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Due to dry and windy conditions, the Badger Lake Fire quickly grew to approximately 80 acres in size and burned in heavy dead and down timber until the weather slowed the fire’s growth. Though the fire is no longer actively burning, a Forest Service engine is patrolling the fire and will continue to monitor the situation through the weekend to ensure that smoldering, burned material no longer threatens to re-ignite.
The fire area is located northwest of Badger Lake in the Badger Lake Wilderness. Steep terrain, limited road access and an abundance of snags (standing dead trees) pose challenges for firefighter and public safety. Retardant was dropped on Forest Road 3550 yesterday with the goal of keeping the fire within the wilderness. The Badger Lake Fire began on Saturday, October 3, 2015. While the exact cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire was human caused and was likely due to an escaped campfire.
An area closure is in effect for the fire area and the surrounding area to provide for public and firefighter safety. The closure order will be re-evaluated on Tuesday based on fire activity to determine if the closure area can potentially be reduced in size. The closure includes roads, trails and developed recreation sites. Please contact the Barlow Ranger Station for details or the website address below.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES: One Forest Service engine crew remains on the fire.
SPECIAL MESSAGES/CLOSURES: An area closure is in effect for the Badger Lake Fire. For more information about the closure go to the Mt. Hood NF Closure webpage.