail #242, Kalama Falls Trail #242ARoads:• Forest Road (NFS) Road 81, from the junction with State Route 503 spur to the junction with NFS Road 8100-830 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road 81• NFS Road 8117 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road 8117• NFS Road 8122 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road 8122         Attention Climbers: *Access to Climbers Bivouac (and climbing route) is open. 
 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:Level 2, Set Evacuation Level:• North to South: From the Headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River, south to Forest Road 7550.• East to West: From the Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.Level 1, Ready Evacuation Level:• North to South: South from Forest Road 7550 to south of Merrill Lake.• East to West: Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County
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Size: 435 acres with potential for growth. Containment: 5% Cause: Under investigation. 
Fire Information Phone Line: 360-449-7874 Public Information Officer: Dawn Stender 541-645-3282Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8420    Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gp/fire      ="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal;>="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal;>="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal;>="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal;>
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