Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
10024 US Hwy 12 Randle, WA
Oct. 8, 2012
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The South Point Fire is located on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, south of Packwood, WA and west of Forest Road 21 and Goat Rocks Wilderness (T12N R9E Sec. 23). It is currently estimated at about 250 acres.
South Point Fire Update:
A message from District Ranger Garr Abbas:
East winds over the past couple days have contributed to higher fire behavior on the South Point Fire near Packwood. The fire has grown to 250+ acres. Most of the fire spread has been to the southeast, away from town, so it still seems unlikely this fire will move off forest or threaten the community of Packwood. To the east, the fire is reaching toward the bottom of the Johnson Creek drainage near FR 2115. Terrain, fuels and burning conditions continue to present significant safety hazards, which have prevented us from taking direct action on the ground. However, we have been fighting the fire from the air aggressively this weekend and are ramping up those efforts today. We have 2-3 helicopters delivering water to this fire today and for as long as it is necessary and the equipment is available. Forest Road 21 will be temporarily closed to facilitate our additional suppression efforts along Johnson Creek. We are working with the Packwood Fire Department to schedule another community meeting at their station Wednesday evening (10/10 @ 7:00 p.m.) to keep the community informed and engaged.
We also had a new fire start in the Mineral Block area that is presently around five acres in size and roughly 65% contained. Yesterday we had 15 firefighters actively engaged in suppression and containment of this fire. Additional resources will be applied today and we expect full containment today or tomorrow, followed up by a thorough mop-up operation. This fire presents no known threat to the public or adjacent landowners at this time.
We are expecting winds to shift today and begin coming again from the northwest. This should help our situation by bringing in moister air and cooler temperatures. There is also the possibility of some precipitation by the weekend.
Thanks to you all for your continued interest and support for this situation.
Thanks especially to our firefighters who have worked through the weekend and holiday, and are doing everything necessary to continue safely providing protection to communities and resources.
Gar Abbas, District Ranger
Forest Road 21 from US 12 to and including FR 2130 and spurs
South Point Lookout Trail #123